Business http://ripr.org en The Bottom Line: Feroce Moves From Alex + Ani To BENRUS http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-feroce-moves-alex-ani-benrus <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Giovanni Feroce formerly of Alex + Ani and now starting a new lifestyle product line by reviving the BENRUS&nbsp;brand. They discuss the new product line: how it was started, its immediate future and the potential for manufacturing products in Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:39:59 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 36595 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Feroce Moves From Alex + Ani To BENRUS Defense Sector Represents 7.1% of RI GDP http://ripr.org/post/defense-sector-represents-71-ri-gdp <p>A new report finds defense workers are being paid the highest wages in Rhode Island. The state’s Defense Economy Planning Commission released the report, which focused on the industry’s economic impact last year.</p><p></p><p>It finds there are 16,000 defense workers in the state. Commission co-chair Senator Louis DiPalma said those jobs support other jobs. &nbsp;“The 1.5 multiplier. So for every one job, there’s 1.5 additional jobs that can be multiplied by that. That’s a big deal,” said DiPalma.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:47:16 +0000 Catherine Welch 36402 at http://ripr.org Defense Sector Represents 7.1% of RI GDP The Bottom Line: When Historic Tax Credits Are Off The Table http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-when-historic-tax-credits-are-table <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Grow Smart Rhode Island Executive Director Scott Wolf. They discuss the future of the historic tax credit and how projects waiting in the wings may never come to fruition.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:39:22 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 35897 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: When Historic Tax Credits Are Off The Table The Bottom Line: Where Can RIPTA Take You This Summer? http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-where-can-ripta-take-you-summer <p>It's nearly summer, and that means changes are coming to RIPTA schedules - including a new "super route" and summer beach routes.</p><p>On this week's Bottom Line, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's Amy Pettine joins host Dave Fallon to sort out what's new, what's changed, and what's gone from the summer schedules.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 pm.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Dave Fallon 35468 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Where Can RIPTA Take You This Summer? Alex And Ani To Add 250 Jobs; New Leadership Named http://ripr.org/post/alex-and-ani-add-250-jobs-new-leadership-named <p>Rhode Island retailer Alex and Ani has announced a new management team and a major expansion.</p><p>The jewelry maker says it expects to add 250 jobs over the next six months. Those jobs would be spread across the corporate and retail levels.</p><p>Alex and Ani also announced the addition of several new executives to its management team. Jayne Fitzpatrick-Conway has been named Chief Financial Officer. And the company added several new leadership positions, including heads of ecommerce, information technology, and marketing.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:42:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35264 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island? http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-what-lured-woody-allen-rhode-island <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film and TV Office. They start the conversation with more details about the Woody Allen movie shooting in the state next month, what it takes to lure a production like that too Rhode Island and whether the state’s tax credit program is competitive.</p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 35087 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island? New $6M In Federal Funding For TF Green Runway Expansion http://ripr.org/post/new-6m-federal-funding-tf-green-runway-expansion <p>Federal dollars are heading to Warwick to relocate ball fields as part of TF Green’s runway expansion.</p><p>The ball fields at Winslow Park need to be moved so the airport can extend the main runway by a little more than 1,500 feet. That extra stretch of runway will allow for the larger, heavier planes that fly coast to coast and overseas.</p><p>The runway expansion has been controversial, with opponents concerned about the effects of noise and air pollution from the larger jets on residents and nearby school children.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:55:45 +0000 Catherine Welch 35076 at http://ripr.org New $6M In Federal Funding For TF Green Runway Expansion The Bottom Line: Flexibility Key To Success At Blount Fine Foods http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-flexibility-key-success-blount-fine-foods <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p></p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Todd Blount, president of Blount Fine Foods located in Warren, RI and Fall River, MA. They discuss how the company found itself expanding during the recession, how to anticipate public tastes, and the effects of technology on production and employee skills.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:45:51 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 34799 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Flexibility Key To Success At Blount Fine Foods The Bottom Line: Brown University Offering Programs For Executives http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-brown-university-offering-programs-executives <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p></p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Karen Sibley, dean of the School of Professional Studies at Brown University to discuss the joint executive MBA degree program and the IE Business School of Madrid, Spain.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:58:02 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 34430 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Brown University Offering Programs For Executives The Bottom Line: The State of Catering In RI http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-state-catering-ri <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p></p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Lisa Mattiello, founder of Pranzi Catering and Events of Providence and Newport. She was recently named Small Business Person of the Year in Rhode Island for 2014.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 19:35:46 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 34064 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: The State of Catering In RI