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DR. TIMOTHY J. BABINEAU, former CEO and president of Lifespan Corp., officially resigned on May 31 but will stay on as a consultant until September. Babineau is one of numerous people who have said they'll be leaving high-profile positions in Rhode Island over the next year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Can R.I. weather the exit of so many leaders?

A wave of recent retirement and resignation announcements from top executives leaves the state facing a potential leadership gap in some of its most...
RECOVERY MODE: R.I. Department of Health Interim Director Dr. James McDonald, left, talks about the health care industry’s workforce woes at the PBN Health Care Summit on April 6. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Claire Levesque, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point32Health; Dr. Raymond O. Powrie, Care New England Health System executive chief of medicine; Dr. Matt Collins, chief medical officer and executive vice president at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, Lifespan Corp. CEO and president. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing, moderates. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Is Rhode Island facing a leadership “brain drain” amid a wave...

On June 2, the state said its interim health director, Dr. James McDonald, will be leaving the department next month. The announcement is the...
SETTING UP SHOP: Laura Guillén, the new Rhode Island executive director for Entrepreneurship for All, is forming a network of mentors and prospective program participants. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mass. business incubator arrives in Providence

Getting a business off the ground is no easy feat, especially for people of color. And if Rhode Island’s undersized share of minority-owned businesses is...

SEG awards $80,000 to 16 R.I. businesses, nonprofits

PROVIDENCE – Sixteen Rhode Island small businesses and nonprofits were awarded a combined $80,000 under Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s new Microgrant Fund, the organization announced...
KELLY RAMIREZ will step down as CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse later this year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Social Enterprise Greenhouse CEO Ramirez to step down

PROVIDENCE – There will be a leadership change at Social Enterprise Greenhouse come the end of this year. Kelly Ramirez, who has led the business-support...
SMALL-BUSINESS STARTER: Providence-based Maternova Inc. was the first medtech venture to complete an accelerator program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. The company’s founder, Meg Wirth, foreground, is now SEG’s director of health and wellness. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lending some help to little guys

SMALL BUSINESS Ask any Rhode Island small-business owner if they could use more help – loans, grants, coaching, training programs – and it’s safe to...

R.I. business coalition awarded $1M SBA grant for ‘disadvantaged’ small-business support

PROVIDENCE – Services for Rhode Island minority and women-owned small businesses are slated to get a major boost thanks to a $1 million grant...

Kelly Ramirez

Kelly Ramirez | CEO, Social Enterprise Greenhouse What have been the challenges faced by your industry during the pandemic and how have they affected your...
DIVERSE WORKFORCE: C.C. Business Corp. Vice President Ron Brewer, left, and President Marcellus Sharpe stand outside of Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket, one of the private-security company’s clients. Brewer estimates that 70% of the company’s 39 employees are minorities. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A question of equity: Can R.I. level the field for minority...

As small-business owners clambered to get in on the federal payroll relief program launched in the wake of COVID-19, Anna Mangeni held back. Her business,...
NEW DIRECTION: Jo Lee, owner of PopUp Rhody, in her home office in Providence. She is revamping her online marketplace designed to connect artisans with property owners with space to rent. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Business incubator born in response to COVID-19

Jo Lee’s new business was on the fast track to success. In a single year, she’d transformed PopUp Rhody LLC from an idea into a...

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