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Thorne Sparkman

Thorne Sparkman is constantly on the hunt. His quarry? Entrepreneurs with transformational ideas in areas such as health care and energy and the grit to...

More homes won’t solve affordability crisis

Even before 2020, the U.S. faced an acute housing affordability dilemma. The COVID-19 pandemic made it a whole lot worse after millions of people...
MODEL EMPLOYEE: Kelly Knee, who started
at Applied Science Associates as an intern in
2004, is now executive director of RPS Group’s
Ocean Science Division, the organization that
was once Applied Science Associates. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Applied Science Associates

(published Aug. 1, 1988) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1979 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Computer modeler of marine and freshwater environments THEN: OWNER: Malcolm L. Spaulding, founder LOCATION: Narragansett EMPLOYEES: 16 ANNUAL SALES: WND NOW:...
KEEPS ON TRUCKING: Palmer Spring Co. was busy in 1930, when this photo was taken, and it remains busy as the next generation of the Palmer family prepares to take over. / COURTESY PALMER FAMILY

Palmer Spring Co.

(published Nov. 20, 1995) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1849 (in Boston) TYPE OF BUSINESS: Brake, front-end suspension parts and service for all vehicles THEN: OWNERS: Douglas, Reggie and Chris...
Interested in having your business’s community-service project highlighted? Contact PBN Researcher James Bessette at (401) 680-4838 or Research@PBN.com. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

Rhode Island Medical Imaging and Rhode Island College create endowed scholarship

HEALTHY BOOST: Rhode Island Medical Imaging Inc. recently worked with Rhode Island College to create the Rhode Island Medical Imaging Endowed Scholarship. The Warwick-based...
DIGGING UP THE PAST: Deborah Cox, president of Public Archaeology Laboratory, in 2007 with some artifacts recovered from a worksite. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Public Archeology Laboratory

(published Dec. 1, 2007) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1982 TYPE OF BUSINESS: A private nonprofit organization specializing in terrestrial and marine archaeology, historical research, and documentation and preservation...
GROWTH MODE: Founded in 1999, Performance Physical Therapy now has 15 sites in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Pictured in 2014 are Clinical Director Andrea Mitchell, left, and owner Michelle Collie. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Performance Physical Therapy

(published Feb. 1, 2014) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1999 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Outpatient physical therapy THEN: OWNER: Michelle E. Collie LOCATION: Flagship clinic at 129 School St. in Pawtucket,...
DESIGN DUO: Fashion curator Sandee Saunders, left, is the founder of FABuleuse in Newport, a boutique offering designer clothing and artwork that she opened with Alecta Rose, co-founder, stylist and model. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Newport boutique features art, high-end fashion ‘living harmoniously in one space’

The boutique FABuleuse in Newport has a simple goal: providing access to one-of-a-kind fashions and artwork. Opened in May by Sandee Saunders and Alecta Rose,...
HEALING HANDS: Wendy Taylor, owner and executive director of the West Place Animal Sanctuary in Tiverton, brushes one of her ponies. The animal sanctuary, which cares for neglected and abused farm animals and rehabilitates waterfowl and game birds, has helped more than 1,000 animals in its nearly 15 years of operation. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Taylor provides sanctuary for neglected, abused farm animals

When farm animals suffer severe neglect and abuse, animal rescue organizations often lack the resources to properly care for them. For almost 15 years,...

How to manage the elevated quit rate

Finding good employees has always been a challenge – but these days it’s harder than ever. And it is unlikely to improve anytime soon. The...

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