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ASSESSMENT FEE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed a fiscal 2020 budget that includes a Medicaid Employer Assessment Fee, which if approved would annually charge companies that employ 300 or more workers as much as a $1,500 penalty per employee who was not offered health insurance but then qualified for state-supported Medicaid.
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Raimondo proposes new fee to ensure employers offer health insurance

A powerful disincentive for not offering employees health care insurance is included in the proposed 2020 budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. If a...
TECH INCUBATOR: Innovate Newport Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tuni Schartner gives a tour of the former Sheffield School on Broadway in Newport, which will serve as the location of Innovate Newport. The business incubator will house small companies, startups and entrepreneurs in the fields of marine and environmental technology, cybersecurity and renewable energy.
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Can a new business incubator keep a bigger slice of Navy...

For years, community leaders in Newport have watched as the nearby Naval ­Undersea Warfare Center has farmed out billions of dollars in contracts to...

Newport business incubator lands marine-tech firm

NEWPORT – Inspire Environmental, which specializes in environmental assessments and seafloor mapping, will relocate to a new business incubator expected to open this winter...

Newport business incubator lands marine-tech firm

NEWPORT – Inspire Environmental, a Middletown firm specializing in environmental assessments and seafloor mapping, will relocate to a new business incubator expected to open...

TD Bank names new branch manager in Rhode Island

MIDDLETOWN – New Jersey-based TD Bank has named Charles L. Lomnitzer as assistant vice president and store manager of its new retail banking branch...

Schartner hired as Innovate Newport entrepreneurship director

NEWPORT – Tuni Schartner, owner of business-growth advisory firm TS Consulting, was hired as director of entrepreneurship and innovation with Innovate Newport. Innovate Newport is...
BUMPER BOATS: People enjoy a ride on bumper boats on Block Island during a previous Chamber Block Party event. Nine local chambers of commerce will be part of this year’s Chamber Block Party on the island Aug. 10.
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Editor’s Choice: Chambers of commerce

EDITOR’S CHOICE Chambers of commerce gather for annual networking party NINE LOCAL CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE will be part of the annual Chamber Block Party...
BUSINESS BARBECUE: Attendees gather for the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce’s summer business barbecue in Mansfield in 2016. This year’s event welcomes all businesses regardless of Chamber membership and will be held July 26 at the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce in Mansfield.
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Editor’s Choice: Tri-Town Chamber celebrates businesses with summer BBQ

EDITOR’S CHOICE Tri-Town Chamber celebrates businesses with summer BBQ THE TRI-TOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will host its fourth annual Chamber Summer Business Barbecue, celebrating local...
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Soomi Ro, chief of the field procurement service for the United Nations’ Procurement Division, will be the keynote speaker at the procurement seminar at Bryant University July 17.
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Editor’s Choice: Doing business with United Nations

EDITOR’S CHOICE Doing business with United Nations BRYANT UNIVERSITY, in conjunction with R.I. Commerce Corp., will host a United Nations procurement seminar, titled “Doing Business...
HEALTHY ECONOMY: Joyce Lancellotti, left, division director of the Providence office of Robert Half Management Resources, speaks with Cassandra Iasiello, recruiting manager. Lancellotti said companies were reluctant to organize corporate outings during the past decade due to the cost and the economic instability of the Great Recession, but those attitudes are changing now that the economy is healthier. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. officials confident corporate outings will increase this summer

Eighty percent of 2,200 chief financial officers queried across 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas report their firms do not offer an annual corporate outing...
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