My name is Matthew Petrini and I am one of the owners at My 3 Sons in Norwalk. My father started this family fun business when I was just four years old. My 3 Sons Family Fun Center has been a fixture in the Norwalk Community for almost 30 years now! Sadly, what is happening in our country right now due to COVID-19 threatens the future of my business. I’m not alone in this!
I have decided to create a Facebook page in an effort to UNITE small businesses in Connecticut. Our businesses are our livelihood and we can NOT allow our voices to fall on deaf ears. Currently there is a huge disconnect between our political leaders and the small business community not just in Connecticut but world wide.
As many of you know almost every corporate company that applied for the PPP grant not only received funding immediately but so did colleges, hospitals, and many other large-scale businesses. Small local businesses once thriving in their community suddenly cannot get answers and are receiving what many describe as “the run around.”
We must hold our elected officials accountable both on a local and national level. They will only implore positive change if we all UNITE and demand the solutions that we as hardworking business owners within our community deserve. We must work collaboratively to ensure that those that have the ability to secure our fate through policy and grants have no option but to listen and act!
There is a huge gap as to how COVID-19 funding is being dispersed and it’s clear small business owners were not well considered. Local businesses that chose pre COVID-19 to utilize smaller neighborhood banks rather than a larger big bank are now left with a major disadvantage in receiving funding. I for one am one of those customers of a smaller bank and now affected negatively because the smaller banks have decided not to participate in helping small businesses like mine to receive these loans or grants. This should not be acceptable.
If you are a business owner, know a business owner, aspire to become one, or simply a concerned citizen who is dissatisfied that corporate American companies have a huge advantage over local small businesses within your community, please join this group. Help share our message, invite as many people as you can to this group, and let’s tell our politicians that what they are doing simply is NOT enough! We need help and we need it yesterday. We will NOT stand for a great lack in leadership.
No business owner should be asked to shut down for months, have their profits taken away from them, and then be forced into massive amounts of debt, bankruptcy, or even worse have to deal with legal troubles because their livelihoods cannot operate. Local small business owners who were once thriving within the community are now faced with the harsh realities of losing their blood, sweat and tears, their business! They are lying awake at night wondering if they will be able to put food on the table for their family, lose their homes and so many other unimaginable scenarios.
Facebook has a lot of negatives, but it also has a lot of positives because it gives us the ability to multiply in numbers, come together and spread our message effectively and loudly. Join me in this effort, to save the livelihood of all small business owners struggling during this unprecedented time. Let’s do it peacefully, legally and strategically before it’s too late.
This page will not tolerate any hateful messages but the concept behind it is to have as many people as we can join and then together as a group reach political leaders who can work for us and represent us! We demand change to how these funds are being dispersed. Too many weeks have passed with no answers and no relief in sight. There is little confidence and no reassurance. If you have any questions, please message me and remember United WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. Time is of the essence. We can’t afford to wait.