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IN STOCK: Carol Benoit, left, owner of Crystal Waters Hot Tubs LLC in Warwick, says she’s selling a lot of hot tubs right now because she’s the only one that has them. At right is Crystal Benoit, finance manager. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hot tubs selling like hotcakes during pandemic

Realizing she could do better than the commission she earned selling hot tubs at her former job, Carol Benoit, of Cranston, decided to dip...

R.I. receives $10.6M from feds to support tourism, recreation and travel

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has been awarded a $10.6 million state tourism grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the department announced Monday. Rhode Island...

R.I. receives $1M from feds for statewide recovery planning

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island was among 24 states allocated $1 million each from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, the department announced...
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R.I.’s business-event tourism needs big boost

While leisure travel has rebounded in 2021, Rhode Island’s business and event tourism continues to struggle. This is troubling since municipalities and the hospitality...

Retail sales were flat in April as stimulus spending wanes

NEW YORK (AP) – Retail sales in the United States were flat in April, after soaring in March, when many Americans received $1,400 stimulus...

SEED awarded $3.6M grant to provide gap funding to small businesses

TAUNTON – The South Eastern Economic Development Corp. has received a $3.6 million grant from the Economic Development Administration’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic...

U.S. trade deficit surges in July to highest in 12 years

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States trade deficit surged in July to $63.6 billion, the highest level in 12 years, as imports jumped by...
RHODE ISLAND will receive $6.8 million in federal funds to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. / AP FILE PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH

R.I. receives $6.8M from feds for Revolving Loan Funds

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has been allocated $6.8 million from the federal government to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds for businesses impacted by...

Fall River awarded $1.6M in federal funds to help local businesses

FALL RIVER – The city has received $1.6 million in federal funding for loans to be administered by the Bristol County Economic Development Consultants...

Calif.-based company accused of trying to illegally export chemicals from R.I....

PROVIDENCE – The top executive of a California-based electronics company, the business and another employee have been indicted by a federal grand jury on...

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