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Just in time for the holidays: Local retailers taking on e-tailers

Experts say more people than ever will be shopping for holiday gifts online this year, but many brick-and-mortar store owners are no longer fretting...
BUY LOCAL: Annie Philbrick, standing, owner of Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, visits with customers in 2017. The shop is one of many Rhode Island businesses hoping shoppers buy local this holiday season. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

When local retailers do well, so does rest of the state

The National Retail Federation is projecting another strong holiday shopping season, with retail sales up between 3.8% and 4.2% over 2018. Many local communities...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza has announced the return of the #ThinkPVD campaign for 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Will you make a point to shop local during the holiday...

The holiday shopping season is underway. One of the signature local kickoff events, Small Business Saturday Shop RI, will be held Nov. 30 at...
PANELISTS AT PBN'S Cybersecurity Summit Friday said, among other topics, that a company's employees are a liability when it comes to cybersecurity. Above, from left to right, Panelists Eric, Shorr, Cindy Lepore, Colin Coleman, Jason Albuquerque, Francesca Spadlieri, Jeffery Ziplow and Moderator Doug White. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Panelists at PBN Cybersecurity Summit say employees are liability regarding cybersecurity

WARWICK – A company’s best asset, its own employees, can be its worst enemy when it comes to cybersecurity and employees being properly trained...
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY for the 2019 PBN Business Excellence Awards is Sept. 18.

Deadline to apply to PBN Business Excellence Awards approaches

PROVIDENCE – The deadline to apply for PBN’s Business Excellence Awards program is Sept. 18. Awardees will be honored for leadership, community service and general...

Small Business Saturday Shop RI returns Nov. 30

WARWICK – For the third consecutive year, Rhode Island merchants will be able to showcase their wares during Small Business Saturday Shop RI, set...
ATHENAEUM BENEFIT: The Providence Athenaeum will host its “A Midnight Dreary” fundraiser, themed around Edgar Allen Poe, on Jan. 31.
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Editor’s Choice: Poe and the athenaeum

EDITOR’S CHOICE Poe and the athenaeum THE PROVIDENCE ATHENAEUM will host a fundraiser, titled “A Midnight Dreary.” The event, themed around Edgar Allen Poe...
RACE VILLAGE: Crowds gather in Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May 2015. The 2017-2018 race stopover marked the second time Newport served as the sole North American locale to host the around-the-world yacht race. In the first week, the race village at Fort Adams State Park saw more than 40,000 ­visitors. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/MARC BOW

Marketing and sailing rewards, but departures too in 2018

R.I. Commerce Corp. last year unveiled a much-anticipated statewide tourism marketing campaign that included an updated website and digital ad initiative. Both centered on what...
PANELSTS AT PBN's Diversity & Inclusion Summit address attendees at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. From left to right, Greg Almieda, Guillaume Bagal, Kim Barker Lee, Juan Lopera and Randy Martinez. / PBN PHOTO/ PAMELA BHATIA

PBN Diversity & Inclusion Summit discusses respect, morality, benefits of D&I

WARWICK — Panelists at the second Providence Business News Diversity & Inclusion Summit, held at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick Wednesday, agreed that diversity and...
STEADY GROWTH: Rick Cohn organized the Rhode Island Real Estate Investor Group in 2003. It meets monthly and has 200 members. The group is structured to provide networking and information for real estate investors on topics of interest, including the upcoming tax law changes.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Investor groups grow with rising market

Investment groups seeking new members are attracting would-be entrepreneurs and investors to meetings around Rhode Island. Some are informal, formed among friends or co-workers. Others...
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