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Ten years ago Rhode Island School of Design graduate Ed Forer was making vinyl banners in his parents’ basement and selling them on eBay. Today the owner and CEO of Blue Sky Group, pictured above, right, with company lead design engineer Eli Simon, heads a Warwick firm with a staff of 21. The company offers a range of business-to-business services in design and engineering, large-format printing, computer numerical control machining, fabrication, laser cutting and even Web development. more
Business owners, startup entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals are more active in social media than ever before. But some are making a big mistake by leaving LinkedIn off their high-priority list. more
Social Enterprise Greenhouse – a social venture itself – may be explained best as the fuel for other startup efforts that promote positive change in Rhode Island and beyond. And while there are other organizations helping social entrepreneurs, SEG is the only one of its kind in Rhode Island. more
What do you do when workplace “change” happens? more
Don’t let the small mountain of coal overlooking the Port of Providence fool you. more
From a technological standpoint, running a business from home has never been easier. Smartphones, emails, fax machines, the Internet, skyping, have all led to a major surge in what has been termed "homepreneurs." In fact, it's believed more than … more
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
When Ken Bertram, president of Herrick & White Architectural Woodworkers, first heard that he was in contention for an entrepreneurial-excellence award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, it came as more than just a surprise. more
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