Topic

small businesses

23 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
Started 2 months ago

Petition to North Carolina State House, North Carolina State Senate, North Carolina Governor, Chuck McGrady

Privatize Liquor Sales In North Carolina

This petition is in support of House Bill 971 currently in committee at the North Carolina State Legislature. The bill sponsor is Chuck McGrady and the story was featured by WRAL.  “House Bill 971 would overhaul the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control system, taxing and regulating the industry but doing away with government-run stores. Legislative staff analysis indicates the measure would easily triple the number of places liquor is sold in North Carolina.”  “The privatization bill would do away with the state's "mixed beverage charge" of $20 per four liters that restaurants now pay, cutting their costs. It would also change the way liquor is taxed for the general public, moving from a 30 percent tax on a bottle's cost to a $28-per-gallon excise tax.” The bill has received support from the state's restaurant, lodging and retail associations, which promised to fund a new "Free the Spirits" ad campaign pushing for reform. This legislation would help bring additional revenue and opportunities into North Carolina and allow for greater options to consumers and would help reduce costs to businesses selling mixed drinks which would ultimately reduce the costs to consumers. The restructuring would help local and small businesses that purchase these products and resale them as cocktails.         

Henry Tyson
23 supporters
Update posted 2 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
2,485 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Caterpillar, Jim Umpleby

Tell Caterpillar Inc. to Stop Bullying Cat & Cloud and Other Small Businesses

**PLEASE NOTE:  Change.org might ask you to “donate” after signing. Any donations go to Change.org, and will not reach Cat & Cloud Coffee, or any other business that Caterpillar has taken action against. To support Cat & Cloud Coffee directly, please visit their fundraiser here! Caterpillar Inc. is the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer, with net revenue exceeding $54 billion in 2018. Recently, they’ve embarked on a concentrated effort to cancel the trademarks of several small businesses that use the word “Cat” in their name. The businesses they’ve chosen to attack do not produce construction equipment, or market themselves or their products in a way that could be confused with Caterpillar Inc. whatsoever.  In short, they do not compete with, or take business from Caterpillar Inc. at all.  Suspiciously, Caterpillar Inc. has not taken action against larger brands - like Target and Dr. Seuss Enterprises for their “Cat & Jack” and “Cat in the Hat” clothing products, respectively - seemingly because these brands are known to have excellent trademark counsel.  If these actions against smaller businesses are truthfully made in effort to protect the interests of Caterpillar Inc. why don’t they focus on the largest sources of potential competition? Maybe they really do have reasons. Maybe they were dreaming up some sort of weird, cloud-based construction service of the future, and trying to come up with catchy names for it. Maybe those things are true. The problem is, these businesses chose their names and went through the necessary steps to have them legally registered.  That should be the end of it. By signing this petition, you are urging Caterpillar Inc. to stop bullying, lift these frivolous actions against small businesses, and invest the money saved into more worthwhile efforts that will reflect their company values and those of their shareholders.  **PLEASE NOTE:  Change.org might ask you to “donate” after signing. Any donations go to Change.org, and will not reach Cat & Cloud Coffee, or any other business that Caterpillar has taken action against. To support Cat & Cloud Coffee directly, please visit their fundraiser here!   

Mark Rozell
94,834 supporters