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Thorne Sparkman joined Slater in 2000 as executive director of what was then known as the Slater Center for Interactive Technologies. He focuses on the earliest stage of company creation, including working with university-based teams commercializing research. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

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Thorne Sparkman | Slater Technology Fund managing director As a seed-stage investor, I spend countless hours discovering and courting entrepreneurs, because the founders of today’s...

The case against government incentives

There have been two prominent instances in recent years of governments offering huge monetary incentives in exchange for an office or factory. Both have...

The numbers show soccer is future of U.S. sports

If you’re in the business of professional sports right now, the fundamentals are cause for concern. Attendance is falling, even in the midst of...

How second-tier U.S. cities catch the superstars

For the past three decades, one of the central stories in the U.S. economy has been the rise of superstar cities. As the country...

WJAR: McCoy Stadium plans to be announced Monday

PROVIDENCE — State and local officials are expected to announce Monday afternoon plans regarding the future of McCoy Stadium, WJAR-TV NBC 10 reported Wednesday. While...
STUDENT-FOCUSED: R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green says Providence’s nearly 24,000 students will be her focus, as she leads the state takeover of the city’s public school system. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business a key part of Infante-Green’s blueprint for takeover of Providence...

R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green has been in Rhode Island for less than a year, but she now finds herself trying to fix a...

GA wants to jump-start investment in small businesses but new fund...

A messy debate has been unfolding in the halls of political power in Rhode Island over how the state should help small businesses with...

East Providence names planning and economic-development director

EAST PROVIDENCE – William J. Fazioli, a former city manager, has been named director of planning and economic development in Rhode Island’s fifth-largest city. The...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO sharply criticized the Small Business Development Fund, an investment program created by the General Assembly in 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo criticizes General Assembly’s small-business program

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo didn’t veto the state 2020 fiscal budget over the General Assembly’s insertion of a new tax credit program...
INVOLVED: Jim Boscov is the chairman and CEO of Boscov’s, billed as the nation’s largest family-owned department store, which is moving into the former Nordstrom location at Providence Place mall. He said running a business doesn’t happen from an office, but rather on the sales floor.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

An outlier comes to Providence Place

While other department stores have closed as sales slip away with changing consumer preferences and a migration online, Reading, Pa.-based Boscov’s is an outlier....
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