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A RECORD CROWD of more than 320 attended the sixth PBN Manufacturing Awards program, held at WaterFire Providence's headquarters in the Valley neighborhood of the city. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Record crowd attends PBN Manufacturing Awards program

PROVIDENCE – A crowd of more than 320 manufacturing industry leaders attended Providence Business News’ sixth Manufacturing Awards program Wednesday at WaterFire Providence’s Valley...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced the launch of a $1.45 million emergency loan fund for small businesses on Aquidneck Island directly impacted by the gas shutoff last week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I., National Grid announce aid for Aquidneck Island small businesses

NEWPORT – Rhode Island has created a $1.45 million loan fund for small businesses directly affected by the gas outage on Aquidneck Island, Gov....
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Five Questions With Stefan Pryor

5Q: Stefan Pryor | Secretary of commerce, Rhode Island1. What was it like being president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. in the aftermath...
BEFORE BECOMING RHODE ISLAND’S first secretary of commerce, Stefan Pryor was involved in reconstruction efforts in New York City following the 9/11 attacks as head of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., formed in the aftermath of the disaster. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Five Questions With: Stefan Pryor

Stefan Pryor is Rhode Island’s first secretary of commerce. He was appointed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and unanimously confirmed by the state Senate...

Commerce CMO Salamano to return to private sector in Jan.

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. Chief Marketing Officer Lara Salamano is returning to the private sector in mid-January, Commerce RI announced on Dec. 10.During...
LARA SALAMANO will depart her role as chief marketing officer at Commerce RI for the private sector in mid-January. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commerce CMO Salamano to return to private sector in Jan.

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Chief Marketing Officer Lara Salamano is leaving the administration to return to the private sector in mid-January, according to...

Officials left guessing on Hasbro plans

Call it The Big Mum. One of the world’s largest toymakers and among Rhode Island’s iconic companies, Hasbro Inc. is considering moving its headquarters...
FINANCIAL BOOST: A $100,000 Small Business Assistance Program loan from R.I. Commerce Corp. helped Shaidzon Beer co-owners Josh Letourneau, left, and Chip Samson launch their brewing company in South Kingstown. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commerce RI helps secure $10M for small businesses through SBAP loans

From kegs and bottles to packaging materials and professional costs, when Shaidzon Beer Co. was setting up in the months prior to its November...

Despite false start, transformation of Jewelry District taking shape

On a recent gray, autumn afternoon, early rush-hour traffic was backing up along Point Street in the old Jewelry District in downtown Providence. Most...
INFOSYS PRESIDENT Ravi Kumar said that the India-based technology giant tentatively plans to open Design & Innovation hub in Providence in early December. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Infosys targets Providence hub opening for December

PROVIDENCE – India-based technology giant Infosys Ltd. tentatively plans to open for business in Providence in early December, Infosys President Ravi Kumar said Monday.Speaking...
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