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HOPEFUL: Adam Batchelder, owner of Smoke & Squeal BBQ food truck and a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran, hopes a law passed last July requiring 3 percent of state government contracts be awarded to businesses owned by military veterans will boost his business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Military veteran business owners feel new state contract bill not enough

As of mid-2017, Rhode Island-based military-veteran business owners may have an easier time bidding for state government contracts, or so the General Assembly hopes.A...
IT’S A LOCAL STORY: Higher minimum wages do not seem to have hurt New ­England excessively – three states have among the lowest 10 jobless rates in the nation. And Massachusetts, with the third-highest minimum wage in the nation, comes in at No. 17 for lowest jobless rate in the nation. No one ever said New England followed all the national trends.

Higher minimum wage correlates slightly with higher unemployment

One of the primary arguments against raising the minimum wage is that employment will drop, especially among young, entry-level workers.A cursory look at the...
ANTHONY MAIONE, president and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island, says many families are spending more than one-third of their income "to keep a roof over their head," which is why UWRI awarded $100,000 in grants to four local organizations in January. / COURTESY UWRI

UWRI awards $100K in Housing for All Fund grants to local...

PROVIDENCE – Continuing to address the lack of affordable housing available to Rhode Islanders, in early January the United Way of Rhode Island awarded...
EDWARD BOZZI is a professor at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Rhode Island's Providence campus. / COURTESY URI

Five Questions With: Edward Bozzi

Housed at the University of Rhode Island’s Providence campus and launched in 2002, the Biotechnology Manufacturing Program trains students to enter the state’s burgeoning...
OLIVIA TOURONY, a junior at Johnson & Wales University, was awarded a $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board scholarship for her "interest and aptitude in accounting and auditing and demonstration of high ethical standards." / COURTESY JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY

Johnson & Wales student Tourony awarded $10K PCAOB scholarship

PROVIDENCE – Johnson & Wales University junior Olivia Tourony was awarded a $10,000 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board scholarship, according to a Jan. 16...
PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT recently announced a new five-year strategic plan, which includes five main goals: ensuring academic achievement; maximizing learning time; growing a strong workforce; providing improved service; and allocating resources strategically.

Providence Public School District unveils strategic plan, grant

PROVIDENCE – A new five-year strategic plan and $250,000 Nellie Mae Education Foundation grant were announced by the Providence Public School District at a...
THE PROVIDENCE ATHENAEUM has announced its 2018 spring schedule, which will include lectures by The New York Times best-selling author Anita Shreve and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood as well as an exhibition featuring illustrations from the Philbrick Rare Book Room and specimens of insects and birds. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE ATHENAEUM/CAT LAINE

Providence Athenaeum announces spring 2018 schedule

PROVIDENCE – The spring 2018 Providence Athenaeum schedule includes lectures by The New York Times best-selling author Anita Shreve and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon...
THE RHODE ISLAND Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a concert featuring Leonard Bernstein’s famous Broadway compositions as part of a fundraiser and gala titled “Best of Bernstein’s Broadway” on June 3 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence. / COURTESY R.I. DIVISION OF TOURISM

Philanthropy Calendar, Feb. 23, 2018

If a nonprofit wants an upcoming fundraiser to be considered for a calendar listing, email information to nonprofit@PBN.com at least four weeks in advance of...
CO-FOUNDERS: From left, Patricia Burbank, Kunal Mankodiya and Benjamin Burbank co-founded Modus Tech-Wear LLC, a medical-technology startup in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Footwear collects health data

What if smart, wearable textiles could help better inform providers of the overall health of their patients?That – and promoting a healthier lifestyle –...
CONSISTENT TAXATION: R.I. Division of Taxation Administrator Neena Savage talks with R.I. Department of Revenue spokesman Paul E. Grimaldi. She says taxing software as a service would allow for consistent taxation of the use of software regardless of how it is delivered or used. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo eyes tax on cloud-based services

Does your business use Office 365? Do you pay for TurboTax’s cloud-based services to prepare your taxes?If so, your costs could rise slightly next...
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