5 Questions


Five Questions With: Janet Coit


LEADERSHIP CHANGE: Joseph D’Alesio, left, president and chief operating officer, and Frank Romeo, CEO, recently took on new roles at BETA Group in Lincoln. The planning firm has lent engineering, construction, design and other services to numerous infrastructure projects throughout Rhode Island and New England. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

BETA Group has engineered a change

Health Matters

Nonprofit In Action

PBN Summit

ECONOMIC CONCERNS: Panelists, from left, Kristen Urbach, Thomas O. Sweeney, Stefan Pryor, Mark K. W. Gim and Luke Ebersold discuss a variety of concerns at the PBN Economic Trends Summit while moderator Thomas Zitzouris looks on. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: High business costs, education are concerns in R.I.

The Rhode Island economy has come a long way since the dark days of the Great Recession, when the unemployment rate was among the...
SUNNY OUTLOOK: Thomas Tzitzouris, director for Strategas Research Partners in New York, tells attendees at the Providence Business News Economic Trends Summit that although the year has gotten off to a sluggish start, he predicts a 2% growth rate in the gross national product in 2020. / PBN PHOTO/ MIKE SKORSKI

Economist doesn’t believe recession in the forecast

Some businesspeople might feel there’s an economic downturn looming ahead, but Thomas Tzitzouris doesn’t see it that way. “There is no reason to suspect there...


Executive Poll

Legislative impact on business

Do you think the General Assembly is doing enough to support Rhode Island-based businesses? No: 100% Yes: 0% What legislation should the state focus on to aid...

The Week’s Poll


LIASON: Dr. Matthew Smith, a physiatrist at University Orthopedics, acts as a Medicare/Medicaid liaison for doctors. He is trying to educate his peers on value-based care. / PBN PHOTO/

R.I. doctor takes role urging value-based care

Dr. Matthew Smith spends most of his time working with patients, helping them heal from painful conditions that affect muscles and bones. A physiatrist at...

Something New

KEEPING TRACK: Dr. Ian Madom has co-founded a company named MY MOC Inc. that administers an online platform called MOCingbird to help doctors keep track of their license and education ­requirements. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Online platform helping keep doctors in good standing

Dr. Ian Madom knew his medical license was due for renewal in the spring of 2018, but a required eight hours of opioid training...

One Last Thing

Don Nokes is a 40-year veteran of the information technology industry. He founded NetCenergy in 2003 with Dan Charland. In 2016, with their team of 35 employees, they reengineered their business model, catering to professional services and medical providers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Letting go

Don Nokes | NetCenergy LLC co-founder and president As business leaders or managers, many of us have experienced positive business growth and refinement of our...

Editorial & Op Ed

It's Personal

Creative ways to land a job

I love creativity, and one of the most fruitful uses of creativity is landing a job. Over the years I’ve encountered some very creative ways...
Veronica Martinez

Martinez hired as director of Center for Women & Enterprise

VERONICA MARTINEZ is the new director for the Center for Women & Enterprise in Providence, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the business community,...

Put a stop to economic growth? Huge mistake

One of the more pernicious ideas now coming into vogue is that societies should voluntarily halt their economic growth. In a recent New Yorker...

Sometimes, contrarian thinking can put you on right track

It makes business more interesting when there are a few contrarians around. A Jeff Bezos, a Steve Jobs, or an Elon Musk. Those who...

Community Service


Children’s Friend uses Nordson Big Build grant to install new playground equipment

BIG BUILD: Children’s Friend and Nordson EFD staffers congregate at the Althea Street Center in Providence, where they installed new playground equipment courtesy of...

The Region

DRUMMING UP BUSINESS: Members of Nam Pai Kung Fu Academy participate in Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood on Feb. 2. Officials in Boston are launching efforts to draw visitors back amid fears of a new Chinese virus that’s sickened tens of thousands, including a college student in Boston. / AP FILE PHOTOS / STEVEN SENNE

Amid virus fears, Boston backs its Chinatown

Boston is trying to throw some love to Chinatown amid concerns about a new Chinese virus that has sickened tens of thousands, including a...

News Briefs

What's Happening

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Kristen Ransom, founder and chief technology officer of digital strategy company IncluDe Innovation, will serve as the keynote speaker for Brown University’s WE@Brown conference celebrating and empowering women in entrepreneurship on March 7. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Editor’s Choice: Celebrate women entrepreneurs

Editor’s choice Celebrate women entrepreneurs BROWN UNIVERSITY is hosting its an annual daylong WE@Brown conference celebrating and empowering women in entrepreneurship. Participants will have opportunities...

People on the Move

Steven Eidelberg named the Director of Marketing & Partnerships, at Cruise Brothers

Steven Eidelberg has been named the Director of Marketing & Partnerships, at Cruise Brothers. He will be responsible for working to create a strategic...

Meaghan Wims Named Director of Public Affairs at Duffy & Shanley

Meaghan Wims has been named Director of Public Affairs at Duffy & Shanley. Meaghan has spent the last decade working at the intersection of politics,...

Insperity promotes John Kelly to district manager of new district office in Providence

Insperity promoted John Kelly to district manager of its new Providence office, located at One Citizens Plaza, Suite 630, Providence, Rhode Island, 02903. He...

Press Releases

Melanie Charbonneau Joins the Crown Supply Projects Team

Melanie Charbonneau has been named to the Projects Team at Crown Supply, with a focus on lighting .With more than two decades of experience...

Arden Building Companies Announces Organizational Changes – February 1, 2020

Pawtucket, RI — Arden Building Companies is pleased to announce several organizational changes within the Arden Building Company family effective February 1, 2020. John Puniello...

Marisa Desautel Joins Southeast New England Program Network

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Marisa Desautel joined the Southeast New England Program Network (SNEP), an organization committed to building resilient ecosystems and connecting communities through...