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FAMILY TRUCKERS: Commodity Haulers Express is a regional truckload transportation company based at Quonset Business Park. From left, Dan Izzi, James Izzi Jr., their dad, James Izzi, and his brother Robert P. Izzi, the business’s founder and owner.
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Have cargo, will travel

Water, coffee and rolls of newsprint have combined to create a strong business for a Rhode Island trucking family.Commodity Haulers Express Inc., owned by...
Rep. Joseph Shekarchi, the House Majority Leader, is the chief sponsor of legislation that would allow small businesses in Rhode Island to reduce their federal tax liability.  / Courtesy Rhode Island General Assembly.

Biz owners gain from tax-shift bill

A Warwick accountant, conducting research for a client’s business tax return, found a new Connecticut law that helps business taxpayers avoid a personal $10,000...
SUCCESSION CONSULTANT: Janice DiPietro, CEO of Exceptional Leaders International, is a consultant on succession for family-owned businesses. She recommends ownership changes be planned several years in advance. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Communicate intent in succession planning to avoid family rifts

The transition of ownership in a family-owned small business doesn’t have to be stressful and emotional, but it can quickly tip in that direction...
NEW OWNER: Kayla Thompson is the owner of Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly. Thompson bought her wedding dress at the bridal shop seven years ago and befriended the former owner, Denise Pellegrino, who later hired Thompson. The pair came to a “personal finance agreement” that transitioned ownership to Thompson when Pellegrino was ready to sell.
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Financing biggest hurdle to employees becoming boss

When Kayla Thompson walked into Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly in search of a wedding dress about seven years ago, she had no idea...

Reduce your inventory to protect against next recession

More and more economists and financial executives are predicting there will be a downturn within the next two years. Although no one is predicting...

How to avoid losing customers to competitors

Many times, you hear a salesperson say, “We service the heck out of our customers. They’ll never leave us.” But then a competitor walks...

Bay State does what Ocean State should

Two recent exhortations to improve K-12 education in Rhode Island have landed on much the same conclusion. The state needs to step up and...
Joanne McGunagle is celebrating her 40th year working at CCAP, at which she started as a crisis intervention coordinator, eventually becoming executive director in 1985 and president and CEO in 2015. Under her leadership, CCAP has grown its budget and services dramatically. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Trust and empower your people for best outcomes

Joanne McGunagle | Comprehensive Community Action Inc. president and CEOThe nonprofit world is a rapidly changing environment. Health care, workforce development, education and family...
RAPID RESPONSE: Sejal Patel, foreground, co-owns the new Firehouse Subs franchise in Cranston. She’s pictured with Alicia Martinelli, shift leader, and Sovannara Keo, crew member, in the background. The business collects donations for grants awarded to police and fire departments.
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Franchisee: Sejal and Harsh Patel

Sejal and Harsh Patel | Firehouse Subs | 1000 Chapel View Blvd., Suite 108, CranstonThe pitch: Firehouse Subs makes and sells sub sandwiches and...
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Five questions with Maling Ebrahimpour

Maling Ebrahimpour | Dean, College of Business, University of Rhode Island1. The College of Business at URI recently hired 10 faculty. What was the...
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