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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        Uncertainty Over Impact of Massachusetts Recreational Marijuana Sales on Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Industry

        Will next summer’s opening of the recreational marijuana market in Massachusetts impact Rhode Island’s medical marijuana demand? An industry leader and a government regulator recently expressed different views to committees of the Rhode Island General Assembly.

        Earlier this month, Norman Birenbaum, the Principal Policy and Economic Analyst for the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation was quoted in the Providence Journal as telling a legislative committee that the recreational marijuana establishments in Massachusetts will not kill off Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program.  Birenbaum did state, however, that the effect on the Rhode Island medical marijuana market is a “moving target.”  Birenbaum noted that recreational stores would not offer some medical applications of marijuana, such as certain topical products.

        Seth Bock, the CEO of the Greenleaf Compassion Care Center in Portsmouth, RI, presented a less promising view to a different legislative committee.  To Bock, the CEO of one of only three medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, the opening of recreational stores in Massachusetts is his biggest business concern.  Rhode Island medical marijuana patients must renew their patient cards annually, pay a $50 fee, and pay for an annual doctor visit.  Bock suggested to the committee that patients would rather cross the state lines and buy from the recreational stores in Massachusetts than deal with the Rhode Island costs and red tape.  Bock also suggested that the General Assembly consider changing the length of the patient registration to three years.

        The new stores in Massachusetts may also have an impact on the Rhode Island budget.  In fiscal 2017, the three medical marijuana dispensaries collected approximately $3.1 million in taxes from the $28.2 million in sales.  If patients purchase their marijuana in Massachusetts, those taxes will go to Massachusetts instead of Rhode Island.