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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...
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.
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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.
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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.  
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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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