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Thursday, November 15, 2018
PASSING IT ON: Ben Giguere, left, founder of Gather LLC, on Atwells Avenue in Providence, shows Jairus Burdick how to make a drinking glass. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Glass blowing for masses

Growing up in New Hampshire and Vermont, Ben Giguere, founder of Gather LLC, a Providence glass blowing studio-cum-community center, drew inspiration for his future...
VETERAN LOCKSMITH: Jon Issa, right, is the owner of Jon’s Locks, which provides lock sets and other security services. He recently moved his business into a storefront retail location in Warwick. With Issa is his employee and son Zachary Issa.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Jon’s a lock to help customers

Jonathan Issa had retired from a career in the U.S. Army and was looking for a new occupation where he could work for himself.The...
DESIGN TEAM: Sarah Rainwater, center, founder, president and creative director of Studio Rainwater, talks with designer Danikqwa Rambert, right, at the firm’s office in East Providence. Art Director Sarah Verity works in the background.
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Rainwater boosting brand appeal

Sarah Rainwater has had a thing for art, dating back to college when she was an art-history major.After graduating, she became a graphic designer...
ON THE RADAR: From left, Ronald Olf, quality manager; Chris Burch, vice president; and Donald J. Boyle, owner, look at some grounding posts at Jade Manufacturing in Warwick.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Jade’s military parts can’t fail

Founded by Donald J. Boyle’s father after years in the textile and military-manufacturing industries, Jade Manufacturing has survived ups and downs in the state’s...
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Jennifer Wood, foreground, executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice, helps provide legal access for those who either cannot afford it or don’t know they qualify for it. Helping out are interns Sydney Anderson, left, and Tallia Akay. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Legal Center helps those who need it

The legal landscape in Rhode Island changed several years ago, when a public-interest law center focused on the needs of families and individuals with...
AGGRESSIVE GROWTH: Adam Lastrina, co-owner of Knead Doughnuts, is pictured at the company’s newest location at 135 Elmgrove Ave. on the East Side in Providence, which opened in April. The company opened its first location in downtown Providence in December 2016 and hopes to open four locations within five years.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE TALERICO

Twice is nice for Knead

Rhode Island got its first taste of Knead Doughnuts last year, and co-owner Adam Lastrina says that ever since, it’s been wanting more.And Knead...
FAMILY HOBBY: For Michael Mancini, owner of American Muscle Car Restorations in North Kingstown, restoring cars began as a family hobby that has turned into a full-time career.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Restoring ‘muscle’ in vintage cars

For Michael Mancini, car restoration was first a family hobby, “a bug” he caught from his father and uncles.Today, Mancini owns the 17-person, North...
A BETTER WAY: Steve Rosa is the leader of (add)ventures, a small brand-communications business with clients around the globe. It recently received incentives to add more jobs in Providence through R.I. Commerce Corp.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

At (add)ventures, it’s your brand, your story

Stephen Rosa learned to identify business ­solutions at a company that would grow to become a Fortune 500 giant – EMC.From his position, among...
HEAVY LOAD: Rosa Ciunci, left, and Maureen Pagliaro, co-founders of LinenDrops.com, provide linen services for vacation and short-term rental properties throughout the region.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Delivering on fresh linen

After working in criminal justice, Maureen Pagliaro was looking for something different to work on. Inspiration came during her vacations in North Carolina when...
POPULAR DESIGNS: Robin Barrett Wilson, CEO and founder of robin b., a 3-year-old women’s fashion design and boutique in Cranston, wears one of her designs, a black sleeveless sheath dress underneath a cardigan sweater, both made in New York. The outfit on the rack next to her has a Lola & Sophie top and Parkes Smith jeans.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fresh fashion looks for women in Garden City

After studying fashion at the Community College of Rhode Island and Lesley University, followed by stints with Victoria’s Secret, Filene’s and apparel company V.F....
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A summit on the topics of diversity and inclusion will be held at the start of the awards program. Attendees will learn from experts during a discussion of best practices. For details, including the list of winners, panelists and ticket information, click below.

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Crowne Plaza, Warwick
8am–11am