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Learning from past crises

Has your company applied any lessons from the past that have helped it operate amid the pandemic? Yes: 100% No: 0% What examples have you referenced to...
EMPTY SEATS: Yoleni’s co-owner John Philippides, left, and marketing manager Danny Willis say their business and many others in downtown Providence are dependent on college students returning to the city this month and next. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Helping Providence’s downtown is boost for the entire state

Providence is the engine that drives Rhode Island’s economy. And the downtown is the capital city’s heartbeat. It’s been that way since a transformation that...
Beth Carter last September became executive director of the Rhode Island Business Competition, a nonprofit that provides resources to entrepreneurs. She’s also founder of Carter Consultants Ltd., and Beth Carter Enterprises. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Get in the trenches

Beth Carter | Rhode Island Business Competition executive director When I started my first company, in 1991, our nation was facing a major economic downturn....
SOLID LAUNCH: The Perfect Match Shop owners Justin Skory and ­Cierra Fasulo have sold about 10,000 candles since opening the Warwick business in March. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Gifts to draw a smile

Looking for the perfect gift, for someone with a snappy sense of humor? The Perfect Match Shop may have it. Some of the messages on...
MORE THAN NOSTALGIA: Caswell Cooke Jr., executive director of the Misquamicut Business Association, says families have helped sell out most showings at the Misquamicut Drive-in Theater. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Blast from past a sellout

A summer at the beach and drive-in movie theaters: Some pleasures even a pandemic can’t ruin. The COVID-19 health crisis has dealt bad hands to...
HIGH STAKES: The state could lose one of its two U.S. House seats if this year’s census doesn’t turn up enough residents to justify keeping both. / AP FILE PHOTO/

Census matters more than you may realize in R.I. this year

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the census news was not good for Rhode Island. Population shifts across the country pointed to the likelihood of...
NINE OUT OF TEN employers in a recent survey of New England businesses said that a majority of their staff is working from home. / COURTESY CBIZ & MHM NEW ENGLAND

Survey: COVID-19 has hit N.E. businesses hard

PROVIDENCE – The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many businesses in New England hard and has forced organizations to make significant changes to cope with...
AVE. VENUE: Patrons fill tables outside Ristorante Il Massimo in Federal Hill in Providence as part of the “Al Fresco On The Hill” dining initiative launched in June. / COURTESY FEDERAL HILL COMMERCE ASSOCIATION

Are you comfortable dining out amid the ongoing pandemic?

While some restaurants have closed amid the ongoing pandemic, most are still trying to find creative ways to survive COVID-19's devastating economic effects. Many are...
HOME FOCUS: Ella Gonzalez, Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina director of sales and marketing, stands on a pier where the hotel is hosting a fitness studio’s cycling classes. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

R.I. attractions, residents relying on each other this summer

“It’s not about making money this year, it’s about surviving,” said Atlantic Inn owner Brad Marthens. He was talking about his delayed reopening this...
DOING HIS DUTY: Bill Burton, extruder team lead and U.S. Army veteran, operates an extrusion line on the Cooley manufacturing floor using a recently installed proprietary touch-screen technology. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: Remedy for stress? Optimism

(Editor’s note: This is the 13th installment in a series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of its...

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