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OUT OF POCKET: Robert Berczuk, publisher of The Jamestown Press, says the money his newspaper is losing as a result of a 33% decline in ad revenue is coming directly out of his pocket, but he has assured his staff of six that there will be no pay cuts, layoffs or furloughs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should newspapers be rescued by the government?

Newspaper publisher John Howell didn’t think he would ever have to lay himself off. But when COVID-19 hit the United States, that’s exactly what he...
DUAL HARMONY: Nicole O’Malley, left, is the founder and executive director of Hands in Harmony, which uses musical therapy to help individuals with complex medical conditions. Here, O’Malley works with longtime client Abigail Magiera, 21, of Coventry. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Hands in Harmony transitions to virtual platform

HANDS IN HARMONY, an organization founded in 2017 that treats patients using music therapy, has converted its operation from an in-person service to a...

SBA: 16,000 R.I. businesses approved for PPP loans as demand continues...

PROVIDENCE – Less than 200 additional Rhode Island small businesses have secured federal payroll relief loans in the last week as demand for the...

SBA reports $1.8B in PPP loans for R.I. businesses with funding...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island small businesses have secured more than $1.8 billion in federal payroll relief, the U.S. Small Business Administration shared on Wednesday. The...

Local lenders report slowdown in PPP applications but increased anxiety over...

PROVIDENCE – The flood of applications from small businesses desperate for payroll relief has slowed to a trickle, local lenders say. But while demand for...

R.I. businesses secure $593M in second-round PPP funds as approval rate...

PROVIDENCE – After inundating local lenders with applications for federal payroll relief funds, demand for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program among...

Citizens provides $321M in PPP loans to 3,100 R.I. small businesses

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Bank has helped roughly 3,100 Rhode Island small businesses secure a total of $321 million in funding through the U.S. Small...

R.I. businesses secure $593M in second-round PPP funds as approval rate...

PROVIDENCE – After inundating local lenders with applications for federal payroll relief funds, demand for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program among...

Five Questions With: Michael Clarkin

Michael Clarkin serves as senior vice president and corporate sales manager for The Washington Trust Co., where he has worked since 2010. He previously...
PLAYING IT SAFE: As hurt as his two Providence restaurants have been by the coronavirus panademic, James Mark says he won’t open his restaurants for dine-in service until there’s a vaccine, treatment or widespread testing. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Are we ready? Raimondo moves ahead with reopening R.I.

Mounting case counts, hospitalizations and deaths. Soaring unemployment claims and nose-diving tax revenue. Mysteriously high infection rates among Latinos. No matter what part of...

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