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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...
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: Jenn McCann and Andrew Lipsky will discuss the impact of offshore-wind installations on marine habitats on June 15. / COURTESY JENN MCCANN AND ANDREW LIPSKY

Editor’s Choice: Offshore-wind symposium to focus on changes to habitats, ecosystems

EDITOR’S CHOICE Offshore-wind symposium to focus on changes to ecosystems DISTRICT HALL PROVIDENCE and Venture Café are hosting the second installment in the 17th Annual...
NEW DESIGN: 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 National Guard. From left, Scott Noh, product design; Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile specialist. In the background is David Baker, director of engineering. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup shake-up: Entrepreneurs scramble to revamp business plans

Like many college seniors, biomedical student Abbie Kohler and engineering student Greg Fine were disheartened to have their final semester suddenly cut short and...

State hosts forums for businesses planning to reopen

PROVIDENCE (AP) – State officials have planned a series of virtual forums this week for the owners and operators businesses that will be allowed...
THE WAY IT WAS: Visitors tour the Breakers Mansion in Newport in a time before the coronavirus pandemic. Normally a major tourism draw, the Newport Mansions remain closed, and opening dates haven’t been announced, as of May 20. / COURTESY DISCOVER NEWPORT

Can R.I. tourism avoid summer of sadness?

From beach vacations to business conferences, travel-related tourism is the lifeblood of the state economy, generating $6.8 billion in 2018, according to a report...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY'S Chafee Center for International Business is seeking companies to participate in a trade mission to Western Canada that will take place in October. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Trade mission to Western Canada planned for October

PROVIDENCE – The John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University and R.I. Commerce Corp. are leading a trade mission to Western...
STANDING HER GROUND: Karen Santilli, director of Crossroads Rhode Island, is hopeful that an affordable-housing program included in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s initial budget proposal will survive despite the state’s new revenue woes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Unkindest cuts: Many casualties expected as R.I. begins ‘brutal’ budget process

The future looked encouraging for Karen Santilli just a few months ago. In mid-January, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo released a $10.2 billion fiscal 2021 budget...

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