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RIGHT FIT: Sarah Lassor and Howard Thorp, of Thorp & Trainer Insurance, are on a deck on Atlantic Avenue in the Misquamicut section of Westerly. Thorp says private flood insurance isn’t right for ­everyone.
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BRIAN MCDONALD

Read the fine print on private flood insurance

The flood-insurance market for Rhode Island has opened up in recent years, with more private options now available. But before businesses and homeowners try...
CUSTOMER FOCUS: Ronni Kenoian, left, marketing manager for InsureMyTrip.com, speaks with Martha Manzi, office manager. Kenoian said the company’s focus regarding travel insurance is to serve the customer, rather than make a profit. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Flyer Beware’ report questions value of travel insurance

“Flyer Beware,” an August report researched and published by the office of Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., calls into question the value of travel...
ALTERNATIVE RESOURCES: Dragan Gill, left, reference librarian and assistant professor at Rhode Island College, and Lindsey Gumb, Roger Williams University librarian. Open educational resources have been implemented at college and university libraries across Rhode Island. 
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Open educational resources helping college students avoid hefty textbook costs

The price of tuition often trumps that of textbooks – both in size and priority – when it comes to budgeting for college.However, according...
2018 average tuition and fees for
New England colleges and universities
[prices do not include room and board] / Source: Collegetuitioncompare.com

Schools boost fundraising to slow rising student costs

Each year, college gets more expensive. Tuition and other costs have continued to escalate, reports show, prompting ever-higher levels of governmental and institutional financial...
INCLUSIVE APPROACH: Noni Thomas López, head of school at the Gordon School in East Providence, says the school is founded on the idea of inclusivity, which is why it has launched a new individualized tuition payment program for families this year in order to diversify its student population.
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DAVID HANSEN

Private schools adjusting tuition policies in effort to diversify enrollments

Gordon School and other independent schools that have re-examined their tuition policies in recent years have reached a similar conclusion.If they want to diversify...
CASH BONUS: The Washington Trust Co. said it was able to provide employees with one-time cash bonuses in January as a result of a reduction in its corporate taxes. Patricia Fernandez, left, professional flex banker at Washington Trust on Waterman Street in Providence, speaks with customer Nina Pratt of Providence.
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Banks say tax reform allowed for increased spending on staff, infrastructure

Many banks in Rhode Island and elsewhere have showered employees with pay raises and bonuses since President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans in Congress...
CAGED FEELING: Little Rhody Foods owner Eli Berkowitz says he feels targeted by a new state law that beginning in 2026 will require farms to upgrade their egg-laying chicken cages to allow the birds to move more freely. He operates the only commercial chicken farm that encloses its chickens in cages in the state.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. chicken farmer feels caged by new law

Little Rhody Foods in Foster is the only commercial farm in Rhode Island that encloses its hens in cages and has done so since...
LICENSE TO SELL: Adam Batchelder, right, owns food truck Smoke & Squeal BBQ. He serves Elena and Bob Given, of Mansfield, biscuits, pickled watermelon rind, and mac and cheese. Batchelder says he’ll welcome the chance to get a single statewide license next year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

DBR streamlining regs to aid businesses

If you regulate it, businesses will come … and tell you how to better manage the industry, which fines and processes are outdated, which...
THREAT DETECTOR: Michael Carmack, a cybersecurity analyst with Rite-Solutions in Middletown, assesses security threats.
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Employee cybersecurity training often missing piece, say experts

It’s safe to say most companies are aware of the threat of cyberattacks and damage that can occur from data breaches and have taken...
TRAINING NEEDED: UMass Dartmouth professors Tim Shea, left, associate professor ­marketing/business information systems, and Steve White, professor of marketing and international business, oversaw a cybersecurity survey that found employee training lacking.
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‘Human firewall’ firms’ biggest hacking vulnerability

The underlying agenda was subtle: A Boston firm that sells cybersecurity training wanted a survey done that would quantify the need for companies to...
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