The town in which we are located wants ALL of my members to have a town business license. I understand the ones who have a private office or actually “do business” in the space. But they want my teacher who writes curriculum for the state’s online school and is a state employee and my social worker who works for a large insurance company and listens to other social workers make phone calls to parents and only comes in once or twice a month to have business licenses and go through zoning.
The licensing woman says because it’s membership-based, people have access to members-only workshops and can receive mail, it’s not like going to work at Starbucks even though we have day passes and are a registered commercial mail receiving agent. (Does everyone using the UPS Store have to have a license?)
She wants me to be responsible for making sure everyone has one before they do anything in the space and is pushing for a list of my members.
We have gotten some advice from the Chamber of Commerce and someone they recommended we speak to. We have also asked to have a meeting at the space with this woman and her boss. I will also be inviting the executive director of the Chamber.
Has anyone else had this problem and what did you do to combat it?