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THE FORECASTERS: Panelists participating in PBN’s Economic Trends Summit on Feb. 10 discuss what the future holds for Rhode Island’s economy. Clockwise from top left are PBN Editor Michael Mello, who served as moderator; Thomas Sweeney, owner of Sweeney Real Estate and Appraisal; Jeffrey Diehl, CEO and executive director for the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank; Thomas Tzitzouris, head of fixed income research for Strategas Research Partners; Elizabeth “Betty” Robson, CEO of J.F. Moran Co.; and Craig Pickell, chairman and CEO of Bullard Abrasives Inc.

Plenty of challenges ahead, but which to solve first?

Inflation. Supply chain bottlenecks. Worker shortages. The pandemic-induced fires are spreading fast, and companies are struggling to figure out which ones to put out first. Local...

PBN Economic Summit: Inflation, labor woes will endure

PROVIDENCE – Like any good business owner, Craig Pickell documents every cost increase incurred by his Lincoln manufacturing company, Bullard Abrasives Inc. But the year-end...

PBN Economic Trends Summit to be held Feb. 10

PROVIDENCE – The PBN Economic Trends Summit will be held on Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The virtual summit will discuss the...

Where’s Rhode Island’s economy heading?

Bringing Rhode Island’s economy back to pre-COVID-19 levels will take an ongoing commitment into the new year from business, government and community leaders to...
WORKING TOGETHER: Panelists discuss the ways government and businesses in Rhode Island can work hand in hand to increase access to funds and develop a larger talent pool for various industries during a virtual conversation moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, center, and Mark S. Murphy, top left. Clockwise from the top middle are: Eric M. Shorr, Michael E. McKelvy, Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, Marcela Betancur, Chris Parisi and Betty Robson.

Call to arms for government, businesses

On the occasion of Providence Business News’ 35th anniversary, six business and community leaders joined in a virtual discussion on Rhode Island’s economy –...
Elizabeth “Betty” Robson
J.F. Moran Co. CEO and president
Betty Robson was named CEO and president of J.F. Moran Co. in 2015. She has more than 40 years of experience in international trade working in the family-owned and operated Smithfield business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Relationships key to supply chains

Before the pandemic, most consumers and many businesses were blissfully unaware of the steps involved in getting toilet paper into the supermarket. Today, everyone...
LEVELING UP: JoEllen Fiorenzano, CEO and president of F.A.F. Inc. in Smithfield, has spent more than four decades at the fashion jewelry designer and supplier, working her way up from what started as a high school job to now leading the company for the past three years. / COURTESY F.A.F. INC.

Whether mentoring, collaborating, or supporting, Fiorenzano gives back in many ways

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Industry Leader Creative Services: JoEllen Fiorenzano, F.A.F. Inc. JoEllen Fiorenzano, CEO and president of F.A.F. Inc. in Smithfield, wasn’t exactly born...
FOREIGN FOCUS: Richard W. Pinto Jr., CEO of the Rhode Island International Trade Center in Providence, says the center focuses on bringing foreign companies into the United States via Rhode Island and is working with about a dozen foreign companies in Ireland, Italy, Canada, Spain, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. businesses partner overseas, but state’s trade-zone designation has yet...

Cargo ships carrying components for Block Island Wind Farm’s enormous wind turbines arrived regularly at Providence’s port in 2015 and 2016, when the wind...
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