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Five Questions With: Dr. John B. Murphy

5Q: Dr. John B. Murphy | President, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital 1. Do you foresee any permanent changes for health care in...
THE WAY IT WAS: Visitors tour the Breakers Mansion in Newport in a time before the coronavirus pandemic. Normally a major tourism draw, the Newport Mansions remain closed, and opening dates haven’t been announced, as of May 20. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

Can R.I. tourism avoid summer of sadness?

From beach vacations to business conferences, travel-related tourism is the lifeblood of the state economy, generating $6.8 billion in 2018, according to a report...
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BankNewport helping to feed hungry in R.I. during COVID-19 pandemic

LOCAL PARTNER: BankNewport CEO and President Sandra Pattie, left, and Wendy Kagan, executive vice president and director of employee and community engagement, display the...

Empathy key to problem-solving

Tonya Harris | Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence executive director When I became the executive director of RICADV, I knew my life’s work had...
EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES: ­Dennis McLaughlin, CEO and president of engineering and information technology company Rite-Solutions Inc. in Middletown, says employing veterans gives the company a leg up when bidding on military contracts. McLaughlin is a Navy veteran. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Vets provide upper hand for some defense firms

The veteran-owned Rite-Solutions Inc. isn’t really a small company. The Middletown-based engineering and information technology company has about 220 employees. But as a defense contractor,...
STAYING SAFE: A new PBN survey found many Rhode Islanders won’t feel safe around large groups of people until next year. For businesses that rely on tourism, that might mean a renewed focus on family activities this summer, including bike tours. Above, a cyclist passes Your Bike Shop in Warren. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RYAN T. CONATY

PBN survey offers hope for some businesses, concerns for others

The good news in a recent PBN survey is that many Rhode Islanders are ready to get back to their workplaces, shopping habits and...
CAREER COACH: Charise Wilson, owner of employment-services company Workforce Ready Solutions, helps clients identify their unique skills and talents through self-created aptitude tests and career coaching. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Job-hunting service suddenly in demand

When Charise Wilson launched her employment-services company last May, the state hit record-low ­unemployment. Most of Workforce Ready Solutions LLC’s initial clients were not laid...
COMMUNITY RESOURCE: Nicholas Shanos is the owner and head pharmacist at Suburban Pharmacy, a second-generation, family-owned pharmacy in Warwick. He is holding a bottle of his own hand sanitizer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Independent pharmacy offers Rx with personal touch

Nicholas Shanos originally planned to take his birthday off from work. But that was before the new coronavirus hit Rhode Island, making Shanos’ role as...
BREAKTHROUGH RENOVATION: The new three-story staircase required breaking through three levels of the building, which will help with wayfinding, orienting visitors to all the major-service areas and connecting the library’s two buildings. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fresh Design: Providence Public Library

Providence Public Library | 150 Empire St., Providence Building owner and tenant: Providence Public Library Architect: designLAB architects Developer/General contractor: Bond Bros. Inc. Cost: $27 million Use: The Providence...
THAT’S A WRAP: Cooley Group employee Jonathan Rosado Morales packages finished product, an environmental protection barrier for the U.S. military. Despite a shortage of raw material, Cooley has maintained its shipping schedules. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: Shortages force creation of new strategies

(Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment in a weekly series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of...

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