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FACE TIME: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at one of the daily briefings she has given during the crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Raimondo’s leadership, transparency earn praise

State governors are ­typically not front and center during a national crisis. But the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the U.S. has pushed governors to...
TRUE TEST: Mark S. Hayward, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island office, acknowledges that he hasn’t seen a disruption of business quite like the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. businesses offered SBA help to get through coronavirus epidemic

Mark S. Hayward was in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. With the metro shut down following the devastating terrorist attacks in New York City...
Bruce Newbury

2019 was the year of ‘Uber to table’

The year 2019 may well be remembered in dining circles as one during which a major change took place on both sides of the...
DRAMATIC CHANGE: Tom McGinn, captain and president, and Kristin Stone are co-owners of Providence Riverboat. After the company joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, it shifted its business model from cocktail cruises to catering to the tourism industry and nearly tripled its revenue in the first year, Stone said.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tourism: In search of coordination

The Providence Riverboat Co. once served primarily local customers. Its boats would take groups out on the Providence River for cocktail cruises, leaving from...
Bruce Newbury

Not a recipe for failure

Recently, two East Greenwich restaurants on Main Street abruptly closed their doors. The story is that in mid-May, The Grille on Main, a mainstay on...
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