small business owner

11 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Square, Square Up

Make it right, Square! Small Business Owners taken advantage of by price hike!

On September 24th, 2019 Square Up (also known simply as Square) sent out emails to small business owners informing them that their payment processing costs were going from 2.75% flat fee to a rate of 2.6% + $.10 per transaction. This increase may not seem like much but to small businesses all over the country, this will be devastating costing close to 50% more for credit card processing than has been the case. If you didn't receive the email yet, you may still end up being effected. You can see here that they are starting out all new accounts on this pricing and they have reached out to numerous businesses about this as well. impacts small business owners disproportionately as we are seen as having less bargaining capacity than larger companies. This eats into our already small margins and takes advantage of small, community minded business owners all over the country. Together, we can make a difference and keep these small businesses in a healthier place. Square has done some great things for our businesses and we recognize what it takes to run a business. They may even need to raise their rates. We understand these things. What isn't fair is how much they've raised their prices while building their systems to increase our reliance on them. Our credit card sales have increased to around 80% of our transactions. This is exacerbated by their loyalty program pushing customers to use cards for convenience and tracking. Each time, they sip a little off the top of our already tight margins. Here, we are asking for them to either stay their pricing or at the very least, meet us in the middle with some more reasonable rates. Perhaps raising the cost to 3% flat fee. Now, this petition is not intended to simply be a complaint forum. We plan to work together with other organizations to create a solution that will give small businesses a fighting chance at competing with larger businesses by collectively working together to negotiate a deal that represents all of us together. By signing this petition, you are throwing weight behind our bargaining power. You're throwing weight behind our call to Square - that if there isn't something meaningful achieved, they'll be losing the backbone of what made their business successful in the first place: independent coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, boutiques, and retailers all over the country. Please share this with your friends. Sign the petition. Make sure that Square knows that while we may be small individually, collectively we are the bulk of their business. 

Maxwell Mooney
8,295 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to small business owners, Homeowners, Mount Pocono Association, Pocono Chamber of Commerce

Poconos Business Owners & Homeowners - Our Property Rights are at Risk!

PROBLEM STATEMENT: A unilateral decision to partially ban Short-Term Rentals negatively impacts property values, small business owners, taxable base, and employment opportunities while directly benefiting large corporations that export profits and local jobs (both to large corporate partners and offshore) while indirectly suppressing certain socio-economic groups (e.g. cost of visiting goes up).  Tourism is a strategic industry to the Pocono economy:   ~25% of jobs are supported by visitor spending $3.3B directly spent by visitors in 2018 28M visitors in 2018  ( Additionally, any attempt to suppress property rights is by nature, a constitutional matter (4th and 5th Amendment) and the manner in which Ord. No. 2019-03 was socialized, passed, and executed unilaterally (see below) AND on July 1st during a holiday week is questionable. ( GOALS: Repeal of Pocono Township's Short-Term Rental amendment ) Ord. No. 2019-03, Chapter 301, Secure inclusive representation on Pocono Township's board.  ALL homeowners pay taxes and contribute to the township, residents, and local economy; as such, ALL homeowners must have representation.  (  Example of the issue at hand:  "Our job as commissioner is to look out for the permanent residents of Pocono Township and to make sure that their property is protected." said Pocono Township commissioner Jerry Lastowski (source:  Pocono Record) Establish and adopt a universal guidelines/best practices by Short Term Rentals to foster a secure and family friendly culture and cliental that is respectful of ALL of our neighbors.  Passing new codes, ordinances, and laws does not nothing when existing codes, ordinances, and laws aren't followed nor enforced. Personal note:  My family and I bought a second home on 28June2019, never received notice of this ordinance, adopted 01July2019 (not even after our purchase), and had a city representative unlawfully come to our home on a Saturday night 3-weeks later to harass us about suspicions of rentals (unjustified).  I've been visiting the Poconos for 30-years and am now a homeowner, the townships behavior is simply unacceptable. 

207 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to LGBT, Baltimore, korean, SPA

Keep Seoul Spa open in Baltimore MD

To our community, loyal customers, and every small business owner, We are a small business in Baltimore, MD called Seoul Spa. We need your help to stay open.  Our situation: The new landlord is trying to force us to move out. A little bit about our business. Seoul Spa is a traditional Korean spa - It consists of detoxing in dry heat and soaking in herbal tubs. We have been in business for about 8 years now and our spa is the only one of its' kind in the Baltimore area. We create a relaxing space to enjoy with family and friends. I'm proud to say we have a wonderful LGBT community that supports us and have become the most loyal regular customers. Without them, we may have already floundered. Our customers have been directly affected since the change in building ownership. Seoul Spa is located on the second floor of the building. The landlord has blocked off the escalators (served as the most accessible stairs for 8 years) and allowed access to one elevator (located far from front entrance in a corner) to reach our business. Frequently, the elevator will not function and the front entrance doors to the building are locked. Due to this, there are so many worries to name. When there is no functioning elevator and the entrance doors are locked, the customers cannot reach us. In this case, we must have an employee leave the spa to guide the customer from the front door to the spa. Please, we need signatures to help assist in our court case to stay open. The support of these signatures will hopefully help keep our case strong in court. We have used a great deal of money we cannot recover from, in order to stay afloat.  Respectfully, Seoul Spa

Seoul Spa
2,545 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Everyone , Military, Military Families, Small Businesses, Marines

Let Other Food Trucks on Camp Lejeune Rifle Range besides MCCS "Stop Monolopy of MCCS"

We need your HELP!  We need at least 150 Signatures to get NOTICED, Thank you for sharing this and signing to support this cause!  To Whom It May Concern: I am writing in regard to a very concerning issue. In May of 2018, Jarvis – an active duty Gunnery Sargent in the Marine Corps -- and Stephanie Jones (Owners of King of the South Hot Dog Stand) approached MCCS Food and Hospitality Division with an inquiry of wanting to serve food on base at the Stone Bay Rifle Range. This was made clear from the beginning that this location was the only one they intended to serve at, due to it being in a location that is beneficial to Marines that are in a situation that limits their option for food, since they are at the range a large portion of the day. Many Marines, young and seasoned alike, may not always pack a lunch or want the only option currently at the range – MCCS gut truck food that is sold at a gouging priced and is microwaved instead of being served hot and fresh. As the start date of King of the South Hot Dog Stand arrived on January 22nd, 2019, they were told they had to set up in a completely different location, Camp Johnson. This was not the goal or premise that they invested in to start this business. Additionally, it has been brought to the owner’s attention that Anthony Rogers, Director of the MCCS Food and Hospitality Division, has no intentions of letting them set up on the rifle range due to him wanting only the MCCS gut trucks out there to monopolize the area. This hesitantly forced King of the South to set up on Camp Johnson, where the opportunity to serve to the Marines in a central location was quickly shut down due to the loss of profits from other food industries on that base. In lieu of finding a solution, Mr. Rogers placed King of the South on MCCS New River, which led to their sales plummeting and barely covering their daily running costs. With this location, a similar issue arose, and MCX requested they move from their premises on which they were originally granted to set up on. Due to these protests, it is clear that a monopoly is in place and MCCS Food and Hospitality supports it one hundred percent. But the monopoly isn’t the only problem, it has also created a supply and demand issue that has led to gouging prices. In the last week of February 2019, a Marine sent a photo to another Marine and complained of his gut truck purchase, consisting of a microwaved chicken sandwich and a Rice Krispy Treat. The total of this purchase came to $9.50. That is a price that is unfair and unreasonable in the areas they have chosen to set up in. King of the South Hot Dog Stand offers two, freshly cooked hotdogs, made to order at the price of two hot dogs for $5, chips $1 and a soda a $1. This purchase total comes to $7 and they are getting more for their money at a reasonable price. Therefore, King of the South Hot Dog Stand should have a fair and equal opportunity to serve on base in a central location that can be in line with the gut trucks in order to give Marines the options and pricing they deserve. King of the South owners and employees will not back down until a change is made.   Respectfully, Ashley Livingston – Wife of Veteran Marine and King of the South Employee    

Ashley Livingston
21 supporters