Individuals cited for selling without business license
April 8, 2014
Last week, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office cited three individuals for selling magazines door-to-door in the Snyderville Basin without having a business license. On Saturday, two of the salesmen claimed they were with a non-profit group called Graceful Hands, but could not provide any documentation.
A complaint came in to the Sheriff’s Office on Saturday from someone in the Silver Springs neighborhood who said that two men were selling magazine subscriptions for Graceful Hands, which they said is a charity of Urban Development Solutions.
Summit County Sheriff’s Capt. Justin Martinez said that, as deputies researched Urban Development Solutions, they found that it is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau and is based out of Michigan. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, the salesmen said their organization has 150 people working in the area.
Martinez said that, in Summit County, individuals selling door-to-door must possess a business license to do so. If they are with a charitable organization such as the Boy Scouts, they are excepted from needing a license and if the group is a non-profit they must provide written verification to the county business license administrator and receive approval.
The salesmen’s supervisors were informed that they must obtain a business license or provide the necessary non-profit documentation before they can be allowed to continue selling magazines door-to-door. Under state law, the employees can be arrested for such a violation.
Urban Development Solutions says it is a "national on-the-job training and business development company committed to enhancing our communities by significantly changing the lives of young adults for the better through independent workforce creation." Their website is urbands.com.
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Graceful Hands says it is a "501(c)3 non-profit organization that supplies basic needs and services support to low-income individuals training on-the-job in sales and customer service." Their website is gracefulhands.org.
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