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PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS honored Thursday eight C-level executives for their work in the 2020 C-Suite Awards program. Pictured top row, from left, are Providence Children's Museum Associate Director Jennifer Bose (named the 2020 Rising Star), Rhode Island Medical Imaging Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Dana Alexander Nolfe, The Groden Network Chief Clinical Officer Cooper Woodard and Brown Medicine Chief Information Officer David Hemendinger. Pictured bottom row, from left, are International Game Technology PLC Senior Vice President of Global Brand and Marketing Communications Wendy Montgomery, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matt Collins (named the 2020 Career Achiever), Carousel Industries of North America Inc. Chief Financial Officer Jason Cherry and Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England CEO Pam Hyland. / PBN PHOTO

2020 C-Suite Awards: Collins takes pride in improving health care

PROVIDENCE – Being part of an organization that’s “passionately leading” a state of health and well-being for all of Rhode Island is why Blue...
U.S. CONSUMER SPENDING declined a record 13.6% in April. / AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF ROBERSON

U.S. consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

WASHINGTON (AP) – United States consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs...

Has freelance work, or the freelancers you regularly use, disappeared due...

More than 58,000 Rhode Islanders have filed with the state for pandemic unemployment assistance. The program provides benefits to the self-employed, small-business owners and...

I-195 district development continues through coronavirus pandemic

PROVIDENCE – Several key projects overseen by the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission are progressing despite the coronavirus pandemic, the commission’s executive director said recently. They...

25-lot subdivision approved in East Greenwich

EAST GREENWICH – A new neighborhood has been authorized in the town. The 25-lot Highland Woods development, approved by the Planning Board earlier this month,...

DLT: R.I. insurance trust fund down $138M, borrowing inevitable

PROVIDENCE – As state unemployment claims continue to rise, the money available to pay out benefits is going down. The state’s insurance trust fund had...
NEW DESIGN: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the National Guard. From left, Scott Noh, product design; Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile specialist. In the background is David Baker, director of engineering. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup shake-up: Entrepreneurs scramble to revamp business plans

Like many college seniors, biomedical student Abbie Kohler and engineering student Greg Fine were disheartened to have their final semester suddenly cut short and...
CRUSH CONCERNS: Rhode Island health officials see the Crush COVID RI smartphone app as an easy way for people to track their activities for possible contact tracing. Critics see privacy issues with it.

Crush COVID app raises caution flags for some

More than 35,000 people have downloaded the Crush COVID RI phone app that’s designed to make contact tracing easier during the pandemic, but critics...
CLASSES IN SESSION: Stacy Sadlier, human resources director at Seven Stars Bakery LLC, says when the bakery was forced to lay off many of its workers during the shutdown, some employees lost access to English-learning courses. They have now resumed in a distance-learning format. The bakery hopes to recall its workers by the end of June. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Training on core skills still crucial in crisis

While many workforce-development initiatives in Rhode Island are aimed at training people in highly skilled labor, such as pipefitting and computer-assisted manufacturing, others seek...
PRIVACY THREAT? The state’s Crush COVID RI phone app includes GPS tracking that can 
be disabled.

State’s contact-tracing app not a serious threat to privacy rights

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says she’s been thrilled with the early response to the state’s Crush COVID RI phone app, despite the specter of...

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