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REACHING FOR THE SKY: Mind 2 Body Fitness owner Maria ­Andresino, center, instructs Nicole Gonzalez, left, of Cumberland and Analy Lopes of East Providence during a Pilates class at her Providence studio.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PBN survey: Even as economy grows, businesses leery about expansion right...

At Pawtucket-based Papis Refrescos LLC, demand for its coconut rum liquor has grown steadily since the company’s launch in 2022. The bottled coquito can...
OPEN SPACE: 
Meliza ­Urquhart, community manager at Paragon Mill in Providence, shows one of the new units offered at “workforce” rates for people who earn between 80% and 120% of the area’s median income. Demand in that slice of the housing market is far beyond the supply. 
PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

MAKING ROOM In the MIDDLE: R.I. struggles to create workforce housing,...

For nursing assistant Johnbray Brown, moving into a workforce-rate unit in the renovated Paragon Mill in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood was a hard-won victory spanning...

Centreville Bank expands operations to Aquidneck Island

MIDDLETOWN – Centreville Bank has branched out across Narragansett Bay. The West Warwick-based financial institution has opened a loan office in Middletown, the first time...

Survey: Greater Newport businesses growing, but inflation, housing concerns remain

NEWPORT — More than half of local businesses report growing sales and stable employment in a new survey by the Greater Newport Chamber of...
ELIZABETH M. TANNER was appointed the state's commerce secretary by Gov. Daniel J. McKee in June at a time when the future of his administration was uncertain because of upcoming elections. Now that McKee has won the election, it appears Tanner will have more time to oversee the direction of R.I. Commerce Corp. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Election over, business community ready for action from R.I. Commerce

Some in the Rhode Island business community have high expectations that R.I. Commerce Corp. will soon be taking a clear, swift path of action...

Newport’s rental ban tries to strike balance between tourism and residents

With a recent ban on short-term home rentals in residential neighborhoods, Newport has joined the wave of tourist destinations attempting to strike a balance...
BOXED OUT: French Confection owners Karen Mauprivez, left, and Xavier Mauprivez, center, help Taylor Brendlinger of Portsmouth with her order, including one of their popular Yule logs, at their Middletown bakery. Ordering specialized boxes for the cakes and other supplies has been a problem this year. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

CHAIN REACTION: Supply snags deliver blow to R.I. businesses

With cycling’s popularity surging during the COVID-19 pandemic, demand has been sky high at Providence-based outerwear company Cleverhood LLC. That’s because the company designs and...
DECISION PAYING DIVIDENDS: Manny Tampella, manager of La Masseria restaurant in East Greenwich, says the Main Street eatery is experiencing its “best year ever,” helped in part by the traditionally dine-in restaurant’s decision to start offering takeout meals. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s resilient downtowns: Main Streets across the state scarred but ready...

In downtown Pawtucket, a bookstore reinvented itself by beefing up its online presence and ramping up services for fledgling authors looking to self-publish their...

Greater Newport Chamber, Discover Newport form taskforce to combat COVID-19

NEWPORT – Restore Greater Newport, an economic recovery and resilience task force, has been formed, the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and Discover Newport...
VALUABLE ADVICE: John Perrotti, owner of Mobility Equipment LLC, says the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce helped break down complex loan programs into “layman’s terms” and provided guidance on how to keep customers and employees safe while remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. chambers of commerce under pressure to help keep members informed,...

Elizabeth Catucci’s daily routine has shifted dramatically in recent weeks. The president of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce starts her day early, filtering...
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