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Through Mobile Beacon, Katherine Messier and the nonprofit’s staff have provided mobile internet access to hundreds of nonprofits and to tens of thousands of underserved individuals, a mission that has turned out to be much more far-reaching than she imagined in 2010 when it was founded. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A tightly focused mission can produce much broader effects

Katherine Messier | Mobile Beacon founder and executive ­directorSeven years ago, I founded Mobile Beacon to help nonprofit organizations maximize their impact with the...
MALLS AROUND THE COUNTRY are utilizing former retail spaces as mixed-use developments including office spaces and restaurants. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ARIANA LINDQUIST

Malls must change to survive

After almost 30 years, Emerald Square in North Attleboro is becoming something other than an enclosed mall. A commercial real estate firm has started...

Defining local food can be tricky

At this fall’s Newport Mansions Food & Wine Festival, there were numerous local chefs and several from Boston and New York all vying for...
INCREASED COMPETITION: Dr. Jason Spangler, foreground, executive director of medical policy and quality strategies for Amgen, speaks during the Oct. 5 PBN Health Care Summit about how Amgen is working to lower prescription drug costs by increasing competition. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Stigma of opioid addiction barrier to improving care

The stigma surrounding the opioid addiction is similar to that of the AIDS epidemic in recent decades, says Dr. Martin Serota, chief medical officer...
John E. Ottaviani

Medium and small businesses are big targets for cyberattacks

How can anyone not be aware of cybersecurity? Reports of large-scale data breaches, hacking and cyberattacks appear in the media almost daily. Phishing and...

The simple factors behind high performance

The most important book on self-motivation and achieving more than you imagined hit the bookstores recently: “High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That...

Evidence-based medicine antidote to growing hospital costs

The Providence Business News Health Care Summit provides an opportunity to, as one speaker said, “look at the forest rather than the trees.” Here...
Karina Wood, executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She’s speaking at a 10,000 Small Business event held at Lois Fuller's Restaurant in Providence. At right in the foreground are Studio O&G owner, Jonathan Glatt and Kyla Coburn of Kyla Coburn Designs, speaking about their experiences in the program. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Karina H. Wood

Karina H. Wood | Executive director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Rhode Island program1. What is the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses ­program?...
FOLLOW-UP: Sam Slade, center, vice president employer segment, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Melissa Cummings, right, senior vice president, chief customer officer, BCBSRI, talk with attendees following the PBN Health Care Summit on Oct. 5. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘Creative’ changes to ACA possible, but repeal dead

Affordable Care Act reform is more likely than repeal, and employers should take better advantage of cost-saving, health-plan tools in the meantime, according to...
INSPIRED: From left, Nicholas DaSilva, Benjamin Barlock and Kenneth Rose, Ph.D. students at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy, discuss the drug-development company they launched, Alcinous Pharmaceuticals. / COURTESY URI/NORA LEWIS

Campus business in drug research

Fed up with the “status quo” in the pharmaceutical industry and inspired by the “endless possibilities” in drug development, current University of Rhode Island...
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