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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....
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
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 Island1. 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...
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