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Direct selling may never totally shed the image of Tupperware and restless housewives that make it seem stuck in the 1960s. But the loosely affiliated networks of independent salespeople pitching to friends and acquaintances make up a formidable industry. Timothy J. Brown, president of Jamie Oliver at Home North America, is a longtime champion of direct selling and believes its heyday is now. After leaving Taunton direct-sales firm Princess House in 2006, Brown was looking for his next project when he fell under the spell of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, whose commercial empire has only begun to reach across the Atlantic. more
As the New Bedford Whaling Museum breaks ground on a $6.5 million expansion that began May 20, a more-modest $2 million proposal to create a fishing museum connecting the nearby Mariner’s Home and Seamens’ Bethel is being pursued. more
The Providence Business News Executive Poll is a weekly survey of 70 business leaders throughout the state, representing small and large companies in a variety of industries. more
When President Ken Bertram, above left, and partners took over Cumberland’s Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers in 2007, a single commercial customer accounted for much of the company’s business. But the Great Recession forced a change in strategy to focus on high-end residential work that has helped revive the business and earn the company a 2014 entrepreneurial-excellence award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Also pictured is moulder operator Steve Langis. more
When are Republicans the party of Wall Street outrage and Democrats the voice of deference for high finance? more
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles focused on the 2014 gubernatorial candidates and their plans for economic development. more
Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy has selected 12 sophomores for leadership development training in the upcoming academic year through the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service. more
A $1.8 million waterfront house mistakenly built on Point Judith park land in Narragansett must be moved or torn down, the R.I. Supreme Court ruled Friday. more
One can only imagine how much time gamers would have spent trying to conquer 38 Studios’ “Project Copernicus” massively multiplayer online video game had it ever been completed. more
The Providence Business News Executive Poll is a weekly survey of 70 business leaders throughout the state, representing small and large companies in a variety of industries. more
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