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.

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...
JOB TRAINING: We Make RI staff, from left: Diana Castellone, marketing specialist; Barbara Jackson, executive director; Katelyn Boudreau, vice president of employer relations; and Samantha Gobin, outreach coordinator, meet at the nonprofit’s Cranston offices.

Manufacturing a new job

At least half of the men accepted into classes at We Make RI say they want to be machinists, or computer numerically controlled operators.The...
LOCAL HERBS: Sisters Christina Dedora, right, owner, and Cheryl Pynn run Sanctuary Herbs, a small business that makes herbal teas. Sanctuary buys fresh herbs from local farmers and dries them in its facility in Pawtucket.

Rhody-grown herbal teas

After 13 years of farming – growing flowers, herbs and vegetables on state-owned, cooperative land – Christina Dedora was ready to simplify her work...
MANAGING PARTNERS: Cameron & Mittleman attorneys and managing partners, from left, Robert A. Migliaccio, Lynn E. ­Riley and Scott F. Bielecki converse at the Providence law firm. The firm has expanded practice areas as it added attorneys.  

Firm’s expertise grows with practice

Cameron & Mittleman LLP is one of Providence’s long-established, midsized law firms.Its areas of focus have grown with the practice. They include: corporate and...
DOG TRAINING: Cassandra Birocco, owner of K9 Connection in Warwick,, which serves about 150 people with their dogs per week and at least 30 dogs per night. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

K9 connects pups, owners

Perhaps it’s to be expected that a dog-training business would prioritize loyalty.Along with the closer relationships that K9 Connections has helped forge between people...
LABOR OF LOVE: Jordan Ford, left, and Darin Wildenstein are co-owners of Jordan’s Jungle, a plant store and nursery occupying 4,000 square feet in a former jewelry plant in Pawtucket. 

Jordan’s Jungle where the hard-to-find grow

A business of 5,000 plants, aptly named Jordan’s Jungle, began with a single orchid.Located in a Pawtucket mill, the business is popular with clients...
GENOMIC MAPPING: Dr. Barrett Bready is the owner and founder of Nabsys, a bio-science company in Providence that does genomic mapping. The company is planning to put its high-definition DNA mapping instrument up for sale on the commercial market later this year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nabsys offers new view of DNA

Figuring out better ways to read and analyze DNA, the so-called building blocks of life, can be a tricky business.But if such a product...
BRANCHING OUT: Barbra and Michael Perry, owners of Blades Small Engine Repair in Taunton, used to run their mobile small-engine-repair business from home but this year opened a shop and showroom in the city.

Blades’ repairs cut above

Barbra and Michael Perry had already built a solid customer base in the Taunton area by running their mobile small-engine-repair business out of their...
PLANT-BASED DESSERTS: Becky Morris is the owner of Celebrated, a bakery that specializes in plant-based desserts and is known for its macarons and other bridal/elegant table displays. All desserts are animal-free. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Treats vegans can love

Becky Morris knew what it was like to attend a social event and find nothing on the dessert table she could eat as a...
EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT: Management Search employs a dozen people and is hired by companies to recruit executives. From left, Kelly Bowen, vice president of client development; Carol Judge, partner; Stephen E. Judge, president; and Michael Schlaker, partner.

Matchmaker finds corporate leaders

When a company wants to hire an executive, sometimes it needs a hired gun to reach out and find the right people. That’s where...
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