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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...
PREPPING FOR A FIGHT: Kevin Millonzi, owner of Millonzi Fine Catering in West Warwick, says his insurance claims for losses related to COVID-19 have been turned down. Now he’s ready to sue. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Businesses failing to get pandemic-related payouts

Kevin Millonzi has “viral” coverage as part of his business-interruption insurance, but that didn’t save the West Warwick caterer from getting rejected when he...
MIXED SIGNALS: Gov. Daniel J. McKee has earned a reputation as an advocate for small businesses but has angered many of them with a budget proposal to tax Paycheck Protection Program loans over $150,000. The plan would generate about $67.7 million in general revenue over two fiscal years. / AP PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Proposed PPP tax ignores ongoing pandemic threat

Rhode Island’s leading small-business advocate as lieutenant governor has sent mixed signals to that constituency since taking over as governor last month. On April 12,...

NFIB survey shows increasing optimism among small businesses

PROVIDENCE – A new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business found that 13% of small-business owners said they will have to close...

New leaders

Are you happy with the changes in leadership among R.I. elected officials this year, including Daniel J. McKee as governor? Yes: 75% No: 25% Unsure: 0% Are you...
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