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READY FOR LAUNCH: Elizabeth M. Tanner, left, director of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation, and Melissa Travis, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, are preparing for a pilot program in which blockchain technology will be used for the credentials of the state’s CPAs. / PBN PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

CPAs playing key part in R.I. blockchain pilot program

Twenty-five Rhode Island accountants are preparing to be guinea pigs for a digital ID program using blockchain technology that, if successful, could transform the...
Elizabeth M. Tanner / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Elizabeth M. Tanner, R.I. Department of Business Regulation

1. As Rhode Island opens back up, how do you see the role of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation changing? Our ultimate goal...
LICENSE TO SELL: Adam Batchelder, right, owns food truck Smoke & Squeal BBQ. He serves Elena and Bob Given, of Mansfield, biscuits, pickled watermelon rind, and mac and cheese. Batchelder says he’ll welcome the chance to get a single statewide license next year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

DBR streamlining regs to aid businesses

If you regulate it, businesses will come … and tell you how to better manage the industry, which fines and processes are outdated, which...
MUCH ­HAPPIER NOW: Smoke & Squeal BBQ owner Adam Batchelder is looking forward to the new year, when licensing requirements for food trucks will be simplified thanks to new regulations. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Good signs from Statehouse on business regulation in 2018

Rhode Island has a well-deserved reputation for being a high-cost, over-regulated state. And in the last decade, a number of initiatives have been tried...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Elizabeth M. Tanner

Elizabeth M. Tanner | Director of business regulation, R.I. Executive Office of Commerce 1. What have been your biggest successes since your appointment as director...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has appointed Mark A. Furcolo, left, director of the R.I. Department of Revenue, and Elizabeth M. Tanner, right, the director of the Department of Business Regulation. / COURTESY GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

Raimondo appoints new Revenue and Business Regulation department heads

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has named new directors for the Department Business Regulation and the Department of Revenue. Raimondo and R.I. Commerce Secretary...

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