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CONFIDENCE WANING? Matt Fair, center, of Hayes & ­Sherry Real Estate Services, listens with colleagues during PBN’s first Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Panelists said perennial concerns such as rising health care costs and uncertainty about changing federal policies are dampening optimism about an otherwise strong economy.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Optimism tempered by uncertainty

Rhode Island’s economy is doing well, but a handful of perennial bugaboos, along with actions at the federal level, have dampened the business community’s...
CVS Health CEO Larry J. Merlo announced the company's $100 million Building Healthier Communities initiative today at the National Press Club Headliners Luncheon in Washington, DC. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS Health pledges $100M to Building Healthier Communities initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health Corp., announced a $100 million, five-year commitment to national community health and...
PASSING IT ON: Ben Giguere, left, founder of Gather LLC, on Atwells Avenue in Providence, shows Jairus Burdick how to make a drinking glass. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Glass blowing for masses

Growing up in New Hampshire and Vermont, Ben Giguere, founder of Gather LLC, a Providence glass blowing studio-cum-community center, drew inspiration for his future...
CASE SNOW MANAGEMENT was the highest-ranked of six Providence metro-based companies included in the Inc. 5000 list. Above, Jason Case, owner of the company. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

6 Providence metro companies make 2018 Inc. 5000 list

PROVIDENCE – Six companies in the Providence metropolitan area were named to the 2018 Inc. 5000 list, the magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing...
VALUABLE PRODUCT: United Way of Rhode Island CEO Anthony Maione said UWRI set a fundraising goal of $260,000 from 260 new donors, but the organization has raised north of $500,000 with roughly 115 donors so far. An anonymous donation of another $500,000 has pushed the total above nearly $1 million, a sign donors see the value of UWRI, he said.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY


UWRI CEO Anthony Maione is retiring after 13 years at the...

For 15 years at the United Way of Rhode Island, Anthony Maione has sought to better the lives of Rhode Islanders and improve their...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Navyn Salem

Navyn Salem | CEO, Edesia Inc.1. On March 15, Edesia launched a new corporate-giving program that would see company logos emblazoned on Edesia...
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Scott MacNeill, observatory director at the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory in Charlestown, has prioritized growing attendance and promoting astronomy and physics opportunities to local youth since joining the facility in 2009. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Reaching for the stars

Located on land previously used as a U.S. Navy auxiliary landing field, the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory lies at the edge of...
EVOLVING BUSINESS: Wayne R. Blatchley, owner of Pawtucket-based Fuzion Design, speaks with Esther Tseng, associate
creative director. The company was launched 10 years ago and focuses on brand-driven design, digital services and packaging. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Crafting looks that sell

After working in product design for large companies for several years, Wayne R. Blatchley 10 years ago decided to head out on his own...
A NATIONAL SALES executive for Dr. Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., a subsidiary of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and tax evasion in U.S. District Court. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Dr. Pepper sales executive pleads guilty to charges of fraud, tax...

PROVIDENCE - A national sales executive for Dr. Pepper/Seven Up Inc., a subsidiary of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., pleaded guilty to charges of fraud...
CUPBOARD WORK: Brady Parker, director of client services for East Providence-based Parker Construction, works on one of the residences the company maintains in Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Caring for large estates is a year-round job

Behind every exceptional estate in Rhode Island is a cadre of largely unseen professionals who make sure the house and grounds keep looking like...
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