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STRENUOUS SUMMER: Brad Marthens, who co-owns The Atlantic Inn on Block Island with his wife, Anne, had to cut room rates to help fill vacancies and didn’t have enough staff to open the inn’s restaurant daily until August, something he is usually able to start doing in June.
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SINKING SPIRITS: Slowed supply chains, inflation, labor shortage are sapping optimism

There’s only so long you can keep your chin up. After a 2½-year battle against health and economic devastation, Rhode Island companies have been beaten...
PUT TO THE TEST: Dr. Jonathan Martin, center, co-founder of PureVita Labs LLC, talks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News’ 2022 Business of Cannabis Summit on Sept. 15. PureVita offers regulatory testing for marijuana cultivators. Also on the panel are, from left, Seth Bock, founder and CEO of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center Inc.; and Michael Budziszek, a professor of biological sciences at Johnson & Wales University.
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Brace for abrupt shifts in legalized cannabis market

In the cannabis market, nothing is simple, says Seth Bock, founder and CEO of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center Inc. in Portsmouth. The legalization of...
CRAMPED CLASSROOM: Thornton Elementary School Principal Louise Denham sits in one of the school’s cramped classrooms. The building is more than 100 years old and is part of a plan to consolidate all four elementary schools in Johnston using a voter-approved $215 million school construction bond. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A financial remedy for R.I.’s aging schools

When Johnston Mayor Joseph M. Polisena visits the town’s high school, it’s a bit like taking a step into the past – and not...

Partners purchase Hayes & Sherry commercial real estate firm

PROVIDENCE – One of the region’s leading full-service commercial real estate brokerage firms is changing owners. Hayes & Sherry founding owners, Pete Hayes and Karl...

Five Questions With: Dr. Vijairam Selvaraj

Dr. Vijairam Selvaraj, a hospitalist at The Miriam Hospital, is senior editor of the Brown Journal of Hospital Medicine, an online publication launched in April. The...
SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY, like many other local colleges and universities, have updated their COVID-19 policies going into this fall semester where they are less strict than this time last year. / COURTESY SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY

After 2 years of COVID-19, local colleges optimistic in getting back...

PROVIDENCE – Could this academic year finally see almost complete normalcy on local college campuses for the first time in more than two years?...

2 newcomers running well-funded gubernatorial campaigns

Two businesswomen running for governor who are also mounting their first political campaigns have so far led the way in digging into their personal...

New R.I. law ensures gratuities get into the right hands

Anyone who has worked in the service industry knows how rapidly things can change from one shift to the next. One night’s tips might cover...
FINDING HIS PASSION: While teaching at Johnson & Wales University’s School of Technology, Bruce Parkes, International Game Technology PLC’s systems engineer, says the experience helped him realize that product development is his real love. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Bruce Parkes, International Game Technology PLC systems engineer

Leaders & Achievers 2022 BRUCE PARKES Systems engineer, International Game Technology PLC GROWING UP EATING Vegemite sandwiches in Australia, Bruce Parkes never envisioned landing in the...

Patricia Conn Ryan

2022 40 Under Forty Awards Patricia Conn Ryan, 39 Professor, Johnson & Wales University What is the best advice you have ever received? To live within...
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