Business Opportunity Rule #522418-12775

Submission Number:
Mark Lefever
Initiative Name:
Business Opportunity Rule
To Whom it may concern: My wife and I are writing because of our concern about the proposed Business Opportunity Rule R511993. We believe that in its presented form, it could prevent us from continuing to succeed in our small business. We have been independent distributors for a nutritional juice company called Xango for 6 months. We believe in the product because we know how it has improved our lives and the lives of so many others. This business allows me to work from home and enables me to spend much more time with my family. Our belief in the American Dream is what prompted us to start a home-based business. And furthermore, we believe that this country was built on the backs of small business owners and frankly is still the backbone of our economy. We are concerned that these proposed changes would hinder many from taking advantage of these business opportunities and may destroy others current small businesses. Additionally, we did our own research into the company, as any good business owner should. We believe that you must think it a good idea to make these changes, maybe you feel you are protecting us. We'll give you the benefit of the doubt. However from our point of view some of the sections in the proposed rule would make it difficult, but not impossible, for us to sell our product or build our business. Let me give you an example, take the 7 day waiting period this could give the public the idea that there's something wrong with us or our business and would cast us in a bad light. Should there be waiting period for consumers to join Sam's Club or Costco? I think you would agree that would be ridiculous, because as consumers it's our responsibility to do our own homework and make an informed decision. Under this waiting period requirement, we would also need to keep very detailed records when we first speak to a prospect and would then have to send in reports to our company. Goodness knows we have to do enough paperwork for our small business already for the government. And another example, the proposed rule requires the disclosure of a minimum of 10 prior purchasers nearest to the prospective purchaser. Does CVS have to give their customers the names of 10 people close to them that are taking the drug their customer is buying when they go in there? No, they don't. Would you want them to? No. There would be a public outcry that would be heard all the way to the Oval Office if they tried that. Also, in this day of identity theft, we can't imagine putting the personal information entrusted to us into the hands of the wrong person, therefore making them more vulnerable. Where does privacy come in here? And how will it be regulated and policed, more taxes? As if that's the answer. Yes, there are many scams, crooks and shysters out there. These new rules will not stop them, they violate the current rules all the time and they will violate the new rules as well. They are the ones that hurt people, not legitimate business men and women. I believe that your agency was form to help legitimate small businesses not make our jobs harder and more cumbersome than they already are. Most of us are professional people who value our reputation and our standing in the community and feel we deserve to be treated accordingly. Thank you for your attention to these most important matters. Please help us as upstanding citizens and honest business people to go about our business and be treated with respect as all other legitimate business owners are treated. Thank you again for taking the time to read this and for acting in our behalf. Sincerely, Mark and Holly Lefever