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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.
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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...
HEALTH REFORM: The focus of the second panel of participants at the Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Oct. 30 was health care reform and the insurance market, especially in light of the passing of the Republican tax cut bill in 2017 that removes the penalty for not signing up for health care in 2019. From left: Marc Spooner, executive vice president, commercial and government products, Tufts Health Plan; R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Marie L. Ganim; HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman; Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Chief Growth Officer Dave Burnett; Daniel Moynihan, vice president, contracting, Lifespan; and Coastal Medical CEO Dr. Alan Kurose.
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‘Confusion’ over ACA’s future threatens market stability

A weakened individual mandate for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act taking effect next year remains a potent threat to local health care...
TOUGH TASKS: Participants on the first panel of the Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick discuss how to reintegrate into the workforce those who have experienced opioid overdoses and how to curb wasteful health care spending. From left: Landmark Medical Center CEO Michael Souza; UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Farrell; CVS MinuteClinic Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer Angela Patterson; and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare CEO Linda Hurley.
 / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Overdoses, end-of-life care challenge health system

The next challenge in caring for those who experience opioid overdoses is long-term reintegration into the workforce and society, panelists said during Providence Business...
BEING PROACTIVE: Panelists at the 2018 PBN Cybersecurity Summit, held at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Oct. 11, discuss ways companies can prepare for and prevent cyberattacks and hackers. From left: Jeffrey Ziplow, cybersecurity risk assessment partner for BlumShapiro; Francesca Spidalieri, senior fellow for cyber leadership at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University; and Jason Farmer, senior solution manager for RiskSense.
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Train, anticipate to thwart hackers

Cyberthreats are continuing to grow, despite the significant efforts made over the past year to educate both business sectors and the public about ways...
TAKING ADVANTAGE: Ortho Rhode Island’s new building being constructed along Crossings Boulevard in Warwick will be the state’s first to take advantage of legislation exempting medical-tourism-themed facilities from the R.I. Department of Health’s certificate-of-need process.
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Groundwork in place to nurture R.I. medical tourism

RHODE Island is poised to capitalize on medically inspired travel between cities and countries, with Ortho Rhode Island Inc.’s pending three-story building next to...
PLAN AHEAD: PBN 2018 Cybersecurity Summit panelists Cindy Lepore, client executive, business insurance, for Marsh & McClennan Agency, and Larry Selnick, director of treasury and payment solutions at Webster Bank, talk about the importance of having a plan in place to handle data breaches, especially when it comes to loss of finances.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Develop a ‘playbook’ to curb data breaches

Some of your business’s sensitive data is already compromised and more of it likely will be, as the demand for information gleaned from illicit...
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