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Families and tourists enjoy some beach time on Block Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Tourism districts win funding boost

As the summer season heads toward its peak, Rhode Island’s six tourism districts’ budgets will see a long-awaited boost from taxes generated by housing...
CHALLENGING WORK: Josef Blazar, co-owner and vice president of sales at YJ Contemporary Fine Art in East Greenwich, said the industry’s general dependence on a strong economy and creating customer awareness are the biggest challenges to increasing sales. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Even in good times, R.I. gallery owners are anxious. Would better...

On a late December afternoon, the 30,000 square feet of wall space at YJ Contemporary Fine Art displayed a spectrum of works by local...
R.I. COMMERCE CORP. launched a new small business hotline number, (401) 521-HELP, to make it easier for local businesses to contact the agency and to raise awareness about the services it offers. Commerce RI is also launching an ad campaign to promote the hotline, such as the print ad above, that will run through June. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Commerce RI launches small business hotline, ad campaign

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. launched a new small business hotline number Monday, (401) 521-HELP (401-521-4357) designed to make it easier for small...
AS PART OF THE RESTRUCTURING of Greencore Group PLC's U.S. operations, including the shuttering of its fresh food production at its North Kingstown facility, Group CEO Patrick Coveney will spend half his time in the United States, where Chuck Metzger, chief operating officer of Greencore US, will handle day-to-day responsibilities. / COURTESY GREENCORE

R.I. Greencore operations rocked by closure, layoffs

PROVIDENCE – Irish-owned food products supplier Greencore Group PLC announced Tuesday it would “cease” fresh production operations at its facilities in North Kingstown as of...
DESPITE CUTBACKS announced by the new General Electric Co. CEO, John Flannery, GE Digital hiring is on track in Rhode Island. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

GE Digital hiring on track in Providence

General Electric Co. has a new CEO focused on cost cutting. This includes a re-examination of the size of its corporate headquarters in Boston,...
AMZAZON HAS ISSUED a request for proposal from state and local governments for its "HQ2," a second headquarters. Above, a courtyard outside Amazon's Seattle headquarters building/BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DAVID RYDER

Commerce RI to submit for Amazon’s second North American headquarters RFP

PROVIDENCE - Amazon.com Inc. already has a sprawling Seattle headquarters that attests to its size and ambition. Now the world’s largest online retailer plans...
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