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HELP WANTED: R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, pictured speaking at a Rhode Island Kids Count event in January, has asked for assistance from the business community to improve Providence’s struggling schools. 
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Where are businesses in helping city schools?

Not long after the Providence Public School District was taken over by the state in 2019 to turn around the state’s largest – and...
VERY CALCULATED: Rick Gorvett, chair of Bryant University’s mathematics department, says the creation of a master’s degree program in actuarial science comes at a time when the need for more actuaries is greater than ever. 
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New Bryant master’s program for those looking to make risk their...

Forget what you might think of people who work as actuaries – overworked number crunchers who toil away in windowless offices, dully calculating risks...
VERY CALCULATED: Rick Gorvett, chair of Bryant University’s mathematics department, says the creation of a master’s degree program in actuarial science comes at a time when the need for more actuaries is greater than ever. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New Bryant master’s program for those looking to make risk their...

Forget what you might think of people who work as actuaries – overworked number crunchers who toil away in windowless offices, dully calculating risks...
SUDDEN BOOST: After the national suicide and crisis lifeline changed its number to a three-digit 988, monthly calls in Rhode Island increased 53% from 313 in December 2021 to 480 in December 2022. Pictured is Matthew Latondresse, 988 clinical supervisor at the BH Link call center in East Providence. The mural was done by artist Elizabeth Jweinat, who works under the name Lizzy $our. 
 PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Number change boosts calls to R.I. crisis lifeline

A little over six months since the national suicide and crisis lifeline trimmed down its number to an easy-to-remember 988, calls have been pouring...
IMPROVED RESULTS: Genoa Healthcare General Manager Andrew Terranova says providing buprenorphine treatment for patients at pharmacies can improve substance use disorder outcomes. 
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Study: Pharmacy access to buprenorphine boosts likelihood of continued treatment

Andrew Terranova, a pharmacist and general manager at Genoa Healthcare in Providence, was optimistic when his pharmacy signed onto a study intended to create...

Easing labor shortages have many employers confident about year ahead

When Brenda Sabbag posted an online ad for a part-time server position at her cafe, she expected near radio silence. After all, that’s how...
CONCERNED CITIZEN: Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and President Lisa Ranglin worries that efforts to improve access to and participation from minority businesses in Providence may go unnoticed with no one currently filling the role of business and development director for the city.
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Providence looks to improve its MBE contracting program

Leroy Belona thought certifying his Providence construction company through the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program would open the door to more ­opportunities. But in the...
ROLLING OUT: Jacky’s Waterplace Sushi Bar robot server “Bella” waits on a table with Ignacio Davila, left, and Galen Tate.
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Robots could help restaurants struggling with labor shortage

Customers at Jacky’s Waterplace & Sushi Bar in Providence may have noticed a certain restaurant employee that stands out from the others. Or rather, rolls...

RIHub partnering with colleges and universities to help cultivate local startups

In recent years, Rhode Island’s entrepreneurial community – once a relatively quiet landscape – has made significant strides, says RIHub Executive Director Annette Tonti,...
POWERS THAT BE: Peter Kaczmarek, president of Mearthane Products Corp. in Cranston, has decided to add rooftop solar panels to his facility in part because of concerns about increasing electricity rates in the region. 
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Firms fret about how big their power bills will grow

The massive milling machines and grinders used to make Hindley Manufacturing Co.’s signature wire hardware are power hungry, so it’s no surprise that President...
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