Small businesses are hurting, share to let their voices be heard.
Updated: May 5
I have Tuesday days off. I got up and I said to my wife, "This is not going to end well. I've got to go into the store. They're all there today, and I've got to talk to them.” So, I came in and I said to everybody to come in the room. "We have a ship and it's got a hole in it. Not caused by us, and it's going to get worse. We just can't keep doing this.” “I can't tell you if we're coming back or what we're going to do. There's no money to pay anybody, because we're not allowed to make any money."
When I had to lay my people off, I was explaining to some government worker people, "I had to shut down." “Oh,” they said. "No, I just laid off all of my staff." "Oh, are you paying them?" they asked. I said, "Of course not. There's no money!” and they were surprised.
We can do business in a very safe way in our industry, but those who make the rules don't know. They don't understand it, nor do I think they care. They just got together and they made these all-encompassing rules that are supposed to be for everybody without an understanding of the differences in the industry.
“We have to survive, and the way they're doing it, there won't be anything left at the end. How do you start over? I spent 43 years building this business, and in three weeks the state government takes it down. I never in my life thought that could happen in the United States of America. Never.”
“We're going to make this work, because this is who we are. And so, you tighten your belt and start over. We're going to make it… because we have the will to do it.” – Gary Bode, Owner of Colony House Furniture. Lynden, WA.