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Ryan’s trip to a Youngstown soup kitchen backfires

By , October 27, 2012 | 6:05 pm | 0 Comment

Ryan’s trip to a Youngstown soup kitchen backfires

ONUMBA.COM – It goes without saying that no Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio, which easily explains why the Romney campaign is pouring gobs of wampum in the Buckeye State.

But just how bad does Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney really want to win Ohio’s 18 electoral votes?

Apparently, bad enough that Romney said this, “We need to win Ohio. If we win Ohio, we take back America.”

And bad enough that his 42-year old running mate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan last week took over a soup kitchen in Youngstown for a photo-op without gaining permission from the president of the facility.

But it wasn’t just Ryan being in the kitchen that was the kicker. It was what he did when he got there. While in the kitchen, Ryan, who was decked out in a white apron, was photographed washing pots and pans that appeared very clean.

It was a 15-minute visit to the soup kitchen for a photo-op that went terribly awry. It resulted in a pointless publicity for the Romney campaign, forcing it to explain why Ryan snuck into a soup kitchen pretending to be washing dishes without asking the president of the facility if it was OK to do so.

Ryan offered explanation for what he was doing in a soup kitchen.

“We just wanted to come by and say thanks for doing what you do,” Ryan said. “This is what makes society go. It makes it work. Helping people.”

That was a nice clarification , but the president of the facility didn’t appreciate it.

“We are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Brian Antal told the Washington Post, as he kvetched that Ryan pretty much
“ramrodded their way” into the facility without asking the people who runs the place.

It all begs the fundamental question: Why was it that important for Ryan to be seen in a soup kitchen to start with?

That’s easy. For one thing, for politicians running for office, it seemingly conveys, even if it is phony, a connection to struggling hoipolloi.

For another, especially in this case, it might be a continuation of Ryan’s effort during his debate with opponent Joe Biden to debunk the notion that the Romney campaign is only looking out for millionaires and billionaires and intrinsically detached from the pain and concerns of average folks.

Mgbatogu is a freelance writer and editor of Onumba.com based in Columbus. He can be reached by email at: Onumbamedia@yahoo.com / Copyright 2012 Onumba.com.

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Mayor’s small business conference lauded by small business owners

By , October 27, 2012 | 5:22 pm | 0 Comment

Mayor’s small business conference lauded by small business owners

ONUMBA.COM – It wasn’t the first time the city of Columbus has organized a city-wide clambake for small businesses, but it could be the finest and the biggest ever.

That was how a very satisfied Thomas H. Stephens, Assistant Director of the Mayor’s Equal Business Opportunity Office, described the 10th Mayor’s Small Business Conference & Expo that played out recently at the Hyatt at the Columbus Convention Center, Downtown. The theme of the gathering was “Go Forward: Driving Local Economic Growth through Small Business Inclusion and Sustainability.” 

“This is outstanding. People loved it,” said Stephens, adding, “It was more than what we planned it to be. This year’s conference was a full day, previous ones were half a day. We brought in national speakers. It’s been great,” he said.

Stephens told Onumba.com that the main reason for holding the gathering was “to help small businesses move forward, that was the whole key, providing access to capital” and “helping small businesses link up with large businesses, that’s the whole point, helping them move forward through these rough economic times.”

But it was also to introduce the city’s small business community to the process of securing contracts with the city, which according to Mayor Michael Coleman, summed up to“more than $300,000 in contracting opportunities” in 2011.

In his greetings, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman said that “Columbus is committed to providing education, support and opportunity to these businesses as they continue to enhance our city’s image as a great place to start and grow a business.”

The event was well attended. Actually, many who sought to register for the conference were unable to do so because registration was closed days before the event.  But for those who attended, it was all worth it.

“I think this has been a phenomenal event,” said Jessica Figgins, owner of Down Home Soul Catering. The conference, said Figgins, “has been an event where you feel comfortable coming in, small business or large business, you are not afraid to ask questions. They provided a lot of resources that I didn’t know were out there.”

Asked about the networking opportunities, Figgins replied: “It has been over the top. I got what I expected and more. So, I’m glad to be here.”

Luke Estice agreed.

“It’s really successful because I found a lot of different avenues that I can reach out to other businesses so I can expand my business,” said Estice, who owns two businesses, Luke’s Huy Road Barber, Beauty & Nail Shop and L&E Soul Food, along with a Food Truck.

“It’s really helpful,” he said.

Raymonia M. Lacy took the same view.

“It has been very helpful, the networking has been great,” said Lacy, who owns IJN Enterprises, LLC, a venture that is involved with business development and
training.

Beside learning “a lot about how to maneuver through the city and the canals we should go through in order to obtain city contracts, Lacy said that she appreciated making connections with the city and other businesses.

Mgbatogu is a freelance writer and editor of Onumba.com based in Columbus. He can be reached by email at: Onumbamedia@yahoo.com / Copyright 2012 Onumba.com.   The information contained in the Onumba.com news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of Onumba Media Group (OMG).

 

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