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UNEASY FEELING: While Therese Sloane, a store leader for Ocean State Job Lot in North Kingstown, has gotten several raises during her time there, she is seeing expenses such as gas and utilities increase. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Economic forecast: Inflation putting squeeze on companies, workers

Daniel Shedd has always made it a point to offer competitive wages to the workers of his Warren manufacturing company, but what he used...
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE, pictured, and the Community College of Rhode Island announced that their respective spring semesters will start remotely through early February. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

Rhode Island College, CCRI and RISD starting spring classes online

PROVIDENCE – In addition to requiring their students and employees to get COVID-19 booster shots before the start of the spring semester, Rhode Island...
BOXED OUT: French Confection owners Karen Mauprivez, left, and Xavier Mauprivez, center, help Taylor Brendlinger of Portsmouth with her order, including one of their popular Yule logs, at their Middletown bakery. Ordering specialized boxes for the cakes and other supplies has been a problem this year. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

CHAIN REACTION: Supply snags deliver blow to R.I. businesses

With cycling’s popularity surging during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand has been sky high at Providence-based outerwear company Cleverhood LLC. That’s because the company designs and...

Warren Alpert Foundation names 3 new directors, Hirsch as board chair

PROVIDENCE – The Warren Alpert Foundation has elected three new directors and a new board chairperson. David M. Hirsch, the managing partner of Providence-based private...
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY announced late Tuesday it will require all its students and employees to get COVID-19 booster vaccinations before the start of the spring semester. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

RWU, Bryant, RISD latest colleges to require COVID-19 booster shots

BRISTOL – Roger Williams University, Bryant University in Smithfield and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence are the latest local colleges to mandate...

Should local colleges mandate that students and staff get COVID-19 booster...

Local colleges this past summer made it clear that nearly all students – and employees in some cases – needed to be vaccinated against...
LOCAL COLLEGES are currently strongly recommending students and employees to get COVID-19 booster shots, and currently vetting as to whether or not to mandate them on campus. / AP FILE PHOTO/MARY ALTAFFER

Local colleges taking wait-and-see approach on mandating booster vaccines

PROVIDENCE – In late summer, just before students returned to local college campuses for the new academic year, the schools made it clear that...
DOMENIC SCHIAVONE, RIGHT, Warwick Mall general manager, says more shoppers have hit the stores earlier in the holiday shopping season this year because of question marks surrounding the supply chain and the new variant of COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will new COVID-19 variant, supply-chain worries alter holiday shopping season?

Fears that retailers might not be able to restock shelves and that a new COVID-19 variant will curtail public gatherings and activities have apparently...
CHANGE MAKER? R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, who was appointed in March 2019, has been in charge of the state’s takeover of Providence public schools. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lessons in changing leadership

EDUCATION The education sector across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts has transformed in numerous ways in recent years, ranging from new leadership taking over at...
NOT EASY: Saeed Roohani, chair of the Department of Accounting at Bryant University, says becoming a certified public accountant requires money and time, which may be dissuading some people from becoming a CPA candidate. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Is qualifying for a CPA license too tough?

Within the accounting profession, certified public accountants are regarded as among the field’s most highly capable and well-compensated individuals. But as firms have difficulty...

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