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BUSY PORT: Ships unload cars being imported into the U.S. from overseas, at the NORAD facilities at the Port of Davisville in North Kingstown. Daniel Tofdoff, longshoreman, scans and tags vehicles / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Quonset reports nearly 6% increase in employment in 2017

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Employment at Quonset Business Park rose by 5.5 percent in 2017, to 11,458, according to a newly released annual report. The business...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 10 among states for highest percentage of millennials as a share of its total populous. / COURTESY BROOKINGS INSTITUTION

Report: R.I. ranks No. 10 for highest share of millennial population...

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island was found to have the 10th-highest percentage of millennials in the nation at 24.3 percent of its total population, for...
ASPEN AEROGELS REPORTED a 2017 net loss of $19.3 million, compared to a 2016 loss of $12 million.

Aspen Aerogels reports $19.3M loss for 2017

NORTHBOUROUGH, Mass. – Aspen Aerogels Inc. reported a net loss of $19.3 million for 2017, compared to a $12 million loss in 2016 in...
CELBRATING ­DIVERSITY: Bert Crenca, a Providence artist and founder of AS220, stands in front of “Types,” a series of five murals he painted on the historical façade of the Providence National Bank building at 35 Weybosset St, which is meant to celebrate the diversity of people. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Is Providence ready to make good on a 38-year-old commitment to...

As founder of AS220, Bert Crenca travels frequently. He often speaks to national audiences about the alternative-arts organization, one of the largest such nonprofits...
LISTENING: Miellette McFarlane, interim director of Real Jobs Rhode Island, answers a question at the PBN Workforce Development Summit. From left: Lisa Abbott, Lifespan; Damian Ewens, Opportunity@Work; McFarlane; Tim Hebert, Carousel Industries of North America and Trilix; Matthew Reeber, Pannone, Lopes, Devereaux & O’Gara; and Douglas H. Sherman, New England Institute of Technology. / PBN PHOTO/­PAMELA BHATIA

Summit: Growing talent pool collaborative effort

“No matter where you are – California, Dallas, Chicago – finding talent is one of the biggest challenges” to successfully running a business, said...
SAY CHEESE: Casey and Adrienne D’Arconte opened Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery in Cranston in May 2015, offering imported and domestic cheeses, crackers and select charcuterie, as well as a dine-in menu. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A cheese lover’s paradise

Casey and Adrienne D’Arconte are working with what they know – and love – cheese. A New England Culinary Institute-trained chef, Casey’s training features stints...
HOPEFUL: Adam Batchelder, owner of Smoke & Squeal BBQ food truck and a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran, hopes a law passed last July requiring 3 percent of state government contracts be awarded to businesses owned by military veterans will boost his business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Military veteran business owners feel new state contract bill not enough

As of mid-2017, Rhode Island-based military-veteran business owners may have an easier time bidding for state government contracts, or so the General Assembly hopes. A...
IT’S A LOCAL STORY: Higher minimum wages do not seem to have hurt New ­England excessively – three states have among the lowest 10 jobless rates in the nation. And Massachusetts, with the third-highest minimum wage in the nation, comes in at No. 17 for lowest jobless rate in the nation. No one ever said New England followed all the national trends.

Higher minimum wage correlates slightly with higher unemployment

One of the primary arguments against raising the minimum wage is that employment will drop, especially among young, entry-level workers. A cursory look at the...
ANTHONY MAIONE, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island, says many families are spending more than one-third of their income "to keep a roof over their head," which is why UWRI awarded $100,000 in grants to four local organizations in January. / COURTESY UWRI

UWRI awards $100K in Housing for All Fund grants to local...

PROVIDENCE – Continuing to address the lack of affordable housing available to Rhode Islanders, in early January the United Way of Rhode Island awarded...
EDWARD BOZZI is a professor at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Rhode Island's Providence campus. / COURTESY URI

Five Questions With: Edward Bozzi

Housed at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus and launched in 2002, the Biotechnology Manufacturing Program trains students to enter the state’s burgeoning...
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People on the Move

BankNewport Announces Community Development Appointment

NEWPORT, R.I. (February 12, 2018) - BankNewport President and CEO, Sandra J. Pattie recently announced the appointment of Adriana I. Dawson to Vice President,...

BankNewport Appoints Merrill To Chief Operating Officer

NEWPORT, R.I. (February 7, 2018) - BankNewport President and CEO, Sandra J. Pattie recently announced the appointment of Leland R. Merrill to Executive Vice...

Edmund A. Restivo, Jr., Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Restivo Monacelli LLP, Elected to...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. February 1, 2018 – Edmund A. Restivo, Jr., Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Restivo Monacelli LLP, was elected to the Providence Preservation...

Press Releases

BankNewport and United Way Select 10 Nonprofit Leaders for Executive Director Learning Circle Series

Providence, R.I. (February 20, 2018) Following the success and positive feedback of their inaugural Executive Director Learning Circle Series in 2017, United Way of...

RIMA to Host Free Marketing Workshop for Manufacturers: How to Increase Sales in Marketing...

The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA), an organization dedicated to connecting Rhode Island manufacturers with the resources they need to compete and grow, is...

“Top RI Mortgage Professional Evelyn Perez Joins the Province Mortgage Associates, Inc. Team”

Province Mortgage Associates continues to reinforce its unwavering commitment to growth with the hiring of one of the highest producing mortgage professionals in RI,...

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