There are an overwhelming number of rules for a business owner to follow. Federal, state and local laws, internal bylaws, and industry specific regulations can create a wide range of obstacles that can trip up a business. There are even situations that you can believe you are in compliance and be under the impression from the authorities that you are in complance only to later be shut down because of a violation of an ordinance. This is what one young entrepreneur found out the hard way.
Nathan Duszynski is ahead of his years. This 13 year old entrepreneur was able to save money to purchase and begin operating a hot dog cart in Downtown Holland, Michigan. Duszynski was able to get started during the Tulip Time Festival and planned to continue operations out of a local business’ parking lot. Duszynski had gotten permits and licenses from the City of Holland and from Ottawa County. After only a couple of days of running his small business, Duszynski was shut down by the City of Holland because of an apparent zoning violation.
Duszynski’s story is unique because of his age but a small business being shut down by a government entity is not rare. Zoning ordinances are just a few of the many laws that a business must be in compliance with. While it appears that Duszynski appears ready to fight this, like the food truck debate in Grand Rapids, there are no guarantees with taking on that battle. Being able in compliance with the plethora of rules and regulations can be daunting but with a little planning these stoppages can be avoided.
Source: "'How hard is it to sell a hot dog?' asks 13-year-old entrepreneur shut down by Holland City Hall" by Garret Ellison of MLive.com