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.

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,...
HOMEMADE BEGINNINGS: From left, store manager Brandi White with co-owners Steph and Jake Kopper at Shore Soap in Newport. The Koppers opened the shop at the suggestion of friends and family who were impressed with the couple’s homemade 12-bar batches of soap, which began as a hobby.

Shore’s scents of luxury

For Jake and Steph Kopper, the entrepreneurial spark came from a gift of luxury soap.Interested in obtaining more but turned off by the price...
FRESH FRIENDSHIP: Fresh Mode Screen Printing co-owners Jake Fahrenholz, left, and Ethan Colby work on hoodies for a client. The pair became friends at the age of 15, attended college together and opened Fresh Mode in 2006.

Fresh Mode’s custom prints make a mark

Going into business with a high school friend might seem like a mistake. But the partnership behind Fresh Mode Screen Printing Inc. includes a...
CARDS AND CAUSES: Swipe for a Cause, a company in North Kingstown that provides payment systems for debit and credit cards for other companies to use, takes a portion of the proceeds and donates them to charities. From left, Alan Kerr, vice president of strategic alliances; Kim Kennedy, account relationship manager; Jonathan Sayles, vice president of sales; and Brad Robinson, operations manager.

Swipe for profit-sharing

Andrew and Margaret Kinnecom freely admit the payment-processing business doesn’t have the best reputation. The industry provides merchants with point-of-service devices, so their customers...
FILLING A NEED: Joshua Ellison, right, founder of Edge and End, with employee Jason Harritos, oversees an enterprise that helps people with developmental disabilities to have work experiences and hopefully employment through woodworking.

Edge & End uses woodworking as a tool to help disadvantaged...

Joshua Ellison, the son of Pawtucket-based Lorimer Studios LLC’s founder, cites an “interesting serendipity” as the inspiration behind Edge & End LLC, founded in...
FAMILY TRUCKERS: Commodity Haulers Express is a regional truckload transportation company based at Quonset Business Park. From left, Dan Izzi, James Izzi Jr., their dad, James Izzi, and his brother Robert P. Izzi, the business’s founder and owner.

Have cargo, will travel

Water, coffee and rolls of newsprint have combined to create a strong business for a Rhode Island trucking family.Commodity Haulers Express Inc., owned by...
BEAT THE STREETS: Maricruz Flores, 12, left foreground, and Skylah Chakouian, 16, right foreground, spar as part of the Beat the Streets wrestling program at Moses Brown High School. In the background is Director Jacque Davis. At right are Alezia Greman, left, 10, and Ivy Latino, 7.

Preparing for success through wrestling

All of life’s lessons can’t be taught on a wrestling mat. But it’s a good place to start, according to leaders of Beat the...
CONTEMPORARY VIEW: Bobbie Lemmons, right, founder and creative director of Atelier Newport, in the gallery with ­Michele Maker Palmieri. Lemmons focuses on emerging and midcareer artists.

Newport gallery grows with city

For the past three years, Atelier Newport owner Bobbie Lemmons has exhibited artists she admires and respects at the contemporary art gallery, located adjacent...
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Mari Anne Snow is the president and founder of Sophaya. The company provides leadership training for executives and companies that have remote employees.  

Sophaya training remote workers

Any number of companies can help a small or large business with technology needs. But a business that helps them manage the employees working...
POWERFUL BATTERIES: EaglePicher Technologies in East Greenwich develops batteries for spacecraft and military jets. From left, Robert Gitzendanner, applications engineering director; George Cintra, vice president of research and development; Alex Buonanno, program manager; and Frank Puglia, director of research and development. 

EaglePicher powering space exploration

In November, NASA’s Insight lander touched down on Mars. Then, in December, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft reached its destination, the asteroid Bennu.Both space vehicles have...
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