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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.
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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you regulate it, businesses will come … and tell you how to better manage the industry, which fines and processes are outdated, which...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...
ACCELERATOR PITCH: ­Jayanthi Narasimhan, CEO of WatchRx Inc., which began as a wearable-device startup selling watches designed to help aging parents live independently and to better manage medications and health conditions remotely, speaks during the 2017 Health and Wellness Accelerator Pitch Event at Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence.
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SEG sees increased demand for Health and Wellness Accelerator program

Since founding SimplaFYI in North Kingstown in July 2016, Kathleen Repoli has seen her integrative care company grow from a provincial health care network...

R.I. looks to preserve gains under Obamacare

Rhode Island has had a good thing going under so-called “Obamacare,” according to state officials, but it all could change unless the state steps...
PROTECTIVE GEAR: John Caito III, Desmark Industries CEO, and Layne Mayer, Desmark consultant, on the production floor with the company’s first-generation riot suit.
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Desmark looks to lead in protective-textiles market with new riot suit

All forms of activism – from riots to demonstrations, rallies and protests – have colored the 18-plus months since President Donald Trump’s administration took...
PROBLEM-SOLVERS: University of Rhode Island assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering Gretchen Macht and a team of student researchers are using a state grant this summer to design something that would improve voter wait times, using queuing theory and facilities layout. From left, URI graduate students in system engineering Nicholas Bernardo, of North Haven, Conn., and James Houghton, of Holtsville, N.Y.; Macht; and URI mechanical engineering junior Ahmad Siddiqi, of Lincoln.
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When opinions won’t solve the problem

Engineers are problem-solvers. But is there an engineering solution to long lines at the voting precincts? A professor of industrial and systems engineering at...
TAKE THEM TO THE RIVER: Pontiac Mills in Warwick is a sprawling former Fruit of the Loom mill complex across from Warwick Mall that is being redeveloped along the Pawtuxet River into residential and commercial space.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Three years on, Pontiac Mills lofts starting to take shape, take...

Shuttered textile mills are complicated and expensive to redevelop into modern purposes. When a series of mill buildings is the project, the process can...

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