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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...
SAILING SCHOOL: Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read, foreground, is pictured with sailing instructor Peter Kapur and fourth grade students from Pell Elementary School. The students learn about sailing four times a week at Sail Newport. 
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Another Volvo stopover in Newport?

As recreational and competitive boaters begin to repopulate the waters surrounding Rhode Island, Sail Newport is rolling out a new program for novice sailors...
ROOM TO GROW: The Egis Group recently relocated from Providence to its own building in Warwick, and is expanding. From left, Corey Finkelman, director of marketing; Alex Finkelman, vice president; and Roy Finkelman, president.
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New home for niche insurer The Egis Group

A decade of growth inspired a bold move this year for Finkelman Insurance Inc. The family-owned insurance agency, doing business as The Egis Group,...
EXPANDED OPERATION: Newport Vineyards co-owner John Nunes, right, works on a batch of Vineyard Pilsner with Kevin Beachem of Taproot Brewing. The brewery was added to the vineyard as part of a $4 million renovation and expansion.
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Vineyard renovation, expansion results in rapid growth

Aquidneck Island isn’t exactly wine country, but don’t tell the Nunes brothers.The way their vineyard business has grown, they’ve re-created a piece of California’s...
NEW LOOK: The Howes family, owners of R B Howes & Co., which has made treatments for both diesel and gasoline for almost 100 years, with some of their rebranded merchandise. Ownership of the company is being transferred from parents Robert B. Howes, right, and Deborah L. Howes, second from right, to their children Robert B. Howes II, left, and Erika B. Howes.
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Howes about more than diesel

After nearly a century in business, a North Kingstown company that makes and sells lubricants and fuel additives is making changes for the road...
KEEPING PACE: Doan Tran, left, senior technician, with Michael McAlister, co-owner of North Smithfield Automotive Center, which has grown steadily and kept pace with technological changes.
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North Smithfield’s car doctor

Michael McAlister has been repairing cars since most Americans drove gas guzzlers and were lucky if the odometer made it to 100,000.The first phase...
EXPANDING SERVICES: Brian Gross, left, creative partner, speaks with Jeremy Crisp, managing partner, at Nail Communications in Providence. The longtime advertising agency recently launched a public relations arm called Nail[PR].
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Nailing client messaging

Known as “the father of public relations,” the late Edward Bernays probably would be proud. Today, “PR people,” as they’re sometimes called, outnumber journalists...
GUIDING STARTUPS: Venture Mentoring Service of Rhode Island provides free mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the Ocean State. From left, Dan Horne, mentor; Paul Olean, executive director; and Jarrid Hall, foreground, of GAB-on, a parent-engagement tool for students.
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At Venture Mentoring, the best advice is free

When Paul Olean retired and returned to his home state of Rhode Island, he was dismayed by the then-high unemployment rate. He wanted to...
OUTSOURCED: Kenny Rounds is the owner and CEO of Braver Technology Solutions, a business that provides information technology tech and solutions to businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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Braver a tech problem-solver

When business owners need help understanding technology, and seeing the potential pitfalls of a system, they need a trusted consultant. For many small businesses,...
CONSISTENT GROWTH: Steere Engineering is a civil and structural engineering firm started nine years ago by founder ­Patricia Steere. It’s grown to employ 30, with $4 million in annual revenue. From left, Alison Steere, project manager; Patricia Steere, president; and Thomas Steere, 3D CAD specialist.
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Risk rewards Steere founder

In the business world, good things often happen to deserving people when they work hard and, perhaps most importantly, take a risk.For Patricia Steere,...
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