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NO FINES OR CITATIONS were issued under Rhode Island's mandate requiring proof of vaccination or indoor masking that was first announced by Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Dec. 15. / AP FILE PHOTO/DAVID J. PHILLIP

No citations issued under McKee masking, proof-of-vax mandate

PROVIDENCE – While an executive order signed by Gov. Daniel J. McKee in December empowered a task force to issue $500 fines against violators...
AT A SECOND public comment meeting on the proposed Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System merger, many participants voiced concerns that the integrated health system, which would include Brown University, would monopolize the state's health care.

As public comment on Lifespan-CNE merger begins, mixed reaction in business...

PROVIDENCE – Members of the public can weigh in on the proposed merger of Care New England Health System and Lifespan Corp. at the...

Lack of demand for small-business grant program creates questions about outreach,...

PROVIDENCE – If every little bit helps for suffering small businesses, you’d think $2,500 would have companies lining up in droves. But in the three...

Is R.I. vaccine ‘smart card’ needed?

Whether it’s called a vaccine passport or a vaccine smart card, the 401Health cellphone app, a COVID-19 vaccination verification tool, needs to remain optional,...

Where’s Rhode Island’s economy heading?

Bringing Rhode Island’s economy back to pre-COVID-19 levels will take an ongoing commitment into the new year from business, government and community leaders to...
WORKING TOGETHER: Panelists discuss the ways government and businesses in Rhode Island can work hand in hand to increase access to funds and develop a larger talent pool for various industries during a virtual conversation moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, center, and Mark S. Murphy, top left. Clockwise from the top middle are: Eric M. Shorr, Michael E. McKelvy, Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, Marcela Betancur, Chris Parisi and Betty Robson.

Call to arms for government, businesses

On the occasion of Providence Business News’ 35th anniversary, six business and community leaders joined in a virtual discussion on Rhode Island’s economy –...
Many Rhode Island businesses are struggling with the question of whether to enforce a vaccine requirement on their employees, asking how such a policy could impact their bottom line, and whether it would be worth it with all the potential complications it could cause within the workforce. / AP FILE PHOTO / TED S. WARREN

Many Rhode Island companies struggle with question of vaccine mandates

PROVIDENCE – Many Rhode Island businesses are struggling with the question of whether to enforce a COVID-19 vaccine requirement on their employees, asking how...
COVID CASUALTY: Stephanie lgoe stands in front of the former Hallworth House building in Providence, a nonprofit nursing home where she served as administrator before it closed in the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

UNCLEAR CARNAGE: Just how badly has pandemic hurt R.I.’s small businesses?

Heather Wall still gets emotional when she drives past the empty storefront on Frenchtown Road in North Kingstown. The darkened space in Hunt River Commons...

Chris Parisi

2021 40 Under Forty Awards Chris Parisi | 34 | Founder and President, Trailblaze Marketing How do you think COVID-19 will change your industry going...
CHRIS PARISI, right, co-founder and leader of the Rhode Island Small Business Coalition, calls the state's grant programs to help local businesses as a failure. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I.’s pandemic grant programs falling short for some businesses

PROVIDENCE – The state is making a final push this month to get what remains of its $1.25 billion federal stimulus out to local...
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