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Negotiating is something that every business owner and entrepreneur does on a regular basis. Whether it’s a deal with a vendor, a client, an investor or superstar employee you’re trying to hire, negotiating skills come in handy all the time. more
Seventeen people in Rhode Island opened a total of 27 checking and savings accounts to deposit tax refunds during the 2014 tax season through an award-winning pilot program run by the nonprofit Capital Good Fund in Providence. more
Is partisan warfare on Capitol Hill over taxation of medical devices crushing thousands of homeowners’ plans to do short sales this year? 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
Engineer Jim Crowshaw sits at a scanning electron microscope Lincoln-based Tanury Industries uses for many tasks, including reverse engineering and surface analysis. Standing is company Chairman Tom Tanury. The business began in 1946 plating jewelry and has expanded its capabilities to include gold-plating interiors of corporate jets and creating unique, durable finishes for eyeglass frames. more
Much has changed since Barrington resident Maria F. Barry started in the commercial-credit department of Fleet Boston Financial in 1987, starting with the regional bank’s acquisition by national lending giant Bank of America. Twenty-seven years later, Barry is now community-development-banking national executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in charge of the bank’s affordable and mixed-income housing investments. With demand for rental housing soaring across the country and government-housing subsidies static at best, affordable developers and their lenders are struggling to fill financing gaps. more
Financial executives in Rhode Island and the surrounding regional market point to increasing optimism about the U.S. economy this year, tempered by concern about intensifying competition in banking, as well as among businesses across the board. more
Did you know small businesses make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms and employ 49.4 percent of private-sector payrolls? Following last month’s National Small Business Week celebration, it’s worth recognizing that small businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy, form an integral part of communities and are often a barometer of local and, on a larger scale, national economies. more
Robert Romano has always worked in the service industry, so being both the CEO of Coutu Bros. Moving and Storage and the guy who runs the forklift in his new storage warehouse doesn’t faze him. more
Ben Franklin sought to cultivate his character by a plan of 13 virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726), and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life. more
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