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Five Questions With: Elizabeth M. Tanner

Elizabeth M. Tanner | Secretary of commerce, Rhode Island 1. How will you use your experience at the R.I. Department of Business Regulation in this new...

Commerce at crossroads: How will the gubernatorial election change R.I.’s economic...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee was in his element as he strolled along Main Street in East Greenwich one afternoon in July. It was another stop...

Most-read stories on, June 2022

1. PBN announces 2022 40 Under Forty honorees POSTED ONLINE: JUNE 10 Forty young professionals have been chosen as the winners of Providence Business News’ 18th...
ELIZABETH M. TANNER, who has been the R.I. Department of Business Regulation's director since 2017, has been appointed as the state's new commerce secretary. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

DBR Director Tanner named new R.I. commerce secretary

PROVIDENCE – The director of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation will shift over to R.I. Commerce Corp. to serve as the state’s new...
WILLEM VAN LANCKER'S new 'blue wave' design has been chosen as the winner of the RI State Plate Design Contest. / COURTESY R.I. DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES

R.I. motorists will keep riding the ‘blue wave’

PROVIDENCE – The long-running “Blue Wave” Rhode Island state license plate design will be replaced by a new blue wave design. During a news conference...
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...

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. 

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...

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...
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