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Proposed taxes on high-income earners draw pushback from business community

PROVIDENCE – Two pieces of legislation pending in Rhode Island’s General Assembly are aimed at raising taxes on high-income earners, something the state's business...

R.I. Commerce establishing small-business-assistance grant program

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Commerce Corp. is establishing a small-business-assistance grant program to serve as infrastructure for distributing up to $5,000 grants to Rhode...

More money, less problems?

Is your company planning to seek another round of stimulus funding? No: 67% Yes: 17% Unsure: 17% Did your company receive stimulus funding of any kind in 2020? Yes:...

Are you satisfied with the Restore Rhode Island grant program and...

The state on Sept. 22 expanded the $50 million Restore Rhode Island grant program. Sole proprietors and businesses without employees are now eligible, along...
BALANCING ACT: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is beginning a phased reopening of the state’s economy but says it will be quickly halted if the state sees a surge in new cases of COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Do state leaders have the right spending priorities for $1.25 billion...

Rhode Island as of June 9 had spent or committed less than $185 million of $1.25 billion received from the federal government for expenses...

Small businesses to get free face masks, cleaning supplies through state...

PROVIDENCE — Small businesses that are trying to reopen can receive a month’s supply of free face masks for their employees and cleaning supplies,...
BALANCING ACT: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is beginning a phased reopening of the state’s economy but says it will be quickly halted if the state sees a surge in new cases of COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Health risks of reopening balanced by ongoing economic crisis

As the state embarks on a cautious reopening of its economy, the nagging question on everyone’s mind is, “Are we ready?” As this week’s...
JUSTIN GONTAREK, co-founder of Oceanside Graphics RI LLC, designed the Gift it Forward website in conjunction with the R.O. Office of the Lt. Governor to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY JUSTIN GONTAREK

Stepping Up: Oceanside Graphics co-founder creates website to help small businesses...

WARWICK – In mid-March, Oceanside Graphics RI LLC Co-Founder Justin Gontarek was on a conference call with R.I. Lt. Governor Daniel P. McKee and...
SMALL BUSINESSES in the U.S. reported it was a bit easier to hire in December despite a tight job market. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Smaller share of U.S. small businesses unable to fill positions

WASHINGTON – United States small businesses found it a little easier to fill jobs in December, consistent with a moderating, yet still-robust, labor market,...
A SURVEY FOUND THAT 26% of U.S. small-business owners plan to increase pay in coming months . / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Share of U.S. small businesses planning higher pay nears record

WASHINGTON – As a tight labor market makes filling positions more difficult, 26% of U.S. small-business owners plan to increase pay in coming months,...

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