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STEEP DROP: Robert Toth, owner of bowling centers Old Mountain Lanes in South Kingstown and Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, says he saw a $968,720 decline in revenue for March, April and May at the centers as a result of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

STARTING BLOCKED: Indoor rec businesses argue they should have opened a...

ROBERT TOTH STARTED to see the world reopen around him and, in some ways, without him. Many businesses in Rhode Island, such as restaurants, salons,...
SPOT-CHECKED: Green Ink’s boutique in North Kingstown has been visited twice by state officials to ensure the business is following pandemic guidelines, according to owner Bethany Mazza. Green Ink’s other location, in Providence, also has been checked twice. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

R.I. rethinks ‘light touch’ in enforcing reopening protocols

The state has laid out plenty of rules for its phased reopening plans in recent weeks on mask wearing, social distancing and capacity, but...
Patrice Milos / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Patrice Milos, Cherrystone Angel Group executive director

1. How does your experience as co-founder of a startup inform your strategy in your new role at Cherrystone? Angel investors must keep pace...
TAKING A LEAP: John H. Chafee Center for International Business Director Mark S. ­Murphy says local companies become healthier and more competitive when they move into international markets. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Chafee Center navigates local businesses through challenging international waters

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Manufacturing Champion: John H. Chafee Center for International Business ACROSS FIVE CENTURIES, Rhode Island has been a diligent maker of...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO said Monday the state will need to increase its enforcement on businesses making sure they are following the new safety guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

Raimondo: ‘Time to turn up the heat’ on COVID-19 enforcement

PROVIDENCE – With Phase III of Rhode Island’s reopening plan starting Tuesday, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says it is time for the state to...
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: A staff member from Alert EMS gets a COVID-19 test sample from a drive-up patient at a mobile test site in Central Falls. Alert EMS staff handles the swabbing, CVS Health Corp. runs the machines that process the samples and the University of Rhode Island helps house the machines. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

NO PANACEA: Employers told COVID-19 tests won’t ensure safety in workplace

Rhode Island is a COVID-19 testing leader. At an average of nearly 3,000 tests a day, the state has among the highest rates of testing...
MIKE HEZEMANS, owner, R1 Indoor Karting in Lincoln, stands in the middle of his go-kart track. Hezemans confirmed Monday that his facility reopened for business Friday to limited capacity, arguing that his facility should reopen if Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. reopened its casinos, PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R1 Indoor Karting reopens with limited capacity, at risk of being...

LINCOLN – While the state is slated to announce later this week its plans and protocols for Phase 3 business reopening – which includes...

PBN announces 2020 40 Under Forty winners

PROVIDENCE – Forty young professionals have been chosen as the winners of Providence Business News’ 16th annual 40 Under Forty program, and will be...
MEASURED ACTIONS: VIBCO mechanical engineering employees Greg Pickering, left, and Claudia Brown place tape on the factory floor to ensure proper social distancing around the time clock. When this photo was taken, face masks were not yet required. / COURTESY VIBCO INC.

R.I. factories have learned lessons in fighting to keep COVID-19 out

Through his involvement in an international organization, Karl Wadensten knew what global manufacturers were doing to try to keep COVID-19 out of their workplaces. Before...
RESPONSIBLE CHANGE: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the R.I. National Guard. From left, Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile expert; and Scott Noh, product design. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Loft is designed for innovation

Jeanette Numbers was the rare kind of teenager who knew exactly what she wanted to do professionally. Realizing her interest in industrial design – originally...

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