January 29, 2015
Small Business Spotlight: Homestead Hard Cider, Attleboro
With Eric MacDonald, Jeremy Quaglia, and Kyle Schmitt of Homestead Hard Cider.
Homestead Hard Cider opened their doors just one year ago, but an added provision to the FY15 budget had the potential to severely impact the future of this up-and-coming small business.
Friends since childhood, Jeremy Quaglia, Kyle Schmitt, and Eric MacDonald were born and raised in Attleboro and worked very hard to build Homestead Hard Cider from the ground up. Production for them officially began on January 1, 2014 and since then business has been booming.
However, throughout the FY15 budget process, lawmakers inadvertently eliminated the ability for small farm-wineries and cider makers to sell directly to stores and restaurants as of January 1, 2015. The provision would have forced Homestead to either sell directly to people’s homes or through a licensed wholesale distributor. Both options would have severely crippled their small business, despite the great first year they had seen.
To protect their business, Jeremy, Kyle, and Eric took action. They contacted their local legislators, including my office, and the support was overwhelming. They called officials on Beacon Hill constantly to ensure that legislation passed to correct this mistake, and it did.
I enjoyed touring the Homestead facility and learning about the careful craftsmanship it takes to produce and bottle cider. Homestead’s secret to their success stems from their dedication; dedication to the cider making process, dedication to local Massachusetts orchards for ingredients, and their dedication to their superb small business. It is clear that these three hardworking young men have a strong, successful future ahead of them.
For more information on Homestead Cider please visit http://www.homesteadcider.com/.
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