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PROPERTY PLANS: Christine M. West, principal at KITE Architects in Providence, looks at some residential plans for a property in Exeter with Albert Garcia, principal.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business is good, but many companies take a “wait-and-see” attitude

Business continues to be good for most Rhode Island companies, and a majority expect that to continue, though their optimism is tempered by uncertainty...

Can too much transparency hinder economic development?

There’s a running debate between the state and some outside parties about how much information related to luring business here should be shared with...
LOOKING AHEAD: David L. DeQuattro, right, managing principal of Providence-based RGB Architects, looks at building plans with Martin Holland, job captain. DeQuattro anticipates an increase in construction business in the Ocean State in 2018. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Business owners see reasons for optimism, despite high health care costs...

Despite signs business growth could be slowing in the Ocean State, the private sector is bullish about 2018 and is looking to hire at...

Health, education see slow growth in R.I.

Lackluster growth in health and education employment could spell trouble for the Ocean State, where job gains or losses in any segment of the...
TEAM APPROACH: Donald R. Nokes, president and founder of NetCenergy, an information technology services firm, converses with employees at their Cranston office. From left, Kelsey Nokes, manager, business systems; Greg Morrell, network engineer; Donald R. Nokes, president; and Chris Aloisio, lead engineer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Outsourcing helps keep businesses competitive, but is it hurting job growth?

Donald R. Nokes started NetCenergy, an outsourced information technology firm, about 14 years ago.Today, from its headquarters in Cranston, the company provides IT support...
AGGRESSIVE GROWTH: Pictured is the interior of the Amazon fulfillment center in Fall River. According to retail analysts at Needham and Co. LLC, Amazon posted $128.5 billion in gross merchandise sales in 2016, 34 percent of all U.S. online sales, and accounted for 58 percent of all e-commerce growth in the country that year.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Amazon’s growth is bringing much-needed jobs to region, but are they...

Jerry Johnson lost his last retail job about eight years ago, when the consumer-electronics chain Circuit City shut its stores under pressure from competing...
POSITIVE VIBES: According to results from the Providence Business News Summer 2017 Business Survey, local business owners are optimistic about the future of their businesses and the statewide economy, despite ongoing concerns about finding qualified workers and managing rising health care costs.  / PBN GRAPHIC/ANNE EWING & LISA LAGRECA

Strong quarterly results help fuel R.I. business owners’ faith in local...

Optimism reigns among Rhode Island business owners about the future for their businesses and the statewide economy, despite ongoing concerns about finding qualified workers...
CLOSING OUT: ­Arnold Bromberg, right, co-owner of Benny’s, helps Karen Weihs of Tucson, Ariz., find an LED USB desk lamp. Benny’s recently announced it is closing all 31 stores in southern New England. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ ­MICHAEL SALERNO

Benny’s closings blow to workers, economy

The Bromberg family decision to close all 31 of its iconic Benny’s stores has tugged at the heartstrings of many nostalgic Rhode Islanders who...
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