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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...
Christopher Carlozzi

The $2 trillion CARES Act could provide lifelines for small business

Many small businesses breathed a sigh of relief when Congress passed the $2 trillion CARES Act to help prevent them from going under during...
EAST PROVIDENCE has created two small-business loan programs to help small and micro-businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Providence starts 2 emergency loan programs for small businesses impacted...

EAST PROVIDENCE – The city has jump-started its own emergency loan fund programs for the smallest of small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Highlights of Congress’ economic relief plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Partial highlights of a roughly $2 trillion package to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by...
NEXT LEVEL: Divine Barre owner Ali Bramhall teaches a ballet-inspired exercise class known as barre at her Providence studio. She prides herself on the studio being welcoming and judgement-free. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Providence fitness student raises the barre

When barre took the fitness world by storm, Ali Bramhall was ready. The low-impact, ballet-inspired exercise class was a natural progression for the former-dancer-turned-certified-personal-trainer. After...
SWEEPING CHANGE: Shawn Lynch, right, owner of second-generation family business Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration Service, with Miguel Lopez, left, and Carlos Pereira cleaning smoke damage at a house on Maplewood Drive in East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTOMIKE SKORSKI

Carpet-cleaning business has taken it from dirt to disaster

Small-business savvy runs in Shawn Lynch’s blood. He grew up entrenched in his father’s carpet-cleaning company, which was a part-time complement to his full-time job...
Amy E. Stratton

Mergers and acquisitions for mom and pop

While splashy headlines tout the success of midsized mergers and acquisitions throughout New England, Rhode Island small businesses are sharing the recent M&A boom....
CAREFUL CONSIDERATION: ­Michelle Kissinger, owner of Personalized Care Coordination LLC, offers advocacy services and medication management for elderly folks living on their own, away from other family members. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Registered nurse in business of coordinating care for elderly at home

An extra set of eyes and ears, with the training of a registered nurse. That’s the idea behind Personalized Care Coordination LLC, a new...
CARD-CARRYING MEDIUM: ­Jessica Lee gives group and individual readings at her Newport business, Jessica Lee Psychic Medium. 
PBN PHOTO/ DAVE HANSEN

Ex-Fla. psychic saw a future in Newport

Jessica Lee instantly fell in love the first time she visited Newport. A then-Florida resident, she was in town for three days and already...

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