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OFFERING ­ALTERNATIVES: Scott Kirmil, owner of the Diego’s restaurants in Rhode Island, displays the recyclable food containers his eateries use, a year before a ban on Styrofoam containers goes into effect. Opponents of the ban say small restaurants will have to bear additional costs. 
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Restaurants preparing for ban on Styrofoam containers

On one of his rare days off last summer, Scott ­Kirmil, owner of six Rhode Island eateries, with plans for a seventh, was sitting...

Gyms, museums, casinos to reopen; but a week later in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — Gyms, casinos, museums, movie theaters and guided tours are some of the businesses and cultural activities that can begin welcoming back...

NFIB: Small-business optimism index declines by record amount

PROVIDENCE – The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Small Business Optimism Index fell 8.1 points in March to 96.4, the largest monthly decline in...
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The $2 trillion CARES Act could provide lifelines for small business

Many small businesses breathed a sigh of relief when Congress passed the $2 trillion CARES Act to help prevent them from going under during...
ADJUSTMENTS: Donna Murray, left, assistant director of labor market information at the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, goes over changes to Rhode Island’s unemployment and temporary disability insurance tax laws with Margaux Fontaine. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. makes changes to unemployment, TDI taxes

Many Rhode Island employers could see a reduction in the amount of unemployment insurance tax they pay, while employees are on the hook for...

Mass. minimum wage set to increase on New Year’s Day

BOSTON (AP) – Lower-paid workers in Massachusetts are looking forward to a small hike in the state's minimum wage, but not all businesses are...
RETIREMENT OPTIONS: Glenn King, FM Global’s manager of employee benefits, meets with staff. From left, foreground, are Tricia Fay, North America benefits manager, and Jill Goodman, retirement plans manager. From left, background, are Carole Williamson, manager health and welfare plans, and King. FM Global offers both a 401(k) plan and a pension plan to its employees.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Small businesses struggle to afford basic benefits for employees, survey finds

To the victors, go the spoils. That’s an old truism, especially for employers who win the battle for greater market share. Large companies such as...
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