12/24/2010 11:34 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Small Business Owner's Wish List to Santa

Dear Santa,

This is Michael Sinensky. I'm 31 years old and live in a two-bedroom apartment in Union Square, NYC with my wife and two amazing children who allow us to sleep an average of three hours a night.

I've always been an entrepreneur: I sold school supplies in elementary school, ran a candy mafia ring in high school with eight kids reporting to me, and threw parties in my friend's basement with a cover charge. It has taken all that experience plus another ten years of professional experience to settle into my business of running a group of restaurants and bars.

Presently, I have a company that employs approximately 300 employees, a team of individuals I'm so thankful for. We both know times are extremely tough, kind of like that movie about when you called Fred Claus when you had the board watching over you, discussing cuts, shutting you down, etc. Well, I feel the same way now with local, state and federal government so I hope you can feel my pain.

I've put together my wish-list and promise to leave milk and cookies out for you -- is it ok if I leave them with my doorman (Alex or Danny) as we and most New Yorkers don't have a chimney? In any event, let me know what you can do.


Michael Sinensky

Small business wish-list