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ART ADVOCATE: Josef Blazar, co-owner of YJ Contemporary Fine Art in East Greenwich, launched the gallery to bring art collectors to the town and provide artists a platform for their work.
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Fine art on display in E.G.

Hoping to attract more art collectors to East Greenwich – as well as fill a requirement for representing artists at shows – 32-year-old Josef...
FINDING A NICHE: Eugenio ­Fernandez Jr. grew up in Providence’s West End and is now giving back through his independent pharmacy that serves a large Spanishspeaking population.
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Providing a needed, missing service

Where do people get health information after they’ve left their doctor?Eugenio Fernandez Jr. pondered that question as he considered where his career interests and...
AVID GOLFER: Max Buerman is the owner of Newport Indoor Golf, a golfing facility in Portsmouth that features four virtual-reality bays with high-definition projection screens allowing golfers to play courses from around the world.
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Staying in the swing all winter

Max Buerman and his ­customers will be golfing all winter long – playing many of the best courses, from the United States to Scotland....
ONE-STOP SHOP: Bill and Diana Bothelo opened The Cheese Wheel in Tiverton in November. The shop sells packaged meats and cheeses, shown below.  
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Cheese and meats from near and far

Husband and wife team Bill and Diana Bothelo in November launched The Cheese Wheel Inc. at 3838 Main Road in Tiverton.New to entrepreneurship and...
EXPANDING BUSINESS: Anna Soares is the owner and president of Perfectly Planned, a wedding and corporate-event-planning business in Somerset. She said the business will expand into guided group tours this year.
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She takes the worry out of planning

Anna Soares likes to mind the little things and watch it all come together at the end.As owner and president of Somerset-based Perfectly Planned...
SPEECH PREP: Sree Dasari, a student at La Salle Academy in Providence, has started her own business. She is designing an app that uses virtual reality scenarios to help people work on their public-speaking skills.
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Easing the anxiety of public speaking

For Sree Dasari, 17 isn’t too young to be an entrepreneur.The La Salle Academy student last year founded Vadati VR to eventually produce an...
FILLING A NEED: Vennicia Kingston, owner of Eagle Eye Properties in Providence, said the goal of her business is to purchase abandoned buildings and complete needed construction to return them to code to house families in need. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Eye on property clean up

It was an on-the-job injury that led Vennicia Kingston to entrepreneurship.“I lost the sight in my left eye,” she said of the injury that...
GROWING DISTILLERY: White Dog Distilling, incorporated as CAVE LLC, was founded in 2016 by Carlo Catucci, center, and his wife, Alecia, right, who partnered with longtime friends Eric Sylvestre, left, and Vin Greene, not pictured. Their micro-distillery and tasting room opened last April in a historic mill space in Pawtucket and will be moving to a larger retail location within the mill.
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White Dog Distilling expands in former mill

Opening a micro-distillery wasn’t the plan when Carlo Catucci and his wife went on a Rhode Island brewery tour two years ago. But after...
GATHERING PLACE: Anne Holland, left, founder of the What Cheer Writer’s Club, with Jodie Vinson, program manager. Holland started the club because she wanted a place where local writers of all sorts could work, network and collaborate.
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A space for writers to work

Anne Holland was a business journalist working from home when she thought of creating a gathering place for writers of all sorts – journalists,...
STEEL STRAWS: Brooke Finocchiaro is seated at The Nitro Bar in Providence that is owned and operated by her sister Audrey Finocchiaro. After working there for three months and being fed up with how much plastic gets used and then becomes litter, Brooke Finocchiaro started Stop Sucking RI, which sells stainless steel straws. / COURTESY STOP SUCKING RI/ALEX BRENNAN

The last straw in fight vs. plastic litter

After nearly three months working at her older sister’s coffee shop, The Nitro Bar in Providence’s West End, Brooke Finocchiaro was fed up with...
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