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SBA ADMINISTRATOR Linda McMahon and newly-appointed Region I Regional Administrator Wendell G. Davis. / COURTESY SBA RHODE ISLAND

Davis named SBA regional administrator

PROVIDENCE - Wendell G. Davis has been named Region 1 regional administrator by the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to an announcement by the...
LINDA MCMAHON, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, visited the Rhode Island district office in February./ SBA RHODE ISLAND/ RYAN P. BRISSETTE

McMahon ventures to promote small businesses under Trump

PROVIDENCE – Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, says President Donald Trump chose her to lead the federal agency because he...
TEAM MEETING: From left, Brenton DeBoef, professor of chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, and Alcinous Pharmaceutical team members Nicholas DaSilva, CEO and Ph.D. student in the URI College of Pharmacy; Benjamin Barlock, chief technology officer and Ph.D. student in the URI College of Pharmacy; David Worthen, chief operations officer and URI assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Department of Chemical Engineering; and Ken Rose, chief scientific officer and Ph.D. student in the URI College of Pharmacy, discuss Alcinous’ latest research project. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Alcinous to use $50K Innovation Voucher to create new PARP inhibitor

Five weeks prior to celebrating its first year in business, Alcinous Pharmaceuticals received a $50,000 Innovation Voucher from R.I. Commerce Corp. The microcompany had been...
UNIQUE COLLABORATION: Viana Newton, left, and Katie Bouchard are co-owners of Providence-based beauty-products manufacturer PotionPVD, which has partnered with mobile coffee company The Nitro Cart to use its coffee beans in their beauty products. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. small businesses expanding reach through local collaborations

Once the hot water streams through, most people toss spent coffee grounds in the trash – but not Audrey ­Finocchiaro. “In my personal life, and...
HAL HORVAT is president and chief operating officer at Centreville Bank in West Warwick. / COURTESY CENTREVILLE BANK

Five Questions With: Hal Horvat

Hal Horvat is executive vice president and chief lending and retail officer at Centreville Bank. The West Warwick-based bank was recently recognized for having...
THE SOUTH EASTERN Economic Development Corp. is celebrating 35 years of business at its annual meeting this year on Nov. 29, which will include the election of members, directors and officers as well as giving out awards for Regional Business Advocate of the Year, Startup Business of the Year and Small Business of the Year.

SEED to celebrate 35 years of business

TAUNTON – The South Eastern Economic Development Corp., or SEED, is celebrating 35 years of business at its annual meeting this year. The 2017 meeting...
MARK S HAYWARD, U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island district director, said "real results" come from the organization's Emerging Leaders program./PHOTO BY TRACY JENKINS

Third R.I. SBA Emerging Leaders cohort graduates

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island branch of the U.S. Small Business Administration Monday announced the eight executives which make up the third cohort of...
SUMMER RETREAT: Families have been traveling to Block Island as a summer retreat for generations, helping ensure steady business at the island’s 35 hotels and its beaches. Revenue from the state’s hotel tax is a major source of income for the island, generating $2.97 million between fiscal years 2007 and 2017.  / PBN PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Will business on Block Island always be seasonal?

Sven Risom and his wife, Laura, became enamored with the beauty of Block Island long ago. After summering there for many years, they became...
SOUTHERN FLAVOR: Adam Batchelder recently opened Smoke & Squeal Barbecue, a food truck specializing in natural, wood-fired smoked barbecue.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Culture, people led Marine Corps veteran to open BBQ food truck...

With a U.S. Small Business Administration loan, Adam Batchelder, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a Johnson...
HAROLD HORVAT IS executive vice president and chief lending and retail officer at Centreville Bank. /COURTESY CENTREVILLE BANK

Five Questions With: Harold Horvat

Harold Horvat is executive vice president and chief lending and retail officer at Centreville Bank. He talks with Providence Business News about how the...

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