Konop Talking With Toledo Area Small Businesses
Seeks regional business community input as he moves toward mayoral decision
Contact: Ben Konop
As I continue to think seriously about running for Mayor of Toledo, I want to engage the members of our regional small business community in a grassroots conversation on our present and future economy. Over the next two days, I will visit nine area small businesses --ranging from high tech start ups to industrial firms to cupcake vendors-- for discussions with entrepreneurs about the challenges and potential of doing business in our community.
Small businesses create the majority of jobs in Northwest Ohio, and these jobs aren't outsourced overseas. Often times, however, small business needs and concerns are overlooked at Government Center. When it comes to making our city a better place, I want to consult those who matter most -- like the men and women who are fueling our economy and creating jobs on a daily basis.
Coming from a family of small business owners, I am uniquely positioned to understand the challenges that these businesses face on a daily basis. If our community is going to get its economy back on track again and create jobs, the mayor's office and the small business community will have to work hand in hand.
I am hopeful that my discussion with Toledo small businesses will not only give me guidance as I decide on running for mayor, but more importantly give local businesses a voice and a stake in the future of our community.
Konop's Talking With Toledo Area Small Businesses Tour (9 stops over 2 days):
Wednesday, Feb 18
3359 Silica Dr, Sylvania
Red Envy Boutique
3145 W. Central Ave, Toledo
Cake in a Cup
6801 W. Central Ave, Sylvania
Kistler Ford Dealership
5555 W. Central Ave, Toledo
Thursday, Feb 19
Paulettes Studio of Dance
10 S. Holland-Sylvania Road, Toledo
Aunt Minnies Food****
12265 Williams St Suite B, Perrysburg
We Fulfill It/ Wrap n Ship
5055 Enterprise Blvd, Toledo
805 Chicago, Toledo
19 N. Erie, Toledo
****we respectfully ask that media not attend this stop
Side Notes: if you don't want the media to attend one of the stops, don't put it on the schedule! To have a scheduled visit on the list and then ask the media not to attend raises more questions than it answers. It may be that the business owner just doesn't want media at their facility and that's certainly their prerogative. But you don't raise such questions and, perhaps, embarrass your host into explaining the request, by listing it and then asking people not to stop by.
Also, notice how many are outside the city of Toledo limits???
Finally, I have to question this: "Coming from a family of small business owners, I am uniquely positioned to understand the challenges that these businesses face on a daily basis." According to his own biography he's never worked in any of the small business his family owns, nor has he actually run or been responsible for a small business in order to 'understand.' (In case it's updated later to reflect such employment, I've saved a copy of how it appears as of this blog post.)