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JACK OF MANY TRADES: Marine Solutions Inc. owner Dick Cromwell, left, who says he’s always enjoyed working around boats, ran many other businesses before launching the marine vessel dealer in Portsmouth in 1995. He’s pictured with Miles Brugman.
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Cromwell sailing smoothly

Richard “Dick” Cromwell ran many businesses throughout his career before launching Maritime Solutions Inc. in 1995, including a restaurant and scooter rental company. “I’ve had...
SPREADING HER WINGS: Lindsay Kuhn launched her online career platform Wingspans Inc. after realizing there was a career opportunity gap for students in Providence while teaching at Nathan Bishop Middle School. 
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Connecting students and job seekers to careers through storytelling

From the time she was a teenager in Coral Springs, Fla., Lindsay Kuhn recognized the power of storytelling. Throughout her career, that power has...
TEST RUN: Jorge Reyes of Providence displays pastries called pastelitos at the Culinary Hub of Providence – CHOP – a workforce training restaurant that’s due to open this spring in the Providence Public Library. Reyes is in the early stages of culinary ­training.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Building restaurant in Providence library is far from by the book

These days, it’s not so silent in the Providence Public Library. And PPL isn’t unique in that regard – while libraries haven’t completely abandoned quiet...
SPREAD THIN: Robert Andreozzi, co-owner and chef of Pizza Marvin, prepares dough for a pizza at the restaurant on Wickenden Street in Providence. In December 2022, a rave review on social media from Barstool Sports owner Dave Portnoy spurred so many orders, it disrupted the business for a time.
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Local pizza joints feel the power of just ‘one bite’

When Jeff Merlino, owner of Merlino’s Pizzeria in Cranston, heard that Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy was returning to Rhode Island in January to...

Bankruptcy doesn’t ground Bird, Spin in Providence

Despite a financially turbulent 2023 for Bird Rides Inc., the electric bike and scooter vendor that has filed for bankruptcy protection is expected to...

‘All That’ must connect locally

The low-key rollout of a new statewide tourism campaign on Feb. 21 was met with a similarly muted public response. From R.I. Commerce Corp.’s perspective,...
MOMENTUM PLAY: Rhode Island FC head coach Khano Smith, left, oversees a preseason training session in January. The team is looking to build fan support in its inaugural season ahead of a new Pawtucket stadium opening next year.
PBN FILE PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Full buildout of Tidewater is needed to justify cost

It’s hard enough competing as a newcomer in an established league, as the state’s first professional soccer team, Rhode Island FC, will do beginning...
AD CONFAB: DDL Advertising LLC owner Stacey Caputi Liakos, right, chats with digital media manager Zach Ferri, center, and Daniel Antunes, a digital marketing associate. Ferri says the use of cookies to track internet users has been evolving, and that change will continue as Google LLC phases out third-party cookies on its browser Chrome. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Marketers prep for Chrome’s cookie phaseout

Do you agree to this website’s cookie policy? Web users likely see a similar prompt daily, if not multiple times per day, as they browse...
Ramya ­Vijaya

Burden? No, migrants bolster economy

Although Congress is failing to pass laws to restrict the number of migrants arriving in the U.S., a majority of Americans – about 6...

The cost of layoffs: Looking beyond pink slips

When economic adversity collides with a business plan, the response to the cost issues must be prompt – and it must be right. When...
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