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What do progressive victories mean?

The business community is watching closely to see whether the victories of progressive candidates in local legislative primary races will set a new tone...

Hatfield highlights Bank of America commitment to fight racial, economic inequality

PROVIDENCE – William F. Hatfield, Bank of America Corp. market president in Rhode Island, pledged to collaborate with community members and institutions in determining...
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...
STANDING HER GROUND: Karen Santilli, director of Crossroads Rhode Island, is hopeful that an affordable-housing program included in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s initial budget proposal will survive despite the state’s new revenue woes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unkindest cuts: Many casualties expected as R.I. begins ‘brutal’ budget process

The future looked encouraging for Karen Santilli just a few months ago. In mid-January, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo released a $10.2 billion fiscal 2021 budget...
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...
TRUE TEST: Mark S. Hayward, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island office, acknowledges that he hasn’t seen a disruption of business quite like the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. businesses offered SBA help to get through coronavirus epidemic

Mark S. Hayward was in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. With the metro shut down following the devastating terrorist attacks in New York City...

Coronavirus raises workplace issues

Fears of a coronavirus pandemic are growing by the day, but employers looking to limit the chances of an outbreak in their workplaces could...
DOWN TO BUSINESS: The House Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Human Services holds a meeting at the Statehouse in December to get an update on overspending at the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the R.I. Office of Veterans Services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Budget deficit, lottery contract, minimum wage among controversial issues facing General...

As Rhode Island lawmakers return for the 2020 legislative session on Jan. 7, some of the most pressing questions they’re expected to face this...
BUSINESS LEADERS from the region gathered Thursday evening to honor PBN 2019 Business Excellence Awards honorees. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

White, Machtley top honorees at PBN’s 2019 Business Excellence Awards

WARWICK – Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White and Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley were the top honorees at Providence Business...
CHAMBER CHIEF: Laurie White, right, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, talks with Alexandra Rakip, Chamber marketing and events manager. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Under Laurie White’s guidance, Providence Chamber on right path

2019 PBN Business Excellence Awards BUSINESS LEADERSHIP: Laurie White, President, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Consistent, forward-thinking, strategically targeted planning, followed by action. Those qualities...

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