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VIRTUAL PANEL: Providence Business News’ Health Care Summit took place online on April 1, with panelists meeting through web conferencing.

PBN summit panelists: Coronavirus impact will be lasting

The coronavirus crisis will have a lasting impact on Rhode Island after the immediate danger of the pandemic passes, on both the business community...
WILLING PARTICIPANT: BayCoast Bank is one of lenders with a local presence that has begun accepting and processing applications for the U.S. Small Business Association’s Paycheck Protection Program. / COURTESY BAYCOAST BANK

Stressed R.I. employers jostle to receive SBA assistance

The rollout of federal relief ­programs offered a much-needed source of funding and of hope to small businesses struggling in the coronavirus pandemic. But securing...
PBN'S HEALTH CARE SUMMIT was held online on Wednesday morning with panelists from the health care and business arenas.

PBN Summit: R.I.’s real pandemic test still to come

PROVIDENCE – Panelists at PBN's online Health Care Summit on Wednesday gave Gov. Gina M. Raimondo high marks for her efforts to slow down...
MEETING OF MINDS: Mark S. Hayward, left, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District Office, discusses plans with Robert Russell, center, corporate ambassador for Aretec Inc., and Charles Newton, a director for the Ocean State Business Development Authority Inc. / PBN PHOTORUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Mark S. Hayward

Mark S. Hayward | Director, U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District Office 1. Was 2019 a good year for small businesses in Rhode...
MAKING CONNECTIONS: The 11th annual Ocean State Business Expo & Networking Event will take place Oct. 29 from 3-7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick.
 / COURTESY CROWNE PLAZA PROVIDENCE-WARWICK

Editor’s Choice: Ocean State Business Expo to be held in Warwick...

EDITOR’S CHOICE Ocean State Business Expoto be held in Warwick Oct. 29 THE 11TH ANNUAL Ocean State Business Expo & Networking Event will attract...

SBDC to open satellite office in East Providence City Hall

EAST PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Small Business Development Center will have a satellite office at East Providence City Hall to host office hours for...
CONGRESSIONAL BREAKFAST: Members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation converse during last year’s breakfast hosted by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event will be held on June 17 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick.
 / COURTESY PCC CONSTANCE BROWN

Editor’s Choice: Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to hold congressional breakfast

EDITOR’S CHOICE Greater Providence Chamber to hold congressional breakfast THE GREATER PROVIDENCE Chamber of Commerce will hold a congressional breakfast featuring Rhode Island’s congressional...
NEW OWNER: Kayla Thompson is the owner of Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly. Thompson bought her wedding dress at the bridal shop seven years ago and befriended the former owner, Denise Pellegrino, who later hired Thompson. The pair came to a “personal finance agreement” that transitioned ownership to Thompson when Pellegrino was ready to sell.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Financing biggest hurdle to employees becoming boss

When Kayla Thompson walked into Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly in search of a wedding dress about seven years ago, she had no idea...
SEAFOOD DISCUSSION: Kevin D.E. Stokesbury, professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology, shares a presentation during last year’s International Seafood Buyers Luncheon. 
 / COURTESY SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Editor’s Choice: International Seafood Buyers Luncheon coming to New Bedford March...

EDITOR’S CHOICE International seafood buyers coming to New Bedford THE ANNUAL SHOWCASE of New Bedford’s waterfront and local seafood plants participating in the International...

Top challenges R.I. small businesses face and how to tackle them

Estee Lauder once stated, “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” Starting a business is work, and so is keeping one afloat....

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