Greene | Sweeney Team Closes North Kingstown’s Highest Sale of 2019

Residential Properties Ltd. would like to announce the sale of 51 Pojac Road for $2.05 million. According to MLS, this is the highest sale in North Kingstown this year. The buyers were represented by Sales Associate Kira Greene of the Greene | Sweeney Team. The Greene | Sweeney Team are members of RPL’s Providence office. The listing was represented by the Phipps Team of Phipps Realty.

Located on Pojac Point, this incredible Contemporary home’s design takes full advantage of its waterfront location. A wall of windows spreads light over the stunning great room with a living area, formal dining area, and a gleaming kitchen with stone countertops and high-end appliances. The master suite enjoys an ensuite bath with a spa shower and a private deck.

The Buyer’s Agent, Sales Associate Kira Greene of the Greene | Sweeney Team, is a 2018 Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent. She was recently named to the Real Trends List of “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” and earned the Circle of Sales Excellence Platinum Plus Award. Kira and Michael J. Sweeney have joined together to create the #1 sales team on the East Side and in the Greater Providence Area. To learn more about the Greene | Sweeney Team and view their current listings, visit their website at or follow them on Instagram @Greene_Sweeney.



Winners and Finalists of 2019 Competition Will Share Prizes Valued at $185,000

The Rhode Island Business Competition today announced 12 semi-finalists have been selected in the 2019 competition, which will culminate next month with the awarding of prizes valued at $185,000.

The semi-finalists were chosen from 68 applicants who proposed businesses that address opportunities in agriculture, biotechnology, career placement, energy, entertainment, health care and well-being, nutrition, and process improvement, among other areas of commercialization.

Winners in the 2019 competition will be announced at a public ceremony on May 7 at the New England Medical Innovation Center in Providence, with prizes awarded to winners and finalists.

“Rhode Island continues to be an attractive place to start and grow a business, which is what all of this year’s applicants are looking to do, as evidenced by this year’s strong applicant group,” said Co-Chairs Peggy Farrell, partner with the law firm of Hinckley Allen in Providence and Anthony Mangiarelli, partner with the accounting firm of KLR in Providence.

“Success never follows a straight path, and we encourage those who were not selected as semi-finalists this year to keep working on their idea,” they added.

Entrepreneur Track Semi-finalists

Semi-finalists in the entrepreneur track are as follows:

Alex Therapeutics, which is developing an interactive artificial intelligence-based app that delivers personalized, behavioral modification support outside a therapist’s office for patients suffering anxiety, substance abuse, and mental disorders. Principal applicant: Matthew Heller, Providence.

Biotica Bio, which has developed an oral microbial therapeutic that treats inflammatory bowel disease and other human endocannabinoid deficiencies without expensive clinical trials. Principal applicant: John Round, Providence.

CBC Wind Energy, which is developing efficient, attractively priced wind turbines to be mounted on homes and other structures to meet the growing demand for alternative power supplies. Principal applicant: Robert Baxter, Warwick.

CryoWave Energy, which has developed a pressure wave pulsating injection tool that improves secondary and tertiary recovery of oil at drilling sites with no disruption to current production operations and reduces wastewater output.  Principal applicant: John Ireland, Woonsocket.

Modus Wear-Tech is developing an app to help people receiving physical therapy to monitor and support prescribed services by providing support, analytics, and messaging. Principal applicant: Kunal Mankodiya, Providence.

Uproot has developed a space-efficient dispenser of non-dairy milks, including plant-based milk concentrates, for use in cafeterias and other food service operations. Principal applicant: Kevin Eve, Providence.

Student Track Semi-finalists

Following are semi-finalists in the student track:

Cloud Agronomics is developing a system by which farmers can monitor fields remotely for disease and nutrient deficiencies, providing actionable prescription maps and recommended treatments. Principal applicant: Jack Roswell, Brown University.

goTeff has developed a low sugar, slow-absorbing, high-nutrition, ready-to-eat breakfast meal made of Teff, a grain from Ethiopia, which will also provide market access for Teff farmers. Principal applicant: Saron Mechale, Brown University.

H2Ok Innovations is using artificial intelligence data analytics to map sources of contamination in underground pipes that are targeted for replacement. Principal applicant: David Lu, Brown University.

Impact Labs has developed a series of programs that provide access to competitive opportunities in the technology and social good space for computer science students. Principal applicant: Adi Melamed, Brown University.

Intus Care is using automation and machine learning to develop an improved process to provide improved home care at a lower cost. Principal applicant: John Felton, Brown University.

Marine Monitoring is developing a product to detect harmful bacteria in freshwater/marine environments to ensure community safety. Principal applicant: Kayla Colson, Brown University.

Sponsors of the 2019 Competition

Lead sponsors of the 2019 Competition, which will culminate in May, are Bryant University, Cox Business, Envision Technology Advisors, Everhope Foundation, Hinckley Allen, Integrated Media Group, KLR, Locke Lord, the New England Medical Innovation Center, and Sprout Coworking.

Also sponsoring the 2019 Competition are Barlow, Josephs & Holmes, Ltd., Brown University Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Women and Enterprise, FM Global, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Hatch Entrepreneurial Center, Luminous, RevUp Capital, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, TD Bank, Tech Collective, and the University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration.

Additional sponsors include Bank of America, Bank Rhode Island, BankNewport, The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, Bristol County Savings Bank, Business Development Company, Cherrystone Angel Group, Citizens  Bank, CompNet Insurance Solutions, CVS Health, Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Dimeo Construction Company, EpiVax, Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI, Hayes & Sherry Real Estate Services, The Hilb Group of New England, The Idea Turbine, InsureMyTrip, Johnson & Wales University, The Moore Company, Navigant Credit Union, Newport Biodiesel, Pawtucket Credit Union, Richard Carriere, Slater Technology Fund, StormTree, Teknor Apex, Virgin Pulse, and The Washington Trust Company.

Growth partners include MassChallenge and Venture Mentoring Service of Rhode Island.

About the Rhode Island Business Competition

Established in 2000, the RIBC has been recognized as one of the top 40 business plan competitions in the country. To date, it has awarded more than $2.6 million in prizes to developing companies across many industries.

The Competition is free and open to everyone age 18 or over whether or not they already have started a business.

The Food Business Incubator’s Annual Event for Wholesale Buyers Returns in April


Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s premier food business incubator, will host its annual Tabletop Show for wholesale buyers on Thursday, April 25 from 12-3pm. The event will feature 26 of the organization’s member companies, 10 of which are making their debut, all of which are hoping to be the next darling of the specialty food and beverage industry.

Demand for locally-produced food and beverage products continues to accelerate as consumers become more mindful of their diets and adventurous with ingredients. This show is a unique opportunity for professionals working in food service, grocery, restaurants, and distribution industries. The event will connect buyers with brands that represent a wide assortment of the latest and greatest small-batch products. Buyers that attend can take advantage of special discounts on day-of orders and find products that are at the forefront of industry trends.

“Getting noticed by wholesale purchasers can be a major challenge for new businesses. We offer this event to our members as a way to lower that barrier of entry and assist them in establishing relationships with the buyers and institutions they want to work with.” — Luca Carnevale, Executive Director, Hope & Main

Long-time champion for the quality and integrity of food, United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has generously stepped up to sponsor the event for a second year.

“As promoters of natural and specialty foods we’re thrilled to be sponsoring Hope & Main’s, Tabletop Show. This industry event gives buyers the opportunity to connect with emerging brands and gives locally-produced food & beverage an elevated platform.” — Jeff Swanson, National Vice President, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, UNFI

Hope & Main’s unique approach to assisting emerging food brands continue to rival some of the top performing incubators across the nation. Now in its fifth year of operations, the organization boasts over 40 graduated companies and approximately 200 overall participants in their incubator program.

This event will be held at the Hope & Main facility located at 691 Main Street, Warren, RI, with free parking and free admission for industry professionals. Complimentary locally-sourced refreshments catered by new Hope & Main member, Good Vines will be served.

Facebook is coming to Providence to “Boost Your Business”

Providence, RI– Facebook will be co-hosting a Boost Your Business event with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, April 10th at 9:00 am. Businesses from the area have been invited to attend this free educational event. We will have a presentation by a Facebook expert on how to use the platform effectively to maximize your business potential.

Facebook Boost Your Business- Providence

Wednesday, April 10th 
9:00 AM (Check-In) 9:30 AM (Event Kickoff)

Providence Marriott Downtown
1 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904

Last year, Facebook announced its commitment to training 1 million people and small business owners across the US by 2020. As part of this effort, they are coming to Providence to empower local small businesses with the digital skills needed to compete in today’s economy. Facebook knows that small businesses can utilize the platform as a tool to help them grow their businesses. There are more than 1.6 billion people connected with a small business on Facebook.

Businesses run by African Americans, Latinos, veterans and those with a disability are twice as likely to say that their business was built on Facebook, and one and a half times more likely to say they’ve hired more people since joining the platform. In Rhode Island, 63%of SMBs on the platform says Facebook allows them to find customers in other cities, states or countries and 76%believe individuals digital and social media skills are important when hiring.