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WORKING ENVIRONMENT: From left, ecoRI News staff members Tim Faulkner, senior reporter; Frank Carini, owner, editor and writer; Joanna Detz, owner and executive director; Sarah Puschmann, reporting fellow; and Grace Kelly, reporter, meet at Social Enterprise Greenhouse offices in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

News site takes eco-angle

IF JOURNALISM IS SUPPOSED TO BE a labor of love, then Frank Carini and Joanna Detz doubly qualify.Not only have they built their Providence-based...
GOOD FIT: Denise Chakoian is the owner of CORE Cycle.Fitness.Lagree, a boutique studio in Wayland Square in Providence. The studio opened in July after Chakoian decided to consolidate her fitness business while she was getting treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
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She’s shaking up the routine

UP TO FIVE TIMES A DAY, the Lagree studio at CORE in Providence fills with people anticipating serious burn.“You’re shaking the entire time you’re...
LEGAL EAGLE: James A. Ruggieri, managing partner at Higgins, Cavanaugh & Cooney, speaks with assistant Lisa ­Hennessey at the law firm’s Providence office.
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Courting clients beyond R.I.

IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney LLP has broadened its base from Rhode Island to two adjoining states.The firm, which is...
DEVELOPING LEADERS: Co-owners Lisa Bergeron, right, founder, managing partner and chief visionary officer, and Tejal Tarro, left, managing partner and chief services officer, converse with Kevin Matta, director of client engagement and inclusion, at Advancing Workplace Excellence in Providence. The firm provides targeted talent-development programs, coaching options and more.
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How to invest in human capital

Advancing Workplace Excellence is a small Providence firm in a field that’s been gaining recognition in recent years called human-capital consulting.Human capital and human...
HEMP FARMER: Mike Simpson is a co-founder and the CEO of Lovewell Farms, one of Rhode Island’s first industrial hemp farms, with about 4,000 hemp plants growing on slightly less than 2 acres split between fields in Exeter and Richmond.
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Lovewell eyes hemp harvest

(Updates fourth paragraph to add co-founder group and that Angel is no longer with the company.)With Lovewell Farms’ first hemp harvest this fall, the...

Gifts from across the sea

Longevity suits Jagdish Sachdev and the retail business he founded on Thayer Street in Providence in the late 1960s. Of all the changes in...
GENERATIONAL LEADERSHIP: Robert Loiselle, president of Loiselle Insurance Agency in Pawtucket, runs the business with his two daughters, who both serve as vice presidents, Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon, left, who also serves as office administrator, and Brenda Loiselle-Marcotte. All three are owners of the company.  
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Family lessons endure at Loiselle Insurance Agency

Insurance runs in the Loiselle family.Robert Loiselle is president of Loiselle Insurance Agency in Pawtucket. His daughters, Melanie Loiselle-Mongeon and Brenda Loiselle-Marcotte, serve as...
ON THE MOVE: Island Moving Company founder and Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, with company dancer Emily Baker in the background. The ballet performance company is planning and fundraising for a new $4 million building that would include three studios as a black box theater and provide a home for its Newport Academy of Ballet.
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Island Moving ballet works to connect

Masterful use of venues such as Rosecliff mansion and the tall ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry has shaped the Island Moving Company’s relationship with...
RETAIL BOUTIQUES: Natalie Swift, left, and Dakota Whitworth are the co-founders of Harper & Tucker, a business that operates retail boutiques: one on Bellevue Avenue in Newport and another in the Wayland Square neighborhood of Providence.
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Harper & Tucker clothing stands out

Dakota Whitworth and Natalie Swift launched a boutique in Newport in 2017 that had what every woman wants in her clothing – something unique...
THREADING A NEW NEEDLE: Ocean State Innovations uses a novel approach to find success in the textile industry, thanks in large part to ownership partner Ben L. Galpen, left, and Edward W. Ricci II, CEO and partner.
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Redefining the role of middleman in the textile market

Ocean State Innovations in Portsmouth is putting a modern spin on Rhode Island’s storied textile industry. Once a powerhouse, local textile companies today are...
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