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POSITIVE ­IMPACT: XBInsight Inc. President Kathi Graham-Leviss developed a database of thousands of jobs that predicts how successful someone will be at work from both a fit and performance ­perspective.
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DAVID HANSEN

She has the insights to predict job success in terms of...

Anyone who’s watched “Succession,” the addictive saga about the mega-wealthy Roys, knows how it ends (spoiler alert): the family business doesn’t always remain in...

Employees at downtown Providence Starbucks unionize

PROVIDENCE – Employees at a downtown Starbucks have become the first Starbucks store in Rhode Island to unionize. Workers at the 1 Financial Plaza store...
FAST START: Nishita Roy-Pope, left, founder and CEO of Tribe Academy LLC, shares the stage with Florcy Morisset, the organization’s co-founder and innovation strategist for Accenture, at an event at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Roy-Pope says the startup organization has hosted programs for more than 500 participants since launching in 2019.
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Creating broad talent takes a collective ‘Tribe’

PBN Diversity Equity & Inclusion 2023 Awards Career Consulting: Tribe Academy LLC BEING DIVERSE AND BEING EQUITABLE are the driving forces behind Tribe Academy LLC, a...
CROSSROADS RHODE ISLAND has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund. / COURTESY CROSSROADS RHODE ISLAND

Crossroads R.I. awarded $5M from Bezos Day 1 fund

PROVIDENCE – Crossroads Rhode Island once again became the beneficiary of a seven-figure grant from a national program founded by former Amazon.com Inc. CEO...
BIO-BONES: Carol Dancer, president of Absorbent Specialty Products LLC in Pawtucket, visits the manufacturing floor, where a fake skeleton, known as Ling Ling, is covered with the company’s Bio-Bone prosthetics, used to fill cadavers for funerals after organs and bones have been donated.
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Meet the Makers: A manufacturer with a super absorbing history

(Editor’s note: This is the 14th installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s ­unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
Cristin O’Hara

Restaurant industry proves resiliency as it rebuilds

Like countless other industries, the restaurant industry has been completely redefined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurant owners felt optimistic about the post-COVID world but...
NO WORRIES: Dorothy Davison, executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Rhode Island, says artificial intelligence will allow engineers to be more efficient, not replace them entirely. 
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‘We don’t look at AI as a terrifying thing’

How will artificial intelligence impact professional engineers? Will it improve their lives or put them out of work? Any major AI chatbot can provide answers to...
STEADY PACE: Toye Onikoyi has founded two tech-related businesses in Rhode Island, including a virtual reality arcade called Bubbler VR. Unlike in bigger hubs, Onikoyi says, Rhode Island’s tech sector seems to move at a more deliberate speed, which sometimes can be an advantage. 
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TOO SMALL TO FAIL? R.I.’s low-profile tech sector avoiding carnage felt...

After John MacKrell launched an app-based laundry pickup and delivery service more than three years ago, a question sometimes came up during his search...
Simone Peinkofer

Problem of online returns

E-commerce may make shopping more convenient, but it has a dark side most consumers never see. Say you order an electric toothbrush for Father’s Day...
DATA CENTER: Ocean State Job Lot Chief Information Officer Hisham Aharon, left, and Chief Financial Officer John Conforti inspect the computer servers that power the retailer’s technology, including the artificial intelligence software it uses. 
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From design to contracts, companies embrace AI tools

Even if you haven’t tried artificial intelligence tools that can write essays and poems or conjure new images on command, chances are the companies...
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