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Commerce: $13M in Restore RI small-business grants still available

PROVIDENCE – About one-quarter, or $13 million, in new state grants for small businesses was still up for grabs Tuesday morning, just hours before...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced Wednesday that starting Friday, bars at restaurants must shut down by 11 p.m. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

Roughly 90 R.I. restaurants/bars showed some noncompliance; Simone concerned about curfew

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will implement its 11 p.m. shutdown for bars Friday, after Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said during her weekly COVID-19 press...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Business Regulation, as of Monday, notes that 12 businesses have received compliance orders from the state to get up to code regarding COVID-19 safety guidelines. However, the portal does not note if the two businesses that received immediate compliance orders, which have since reopened after further inspection, had been given the OK to reopen. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS REGULATIONS

DBR’s COVID-19 transparency portal shows noncompliance, but not if businesses have...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has ramped up its enforcement in making sure businesses comply with the new safety regulations to limit the spread of...
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.

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...
R.I. COMMERCE CORP. CONFIRMED THE MAJORITY OF THE $1.9 million return on its "Fun-Sized" tourism and marketing campaign is coming from cities up and down the East Coast. / COURTESY COMMERCE R.I.

$1.9M “Fun-Sized” return stems mainly from East Coast

PROVIDENCE – The “Fun-Sized” tourism and marketing campaign spearheaded by the R.I. Commerce Corp. is having the biggest impact in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, according...

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