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R.I. Commerce establishing small-business-assistance grant program

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. is establishing a small-business-assistance grant program to serve as infrastructure for distributing up to $5,000 grants to Rhode...

R.I. Commerce looking to hire tourism leader

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. board unanimously approved the hiring of an executive search firm to fill "executive positions within the corporation," including its...
LARGE-SCALE EVENTS, such as the Newport Folk Festival, pictured, could help the city of Newport have a brighter summer after the COVID-19 pandemic significantly hampered the city's economy last year. / COURTESY DOUG MASON

Newport sees brighter summer with large-scale events returning

NEWPORT – During the state’s March 18 COVID-19 press conference, R.I. Commerce Corp. Secretary Stefan Pryor opened the door for large-scale events to occur this...
PLANNING AHEAD: While large weddings being planned by Angelic Affairs LLC are still scheduled for this summer and fall in Newport, owner Kelly Teves, pictured in front of the OceanCliff Hotel in the city, says three of her clients that had originally booked dates in 2020 have moved them to 2022 and she’s already getting inquiries about 2023. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TIED IN KNOTS: They do? They don’t? Struggling wedding industry awaits...

Planning a destination wedding can be stressful, but what Michele Armento has been through for the last year goes far beyond that. The New Jersey...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Island to allow larger outdoor, indoor events by May

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has opened the door to large-scale summer events and is inviting organizations that want to hold them to contact the...

Opponents speak out against proposed West Warwick medical waste treatment plant

WEST WARWICK – A proposal to build a medical waste treatment plant in West Warwick continues to fan flames of opposition. Dozens of residents, business...

R.I. solar companies poised for post-COVID-19 rebound

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island companies that develop or support solar projects are poised to see big gains in the year ahead thanks to a...

R.I. 5% hotel tax collection drops 58.8% Y/Y in Dec.

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 5% hotel tax in Rhode Island in December declined 58.8% year over year to $412,410, the R.I. Department of...
BUSINESS BUILDER: Jeshua Zapata and his friends Juan and Jairo Gomez started a marketing and web-design business when they graduated from college. Seventeen years later, Xzito Creative Solutions LLC is still going strong. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM


Everybody’s Business: Bond built over shared background

(Editor’s note: This is the seventh installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
INTO THE FUTURE: Mark K. W. Gim, bottom left, The Washington Trust Co. president and chief operating officer, provides his outlook for the Rhode Island economy at PBN’s Economic Trends Summit on Feb. 18. Also participating in the virtual event were, clockwise from top left, Thomas Tzitzouris, director at Strategas Research Partners; PBN Editor Michael Mello; Alden Anderson Jr., CBRE/New England senior vice president and partner; and Kristen Adamo, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO and president.

The recipe for recovery? Depends on whom you ask

Point of view matters, perhaps now more than ever. Indeed, panelists at Providence Business News’ Economic Trends Summit on Feb. 18 painted very different pictures...

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