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STACEY MESSIER, general manager of CIC Providence LLC, was recently named general manager of Cambridge Innovation Center's New England region, in which she'll continue to oversee the CIC Providence campus, alongside CIC's Boston and Cambridge, Mass., locations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

CIC Providence GM to lead innovation network’s New England region

PROVIDENCE – Stacey Messier, general manager of CIC Providence LLC, will soon oversee CIC's New England region in addition to her Ocean State responsibilities. As...
TAKING STOCK: Minnie Luong, co-founder and co-owner of Chi Foods LLC, at the company’s facility in Pawtucket. She says she didn’t seek a bank loan when starting her kimchi business because she knew small businesses are viewed as risky by lenders, especially minority- and women-owned businesses. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

In fermented veggies, a family heritage preserved

(Editor’s note: This is the 40th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...

Providence leads as global CIC network reports record growth

PROVIDENCE – In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, with most in-person work prohibited, Cambridge Innovation Center leaders had some concerns about what...
THE TURKS HEAD BUILDING, right, is at the heart of what was once a thriving financial district in Providence. PBN FILE PHOTO/MARY MACDONALD

Is I-195 land a drain on downtown?

Some new projects on the former Interstate 195 land have heightened concerns about incentives that favor new development in certain areas of Providence at...

State of Innovation: R.I.’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs shows resilience

For the developers of Pointz, a navigation app geared toward safer routes for cyclists, Rhode Island offered a wealth of mentoring and networking opportunities,...

Startup resilience a hopeful sign for state’s economy

Like most economic sectors, Rhode Island’s startup community has felt the sting of the pandemic. But outweighing the setbacks is a resiliency that is...
TRAINING HUB: Jennifer Menard, left, interim vice president of economic and business development at Bristol Community College, and Laura Douglas, college president, stand outside the future home of the school’s National Offshore Wind Institute on the New Bedford waterfront. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unchartered training: How does region build workforce for new wind sector?

Toiling hundreds of feet above the open ocean, sometimes amid stormy weather and battering waves, technicians in the offshore wind industry need not only...

R.I. looks to expand workplace tests

Rhode Island is trying to double the number of daily tests taken for COVID-19, in part by encouraging more employers to adopt surveillance testing. Manufacturing...
Patrice Milos / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Patrice Milos, Cherrystone Angel Group executive director

1. How does your experience as co-founder of a startup inform your strategy in your new role at Cherrystone? Angel investors must keep pace...
STRONG CONNECTIONS: Jennifer McCann, director of the U.S. Coastal Program at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, shown here at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett, says Rhode Island can build a sustainable future by connecting its related industries in the blue economy. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Super sector: Experts say R.I.’s $5B blue economy has oceans of...

Intertwined with Rhode Island’s economy as a source of food, recreation and power, and as a medium for transportation and defense, the ocean has...
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