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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        Will California Wildfires Cause Spike In Marijuana Prices?

        The recent wildfires in Northern California have destroyed nearly 6,000 structures and have burned over 200,000 acres of land --- an area the size of New York City. The fires also have killed at least 40 people.

        According to reports in the New York Times, the fires also have destroyed many of the region’s marijuana farms in Mendocino County.  Mendocino is one of the three California counties that make up the “Emerald Triangle,” where much of the marijuana consumed in the United States is grown.  Dozens of farms have burned, and others have been “scorched” or have had their crops covered by heavy smoke from the fires.  Smoke-exposed crops may be more vulnerable to disease, and may smell more like fire rather than what the buyers had been expecting.

        The fires come just as farms prepared to harvest the crops and to sell them to medical marijuana dispensaries for use in the upcoming year.  Other farms had been getting ready for California’s opening of the recreational marijuana market in 2018.  At least one analyst predicts that prices could rise as much as 10% to 20% due to the fires.

        The crop loss is financially crippling for many of these farms.  Because federal law still prohibits the sale of marijuana, many farms are unable to obtain insurance or federal aid to cover crop losses.  Although general fundraisers for fire victims are permitted, credit card processors will not permit online fundraisers for marijuana-related purposes.

        Like Massachusetts, California voters approved the recreational use of marijuana in November 2016.  Rules permitting legal sales of marijuana for recreational use in California do not go into effect until January 2018.