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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...
GOING UP: Michelle Murphy, owner of Roots Hair Salon LLC in Cranston, works on Talias Oakane of ­Cranston. Murphy says she may have to raise the rent she charges her stylists, who recently raised their prices due to the increased cost of products, because her monthly payment to rent the building space for the salon recently increased.

More businesses struggle with their rent payments

When Michelle Murphy renewed her lease recently for a 5,000-square-foot beauty salon she rents in Cranston, there was some bad news that came with...
EXPENSIVE INGREDIENTS: Michael Manni, owner of LaSalle Bakery Inc. in Providence, says in addition to increased shipping prices and labor costs, “everything we buy has gone up.”  

Rising prices have taken some cheer out of bakeries

Buying dessert for the holidays might be pricier this year, and local bakeries aren’t happy about it. Whether it’s a pastry, a butter croissant, or...
PARTNERS: ­Business leaders will be looking to R.I. Commerce Secretary Elizabeth M. Tanner and Gov. Daniel J. McKee to set a course for economic development in the state in the new year.

McKee, Tanner must set clear agenda for Commerce

Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s decisive election victory over Republican Ashley Kalus positions him to play a lead role in state economic development for the...
LOOKING FOR TIDY PROFITS: Daneshwar “Dan” Persaud, who operates Taj Commercial Cleaning LLC, says the state’s minority business enterprise program that guarantees a certain percentage of state contracts be awarded to minority-owned companies has a lot of room for improvement. 

Everybody’s Business: ‘I really feel like I’m alone’

(Editor’s note: This is the 25th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked about their views...

KMS Solutions, LLC, Announces Executive Changes and Promotions to Support Company...

Alexandria VA, June 2022 – KMS Solutions, LLC, announces the following executive changes and promotions as an organizational effort to support the rapid growth...

The gift of normalcy

David Piccerelli | Rhode Island PBS president Leading a complex and dynamic organization such as Rhode Island PBS through the pandemic has been nothing short of...
KELLY RAMIREZ will step down as CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse later this year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Social Enterprise Greenhouse CEO Ramirez to step down

PROVIDENCE – There will be a leadership change at Social Enterprise Greenhouse come the end of this year. Kelly Ramirez, who has led the business-support...

Wine tasting room in the works in East Providence

EAST PROVIDENCE – A new tasting room is in the works in the Rumford neighborhood, where the owners of the negociant business behind the...

Small businesses face tax headaches on top of pandemic woes 

NEW YORK (AP) – Small businesses that have been buffeted by the pandemic, inflation and shipping woes have another challenge to add to their...
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