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CUSTOM SHOP: Ben Antaya is the owner of Rome Point Woodworking in South Kingstown, a custom woodworking shop specializing in renovations and new constructions of kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces.
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Woodworking made to order – and last

Rome Point Woodworking specializes in renovations and new constructions of kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces.Proprietor Ben Antaya leads a team of three employees. After...
BETTER WAY: Brendan Loflin started Rhodeside Revival to make it easy for clients to divert food waste from the state’s landfill in Johnston. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Curbside food-waste collection

In the final year of his studies at the University of Rhode Island, Brendan Loflin wanted to do something meaningful but wasn’t sure how.“Other...
STUDENT TUTORS: Andrew Binder, left, content strategist, and Ethan Binder, co-founder, of GoPeer LLC. The Providence-based company, which launched last fall with its website, vets college students who want to tutor and connects them with families.
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At GoPeer, students do the teaching

An educational ­technology business that launched recently in Providence follows a simple premise: students learn best from other students.GoPeer LLC provides the platform that...
BLUE TECH: Co-founders, from left, Mark Huang, managing director; Alissa Peterson, executive director; and Jason Kelly, board chair, formed SeaAhead, an advisory firm that works with marine businesses, in May.
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SeaAhead formed to assist ocean-related businesses

Mark Huang and his partners are betting that “blue tech,” as they call it, is the wave of the future, especially in Rhode Island.The...
DIFFERENT TASTES: Taproot Brewing Co. owner John Nunes, left, with head brewer Kevin Beachem. The Middletown company is a subsidiary of Newport Vineyards. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Newport Vineyards launches brewery

Newport Vineyards is no longer only known for alcohol derived from grapes.Taproot Brewing Co., a new entity launched by the longtime winemaker and inspired...
ELECTRIC BIKES: Tyler Justin is the owner of Providence-based Mission Electric, a shop selling and maintaining electric bicycles. E-bikes can be used on the street or bike trails but can be switched into electric mode on uphill climbs.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A mission to sell electric bikes

Electric bikes are starting to become more visible in Rhode Island, and Providence now has a shop devoted to them.Begun in June by spouses...
FERTILE GROUND: Kenny Hsieh started his own solar-panel installation company after he realized Rhode Island is fertile ground for solar-energy businesses.
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Incentives spur Ocean State Clean Energy business

Kenny Hsieh hopes to cash in on Rhode Island’s burgeoning clean-energy industry. So far, he’s making a go of it, with some help from...

Pranzi tent grows with new venture

After 21 years in the local catering industry, Lisa Mattiello, owner of Pranzi Inc., launched a new business – Pranzi Tents and Events in...
CONSUMPTION COUNTS: Saroj Bhandari, left, and Lanna Nawa founded Impact Everything to help make retail purchases produce a greater social good, such as having the purchase price go toward the cost of planting a tree. 
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Socially responsible retailing on College Hill

Every time someone buys a product at a new Providence retail store, something good is happening across the globe.The concept behind Impact Everything LLC,...
GIVING BACK: Rodney Galvao, left, program director of SquashBusters Providence, and Vania Pereira, center, alumna and volunteer, gather with SquashBusters players during the Urban Individual Nationals competition at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., in June.
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Kids learn squash and much more

SquashBusters is a nonprofit that connects youths with low incomes with squash, academic support and college preparation.Founded in Boston in 1996 by Greg Zaff,...
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