Parents, grandparents and young adults know the problem only too well: Heavy student-debt loads, persistent employment troubles stemming from the recession – plus newly toughened mortgage underwriting standards – are all standing in the way of vast numbers of potential first-time homebuyers in their 20s and 30s.
Collaborating on science, technology, engineering, arts and math through a highly selective workshop that involved students at three universities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts has led participants to new insights and, for some, pursuit of a new STEAM initiative.
Fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, Cristina Amedeo directs the United Way’s 2-1-1 program, a free and confidential 24/7 information and referral helpline that connects Rhode Islanders from all walks of life with human- services programs to help cope with difficult times. The 2-1-1 service has handled more than 1 million requests for help since 2007, including 213,595 calls in 2013 – a new record. more
Winners in the annual SharkFest competition held Feb. 11 at Johnson & Wales University get their rewards. The contest lets young entrepreneurs compete for prize money and mentoring from business leaders. Julius Searight, right, won first place for his “Food4Good” food truck. Kevin Rutledge, center, took second for “Tip Flops,” a new way for busy women to get a pedicure. Both are alumni of JWU. Current JWU student Hai Pham took third for “Mobile Engineering,” which makes testing equipment lighter and more affordable for field workers.
Just a block or so from the busy shops and restaurants of Providence’s Thayer Street, a potentially significant research project is underway that requires soft lights, whispering research assistants and a quiet baby nursery.
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.