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Diane C. Fournaris in July was named state director for the R.I. Small Business Development Center at the University of Rhode Island. She previously served as associate state director of the program. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Develop a response plan

Diane C. Fournaris | R.I. Small Business Development Center state director Like the small-business owners we counsel, the R.I. Small Business Development Center prepared as...
Evan Smith
Discover Newport CEO and president
Evan Smith joined Discover Newport in 1990 and was promoted to CEO and president in 2005.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Keep marketing

Evan Smith | Discover Newport CEO and president For most travel and hospitality companies the question about how to effectively market their services during the...
Kathleen Breen Combes joined Festival Ballet Providence as executive director in 2019, following a long dance career that included serving as principal dancer with Boston Ballet. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Set the highest of standards

Kathleen Breen Combes | Festival Ballet Providence executive director My 19-year career as a professional dancer taught me a lot. Now, as an executive and...
Christopher Parisi
Trailblaze Marketing founder and president;
RI Small Business Coalition co-founder and chairman
Christopher Parisi is the founder of Providence-based digital marketing agency Trailblaze Marketing, which he rebranded and incorporated in 2018. Last year he co-founded the RI Small Business Coalition. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Be part of the solution

Christopher Parisi Trailblaze Marketing founder and president; RI Small Business Coalition co-founder and chairman You’ve heard it many times during this ongoing pandemic: Adapt or die. But for...
Rachel Best founded Providence’s Small Steps Therapy in 2013 in order to serve the area’s growing need for speech, language and feeding therapy. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Count on core values

Rachel Best | Owner and speech-language pathologist, Small Steps Therapy LLC Creating a work environment that maintains a positive culture in a female-dominated industry is...

In 1986, Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr. founded Cornish Associates LP, the developer and manager of 10 buildings that make up the Westminster Lofts in downtown Providence. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Focus on the long term

Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr. | Cornish Associates LP managing partner When COVID-19 surfaced, the pandemic cut the ties that bound our communities together. Overnight, businesses...
Dan McConaghy was named executive director of the R.I. Convention Center Authority in March after an eight-month stint as deputy director of the R.I. Department of Administration. Prior to that, McConaghy worked in real estate and construction. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Survive and advance

Daniel P. McConaghy | R.I. Convention Center Authority executive director There’s a popular phrase in the college basketball universe: Survive and advance. It’s about using the...

Employee expectations shifting

Erin Pavane | The Hire founding partner Before COVID-19, ensuring a candidate matched a position on skills and experience was the norm. And while our...
Ross L. Nelson joined Cox Business in 2000 as the director of sales. On July 1, he will take over the company’s top post in the Northeast, serving as senior vice president and region manager.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Put people first

Ross L. Nelson | Cox Business senior vice president and Northeast region manager Despite the challenges of the past 12 months, Rhode Island has emerged...
Gerontologist Deb Burton launched R.I. Elder Info and rielderinfo.com in 2018 to 
help people remain independent as they age. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Prioritize elder care

Deb Burton | R.I. Elder Info executive director Businesses nationwide lose billions of dollars annually due to absenteeism, lack of presenteeism, crisis management and reduced...

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