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FAMILY TRUCKERS: Commodity Haulers Express is a regional truckload transportation company based at Quonset Business Park. From left, Dan Izzi, James Izzi Jr., their dad, James Izzi, and his brother Robert P. Izzi, the business’s founder and owner.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Have cargo, will travel

Water, coffee and rolls of newsprint have combined to create a strong business for a Rhode Island trucking family. Commodity Haulers Express Inc., owned by...
NEW OWNER: Kayla Thompson is the owner of Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly. Thompson bought her wedding dress at the bridal shop seven years ago and befriended the former owner, Denise Pellegrino, who later hired Thompson. The pair came to a “personal finance agreement” that transitioned ownership to Thompson when Pellegrino was ready to sell.
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Financing biggest hurdle to employees becoming boss

When Kayla Thompson walked into Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly in search of a wedding dress about seven years ago, she had no idea...

E-commerce can’t be winner-take-all

Small businesses are a pillar of capitalism and of a healthy economy. They provide a path into the middle and upper-middle class for people...
THE SBA is accepting applications in Rhode Island for its Emerging Leaders program.

SBA calls for Emerging Leaders program applicants in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District office is calling for applicants for its Emerging Leaders program, which provides business leaders...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Sabina Matos

5Q: Sabina Matos | President, Providence City Council 1. How will you encourage more widespread economic development across Providence neighborhoods? Successful economic development depends...
THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE estimates that nearly 20,000 workers in Rhode Island will see their wages increase when the minimum wage in the Ocean State goes from $10.10 to $10.50 per hour on Jan. 1 / COURTESY ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE

Is the increase in Rhode Island’s minimum wage going to have...

Rhode Island is one of 20 states that will increase its minimum wage in the new year, going from $10.10 an hour to $10.50...

Taking ownership of public education

Rhode Island needs a well-educated workforce to strengthen small businesses, the backbone of our economy. We need a strong, stable public education system to...
MAKING A PLAN: The R.I. Division of Statewide Planning is leading a project to support small businesses’ ability to survive extreme weather events. Above, a machine clears sand off Atlantic Avenue in Westerly after the remnants of Hurricane Sandy battered Rhode Island’s coast in 2012. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

State resiliency project example of smart planning for business

Rhode Island’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change are well-documented. And now comes more evidence that we should be concerned: The Global Carbon Project...

Protect small businesses from predatory lending

If you knew what you were doing, would you sign a contract allowing a company to sue you and take your money whenever it...
CHARITABLE GIVING: Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, left, meets with William F. Hatfield, center, market president in Rhode Island, and Trevor Koenig, communications executive, at the bank’s customer call center in East Providence. In addition to its customers, employees and shareholders, Moynihan said the bank has an obligation to its communities. He says the bank contributed about $200 million in charitable giving this year. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY


Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan says a ‘high-tech and high-touch’...

When Brian Moynihan became CEO of Bank of America Corp. after Ken Lewis stepped down in 2010, he took the helm in a period...
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