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MONEY TALKS: Toby Stapleton, left, director of Newport-based Blue Venture Forum, speaks with Erin Donovan-Boyle, CEO and president of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, at Innovate Newport. Stapleton says many blue and green tech startups have been avoiding a funding crunch that other new ventures are facing at the moment. 

Blue and green startups avoiding funding crunch

Over the past year, declining investments, layoffs and uncertainty about the future have plagued tech companies throughout the U.S. And while tech giants such...

Can Pryor achieve housing goals?

The recent appointment of Stefan Pryor as the state’s housing secretary has some observers feeling confident that he can take the R.I. Office of...
DIYA DAS has been named the new dean of Roger Williams University's Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Das named new Roger Williams University Gabelli School of Business dean

BRISTOL – Roger Williams University, in its national search for its next business school dean, only had to look about a half hour away...
ROLLING OUT: Jacky’s Waterplace Sushi Bar robot server “Bella” waits on a table with Ignacio Davila, left, and Galen Tate.

Robots could help restaurants struggling with labor shortage

Customers at Jacky’s Waterplace & Sushi Bar in Providence may have noticed a certain restaurant employee that stands out from the others. Or rather, rolls...
RETURN TO THE ROSTRUM: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio takes his place at the front of the Senate chambers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session. It’s a position Ruggerio has held since 2017. 

Surplus of question marks: Decisions on tax cuts, housing policies, education...

No one would blame the General Assembly leadership if it breathed a little easier in the 2023 legislative session. After all, the top Democratic leaders...
ON TOUR: Brett Bessette, left, a real estate agent with Residential Properties Ltd., shows an apartment in a newly constructed building at 500 South Water St., Providence, to a prospective tenant, John Pereira, of East ­Providence. 

Rents expected to stabilize in 2023, yet remain unaffordable for many

Nearly three years into a rental market characterized by a steep decline followed by surging increases, the market has showed some signs of starting...
POP-UP BAKERY: Thrive Cakery LLC owner Jasmine Mendez speaks with John Shaw of Cumberland about her products, which she will be offering through a pop-up kiosk on the second floor of the Providence Place mall through the new year.

Holiday cliffhanger: How long will merry feeling last for shoppers, retailers?

Karen Beebe’s Christmas season began months ago, in the heat of August, when she placed an order for 360 ­holiday ornaments. For Beebe, the owner...
Tim Yeaton

Yeaton named chair of RWU board of trustees

TIM YEATON was recently named chairman of the Roger Williams University board of trustees. He has a career spanning more than 40 years in...
FEELING THE SPIRIT: Providence Place mall reported an increase in visitors to the mall in the first weekend of the holiday shopping season, placing the rise at about 3% above a year earlier. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. shopping centers feeling merry about December despite economic challenges

Crowded stores and stronger-than-expected sales have analysts predicting that the rest of the holiday shopping season will be a banner one despite higher prices,...
RHODY PUZZLES: Sam White, left, lead designer, and Jerauld Adams, owner, make puzzles with unique, Rhode Island-inspired designs at their Pawtucket manufacturing company Hope Puzzles LLC.

Adams turns family pastime into next business venture

Jerauld Adams spent a lot of time poring over puzzles during the early days of the pandemic. Soon after, he decided to turn his newfound...
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