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WHILE RETAILERS were ravaged by mandated shutdowns during the earliest months of the pandemic, numbers have rebounded and holiday sales have been encouraging, according to industry groups. AP FILE PHOTO/JEFF CHIU

Retail sales proving immune to virus

Braving long lines, freezing temperatures and swarms of shoppers for the sake of holiday shopping holds even less appeal than usual in the midst...
SPOT-CHECKED: Green Ink’s boutique in North Kingstown has been visited twice by state officials to ensure the business is following pandemic guidelines, according to owner Bethany Mazza. Green Ink’s other location, in Providence, also has been checked twice. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

R.I. rethinks ‘light touch’ in enforcing reopening protocols

The state has laid out plenty of rules for its phased reopening plans in recent weeks on mask wearing, social distancing and capacity, but...
WIND SPEED: North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kristin Urbach has been working closely with Quonset Business Park, R.I. Commerce Corp. and Chamber board members to increase training and preparation for the wind-power industry. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

NK chamber’s Urbach summoning the power of wind to Rhode Island

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 WOMAN TO WATCH, SOCIAL SERVICES/NONPROFIT: Kristin Urbach | North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce WIND FARMERS FROM AROUND the nation and...
PEG LANGHAMMER, executive director for Day One, has been named the Career Achiever for Providence Business News' 2020 Business Women Awards program. / PBN SCREENSHOT

2020 PBN Business Women Awards: Langhammer hopes current time brings ‘deep...

PROVIDENCE – While working from home for months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Peg Langhammer has had a lot of time to reflect...
Kristin Urbach has been executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce since 2015. The Chamber is one of Rhode Island’s leading business membership and trade organizations and represents more than 400 businesses, including Quonset Business Park. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New ways to live and work

Kristin Urbach | North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce executive director As a result of the new coronavirus, we are learning how to work and live...

PBN announces 2020 Business Women Awards honorees

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News has selected Day One Executive Director Peg Langhammer as the 2020 Career Achiever and Brown Medicine CEO Ann M....
VALUABLE ADVICE: John Perrotti, owner of Mobility Equipment LLC, says the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce helped break down complex loan programs into “layman’s terms” and provided guidance on how to keep customers and employees safe while remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. chambers of commerce under pressure to help keep members informed,...

Elizabeth Catucci’s daily routine has shifted dramatically in recent weeks. The president of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce starts her day early, filtering...
ECONOMIC CONCERNS: Panelists, from left, Kristen Urbach, Thomas O. Sweeney, Stefan Pryor, Mark K. W. Gim and Luke Ebersold discuss a variety of concerns at the PBN Economic Trends Summit while moderator Thomas Zitzouris looks on. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: High business costs, education are concerns in R.I.

The Rhode Island economy has come a long way since the dark days of the Great Recession, when the unemployment rate was among the...
PANELISTS DISCUSS the outlook for 2020 during Providence Business News' Economic Trends Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Thursday morning. The panelists included, from left, Kristin Urbach, North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce executive director; Thomas O. Sweeney, founder of Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal; R.I. Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor; Mark Gim, The Washington Trust Co. president and chief operating officer; Luke Ebersold, Rhode Island managing partner at blumshapiro; and Thomas Tzitzouris, Strategas Research Partners director. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN economic summit keynote: Recession not in the forecast

WARWICK – “There is no reason to suspect there will be a recession in the U.S. anytime soon,” said Thomas Tzitzouris, a Rhode Island...
PBN'S 2020 Economic Trends Summit will take place Thursday Feb. 13.

PBN’s Economic Trends Summit approaches

PROVIDENCE – PBN's Economic Trends Summit will take place on Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Providence Warwick. The summit will run from 8:30 a.m. to...

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