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DRAMATIC CHANGE: Tom McGinn, captain and president, and Kristin Stone are co-owners of Providence Riverboat. After the company joined the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, it shifted its business model from cocktail cruises to catering to the tourism industry and nearly tripled its revenue in the first year, Stone said.
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Tourism: In search of coordination

The Providence Riverboat Co. once served primarily local customers. Its boats would take groups out on the Providence River for cocktail cruises, leaving from...
SEN. WILLIAM CONLEY, pictured wearing a gray suite, was a key proponent for creating a Small Business Development Fund as part of the fiscal 2020 state budget. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

General Assembly approves its own business incentive program

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island lawmakers have inserted a new business incentive program into the state budget that would create a fund for private capital...

Rebuild Rhode Island could get tighter spending restrictions

PROVIDENCE – Rebuild Rhode Island, a signature economic-development incentive of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, could be curtailed under the 2020 state budget, with tighter...
NOT SATISFIED: Karl Wadensten, president and CEO of VIBCO in Richmond, said he is not satisfied with the North American Free Trade Agreement or the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because both are designed for each country’s best interest, rather than unifying North America in a three-way partnership.
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R.I. manufacturers differ on USMCA regulations

With ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement dragging on longer than expected, Rhode Island manufacturers’ outlook on the proposed deal is mixed.Some say the...

9 DANCERS.ONE NIGHT.ONE CAUSE.

The Greater Providence YMCA Dancing Under the Stars is stepping back into the spotlight for season two. The special gala, on June 20 at...
THE DEADLINE to apply for the 2019 Get Started Rhode Is;and pitch competition is June 15.

Deadline to apply for Get Started Rhode Island approaches

PROVIDENCE – The deadline to apply for the 2019 Get Started Rhode Island pitch competition sponsored by Cox Business is June 15, the Rhode...
LARGER SPACE: Edesia, a maker of food products for customers such as UNICEF that ship goods overseas to feed malnourished children, outgrew its original facility in Providence and made the move to the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown in 2016, opening an 83,000-square-foot, high-tech factory. From left, Executive Director Maria Kasparian, founder and CEO Navyn Salem and HMI Controller Jorge Campos work in the factory.
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How much growth is left at Quonset?

Steven J. King rolls up in a company-issued sport utility vehicle to a graveled construction site in a wooded area, at the end of...

RIMA talk to focus on certifications for lean, ISO and...

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Manufacturers Association will host a discussion on lean, ISO and Six Sigma continuous-improvement practices and their value on April 17...
IN SESSION: CEO and President Karl Wadensten, right, leads a meeting of employees at VIBCO.
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VIBCO spurs its employees to stretch their limits

VIBCO Inc. Workforce Development & Productivity | 2019 Manufacturing AwardsThere aren’t too many companies that can claim their products have been to the moon,...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, Dec. 31, 2018

2018 was good, but much to be doneEvery week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the...
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