CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        Company Behind Mattress Fundraisers Not Compliant With State Regulations For Years

        PS&H Of Counsel Russell Stein shared his thoughts with WFXT’s Boston25 News on Friday evening’s broadcast about a popular fundraising program at Massachusetts schools whereby students and student groups raise funds by helping to sell mattresses.

        As it turned out, there’s a commercial company making a profit from these types of fundraisers – in this case Custom Fundraising Solutions of Boston South (CFS). According to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, despite having organized hundreds of mattress sales fundraisers in public schools across the state, the company was not operating according to state regulations. It wasn’t even registered as a business with the Secretary of the Commonwealth at the time.

        Drawing on his expertise advising non-profit organizations and charitable foundations, Russell provided suggestions about the questions people should ask before buying anything through this type of fundraising event.

        “I’d be concerned with that if the signage for these sales are not talking about the charity, they’re not disclosing who’s running it; conceivably, it could run afoul of state regulations,” Russell said. Advising that the responsibility falls on the consumer and the charities, Russell suggested, “You should try to get as much information about the actual event. Ask questions. Who is doing the selling? How much money is my charity going to get?”

        According to the investigative report, in one case the student organization got a check for $8,000 from the event, but CFS owner Jack Isaacs refused to disclose what percentage of the gross profits actually went to the students. According to the web site of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, if asked, a fundraiser must accurately disclose the percentage of funds that will go to the charity.

        Click here to watch the video. (Russell’s comments begin at approximately the 3:35 mark)

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