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CIRCUITOUS ROUTE: Rosalind “Roz” Rustigian tried her hand at several different occupations before taking over her father’s V. George Rustigian Rugs Inc. business in Providence after he died in 1980.
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Roz keeps the rugs rolling at Rustigian

When Rosalind Rustigian was a teenager, her dad, Rusty, offered her some fatherly advice. “He wrote me a note. It said I should keep my...
SPREADING HER WINGS: Lindsay Kuhn launched her online career platform Wingspans Inc. after realizing there was a career opportunity gap for students in Providence while teaching at Nathan Bishop Middle School. 
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Connecting students and job seekers to careers through storytelling

From the time she was a teenager in Coral Springs, Fla., Lindsay Kuhn recognized the power of storytelling. Throughout her career, that power has...
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...
ADDING ­FLAVOR: ­Mariana R. Silva-Buck and her daughter, Sofia, launched Little Maven Lemonade in 2020, a spinoff from Sofia’s lemonade stand. Now Little Maven has three flavors – original, Amazonia and Unicorn. 
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From lemonade stand to fruitful company

When life hands you lemons, don’t just make lemonade. Consider Mariana R. Silva-Buck’s solution – a lemonade company launched from her daughter’s lemonade stand. Since...
A SOLID ­FOUNDATION: Angela Conte sits with a selection of granite blocks at Structural Stone LLC that will be used for upcoming projects. Conte’s father, a stone carver, built a quarry business after migrating from Portugual. Now she and her husband, Donald, operate their own business, Structural Stone, in North Kingstown. 
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She’s carved out a place in a rock-hard industry

Explore many of the cities on the East Coast, and chances are you’ll see the work of Angela Conte’s North Kingstown company, Structural Stone...

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STEADY GROWTH: Audrey Finocchiaro, co-owner of The Nitro Bar, has taken her coffee business from a simple cart in 2016 to now preparing to open her fourth location in June, in Little Compton. At right is Coffee Director Nick Berry at the Providence shop.
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She’s percolating on a path to nitro-fueled success

The Nitro Bar barista whips up cold brew nitro coffee with the flair of a bartender. He scoops ice into a glass and with...
DYNAMIC LEADER: Tracey Beck, left, co-owner and chief operating officer of The Beck Cos. in North Smithfield, speaks with cabinet assembler Ruth Gomez.
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Entrepreneurial path wasn’t part of her plan, but it helped her...

Kids can be a tough crowd to impress, especially when it comes to their parents. Consider this example, courtesy of Tracey Beck who ventured...
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