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Share of U.S. small businesses with job openings matches record

NEW YORK - Hiring qualified people in a tightening labor market is getting to be an even bigger headache for smaller United States companies,...
LOOKING TO MAKE A CHANGE: Cranston Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan W. Fung is looking to reverse the outcome of the election four years ago, when he lost to Gina M. Raimondo for the top Rhode Island office. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Fung’s back! Do voters share his despair over the state’s direction?

Allan W. Fung, the nine-year mayor of Cranston, has launched a second campaign for governor, once again targeting now-incumbent Gina M. Raimondo, and pointing...
ALL 25 Qualified Opportunity Zones nominated by Rhode Island to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the IRS were approved. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

All 25 R.I. ‘Qualified Opportunity Zones’ approved by feds

PROVIDENCE – All 25 areas that Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the R.I. Commerce Corp. submitted for designation as “Qualified Opportunity Zones” were approved...
HEALTH INSURANCE COMMISSIONER Marie L. Ganim announced that she has instructed insurers to refile lower rates on group plans renewing in the fourth quarter of 2018 to reflect the recent suspension of the federal health insurance tax. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

OHIC reducing small-business rates for suspended health insurance tax in Q4

Correction: A previous version of this story mischaracterized estimated savings for businesses due to the suspension of a federal health insurance tax that had...
R.I. COMMERCE CORP. launched a new small business hotline number, (401) 521-HELP, to make it easier for local businesses to contact the agency and to raise awareness about the services it offers. Commerce RI is also launching an ad campaign to promote the hotline, such as the print ad above, that will run through June. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Commerce RI launches small business hotline, ad campaign

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. launched a new small business hotline number Monday, (401) 521-HELP (401-521-4357) designed to make it easier for small...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 34 for women entrepreneurs and No. 2 in New England. / COURTESY FITSMALLBUSINESS.COM

Report: R.I. ranks No. 34 in nation for women-owned firms, 2nd...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 34 in the nation and second in New England in a report on the best states for women...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has introduced a fiscal 2019 state budget that represents a sligh increase in spending./ PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Raimondo’s State of the State expected to cover job creation, school...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is expected to give her State of the State address Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. She is expected to...
TIME TO VOTE: The Senate Finance Committee on Jan. 9 will hold a much-anticipated hearing on financing for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium. / COURTESY PAWTUCKET RED SOX

Are lawmakers ready to deal on PawSox?

The General Assembly has returned to work with a few critical topics to consider and a host of other issues that will likely lead...

Small businesses are in holiday-sales game

Small businesses, locally owned and operated, have been fighting to keep their place amid growing pressure from online sales. Two weeks into the traditional holiday...
RHODE ISLAND RANKED in the bottom half in the nation for three main metrics on women-owned businesses in the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. Above, a map reflecting women-owned businesses "economic clout" growth rate for each state. Rhode Island ranked in the bottom 10 in the nation. / COURTESY AMERICAN EXPRESS OPEN

R.I. ranks No. 37 in nation for growth in women-owned firms

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 37 in the nation for the growth of the number of women-owned firms over 20 years, according to...

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