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A slowdown in military orders due to budget cuts last year nearly ruined Newport-based Wild Things LLC, a provider of outerwear and tactical clothing. “The military didn’t order anything for months,” CEO Edward Schmults recalled. But some belt-tightening and the closing of a New Hampshire office helped the company survive. The firm is now expanding its military product line for year-round use and is making strides in the consumer market. Above, Schmults, left, and Chief Operating Officer Frank Tarrantino research fabrics for new fire-retardant combat pants. more
When signs National Marker Co. was shipping to customers kept getting damaged, the North Smithfield-based company started looking for a solution. That was in 2011. The result was a scratch-resistant product that the company realized could also be treated to protect signs from fading and allow graffiti to be easily removed. The new product, unveiled in 2012, has led to strong growth, says owner Michael Black. Above, Black moves a sheet of Fatheads to a cutting machine. more
Family-owned businesses are a fixture of American enterprise. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 70 percent of all businesses in the U.S. are family businesses of one kind or another. And while most of them are small, many big companies – even in the Fortune 500 – are family controlled. more
ATLANTA – Small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofits in Kent, Providence and Washington counties can apply for U.S. Small Business Administration working capital disaster loans due to hardships resulting from a drought that began on July … more
Moving the multidisciplinary design studio Shellshock Inc. to Providence last August, after two years in Boston, has helped the company grow, founder Mark Mason said. "I didn't see the value of being in a location with a lot of congestion … more
A car dealership in Massachusetts avoided a worker's compensation claim last year after internal video surveillance revealed the worker who allegedly fell on the job deliberately put water on the floor. That's one of many anecdotes … more
David C. Baud knows if he does unbelievable work on 99.9 percent of a job, the chances are that his client could get hung up on the 0.1 percent that wasn't up to snuff. That's why he aims for the clients of his family-owned construction … more
Mark DeStefano worked in the boating business for nearly three decades before a friend turned him onto the electric-biking business. Last July, DeStefano opened the doors to Pedego Rhode Island, an electric-bike shop at 227 Thames St. in … more
Much of New England was privy to one of the most dramatic family-business power struggles in recent history last summer when the Demoulas family publicly fought for control over the popular Massachusetts-based grocery chain Market Basket Inc. … more
James "Bud" Heaton was a teacher-turned-contractor in 1992 when he switched careers for a second time, seeing an opportunity in anchors, waterproof paint and nylon rope. The veteran sailor and boater knew that Newport's only marine-supply … more
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