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Amazon, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, is looking to open a second headquarters in North America. Rhode Island officials say the Ocean State will throw its hat into the ring in what is likely to become a competitive race for the company among U.S. cities.

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According to a report by the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance, a nonprofit defense industry trade group, Rhode Island’s defense industry generated close to $147 million in tax revenue in 2016.

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The Ocean State has received its highest ever rank— 45 out of 50-- in an annual business scorecard put out by CNBC. The list ranks states for business friendliness measuring overall economic climate.

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The credit rating for Massachusetts is now on par with most New England states, after a major credit rating agency downgraded the state's bonds.

Keith Kelly of Barrington has been named the new president of Citizens Bank Rhode Island. The bank employs more than 5,300 people.

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The Rhode Island Senate is considering a bill that would give Veteran owned companies a small boost when seeking state contracts.

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The enforcement of a usage tax on kegs is posing a concern for the local beer brewers in Rhode Island. Brewers hope to address the issue in a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee, Tuesday.

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The University of Rhode Island and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport are partnering up to help small Rhode Island defense businesses.

Three PR Firms Tapped To Promote RI Tourism

Feb 28, 2017
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Rhode Island’s Commerce Corporation has chosen three public relations vendors to carry out the state’s upcoming tourism campaign. 

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

This week Dave and Mark are joined by Dr. Peter Snyder, Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Lifespan. The three discuss the proposed New England Medical Innovation Center on the former I95 land. 

 

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m. on Rhode Island Public Radio, 88.1 FM, 91.5 FM and 102.7 FM.

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

This week Dave and Mark are joined by Dr. Peter Snyder, Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Lifespan. The three discuss the proposed New England Medical Innovation Center on the former I95 land. 

The Bottom Line: The State Of Rhode Island's Small Business Community

Feb 24, 2017

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

This week Dave and Mark are joined by Jessica David Senior Vice President of Strategy and Community Investments at the Rhode Island Foundation. The report finds many of those businesses find it difficult to connect with resources they need, including venture capital.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m. on Rhode Island Public Radio, 88.1 FM, 91.5 FM and 102.7 FM.    

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Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner unveiled a plan Thursday that moves millions of dollars in state deposits to local financial institutions. The "Bank Local" initiative was applauded by Ocean State banks, credit unions, and small business owners during the Statehouse announcement. 

Rhode Island ranks last in New England for the amount of venture capital investment in local business. The finding is part of a new report on the state of Rhode Island’s small business climate.

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

This week Dave and Mark are joined by former Blue Cross-Blue Shield of RI President and CEO James Purcell.

The three discuss the Trump Administration and the future of the Affordable Care Act. The also talk about Trump cabinet pick Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services, and possible changes in Medicaid.

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