More than 400 thinkers and entrepreneurs plan to gather in Providence later this week for the Business Innovation Factory’s ninth summit.
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.
“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.
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.
The guide shows 13 new restaurants and shops opened last year. Thirty-five new businesses have opened their doors in the past two years. And this is just in the downtown area. It does not include College Hill, Federal Hill or other popular business districts.
Joelle Kanter of the Providence Downtown Improvement District said the new businesses run the gamut.
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.
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.