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Flanagan joins Rhode Island Hospitality Association board of directors

CRANSTON – In a late December announcement, Tim Flanagan, general manager of the Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, was named to the Rhode Island...

Five Questions With: Sarah Bratko

Sarah Bratko is the manager of governmental affairs for the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, which represents more than 800 hospitality-related businesses in the state,...
WATER POLLUTION: Johnathan Berard, state director of Clean Water Action and co-chair of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Task Force to Tackle Plastics, holds jars of water he collected from Narragansett Bay to show the body of water’s pollution when advocating in front of elected officials. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Raimondo forms task force to tackle plastic pollution

In three years, seven Rhode Island cities and towns have begun banning single-use plastic bags – the ones distributed by grocery stores that often...
Bruce Newbury

Rhode Island culinary culture recognized near and far

Rhode Island continues to receive national and international accolades for our leading-edge culinary culture. On Sept. 12, the Rhode Island Hospitality Association hosted the 15th...

In regulation, the small things add up fast

The pervasiveness of state-imposed regulations has been a topic of contention for years among the business community in Rhode Island. “Manufacturing employers there are...
Bruce Newbury

Women in the lead in hospitality

The Rhode Island Hospitality Association recently relaunched the Women in Hospitality Council with more than 65 women on the outdoor patio at NYLO Hotel...

Pay-equity fight not over in R.I.

Women earn a median of $43,541 in Rhode Island, ­according to data from the National Partnership for Women & Families, which cited U.S. Census...
LONGTIME TRAINER: Judy Kaye, owner of Providence-based Kaye Training & Consulting, has been working as a consultant with small and large employers, as well as individuals, on diversity and racial-bias training for 25 years.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Anti-bias training widespread in R.I.

Even before Starbucks closed its doors May 29 for an afternoon of mandatory racial-diversity training for all employees, many small-business owners and human resources...
Bruce Newbury

Not a recipe for failure

Recently, two East Greenwich restaurants on Main Street abruptly closed their doors. The story is that in mid-May, The Grille on Main, a mainstay on...
SHOW FLOOR: Attendees and exhibitors interact at the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association expo hall at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence. Over the three days the NRLA expo was held in February, attendees booked 3,052 hotel rooms and spent $1.13 ­million. / COURTESY NRLA

Convention center eyes strong 2018

In February, hundreds of members of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association poured into Providence to attend their annual industry expo at the R.I. Convention...
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