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Five Questions With: Jacquelyn M. Baginski

Jacquelyn M. Baginski | R.I. state representative, D-Cranston 1. Even as a freshman legislator, you have been described as a “champion for business” by some...
Sonya Janigian opened Sonya’s Clothing in 1983 in downtown Providence. A second shop opened in Cranston in 1991. The Providence shop closed a year later. Sonya’s has been located on Oaklawn Avenue since 2005.

Connect with loyal clients

Sonya Janigian | Sonya’s Clothing owner Being in the retail sector for over 38 years, we have faced many challenges. None has been as impactful as...
Gov. Daniel J. McKee

McKee: Find the opportunities in economic challenges

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of PBN’s 35th anniversary publication, which can be viewed here.) As a small-business owner, former mayor and lieutenant governor...
SMALL-BUSINESS STARTER: Providence-based Maternova Inc. was the first medtech venture to complete an accelerator program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. The company’s founder, Meg Wirth, foreground, is now SEG’s director of health and wellness. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lending some help to little guys

SMALL BUSINESS Ask any Rhode Island small-business owner if they could use more help – loans, grants, coaching, training programs – and it’s safe to...
Keith Kelly

Rhode Island can keep getting better

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of PBN’s 35th anniversary publication, which can be viewed here.) Rhode Island has come a long way in the...
AND ... ­ACTION: Sonya Janigian, right, owner of Sonya’s Clothing, shoots a Facebook Live video in her Cranston boutique with the company’s sales manager, Carmen Garcia. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Reliance on social media has severe downside

Sonya Janigian is not your typical social media influencer. But in the last 18 months, livestreamed Facebook videos have become a fixture of her Cranston...

Is it fair to fire employees who refuse to return to...

Is a potential workplace conflict brewing between some employers and workers unwilling to let go of remote work schedules? A recent national survey by
CURIOSITY WELCOMED: ­Priyadarshini Himatsingka, owner of pH Factor on Hope Street in Providence, doesn’t mind discussing her Indian roots with customers who ask about her background. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: She runs shop with a worldly view

(Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
PRODUCT OF THE PANDEMIC: Megan McCutcheon displays some of the items she produces for Newport Needlepoint LLC, a company she started when the state went into a lockdown last spring at the height of the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

For many, COVID-19 sparks desire to start a venture

After Michelle Politano was laid off when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last year, she made the decision to pursue her lifelong dream of opening...
LIFE OF THE POTTY: Cassie Collinson says she’s learned a lot about business since starting Cassie’s Cans Inc. six years ago, when she was 19. The South Kingstown company rents portable toilets for construction sites. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

A business opportunity Collinson just couldn’t let go to waste

Think about any dirty, feces-related joke, and Cassie Collinson guarantees she has heard it. “People find out what I do and like to tell me...

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