By Carolyn A. Winston and Addison Sims, Hosts of Let’s Talk Biz
Now, that the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions are over what is next for small businesses and nonprofits; a skilled workforce, a politician or a statesman? Like many of you we listened to speakers, and we had an opportunity to attend the Huffington Post’s event, What Is Working which focused on job solutions. The speakers were dynamic. Will.i.am was the most impressive. He has invested, millions, into Dean Kamen’s First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and turned it into a back-to-school TV special with the hope of presenting kids excelling in science, technology, engineering and math as cool. Many intellectually gifted children live in unfavorable conditions that could lead to failure. They can become tomorrow’s small business workforce with the proper education and training. There are millions of jobs available for individuals skilled in science and technology. To fill these positions it will require education, training, and retraining.
Why isn’t more money allocated for training programs, schools, and small business development centers in local communities where the unemployment is double digits? Could it be because some elected officials left statesmanship to become politicians? Recently, candidates are talking about the return of statesmanship. A statesman is defined as a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs, one who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues. A Politician is a person that is active in party politics, a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles. President Lincoln was defined as a statesman. His statesmanship is exemplified in the Gettysburg address: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal….that we here highly resolved that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Will small businesses fare better under a statesman or a politician? Small business would be better off under a statesman. Politicians view small businesses from the perspective of party politics, and party politics is subject to the control of corporations, and political PACS. A statesman views a small business from the perceptive of how to direct the affairs of government to deal with important public issues. Those public issues have to do with the quality of life: education, training, credit, lending, streamlining legislation, job creation, and safe communities for all.
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About the authors: Carolyn A. Winston and Addison Sims are hosts of Let’s Talk Biz. Tune in to Let’s Talk Biz weekly on The Daily Buzz and Live Love Shopping. She is President and he is Vice President of Carolyn A. Winston, Inc. a premier Marketing Management Consulting Firm specializing in education, brand, and cause marketing.
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