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Steven Kurlander: Small business volunteers deserve a little slack from public criticism
Sun Sentinel ^ | 9-1-2011 | Steven Kurlander

Posted on 09/01/2011 9:19:22 AM PDT by TheBombshellProject

In terms of employment and wealth, the U.S. economy is shaped primarily by small businesses. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses employ over half of private sector employees, pay 44 percent of the total private payroll, and have generated about 65 percent of the net new jobs over the last 15 years. The individual contributions of these business owners are also extremely important in building and sustaining an economic and social base in our local communities. Historically, small businesspeople have always contributed significant time and resources to American society by joining civic groups like Rotary or Kiwanis or by volunteering for municipal advisory boards, church groups, and/or charitable organizations. Such volunteers usually don't receive the extensive scrutiny (or character assassination) that is usually reserved for politicians. But recently, that's what happened to a South Florida businessman volunteering to serve on the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Agency, or DDA. At issue is the public airing in extensive fashion — and I think unfairly — of the recent financial troubles of newly-appointed DDA member Roy Assad, who served with distinction as the DDA chairman from 2006 to 2008, and then as chairman of the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Assad, who was born in Syria and immigrated to the United States when he was 18 years old, is your classic entrepreneur and American success story. He has built and sold several businesses. Assad is now a business consultant in West Palm Beach and owns a successful insurance agency in New York City. When Assad moved to Palm Beach County a decade ago, he opened and eventually sold a successful restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach called Leila. His troubles began when he launched a second restaurant called L'Opera.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: business; economy; entrepreneurs; volunteers
I'm sure the guy's intentions are good, but how much are we spending on this Downtown Development Authority? West Palm Beach is a wreck. We should ease taxes and fees in the city and let businesses "develop" naturally.
1 posted on 09/01/2011 9:19:28 AM PDT by TheBombshellProject
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To: TheBombshellProject

Well, IMHO, it is a commercial version of ACORN and Rainbow/Push. And look what they did for the housing market. What could go wrong?


2 posted on 09/01/2011 9:21:35 AM PDT by jessduntno (Obama shanks. America tanks.)
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To: TheBombshellProject
and let businesses "develop" naturally

What, you mean you don't like walking through the shopping district and seeing 20 over priced womens' stores and another 20 yogurt shops that live and die by these subsidies?

3 posted on 09/01/2011 9:35:01 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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