Small Business Bill of Rights

by Dawn Fotopulos on February 16, 2015

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Small Businesses are the whipping post for tax and spend politicians yet they're the lifeblood of our economy.

In New York, when Michael Bloomberg was Mayor, he developed the Small Business Owner’s Bill of Rights, courtesy of NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations.

Here's what it said:


1. Courteous and professional treatment by our employees

2. Inspectors who are polite, professionally dressed, and properly identified

3. Information about how long inspections will take and the cost of all related fees

4. Knowledgeable inspectors who enforce agency rules uniformly

5. Receive information about agency rules from inspectors or other employees

6. Contest a violation through a hearing, trial or other relevant process

7. Request a review of inspection results or re-inspection as soon as possible

8. Receive explanation from inspectors (if requested) on violation details and instructions for viewing inspection results

9. Access information in languages other than English and request language interpretation services for inspections

10. Comment, anonymously and without fear of retribution, on the performance or conduct of our employees

We’d like to add one more option here; contest a violation, conflict or report inspector harassment to a neutral mediator that will hear and resolve the case within 5 business days.

Are regulators giving you conflicting mandates where you couldn't comply even if you wanted to?

Let’s hold regulators accountable to common sense. Meanwhile, The Small Business Owner’s Bill of Rights has come of age.

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