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GOING IT ALONE: Katie Murano, a sole proprietor with a wedding photography business, has lost all of her 2020 jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has struggled to qualify for relief programs because of the structure of her business. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Getting aid a struggle for many sole proprietors

A sole proprietorship seemed like the best option when Katie Murano started her wedding photography business in January. Having previously owned an event-planning business as...
FARMER’S ALMANAC: From left, Cloud Agronomics Executive Chairman Jaymin Patel and CEO Mark Tracy are helping provide farmers data-driven methods to bring farming into the 21st century. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Cloud Agronomics’ technology offers a new lay of the farmland

PBN INNOVATIVE COMPANIES 2020 TECHNOLOGY Cloud Agronomics WITH WIDENING PRESENCES in Providence and Boulder, Colo., and a fresh partnership with Microsoft Corp.’s AI for Earth,...
SALES BOOST: Lori Lyons, owner of Beauty and the Bath in North Kingstown, says after boosting the online presence of her gift store as a result of participating in the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Small Business Technical Support program, she’s expanded the reach of her business and increased her sales by 25%. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Tech volunteers save the day for small retailers

Lori Lyons spent the first 48 hours after the state issued stay-at-home orders in a sleepless haze of research into how to transform her...

R.I. launching $45M ‘back to work’ program

PROVIDENCE – The state will use $45 million of its federal stimulus funds to create a workforce development initiative to provide training and coaching...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced Tuesday that two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, and Microsoft Corp. will provide all businesses of all sizes in Rhode Island free Office 365 programs for six months. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

2 new COVID-19 cases identified; R.I. businesses to receive assistance

PROVIDENCE – Two more positive COVID-19 have been identified in Rhode Island, increasing the state’s total to 23, and state officials announced Tuesday some...
THE NSA said it has found a critical vulnerability in the Windows operating systems, encouraging users to patch their software. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SIMON DAWSON

National Security Agency discovers flaw in Microsoft Windows

WASHINGTON – The National Security Agency announced that it had found a “critical vulnerability” in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating systems that could enable cyber...
MICROSOFT SAID THE FIX to the most recent Intel chip security flaw could significantly slow servers and personal computers. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/HECTOR GUERRERO

Microsoft says chip fix may significantly slow some servers

NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. said fixes for security flaws present in most processors may significantly slow down certain servers and dent the performance of some...
John E. Ottaviani

Medium and small businesses are big targets for cyberattacks

How can anyone not be aware of cybersecurity? Reports of large-scale data breaches, hacking and cyberattacks appear in the media almost daily. Phishing and...
MORE THAN 75,000 COMPUTERS in 99 countries were hacked in a ransomware attack on Friday holding many computers hostage until a ransom is paid. /BLOOMBERG

Extortionist hack of U.K. hospitals part of worldwide attack

NEW YORK - Extortionist hackers who may be using leaked computer exploits from the U.S. National Security Agency infiltrated computers in dozens of countries...

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