business community en Providence to Play Host to 'Innovation Factory' Business Summit <p>More than 400 thinkers and entrepreneurs plan to gather in Providence later this week for the Business Innovation Factory’s ninth summit.</p><p>The head of the factory, Saul Kaplan, said new collaborations and projects come out of the summit every year. About two-thirds of the attendees come from outside of Rhode Island.</p><p>“The people that are there and the people that are in the room have an incredibly positive view of Rhode Island. They believe Rhode Island is a place where innovation can happen, so it changes the conversation," said Kaplan.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:34:23 +0000 Ian Donnis 21782 at Businesses Surge in Downtown Providence <p>The Providence Downtown Improvement District is out with its annual business guide and it shows a surge of new business for the city center area.</p><p>The guide shows 13 new restaurants and shops opened last year. Thirty-five new businesses have opened their doors in the past two years.&nbsp; And this is just in the downtown area. It does not include College Hill, Federal Hill or other popular business districts.</p><p>Joelle Kanter of the Providence Downtown Improvement District said the new businesses run the gamut.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:14:20 +0000 Flo Jonic 16652 at The Bottom Line: Confidence returning to RI business community <p>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 it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk about a new business survey in the Providence Business News that finds more local companies are feeling better about their prospects. They’re feeling more confident about hiring new employees and expanding business. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:07:14 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 9237 at The Bottom Line: Confidence returning to RI business community