AFTER a story published in the Beaudesert Times on July 3, the Scenic Rim community has rallied in support of Christmas Creek farmer Nathan Clarke and his family.
Mr Clarke's business Truth by Nature specialises in creams, moisturisers, sanitizers and facial products made from ingredients such as camel milk and hemp oil.
As a leading business in the hemp and camel milk industry, Mr Clarke said his spirits were dampened when US pharmaceutical company Nature's Truth, which produces natural gummies and hemp-based oils for consumers, notified him that the name was too close to their own.
Mr Clarke began a community campaign in Beaudesert last Thursday with a petition titled Protect Our Community Businesses.
He said the petition aimed to address the issue of international businesses dictating what small businesses that are Australian owned can and cannot do.
"I'm not backing down, if I did I would go bankrupt," Mr Clarke told the Beaudesert Times.
"We are just a small company and we donate a lot of our products to Rural Aid."
Mr Clarke said he was also determined to provide jobs for locals like Kooralbyn residents Janice Taylor and Sharon MCLeod who were front and centre as Truth by Nature community ambassadors at the local markets on Sunday.
He said he would continue with his campaign and hoped it would unite Scenic Rim communities to demonstrate that there was always plenty of support for small Aussie businesses.
Three days after the petition was started, 45 businesses in Beaudesert and 250 locals had signed it.
Mr Clarke said a digital petition had been created on change.org to allow supporters to stand with him in his fight to keep his business name.