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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        Nonprofits Need Formal Harassment Policies

        PS&H Counsel Liz Manchester spoke as part of the recent OceanPoint Insurance executive workshop series, on the topic of key policies for nonprofits in the era of the #MeToo movement. The workshop features specialists who share business and legal expertise with non-profit executives including CEOs, executive directors, CFOs, Human Resource directors, COOs, and board members. Following her presentation, Liz spoke with Providence Business News about the fact that many nonprofit organizations lack formal policies that could protect them in harassment or discrimination litigation.

        “This lack of formalized policy is a common problem at many nonprofits,” Liz said. “Part of it can be that they really do need outside expertise to assist with drafting policies, certainly legal expertise in those areas,” she continued. “A lot of times…while there may be board expertise in some areas, they really should have some check and balance in place, to have legal counsel review them.”

        Liz pointed out that regardless of the size or mission of the organization, all nonprofits and for-profit corporations should be aware that certain behaviors exist among their employees, and that board members must be aware of their responsibilities.

        “A huge part of an obligation of a nonprofit board is to make sure there [are] appropriate governance structures in place and outlets for all the constituents of a nonprofit to have the opportunity to speak to someone, or speak to multiple people if they are experiencing some kind of harassment or discrimination,” she said.

        And in particular in small nonprofits, Liz pointed out that the organization might have a whistleblower, with a discrimination or sexual harassment policy that identifies the “executive director” as the contact person for a complaint.

        “And the problem with that, obviously, is if the person in leadership is perpetuating or causing the issue, [the employee] is not going to feel comfortable doing that or be able to,” she said. “A lot of organizations are realizing they don’t have any policies in place, or formalized procedures.’

        To read the entire Providence Business News article, please click here (subscription required).