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CREATIVE ­­OUTLETS: ­­Barrington woodworker Torsten Mayer-Rothbarth says Etsy Inc. is one of several places he sells his work. Convenience outweighs the downsides for many sellers using Esty, he says. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Price might be high for using online platforms

When Frog and Toad LLC launched in 2001, the owners of the gift shop didn’t see the need to create a website, let alone...
HELPING HAND: John Schreiber is one of about 50 travel nurses who have been hired temporarily to fill open positions at Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick. The use of travel nurses at hospitals has increased because of a labor shortage. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM/RYAN PICKERING

Hospitals find good, bad in hiring travel nurses

For most hospitals, employing travel nurses isn’t new: before the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick typically had eight to 10 travel...
THE BIG REVEAL: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio speaks at an event in Newport on March 15 announcing Cox Communication Inc.’s $120 million investment to upgrade broadband infrastructure statewide. Also pictured, from left, are Ross Nelson, Cox senior vice president and region manager; Mark Greatrex, Cox president; and Gov. Daniel J. McKee. / COURTESY COX COMMUNICATIONS INC.

Battle brewing to give R.I. more broadband choices

High-speed internet in Rhode Island is synonymous with one company: Cox Communications Inc. Since the advent of broadband technology more than 20 years ago, Cox...
COMMON GOAL: From left, Tekla E. Moquin, associate vice president of the division of workforce partnerships at the Community College of Rhode Island; Amy Grzybowski, assistant commissioner at the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner; and Jenifer Giroux, assistant vice president for professional studies and continuing education at Rhode Island College, have been working together to provide an education system that allows all Rhode Islanders a chance at earning a degree or advanced credential in fields that are in demand. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Leaders lay groundwork to ‘supercharge’ training

It was a first at Rhode Island College. At the start of the spring semester, the college started offering a fully online degree – a...
ON THE RISE: James Sawyer, left, shop manager of Legend Bicycle LLC in Providence, assists Nick Seidler. Sawyer says he could see bike-specific insurance policies become more popular as demand for electric bikes increases. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Insurers see growth in cycling coverage

The term “bicycle insurance” may bring to mind the personal property coverage in homeowners or renters insurance. But with bike sales booming since the start...
RIPPLE EFFECT: R.I. Airport Corp. CEO and President Iftikhar Ahmad thinks new nonstop flights in and out of Rhode Island International T.F. Green Airport to southern and West Coast destinations will help boost both leisure and business travel to Rhode Island, which will have a rippling effect for the rest of the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New nonstop flights have R.I. tourism leaders salivating

Iftikhar Ahmad sees dollar signs in the winding security lines and crowds clumped around conveyor belts of suitcases at Rhode Island T.F. Green International...
GETTING ­­CREATIVE: ­­Kylie McCollough, a real estate agent with Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, says the majority of high-end real estate sales this year will happen “offline,” without being advertised on the open market. She is pictured at Champ ­­Soleil in ­­Newport.  / 
PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Agents knocking on doors in search of ‘offline’ sellers

It’s never been more of a seller’s market in Rhode Island than it is right now in the realm of high-end real estate. And that...
SPECIAL DESIGNATION: Jodi Glass, an audiologist and trustee of Aldersbridge Communities, which operates assisted living facilities in Rhode Island, says the organization’s sites have been certified LGBTQ Safe Zones since 2019. Part of the requirements are gender-neutral bathrooms. / PBN PHOTO/MICHEAL SALERNO

More health care settings become LGBTQ Safe Zones

Imagine moving into a nursing home, after living proudly for years as an openly gay, lesbian or transgender person, only to be forced back...
STILL BUSY: Sally Lapides, CEO and president of Residential Properties Ltd., says she believes demand for new homes will remain strong in 2022. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Housing market forecast: ‘From ridiculous to hot’

Prospective homebuyers shouldn’t expect substantial relief on the horizon when it comes to house prices. Following a record-breaking year for the residential real estate market...
UNEASY FEELING: While Therese Sloane, a store leader for Ocean State Job Lot in North Kingstown, has gotten several raises during her time there, she is seeing expenses such as gas and utilities increase. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Economic forecast: Inflation putting squeeze on companies, workers

Daniel Shedd has always made it a point to offer competitive wages to the workers of his Warren manufacturing company, but what he used...

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