PLAY TIME: Jeremy Girard, director of marketing at Envision Technology Advisors, participates in a trivia game from his home during the company’s “Friday Funday.” / COURTESY JEREMY GIRARD

Corporate outings? The party’s over for now

Every year, Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. Ltd. marks the end to a grueling tax season with a companywide outing. In 2020, the plan...
LABOR INTENSIVE: Nick Mattiello, general manager of catering and event company Pranzi Inc., packs sandwiches into boxes for corporate clients. He says the boxed lunches require more work and time to put together than traditional sandwich platters. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pandemic turns up heat on R.I. caterers

Caterer Nick Mattiello is used to assembling specialty orders with creative presentations such as a three-tier crudité table overflowing with grapes, pepperoni and a...
NEW DIRECTION: Jo Lee, owner of PopUp Rhody, in her home office in Providence. She is revamping her online marketplace designed to connect artisans with property owners with space to rent. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Business incubator born in response to COVID-19

Jo Lee’s new business was on the fast track to success. In a single year, she’d transformed PopUp Rhody LLC from an idea into a...
KITCHEN TIME: Josh Berner, owner of the food truck HG80, uses commercial-grade equipment at the Providence Kitchen Collaborative to prep ingredients before heading out on the road. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

New life breathed into kitchen collaborative

Restaurants and other food businesses, like many small businesses, have high failure rates. How to get started in the business while learning the ropes?...
DUE DILIGENCE: BayCoast Bank Chief Information Officer Dan DeCosta says banks need to exercise caution, so as not to rush out new technology that creates more problems than solutions. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Banking pushed further onto web, mobile devices

The financial sector long ago embraced online banking, but the coronavirus crisis has boosted use of the technology to new levels. Financial institutions reported an...
RETAIL TEAM: Amy ­Arruda, senior vice president of retail banking at Washington Trust, right, with Melanie Connelly, vice president of retail banking, at the bank’s Westerly headquarters. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Deferred loans, waived fees part of pandemic response for banks

The consumer messaging of banks and credit unions through the COVID-19 pandemic has been consistent: we’re here for you. When it comes to bank fees...
INSPECTION: 
Renaud Megard, CEO and president of NFI Corp. in New Bedford, inspects a face shield with Jennifer Bodnar, who works in the finishing department. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pandemic highlights hazards of offshoring for manufacturing

Renaud Megard knew he would have to make some key operational changes to his company, NFI Corp., when the coronavirus hit in March. While all...
MEASURED ACTIONS: VIBCO mechanical engineering employees Greg Pickering, left, and Claudia Brown place tape on the factory floor to ensure proper social distancing around the time clock. When this photo was taken, face masks were not yet required. / COURTESY VIBCO INC.

R.I. factories have learned lessons in fighting to keep COVID-19 out

Through his involvement in an international organization, Karl Wadensten knew what global manufacturers were doing to try to keep COVID-19 out of their workplaces. Before...
NEW ARRANGEMENTS: Newport Yachting Center Office Manager Leanne Arsenault, left, is no longer using her regular office desk. Now she greets visitors from a makeshift desk at the door with a plexiglass shield. At right is Carter Fisher, Newport Yachting Center dock master. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Office alterations: Pandemic reshaping the workplace as employees begin returning

The community candy dish in the office is gone. So is the team lunch, the over-the-desk conversation and people ­rushing into a crowded elevator. As...
ADDED COST: Jack Martin, executive director of the Providence Public Library, which has nearly completed a $27 million renovation, says scheduling and cost overruns due to a lack of laborers because of the COVID-19 pandemic has added about $500,000 to the cost of the project. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Providence library, other projects near finish in uncertain times

When Jack Martin first walked into the Providence Public Library in 2014, he felt like someone had pressed the pause button on the building...

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