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Small Business
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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
What’s your business worth? That’s a potentially important question for many reasons, not just selling. But most owners have only a vague idea of what their business would really be worth. And most of those who think they know are probably wrong. more
One way to convince a small business to move to Providence is to “bribe your boss,” a somewhat light-hearted – yet pointed – take on economic development that invites employees, by way of a new website, to send the boss’ contact information so movers, shakers and believers in the city can take the leader to lunch and “make driving back to the ‘burbs tough.” more
Bristol’s Dynamic Bicycles Inc. sees opportunity in the growing popularity of public and private bike-share networks. The company makes shaft drive systems that propel bicycles without a chain, potentially a major advantage for riders, such as tourists, not dressed in clothes designed for cycling. “It is an exploding market and one that benefits the most from chainless technology,” said company founder Patrick Perugini. Above, from left, Dynamic employees Justin Plamondon and Jaime Raposa, with owners Devin Kelly and Perugini. more
Mark H. Goerner has spent most of his adult life as a commercial fisherman, but recently went out on his own. Now he’s learning firsthand the challenges associated with growing and harvesting … more
A business that serves commercial fishermen has built-in challenges, among them weather, changing fish populations and federal regulations that substantially impact planning and development. To survive and thrive, a marine design and supply business has to be nimble, innovative and just plain determined. more
Assistant Manager Susan Wilson and Richard Guglielmo, owner of Tile Craft Design Center in South Kingstown, in the showroom. Guglielmo is holding a sample of Cambria natural stone. The company, founded in 1960, sells and installs tile, countertops and flooring. “We handle jobs from start to finish,” Guglielmo said. “Customers deal with one person and that’s me.” more
Nearly three decades after Rhode Island law mandated that at least 10 percent of state contracts and purchase awards go to minority- or women-owned businesses, the Ocean State has not met its commitment. more
The brouhaha over National Grid’s rate increases for electricity is understandable. more
The Great Recession cut business in half at DiFruscia Industries Inc. – a blow from which it was difficult – but not impossible – to recover. more
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