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DR. TIMOTHY J. BABINEAU, former CEO and president of Lifespan Corp., officially resigned on May 31 but will stay on as a consultant until September. Babineau is one of numerous people who have said they'll be leaving high-profile positions in Rhode Island over the next year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Can R.I. weather the exit of so many leaders?

A wave of recent retirement and resignation announcements from top executives leaves the state facing a potential leadership gap in some of its most...
RECOVERY MODE: R.I. Department of Health Interim Director Dr. James McDonald, left, talks about the health care industry’s workforce woes at the PBN Health Care Summit on April 6. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Claire Levesque, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point32Health; Dr. Raymond O. Powrie, Care New England Health System executive chief of medicine; Dr. Matt Collins, chief medical officer and executive vice president at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, Lifespan Corp. CEO and president. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing, moderates. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Is Rhode Island facing a leadership “brain drain” amid a wave...

On June 2, the state said its interim health director, Dr. James McDonald, will be leaving the department next month. The announcement is the...
SETTING UP SHOP: Laura Guillén, the new Rhode Island executive director for Entrepreneurship for All, is forming a network of mentors and prospective program participants. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mass. business incubator arrives in Providence

Getting a business off the ground is no easy feat, especially for people of color. And if Rhode Island’s undersized share of minority-owned businesses is...

SEG awards $80,000 to 16 R.I. businesses, nonprofits

PROVIDENCE – Sixteen Rhode Island small businesses and nonprofits were awarded a combined $80,000 under Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s new Microgrant Fund, the organization announced...
KELLY RAMIREZ will step down as CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse later this year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Social Enterprise Greenhouse CEO Ramirez to step down

PROVIDENCE – There will be a leadership change at Social Enterprise Greenhouse come the end of this year. Kelly Ramirez, who has led the business-support...

RIHub expanding full startup services to Newport

NEWPORT – RIHub, a Providence-based nonprofit startup support organization, is expanding its footprint southward, offering entrepreneurs in Aquidneck Island and the South County area...
STRONGER TOGETHER: Ana Duque, left, and Karen Mejias at their new store called The Heal Room. The two Latina women have teamed up, using their past experiences as business owners to bring a zero-waste store and wellness bar to Pawtucket.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Duo serves up wellness with zero waste

Ana Duque and Karen Mejias discovered the need to merge their business ventures to create a bigger impact and survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM'S idea to help school children cope with stresses through flowers won a $50,000 prize in the United Way of Rhode Island’s and Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s 2021 Nonprofit Innovation Lab. From left, Emily Lucas, Family Service of Rhode Island’s AmeriCorps site supervisor; Samantha Stringfellow Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, assistant vice principal; Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm executive director; Joyce Leven, FSRI community development director; Harley Van Dunk, Fogarty school counselor; and Matthew Lemay, FSRI AmeriCorps team leader, helped deliver flowers to Fogarty Elementary School in Providence. / COURTESY WHAT CHEER FLOWER FARM

What Cheer’s flower school education idea wins $50K in Nonprofit Innovation...

PROVIDENCE – More often than not, Destenie Vital, What Cheer Flower Farm’s executive director, would be out and about delivering flowers to help needy...
SMALL-BUSINESS STARTER: Providence-based Maternova Inc. was the first medtech venture to complete an accelerator program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. The company’s founder, Meg Wirth, foreground, is now SEG’s director of health and wellness. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lending some help to little guys

SMALL BUSINESS Ask any Rhode Island small-business owner if they could use more help – loans, grants, coaching, training programs – and it’s safe to...
IT’S HOME: Amanda Mottola, who was born in Paraguay and adopted as a child by a Connecticut family, set down roots in Rhode Island in 2019 and established a small marketing firm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Adopted as a baby, marketer still connected to her ancestry

(Editor’s note: This is the 15th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...

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