CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Small businesses are uniting. Cape Coral business owners are trying to start a movement. The goal is to generate ideas - for more jobs and money. Both of which are hard to come by right now.
Stephen Lovejoy is the owner of Advanced Forms and Printing Inc and is struggling to make ends meet.
"This office is down about 50%. I've gone out of state to just to pick up other revenues," Lovejoy said.
With revenue down, Lovejoy had to cut employee hours. Nearby business are also struggling or are closing their doors altogether. For many businesses the problem has no end.
"The concern we have is, "where are we going to get the people to come in? Where are we going to get the money to get people to come in?," Lovejoy told WINK News.
A lot of other people are asking the same question, but there are few answers. That's why Lovejoy, Francisco Brea and other small business owners are organizing a big meeting on Saturday.
"The small businesses is the back bone of the whole country," Brea said.
The goal is for as many local businesses as possible to join forces generating and brain storming ideas. They want to get more people shopping, eating and living in the Cape.
"It's the only way we are going to get out of this, if we do it together," Lovejoy said.
Tuesday afternoon Brea and Lovejoy met with City Manager Gary King to get his support. The two want city leaders at the meeting to help develop ideas.
"Let's start digging and work together and bring the city back up," Brea said.
Both men agree: homeowners and business owners have an investment in Cape Coral and want to see it do well. They hope a melting pot of ideas just might be the beginning of the end to their long ordeal.
"Let's find out what we need to do and let's do it to make it happen," Lovejoy said.
The meeting is this Saturday, September 25, at 11am in the Cape Coral Library near Mohawk and Skyline Blvd. The exact address is 921 SW 39th Terrace. Members of city council and the Community Redevelopment Agency are expected to be there as well.