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SAVINGS EATEN AWAY: Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney, inside the main Ann Sather restaurant in Chicago, estimates he’s put $250,000 of his own money into running his three restaurants. / AP PHOTO/CHARLES REX ARBOGAST

Owners tap into savings to withstand pandemic

NEW YORK – When the coronavirus outbreak forced cruise lines to cancel trips to Alaska, it wiped out Midgi Moore’s tour business, leaving her...
Dylan Conley

Small business neglected in recovery plans

Congress has failed Rhode Island business. When the Great Recession hit in 2008, despite the lessons that could have been learned from the dotcom...

Be resilient before recovery is needed

Even if all you had to worry about were the quality of your company’s products or services and continued growth of the customer base,...
STAYING TOGETHER: Roots Hair Salon owner Michelle Murphy retained 17 hairstylists from when Salon O closed at the location that Roots currently occupies. Murphy wanted to maintain camaraderie among the stylists. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Roots Hair Salon’s Murphy is a cut above the rest

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 WOMAN TO WATCH, SMALL BUSINESS: Michelle Murphy | Roots Hair Salon BEAUTY IS HARD WORK. Just ask hairstylist Michelle Murphy,...

Rhode Island Foundation promotes Claudia Cornejo to lead economic security

Claudia Cornejo has been appointed a strategic initiative officer at the Rhode Island Foundation, where she will lead the Foundation’s activities and grant-making for...

Lt. Gov. McKee floats relief plan on his own

Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee is proposing using a portion of Rhode Island’s $1.25 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds to create grant and...
GROWING SALES: David Urban, owner of the Secret Garden, a small floral shop with a garden center in Jamestown, says he tripled sales since he purchased the business by expanding the list of local suppliers and stocking more. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Hardy variety of retailer

In 2008, David Urban, who’d just earned a degree in horticulture from the University of Rhode Island, had one specific desire while in the...
Jeffrey Deckman

A call for ‘Marshall Plan’ for R.I. small businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic will go down as one of the most important events in our history. Its impact is already causing exponential disruption, which...
FORCES JOINED: Alicia Piazza, left, and Nicole Eller combined their strengths in social media marketing to form The Spark Social Inc. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Marketing merger was sparked by social event

Nicole Eller and Alicia Piazza were introduced at a networking event, and it didn’t take long for them to realize they shared a strong...
ENDLESS CHOICES: Customers can choose from up to 4,000 styles and an array of finishes at Get The Picture, a custom framing shop in Lincoln launched nearly 20 years ago by owners Andy Langlois, right, and Mike Labbe. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A custom shop that’s thinking outside the frame

Customers who walk into Get The Picture LLC in search of a custom frame are presented with row after row of choices – up...

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