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NEW LIFE: Joseph Garlick, executive director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, outside one of the downtown Woonsocket mill buildings that the organization is converting into live-work space for artists and businesses. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Vacant Woonsocket mills getting $22M makeover

The R.I. Commerce Corp. set up a streamlined review for historical rehabilitation projects this year, intended to reach more economic-development projects that needed $1...

Matthew Sheaff

PBN 40 UNDER FORTY 2020 AWARD WINNER Matthew Sheaff, 36 | Director of communications and stakeholder engagement, R.I. Commerce Corp. How has COVID-19 impacted your...
DIVERSE WORKFORCE: C.C. Business Corp. Vice President Ron Brewer, left, and President Marcellus Sharpe stand outside of Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket, one of the private-security company’s clients. Brewer estimates that 70% of the company’s 39 employees are minorities. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A question of equity: Can R.I. level the field for minority...

As small-business owners clambered to get in on the federal payroll relief program launched in the wake of COVID-19, Anna Mangeni held back. Her business,...

Pawtucket receives $60K grant to perform McCoy Stadium feasibility study

PAWTUCKET – The city received a $60,000 Site Readiness grant from the R.I. Commerce Corp. to perform a geotechnical study of McCoy Stadium to...
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...

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