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NATIONAL LEADER: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island CEO and President Kim A. Keck created several initiatives to improve health care access for all in the Ocean State. In January, she will become the next CEO and president of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

Blue Cross’ Keck works to create a healthy community

PBN Business Excellence Awards 2020 Corporate Citizenship: Kim A. Keck | CEO and president, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island AS KIM A. KECK...
COMING TOGETHER: Construction workers Louiz Jandielson, left, and Vitor Dos Santos work on a home that is being put together by SWAP Inc. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

SWAP Inc. makes neighborhoods a home again

PBN Business Excellence Awards 2020 Community Involvement: SWAP Inc. NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION HAS BEEN a focus within Rhode Island’s capital city for SWAP Inc. since the...
ON THE LINE: United Way of Rhode Island Call Center Manager Evelyn Cabrera takes a call at the organization’s office in Providence.  / COURTESY UNITED WAY OF RHODE ISLAND

United Way of Rhode Island answers the call during the COVID-19...

PBN Business Excellence Awards 2020 Excellence at a Midsize Company: United Way of Rhode Island CORTNEY NICOLATO WAS MIDWAY through her second year at the...
SOUNDS OF SUMMER: Musicians Ashley Frith and Desmond Bratton perform for an outdoor audience during The Wilbury Theatre Group’s “Decameron, Providence” event during the summer of 2020.  / COURTESY ERIN X. SMITHERS

For Wilbury Theatre Group, the show must go on even in...

PBN Business Excellence Awards 2020 Excellence at a Nonprofit – Small Company: The Wilbury Theatre Group Since its humble beginnings 10 years ago, The ­Wilbury...
ALL GROWN UP: Krystal Kraczkowski, a grower at What Cheer Flower Farm in Providence, gathers fresh flowers from the nonprofit’s garden. /PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

What Cheer Flower Farm brings cheer to the community

PBN Business Excellence Awards 2020 Excellence at a Woman/Minority-Owned Business: What Cheer Flower Farm THE TRIO OF Shelby Doggett, Anne Holland and Marian Purviance had...

Five Questions With: Dwayne Keys

Dwayne Keys | President, South Providence Neighborhood Association 1. South Providence residents have organized to oppose several projects recently that they thought damaged the...
Kathie Mahoney in September was named center director of the Polaris Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nonprofit under the auspices of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation. She previously served in 
a similar role for MassMEP. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Get ready for what’s next

Kathie Mahoney | Polaris MEP center director During the pandemic, the manufacturing community has proven again that it is a key resource for driving growth...
David Almonte co-founded FountainHead RI in 2016. The Exeter-based nonprofit helps future business and community leaders identify ways to lead, innovate and collaborate. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lead from the balcony

David Almonte | FountainHead RI co-founder and president “We’re living in a world of uncertainty” might be the understatement of the century. We hear this...
CLASS LEADER: Middle school teacher Jana Gasboro helps a student at St. Mary’s Home for Children in North Providence. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Social-service organizations finding ways to stay essential, even in hard times

Providing essential services to those with disabilities can be challenging in the best of times. But as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life for many people,...
GROWING NEED: Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff has seen the number of individuals needing food increase from 53,000 to 68,000 people per month since March. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

R.I. Community Food Bank has a full plate in combating COVID-19...

While the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s work is critical year after year to people in need, that work has reached a new level...

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