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UNLOCKING CREATIVITY: Michael A. Roberto, director of Bryant University’s Center for Program Innovation, will talk about his new book, “Unlocking Creativity: How to Solve Any Problem and Make the Best Decisions by Shifting Creative Mindsets,” during the Business Value Forum on Feb. 20 at Bryant University in Smithfield.
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Editor’s Choice: Roberto to speak at Bryant Business Value Forum series

EDITOR’S CHOICE Roberto to speak at Bryant Business Value Forum series MICHAEL A. ROBERTO, director of Bryant University’s Center for Program Innovation, will discuss...

R.I. congressional delegation tours Bristol in support of small businesses

BRISTOL – Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Reps. James R. Langevin, D-R.I., and David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., joined a walking...
CHANGING INDUSTRY: Cheryl Burrell, right, associate director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity in the R.I. Department of Administration, is heading the state’s efforts to further diversify the construction industry. At left are Dorinda Keene, assistant administrator of MBE, or minority business enterprise, and Elvys Ruiz, chief supplier to diversity officer.
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White men still dominate construction, though some companies are committed to...

Born to immigrant families struggling to get by in Providence, Edwin A. Montas and Christopher L. Calderon had a lot in common growing up. Similarly...
Pete Kaczmarek has developed teams that have multiplied sales and Ebitda in public, private and private-equity settings through innovative growth strategies, global mergers and acquisitions and well-executed synergy savings. An experienced global board director, he has guided multiple joint ventures between Asian and American companies to rapid growth. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Team vision produces results

Pete Kaczmarek | Mearthane Products Corp. president My career has taken me from large corporations to middle-market businesses with internationally dispersed operations, and now to...
SUCCESS STORY: Lisa J. Raiola is the founder of Hope & Main, a Warren-based food-startup incubator that has worked with more than 350 businesses. Three of the 51 initial PBN Something New small businesses are either graduates or current members of Hope & Main.
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From ‘Something New,’ the strong survive

“To some people, small sounds like a limitation,” said Travis Webster-Booth, owner of TWB Creative, a copywriting and business-services firm launched in October 2014...
ACCELERATOR PITCH: ­Jayanthi Narasimhan, CEO of WatchRx Inc., which began as a wearable-device startup selling watches designed to help aging parents live independently and to better manage medications and health conditions remotely, speaks during the 2017 Health and Wellness Accelerator Pitch Event at Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence.
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SEG sees increased demand for Health and Wellness Accelerator program

Since founding SimplaFYI in North Kingstown in July 2016, Kathleen Repoli has seen her integrative care company grow from a provincial health care network...

National Small Business Innovation Road Tour coming to Warwick

WARWICK – The National Small Business Innovation Road Tour will be in Rhode Island on Aug. 22 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick, the R.I....
THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION is hosting a free seminar on July 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., on tax changes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will affect small businesses and individuals.

SBA hosting seminar on tax changes for small businesses

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is holding a free training session on the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on July 17,...
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Soomi Ro, chief of the field procurement service for the United Nations’ Procurement Division, will be the keynote speaker at the procurement seminar at Bryant University July 17.
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Editor’s Choice: Doing business with United Nations

EDITOR’S CHOICE Doing business with United Nations BRYANT UNIVERSITY, in conjunction with R.I. Commerce Corp., will host a United Nations procurement seminar, titled “Doing Business...
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Five Questions With Wendell G. Davis

Wendell G. Davis | U.S. Small Business Administration New England regional administrator 1. You’ve held the position for four months now, what are your responsibilities?...
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