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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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Luca + Danni

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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        Rhode Island To Issue 6 New Compassion Center Licenses

        The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation (DBR) has opened the application period for businesses that would like to obtain a license to operate one of 6 new medical marijuana dispensaries.

        Rhode Island has been limited to only 3 state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries (known as “compassion centers”) since 2009. In 2019, the Rhode Island General Assembly approved 6 additional licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries. A dispute between Governor Raimondo and Assembly leaders delayed the implementation. The implementation was delayed further when the Covid-19 State of Emergency occurred the same week that the DBR regulations for the new dispensaries were issued last March.

        Under the new regulations, Rhode Island is divided into 6 geographic zones, with one new dispensary being located in each zone. Applicants can submit applications in more than one zone, but if an applicant is selected for a license in more than one zone, the applicant must select a single zone in which to proceed with licensing. There is a $10,000 application fee for each application. All applicants must be a non-profit organization, and applications must be accompanied by a detailed business plan, a safety and security plan, an operations policies and procedures manual, evidence of compliance with local zoning laws, and a listing of all investors and controlling parties. Unlike the current dispensaries, the new dispensaries will not be able to cultivate their own marijuana and will be required to buy inventory from licensed cultivators (although there is some possibility in the regulations for growing once the dispensary is open to medical marijuana patients).

        DBR will be accepting applications through December 15, 2020. After that, DBR will review applications for compliance with the application requirements. Successful applicants will be entered into a lottery process (the details of which have yet to be announced) to determine the ultimate licensee in each zone. Winners of the lottery will have to pay a $500,000 license fee before starting operations. Given the timeline, it is unlikely that any of the new dispensaries will be able to open for business before late 2021 or early 2022.

        The application and the applicable regulations can be found on the DBR website.

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