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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White. They discuss her takeaway from the chamber’s recent legislative luncheon, the chamber’s legislative priorities and various economic development proposals from state and community groups.

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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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One local chocolatier says this has been a busy Valentine’s Day. Jennifer Dowell owns Jennifer’s Chocolates in Wakefield. Sales this year are way ahead of last year, she speculates that maybe the bad weather prodded couples to get their Valentine’s orders in early.

The big sellers this year are smoked sea salt caramels, truffles, and chocolate dipped strawberries – lots of chocolate dipped strawberries. “We have about a million orders for strawberries,” Dowell said. “Strawberries have to be eaten and dipped on the same day so, we have ah … we’re doing a lot of strawberries.”

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling The Bottom Line. Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark pour over the latest PBN survey of local businesses. PBN has been conducting the survey since 2008, and this one is more optimistic than in years past: it finds more businesses expect to hire in the coming year and capital investment is up.

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Rhode Island’s jobless rate ticked up in December to land at 9.1 percent, that’s up from 9 percent in November.

During the late summer and fall, Rhode Island’s persistently high unemployment rate had been gradually ticking down. But the seasonally adjusted rate for December reverses that course, inching up one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.1 percent. 

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Providence Business News staff writer Patrick Anderson. They discuss potential development of the old Providence waterfront power plant called Dynamo House. It’s entangled in ownership, legal and regulatory issues.

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Numbers out of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training show there are more people working than originally thought.

The DLT compared quarterly tax data from employers with numbers out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics that are estimates based on survey sampling. The tax data show Rhode Island gained 6,500 jobs between September of 2012 and September of 2013. That’s double the number based on federal estimates. 

If you've been wondering whether the recent cold snap helped spike your energy costs, wonder no more and be sure to listen to this week's Bottom Line. Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon to learn more from National Grid spokesman David Graves.

Graves discusses how the availability and price of natural gas is effecting electricity rates, new rates for homes and businesses, and what business owners should know about their electric rate plans.

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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with AS220 artistic director Bert Crenca. They discuss the relationship between a strong arts community and the local economy. And the particular management and funding challenges AS220 faces as it grows from a one-room operation into a major cultural presence in Rhode Island.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Henry Diamond, president and co-founder of Pathway Capital Partners LLC of Providence. They look at a process that is new in Rhode Island to attract foreign investment to state-based projects. It’s called the EB-5 Immigrant Investors Program.

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Rhode Islanders looking to get into the marine trades industry can apply for a free training program. Every graduate from the last round of training landed a job.

 The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association held its first round of training over the summer, and every graduate found a job within 30 days of graduation. So the trade association is doing it again, offering a free, full-time, five-and-a-half-week course.

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As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to count our blessings … and a time to look back at the tragedies that struck around the world. The typhoon in the Philippines, a coup in the Central African Republic, the worsening civil war in Syria. In the wake of those crises, millions of children are going hungry and becoming malnourished. But there is a bright spot – and it starts in Providence, where a nonprofit is making a product that can help reverse the crippling effects of malnutrition.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with HealthSource RI Director Christine Ferguson. They take a look at the response of small businesses in the state to the new health insurance marketplace and separating Rhode Island’s health exchange from the problems at the federal level.

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Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with insurance broker James Raiola of Mass Mutal. They discuss the how the state’s health insurance exchange is offering plans for small businesses and what kind of company can benefit from using the exchange.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

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