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By Patricia Daddona PBN Staff Writer Posted 7/23/14 The Governor's Workforce Board has awarded a total of $1.1 million in Industry Partnership grants to eight groups with proposals aimed at addressing the skills gap in Rhode Island.
By PBN Staff Posted 7/23/14 Providence Business News has announced the winners in its third annual Healthiest Employers recognition program.
Published: July 22, 2014 11:20 PM BY RICHARD SALIT JOURNAL STAFF WRITER When Katie Miller looks at a seed, she sees not just a tiny living thing she can lovingly grow into a single plant but the future of naturally grown, diverse crops. While putting her lifelong green thumb into agriculture at little Scratch Farm in Cranston, Miller and her partner, Ben Torpey, are planting a new business — Small State Seeds. They are saving seeds from some of their most popular crops and offering them for sale — or to trade for other seeds.

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Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the State of Rhode Island will "go green" by launching Apply RI, a new online job application website. Apply RI is a web-based, workforce management system that provides a streamlined process for job seekers searching for employment with the state.
In an effort to accelerate innovation in Rhode Island and help local entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses create jobs and compete for approximately $2.5 billion in available federal funding each year from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (
In a ceremony today at the State House, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee signed into law the FY 2015 Budget, Bill No. 7133 SUB A as amended relating to making appropriations for the support of the state for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. In addition, he has included a Letter of Transmittal...

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