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SUMMER RETREAT: Families have been traveling to Block Island as a summer retreat for generations, helping ensure steady business at the island’s 35 hotels and its beaches. Revenue from the state’s hotel tax is a major source of income for the island, generating $2.97 million between fiscal years 2007 and 2017.  / PBN PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Will business on Block Island always be seasonal?

Sven Risom and his wife, Laura, became enamored with the beauty of Block Island long ago. After summering there for many years, they became...
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Successful eateries take care of the ‘boss’

In the dynamic world of the restaurant industry, there naturally occurs a certain amount of ebb and flow. Tastes change, neighborhoods change, philosophies change,...
HAVING A BALL: Dean Snell, owner and CEO of Snell Golf, on the course at the Country Club of New Bedford. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Roll it like the pros, for less

After 25 years innovating golf ball technology for TaylorMade and Titleist, Dean Snell looked around and saw a languishing industry – fewer rounds of...
FOLLOWING INNOVATION: Larry Larson, dean of engineering at Brown University, says students are showing increased interest in biomedical engineering due to recent innovations in the field.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I., nation churning out more engineers

The U.S. has dramatically increased the number of graduates with engineering doctorates, more than at any time in the past 30 years, according to...
PERSONAL TOUCH: Mandi Willoughby, baby Ian and Graham Willoughby, middle, meet with resident Arthur Schena. / PBN PHOTO/­RUPERT ­WHITELEY

Commonwealth House: Assisted living that feels like home

Graham and Mandi Willoughby, owners of Commonwealth House in Warwick, Rhode Island’s smallest assisted-living facility, tout personalized, small-scale care.The facility is located within a...
HANDS-ON: Jonathan Teoli, owner of Rhode Island Limb Co. in Cranston, works with some of the prosthetics he produces. He designs and fits each device by hand.  / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Prosthetics businesses getting creative to grow ‘tiny’ industry

Jonathan Teoli is the third-generation owner of Rhode Island Limb Co. His grandfather purchased the business decades ago after returning from the Pacific theater...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins | Executive director, ONE Neighborhood Builders1. What are your top priorities? My top priority is being a responsible steward of the resources...
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND'S Knight campus in Warwick. /COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

‘Promise’ residency rule made to be broken?

In the waning days of the General Assembly session, legislators wanted changes made to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program, the promise of two...
East Coast Technology Group has been listed as one of the fastest-growing private companies by PBN in four of the last five years, thanks largely to its customer-focused approach, something founder Steven J. Gietz made a key from the beginning. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY


For IT services success, focus on people

Steven J. Gietz | East Coast Technology Group founder and presidentI’ve always had a passion for technology, as well as a flair for commerce....
PEER HEROES: Manny DeBrito, right, formed A’s be4 to train mentors to work with local youth. He’s pictured with Raymond Ramos (Batman) and his 4-year-old son Theo DeBrito. / COURTESY JACKIE YOUNG/JACQUELYN CAROL CO.

N.B. nonprofit develops mentors

Manny DeBrito has coached basketball for about 15 years, and the discipline has taught him what it means to be a mentor.It also helped...
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