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MAKING CONNECTIONS: Tyrone A. Smith, left, director of employment and housing at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, meets with Tim Ruel, veterans employment and training specialist, and Lindsey Arigno, veterans employment specialist. OSDRI assists veterans who are seeking jobs.
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Government, nonprofits, companies help veterans surmount employment hurdles

When Elexious Dasilva was discharged from the U.S. Army last November after serving for two years, she knew she needed to find a job...
HUD announced $239,250 for the Lincoln Public Housing Authority to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs and educational opportunities.

Lincoln Public Housing Authority to receive $239K from HUD

LINCOLN – The Lincoln Public Housing Authority will receive $239,250 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to hire or retain service...

Why I (still) work here

Every month, my organization picks one of our 26,000 outstanding or just plain interesting employees to profile in our internal newsletter. I took pride...

America’s got talent, not just in the Ivies

It’s a powerful myth that our college admissions process has superhuman predictive powers. If you make the cut, you’re the talented 1 percent; miss...
After a short time away, in 2017 Brett Green became president and CEO of Mahr, an American division of Carl Mahr Holding GmbH in Germany. While he is involved in an international enterprise, Green takes one of his most important business lessons from his father. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Persistence, determination pave the road to success

Brett Green | Mahr Inc. CEO and presidentMore than 20 years ago, my father came across a quotation.A framed copy sits proudly in my...
THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED unemployment rate in Rhode Island declined from an adjusted rate of 4.4 percent in January 2018 to 4 percent in January 2019. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. unemployment dips in Jan., employment up 2.4K on year

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined 0.4 percentage points year over year to 4 percent in January, according to the...
EMPLOYMENT IN PROVIDENCE and Kent Counties increased 0.7 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively, from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO

Employment in Providence County increased 0.7% in 2018 Q3

PROVIDENCE - Employment in Providence County increased 0.7 percent year over year in the third quarter of 2018 to 290,300 jobs, according to the...
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 CEOThroughout 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....
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Five Questions With Sabina Matos

5Q: Sabina Matos | President, Providence City Council1. How will you encourage more widespread economic development across Providence neighborhoods? Successful economic development depends...
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