by GEOFF WILLIAMS
For Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant in Palm Beach, Florida and a registered Republican, the answer may be no. Last weekend he gave President Barack Obama a bear hug; the embrace and photo made it clear who he intends to vote for in the upcoming election. But now, some voters, and customers, have taken to Yelp to voice their unhappiness with Van Duzer's political show of affection, and his business.
Conventional wisdom says small business owners should not share the political beliefs. Why alienate a significant portion of your customer base, anger employees and possibly vex vendors you do business with? But you'd never know that was the case with the current presidential election, in which both candidates are vying so intensely for the support of small business owners. [MORE]