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Do you have a plan for what you will do during your workday? Yes: 88.9% No: 11.1%How often do you make a workday plan? Daily: 44.4% Monthly: 44.4% I...

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BY THE NUMBERS: Mark Stewart, left, chief financial officer of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, sees Amar Gurivireddygari, the health insurer’s newly hired chief data and analytics officer, as a key to promoting more high-quality and cost-effective health care delivery. 
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Skilled data analytics a health insurance priority

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island recently welcomed Chief Data and Analytics Officer Amar Gurivireddygari to its team.Tasked with making the health...
NO TEACHING AID: Students having smartphones in school has become an issue as they become more of a distraction than a potential learning tool.
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As school districts battle student distraction, smartphones take center stage

The power of the smartphone to bring worldwide connectivity to the palm of a hand has transformed people’s daily lives.In public school classrooms, though,...

Something New

CARRYING A COMPANY: RISD graduate Michael Harris has founded Grayman Studios, a consulting company for producers of luggage and other soft goods.
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After school, he made travel his new career path

After graduating in 1997 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Michael Harris pursued a career that took him to luggage manufacturer and retailer...

One Last Thing

Jim Wilkinson has been in the lawn fertilization business for almost 50 years, but it wasn’t always easy to make ends meet, especially when he started out as a teacher of golf course management at the college level. After working in the corporate world, he decided to create SeaScape nearly 25 years ago. It now has more than 10,000 customers in southern New England. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Investing in people yields the biggest returns

Jim Wilkinson | SeaScape Inc. founder and presidentBelieve it or not, lawn technicians aren’t usually known as the biggest power players in the room....

Editorial & Op Ed

It's Personal

Women’s Transportation Seminar names Pare Corp. 2019 Employer of the Year

AMY ARCHER is an engineer at Lincoln-based engineering firm Pare Corp., which was recently awarded the 2019 Employer of the Year Award from the...

Trump tariff delay is a gift to retailers that feels like coal

It looks as if the Trump administration didn’t want to be accused of ruining Christmas.The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Aug. 13 that...

Cryptocurrency tax rules

When it comes to a return on an investment, very few have provided a greater return in 2019 than the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. This highly...

Ask the right questions

A monk was strolling through the garden at a Zen monastery, listening to music. He stopped near another monk, who motioned for him to...

Business Best-sellers

Business Best-sellers

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos By Jordan B. Peterson The author smashes the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature,...

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What's Happening

TALKING INNOVATION: Attendees listen to a guest speaker during the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance’s Defense Innovation Days event last year. This year’s event will be held Aug. 26-28 at the Marriott Newport in Newport.
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Editor’s Choice: Defense Innovation Days to be held in Newport

EDITOR’S CHOICE Defense Innovation Days to be held in Newport THE SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND Defense Industry Alliance will hold its 2019 Defense Industry Days...

People on the Move

Envisions’ Justin Wilkes Named Sales Director

Envision Technology Advisors is excited to announce that Justin Wilkes has been promoted to the position of Sales Director. Justin has been with Envision...

Beacon Welcomes David Blair as Vice President of Claims

David Blair has been named the Vice President of Claims at The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company to direct claims, managed care, recovery and SIU...

St. Anne’s Hires Rose Cortes as Mortgage Loan Officer

FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS, July 23, 2019…Eileen M. Danahey, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. Anne’s Credit Union, along with its Board of...

Press Releases

Poyant Acquires Dion Signs of Central Falls, RI.

New Bedford, Ma – August 14, 2019 – Poyant, a leader in building and supporting local, regional and national brands, has acquired Dion Signs,...

TribalVision Named to the Inc. 5000 List for the 4th Time in Five Years

This week, for the 4th time in five years, TribalVision was named to Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in...

Edward Lake & Robert Hannon Join Centreville Bank in Commercial Banking

Centreville Bank President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Harold M. Horvat, today announced that Edward M. Lake has been named vice president, director-commercial services...