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MARK S. HAYWARD, bottom center, U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District director, shares insights about the small-business relief programs during PBN's 2021 Coronavirus Business Stimulus Summit on Thursday. Also participating was, from top left, Anthony J. Mangiarelli, partner and director of enterprise solutions group for Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., PBN Editor Michael Mello, and Kristin Urbach, executive director for the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce. At bottom left is Jenny Pereira, Rhode Island Foundation vice president of grants and community investment.

PBN summit panelists lay out latest rules on federal, state business...

PROVIDENCE – The dizzying array of state and federal relief programs rolled out over the last year is enough to trip up even the...
PBN’s 2021 Coronavirus Business Stimulus Summit is set to take place online on Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.

PBN’s 2021 Coronavirus Business Stimulus Summit approaches

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News’ 2021 Coronavirus Business Stimulus Summit will take place Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. The free, virtual event will feature panelists...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Asher Schofield, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC in Providence, has kept the retailer’s two locations closed to foot traffic during the pandemic, but Frog & Toad has been able to offset that loss of business with online sales and curbside pickup.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Some independent retailers pay heavier price than others in COVID-19 era

Two hundred feet – about a 60-second walk – separates LuLi Boutique LLC from Frog & Toad LLC in Providence. But the pandemic experiences...
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...

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