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Janet and Steve VanWieringen : Tale of a struggling business

Janet and Steve VanWieringen
Summit County

Welcome to my anger: I’m a business owner in Frisco, I have grown to love this county. We moved here with great expectation, of enjoying our life of activities – biking, hiking, skiing.

Along with our leisure activities, we have a store that is so important to the community. With the downtum of this economy, we have felt a big part of this with sales diminishing to 30 percent of income. It has been disappointing. What we find is the owner of our building will not renegotiate any term to lessen the agony of this economy. This person, representing the owner, comes into our store and struts his attitude to us that everyone else seems to be surviving the situation. I responded: “Yes, and I’m sure the owners are negotiating the terms.”

In the last two years we have used everything in savings to keep us afloat. Well, there came a time this year we chose to pay the customer instead of the landlord and that got us behind in rent. Now we are struggling to get this caught up. I’m am positive that this will happen through the winter season, as sales are good.

I’m very grateful for the support of our community that shares our financial difficulties. Talking with our clients, we are doing our best to serve our customers, they seem to understand our situation. We just need to have the support of our community and succeed the downtum of this economy. I want to say “thank-you,” surrounding communities for your support and God Bless Us All that are in a business needing community support. Wouldn’t it be great to have a concert to raise money for supporting our local businesses in trouble and can’t get help from the banks? Just as they had concerts to support the farmers, well the time has come to help support the businesses. Please landlords consider to reduce payments of leases during the months of May through September. These months have a great effect on the businesses. We are not second-home owners, and are very down-to-earth people. Someone needs to listen, and understand.

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