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GROWTH ­BARRIER: Thomas Tzitzouris, head of fixed income research at Strategas Research Partners, tells attendees of Providence Business News’ recent Economic Trends Summit that limited small-business creation is a weak spot in the state’s economy. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Glass half empty or full, economy needs biz investment to soar

Whatever your opinion is about the health of Rhode Island’s economy, there’s data to support it. If you think there’s cause for celebration, avoiding to...

What should be state lawmakers’ top budget priority this year?

State lawmakers opened the 2024 legislative session on Jan. 2 with warnings any budget surplus at the end of the year will be much...

Rhode Island SBA lending exceeds $138M in fiscal year 2023

PROVIDENCE – More than $138 million in U.S. Small Business Administration lending was provided for small businesses in Rhode Island during fiscal year 2023,...

How can Gov. Daniel J. McKee best help small businesses in...

Gov. Daniel J. McKee recently told PBN he’d like to know what type of support small-business owners would like to see in his fiscal...
PROTECTION PLAN: Gian Gentile, left, and brother Brendan Gentile, owners of SecurityRI.com, say the company receives more calls this time of year from businesses looking for security against ­shoplifters. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Shop owners bracing for theft before holidays

Stressed about the holidays already? You’re not alone. Every year, shop owners not only worry about stocking shelves with the right products, they also need...

McKee on R.I.’s business climate: ‘I know we’ve made progress’

(Editor's note: This exclusive interview with Gov. Daniel J. McKee is part of a two-story package on Rhode Island's business climate that will be...

Tom Canterino founded Providence-based digital marketing agency LevelUP Digital Solutions in 2020. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Trust your gut

Tom Canterino | LevelUP Digital Solutions LLC founder and chief strategist Even though small businesses are the backbone of our economy, contributing to 30% more...

Banking ‘reforms’ have widened the wealth gap

Harsh banking sector regulations imposed a decade ago were touted as a means to both make the system safer and to “democratize capital” by...

McKee: R.I.’s economic driving force is small business

Our small businesses play a crucial role in fostering innovation, job creation and community identity here in the Ocean State. Rhode Island’s small businesses...
ON A ROLL: Muhammad Choudhry has built BK House of Cigars Inc. into a business that he says has helped him live the American dream after years of struggle. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Struggling days’ sparked his desire to venture out

(Editor’s note: This is the 34th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
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