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.

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.

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].

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.

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.

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.

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...

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