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Blue Cross, Greater Providence Chamber announce Worksite Health Awards

PROVIDENCE – Thirty-seven businesses across the Ocean State have earned recognition as healthy workplaces from the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross...

Some remain unswayed on marijuana proposal

Legalized recreational marijuana seemed like a long shot when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo proposed it as a revenue generator 10 months ago, but a...
SOME BREATHING ROOM: Collection specialist Dosha Bogosian works in a sparsely populated office at XRA Medical Imaging in Cranston. While XRA’s diagnostic services have remained open for months, more of the administrative workers have returned but are keeping their distance from one another.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many offices are sparsely filled, and it’s having negative effects

When Michael Giuttari returned in late June to his office at MG Commercial Real Estate Services Inc. in the Jewelry District of Providence, he...
SOME BREATHING ROOM: Collection specialist Dosha Bogosian works in a sparsely populated office at XRA Medical Imaging in Cranston. While XRA’s diagnostic services have remained open for months, more of the administrative workers have returned but are keeping their distance from one another.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Near-empty offices show pandemic’s economic effects are widespread

Less-congested morning commutes and near-empty city parking lots are among the most visible signs that workers have not returned to their offices in large...

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...

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