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As the Maker Movement spread across the country, Todd Thomas became one of its leading supporters in Rhode Island. 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
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
The deadline is approaching to register for the annual Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Contest, sponsored by the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. 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
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
The U.S. Small Business Administration supported lending $86.5 million to Rhode Island businesses in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, an increase of 26 percent from the $68.6 million loaned a year earlier. more
After selling pagers for about three years, Ray Leung started working with the company that would become Wireless Zone in 1996. It’s been a profitable partnership for Cumberland’s Leung. He’s now president of CRMS Inc., which owns 12 Wireless Zone businesses, including four in Rhode Island. At right is Leung, at the Taunton Ave. Wireless Zone store in East Providence, with store manager Brad Lavoie. more
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