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Four years ago, Renaud Megard left behind a travel-heavy, corporate job and bought Nameplates for Industry. He hasn’t looked back, balancing more time with his family and building a small business. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

By creating a path to success, workforce issues can be solved

Renaud Megard | NFI LLC president and CEO Throughout my career in various industries, the biggest challenges I have faced have come from finding the...

One-size layoff doesn’t fit all

The proposed merger between SunTrust and BB&T makes sense for both firms – which is why Wall Street sent both stocks higher on Feb....
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Sabina Matos

5Q: Sabina Matos | President, Providence City Council 1. How will you encourage more widespread economic development across Providence neighborhoods? Successful economic development depends...
FEDERAL FUNDING for General Dynamics Electric Boat’s U.S. Navy submarine construction program in Rhode Island and Connecticut should be secure as the company plans to hire hundreds of additional workers and expand its network of suppliers as the company ramps up the program in coming years./COURTESY/GENERAL DYNAMICS ELECTRIC BOAT

Trump, Dems agree on funding for Electric Boat sub program

Despite the federal budget standoff, Republican President Donald Trump and Rhode Island’s Democratic congressional leaders seem to agree on one important thing for the...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Tom Giordano

5Q: Tom Giordano | Executive director, Partnership for Rhode Island 1. More than three-quarters of Rhode Island voters in November approved a $250 million bond...
THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE estimates that nearly 20,000 workers in Rhode Island will see their wages increase when the minimum wage in the Ocean State goes from $10.10 to $10.50 per hour on Jan. 1 / COURTESY ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE

Is the increase in Rhode Island’s minimum wage going to have...

Rhode Island is one of 20 states that will increase its minimum wage in the new year, going from $10.10 an hour to $10.50...
THE ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE estimates that nearly 20,000 workers in Rhode Island will see their wages increase when the minimum wage in the Ocean State goes from $10.10 to $10.50 per hour on Jan. 1 / COURTESY ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE

R.I. among 20 states to raise minimum wage Jan. 1

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will be joined by 19 other states in raising its minimum wage at the beginning of the year, according to...
PIPE FITTER: Michael Stuba trains to become a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat through a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Boost for school construction, job training

The Ocean State had its eyes on the public school system this past year, as two statewide ballot requests for funding, not to mention...

Business community sees many positives in R.I., but needs persist

If only the business community were able to spend more time on Smith Hill doing what it did for the cover story of this...

Much work to be done to bring more high-wage jobs to...

It’s never a bad thing to have a job. But an analysis of data for Rhode Island and the nation shows that which job...
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