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small business

89 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to Maryland State Highway Administration

Fund Design & Implementation of SHA MD 97 Georgia Ave Montgomery Hills

We support the on-going progress of the MD 97 Montgomery Hills Project Planning Study and urge SHA to fund the design and implementation phases so that work can proceed on this overdue and important improvement plan for the Georgia Avenue corridor.  We are eager to see the Georgia Avenue Corridor improved.  Simply stated, the corridor is unsafe for all users: vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.  Commuters and residents alike cannot travel through the area easily, and the existing conditions creates an automobile-dominated environment which is unattractive and economically untenable to most community-oriented businesses.  In fact, the study area roadway and sidewalk conditions are one significant factor in the areas inability to attract a better mix of retail stores and businesses.  Furthermore, the study’s extended planning phase (the original planning effort for this corridor started seventeen years ago), have chilled any private sector improvements that may have been undertaken by the adjacent property owners. We request that Montgomery County prioritize the MD 97 (Georgia Ave) Safety and Complete Street Improvements in their 2018 Transportation Priorities letter, and that Maryland State fully fund the design and implementation of the Georgia Ave improvements without delay.   

Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills
159 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Rodney Sacks, Hilton Schlosberg

Boycott Monster Energy for attacking small local-owned businesses

Monster Energy is big, really big. Being so big, Monster has money to spend on lawyers to make nuisance lawsuits to smaller companies who just so happen to have their names also start with "M." Can you tell the difference between these two logos? Nobody would confuse them, but still, Monster filed a lawsuit against this beloved local Virginian distillery, and it's not the only lawsuit they've filed against small local businesses. Monster has been relatively brutal in attacking small companies whose logos don't even remotely look like the Monster "M" as these small companies just don't have the vast resources to fight back. This greedy behavior does nothing but strip resources from the important local community businesses that offer local jobs and bring money into local communities. Those resources instead make this fat Monster that much fatter, and that doesn't help any of us.Of course what's most ironic is that Monster isn't the original company who had an "M" for a logo, we have the golden arches to thank for that...Please consider signing this petition and sharing it with your friends on social media to tell Monster they need to stop attacking small beloved community businesses. We'd also ask you to really hit Monster where it hurts and buy your energy drinks from their competitors until they stop attacking small community businesses. Monster Energy will only have deep pockets if we consumers line them afterall. Take a stand, help fight this monster, and do a good thing for local businesses!

Rob Hoitt
3,724 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Bryon L. Grigsby, Betsy Miller

Save America's Oldest Bookstore!

Moravian College recently bought the independent Moravian Book Shop with plans to turn it into a Barnes & Noble college bookstore, which will end the 273-year-old business. Please stand with us in telling them "NO!" The Moravian Book Shop has anchored Bethlehem’s historic downtown for generations and has built itself into the premier location for books, gifts and Christmas decorations in downtown Bethlehem. Despite what some people have said in the news, after a few up and down years, the Moravian Book Shop is in a good position in terms of its core business.  In the last year we have streamlined our operations and modernized the store’s back-end systems. We had almost $2 million in sales last year and we are on pace for an even better 2018. In fact, any financial difficulty stems from the Moravian Church’s Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) and the Moravian Book Shop’s Board of Directors decision, over the protest of lower management and employees, to take out bad loans to open a location in Allentown in 2015. The Allentown store lost money for two years and when it closed last year the bad loans became due. Despite the Bethlehem location’s strengthening position we were not able to absorb the entire cost of the bad loans and so the PEC decided to negotiate in secret to sell the store. As it currently stands, the Moravian Book Shop will be taken over by Barnes & Noble (the national bookstore chain) and Sodexo (a multinational food services company) to provide a college bookstore for Moravian College. All of our staff will be laid off, though we were told we could interview for jobs at the new store, and the mission of the Moravian Book Shop will be lost forever. Moravian College is a great school, indeed, my brother and many of my close friends are alumni. And, the Moravian College students deserve a place to buy their textbooks, but that need does not have to erase 273 years of Bethlehem’s history. I think there are other avenues worth exploring, but if the sale from the Moravian Church to Moravian college is inevitable, the college has a choice as to who will operate the bookstore, including giving the current management a chance to show what we are capable of. I ask you to please tell the college that local small businesses are important for the health of our historic downtown and the entire city. We need you to sign the petition and contact Moravian College (information below) to tell we do not want huge national and multinational corporations controlling our downtown! Bryon L. Grigsby President, Moravian College 610-861-1364 grigsbyb@moravian.edu  

Leo Atkinson
88,253 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Overbrook Park Civic Association

Allow 2 Young Black Entrepreneurs to continue operating their business

Hello, my name is Robert Green, and my business partner is Jordan Johnson. We are co-owners of Hairitage Barbershop LLC and Platters LLC, located at 7402 Drexel Rd. Philadelphia, PA. I have been a resident in the Overbrook Park community for nearly 20 years. Jordan and I established our barbershop in May of 2014, and It has been very successful ever since. We have operated for 4 years without major incident, and we are the youngest black business owners in the neighborhood. We recently expanded our brand, and purchased a food truck that we named Platters. The goal of our food business is to occupy the area outside of our barbershop, with hopes to service our barbershop customers, neighboring businesses and all members of the community. Our mission is to establish a family oriented business that displays great customer service, provides great food, creates job opportunities, and serves as a inspiration for young adults, both male and female. We plan to achieve this by sponsoring local events, sports teams and back to school initiatives. We spent countless hours, time, and money to enhance the appearance of the truck, and the appearance of our staff so that we represented the image of our community correctly. We also spent countless time and money on obtaining our business licensing and permits, in order to legally operate and serve at our intended location. We were granted approval to operate by the City of Philadelphia’s Licensing and Inspection agency on April 25, 2018. And after being open for only 6 days, the Licensing and Inspection agency came out to our truck to inform us that a legislation was recently passed that prohibited vending at that location, signed on May 2, 2018, and that it would be our last day of operation. Our business was completely crippled. We then sought support from our community leaders, and received a great deal of support from State Representative Morgan Cephas, 19th District police captain John Stanford, District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., Town Watch President Darryl Day, and Haverford Avenue Business Association President William Nasir. They all were very understanding of our situation, eager to address our concerns, and were all in agreement that new legislation should be passed pending final approval from Overbook Park Civic Association. The obstacle that we now face is that some of the individuals in the community expressed concerns that our truck will bring negative traffic to the community and spoke out against us re-establishing our business. Most of their concerns were greatly appreciated and legitimate, in which we too shared some of the same concerns. We addressed most of those concerns by providing solutions, and means of safety options to deter loitering and potential crime. We are installing cameras at our businesses to instill safety and security for us, as well as our neighbors. We stand for so much more than a barbershop and food truck. The last thing we want as business owners, parents and role models, is to promote negativity, or create something that would bring harm to our community or families. Our mission is to gain the approval of the Overbrook Park Civic Association to support the modification of the legislation, and show them that we have a great deal of support from the community to do so. Please sign our petition, so that a modification to the law be passed, so we can continue to operate and be a positive inspiration to the youth. Thank you

Robert Green
16,067 supporters