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BUSINESS EXPANSION: Thomas Hoagland, executive director of the Providence Business Loan Fund, speaks with Kathy Cosentino, assistant director for business development. 
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Five Questions With Thomas Hoagland

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OUTSOURCED: Kenny Rounds is the owner and CEO of Braver Technology Solutions, a business that provides information technology tech and solutions to businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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Braver a tech problem-solver

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Executive Poll

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Has your company in the past rehired a former employee? Yes: 78.6% No: 21.4%If your company has not, would you consider rehiring a former employee? Our company...

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GEAR PREP: Advanced Production and Design in Warwick provides audio and visual equipment and other event-production services. From left, Evan Perry, chief operating officer; Patrick Boutwell, production and warehouse technician; and Adam Ramsey, CEO, prep gear for a job.
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Resurgence in corporate business meetings keeps event planners, caterers busy

Sometimes overheard around the office water cooler: “Damn it, I have another meeting.”You can bet Issa Jouaneh doesn’t see it that way. He’s the...
GROWING SUCCESS: James ­McCarvill, director of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, stands in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence in 2016. McCarvill said this year will be better than 2018 for the convention center authority, and he projects 2020 will be even better than previous years.
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Sports boosts RICCA coffers

Volleyball players from across the country converged on the R.I. Convention Center last April for a weekendlong tournament that brought in 170 teams and...

Something New

MEETING DEMAND: Kate Simpson is the owner of Shades of Vintage, a former monthly marketplace she operated within her artisan shop Cerulean in Warren that is now its own business.
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Vintage pop-up gets own space

Handmade items, vintage pieces and repurposed furniture are what sells at Shades of Vintage, a new shop in Warren.The store owned by Kate Simpson...

One Last Thing

Megan Fisher has resided in Rhode Island for 17 years, leading the Roger Williams Park Conservancy since January 2018. She has a master’s degree in museum studies from Brown University and a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Tufts University. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Being mission-focused but adaptable in execution creates best outcomes

Megan Fischer | Roger Williams Park Conservancy executive directorAn influential mentor early in my nonprofit career instilled in her team the importance of holding...

Editorial & Op Ed

It's Personal

Stopping rising inequality

Almost 10 years after the Great Recession ended, the growing threat of a new economic slowdown raises a troubling question: When the next recession...

North Providence mayor receives Burlingame Award

CHARLES A. LOMBARDI, mayor of North Providence, was recently presented the Barbara Burlingame Award from the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce during the...

The ABCs of customer service

Whatever business you are in – manufacturing, retail, health care, travel, high tech – you must realize that first and foremost, you are in...

New sales tax rules in R.I., Mass.

In the Wayfair v. South Dakota decision in 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for states to collect sales taxes on remote...

News Briefs

What's Happening

TECH FEST: The inaugural Ocean Inno Tech Fest will be held April 26-27 at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence.
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Editor’s Choice: Ocean Inno Tech Fest to be held at WaterFire Arts Center

EDITOR’S CHOICE Ocean Inno Tech Fest to be held at WaterFire Arts Center THE OCEAN INNO Tech Fest will bring innovation from top global...

People on the Move

Webster Bank Welcomes Megan M. Johnson

Megan Johnson has joined Webster Bank as Vice President, Associate Relationship Manager. Megan partners with Webster Bank’s Rhode Island banking centers to help small...

BankNewport Announces Senior Vice President Appointment

BankNewport is pleased to announce that Lisa A. Sellar of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, has been appointed to senior vice president, director of retail banking...

Attorney Brett Arkuss Joins Duffy & Sweeney as Senior Counsel

Brett Arkuss brings more than ten years of experience in corporate and business law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. He has worked...

Press Releases

St. Anne’s Credit Union Promotes Kerri Rivest to Assistant Vice President of Loan Servicing

FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS, April 16, 2019…Eileen M. Danahey, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. Anne’s Credit Union, along with its Board of...

St. Anne’s Promotes Jody Lauzon to Commercial Loan Officer

FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS, April 16, 2019…Eileen M. Danahey, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. Anne’s Credit Union, along with its Board of...

Piccerelli, Gilstein & Company, LLP Recipient of Donate Life Rhode Island Employer Recognition Award

Piccerelli Gilstein & Company, LLP (PG&Co.) was chosen as one of the initial recipients of New England Donor Services ‘Donate Life Rhode Island Employer...