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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        Cannabis on Many Ballots this November

        While some states’ ongoing efforts to legalize cannabis via voter referendums have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of states will still be presenting the voters with questions regarding legalization of cannabis this year. Arizona, South Dakota, Montana and New Jersey voters will vote on adult recreational use legalization, while Idaho and Mississippi voters will be asked to weigh in on medical marijuana under their states’ laws. South Dakota voters will be asked about both medical use and adult recreational use. In Arizona, where voters narrowly defeated a legalization effort four years ago, the polling on the outcome of the 2020 vote as election day draws near is very close. Montana and South Dakota polling strongly favors passage of their respective initiatives. New Jersey’s “Question 1” ballot measure would amend the state constitution to legalize recreational use of marijuana for those over 21 years of age—and is polling above 60%.

        This current batch of state referenda is in addition to the current 33 states with legal medical marijuana and 11 states plus the District of Columbia with legal adult recreational cannabis. Nebraska, which previously approved a voter initiative to legalize medical marijuana, this year had its state’s top court rule that the prior referendum was unconstitutional on technical grounds, so Nebraska voters will not be weighing in on the issue this year after taking a half-step backwards from legalization.

        Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were expectations that as many as 20 states might vote this year on some form of legalization. But in addition to the court challenge to the Nebraska referendum, some states, such as Arkansas and Missouri, saw advocates for ballot initiates stymied by the challenge of gathering sufficient signatures during a year of quarantines and limited contact.

        If the ballot initiatives currently on the 2020 ballot pass across the board, the U.S. could end the year with as many as 36 states with some form of legalized medical marijuana, along with 15 states with legal adult recreational use. Depending on the outcome of a number of close Senate races across the country, the potential remains for the U.S. Senate to switch to Democratic control, which would increase the chances that changes in law at the federal level could be on the horizon as well.

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