Topic

small business owner

10 petitions

Started 4 weeks 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  (https://www.poconomountains.com/about-pmvb/research-travel-impacts/) 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. ( https://www.cato.org/cato-handbook-policymakers/cato-handbook-policy-makers-8th-edition-2017/property-rights-constitution) GOALS: Repeal of Pocono Township's Short-Term Rental amendment ) Ord. No. 2019-03, Chapter 301, https://www.ecode360.com/32551226). 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.  (https://www.poconopa.gov/board-commissioners)  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. 

STEVEN MARTIN
170 supporters
Update posted 3 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 www.seoulspausa.com

Seoul Spa
2,487 supporters
Started 7 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
20 supporters
Started 1 year 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
16,427 supporters