Toledo ranks at the bottom of best places to start a small business - surprise - goes backwards in rankings since 2005

Is this any surprise with councilmen and mayors that go after businesses and have silly plans on turning around the economy? So for the Joe McNameras and mayors out there who don't know why we are suffering and think that solar fields with capital improvement money will change things, how about making it easier to start a business, lower taxes (Tina Skeldon Wozniak), and quit trying to take over businesses or senselessly regulate them (e.g. the convenience stores)? But if they had a clue, they would already be doing this. Talk about a bankruptcy of ideas...but that is what incestuous leadership will get you.
At the very bottom of the new rankings is Detroit, offering further proof that the declining fortunes of the automotive industry have harmed all kinds of small businesses in Michigan.

Employment has fallen 7.5 percent in the Detroit area since 2003, the worst decline anywhere outside of New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Detroit also suffers from a weak concentration of small businesses, with only 22.70 per 1,000 residents, nearly 8 percent below the national average.

Also mired in the bottom five are Toledo, Modesto, Calif., Dayton and Rochester, N.Y.

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Interesting note was Toledo was ranked 80 in 2005. This means Toledo has dropped 15 places since Carty took office according to Bizjournals.

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Hey, but at least there IS some growth!!

"Toledo experienced a 33 percent spike in homicides, a 17 percent rise in burglaries, and a 17 rise in robberies," he said.

And I hear we're actually beating columbus and cleveland in felonious assault!!!

Man, keep this up, and we'll be the next Flint Michigan!!

it's a lovely nickname for our town. Kind of ROMANTIC ,in an absolutely perverse way , don't you agree ?! The... CHICKENS... have come HOME.... toooo... roooooooosssstt !!! You cannot believe how much that line effects is a GAS !!!

Flint? We are on the road to becoming the Detroit of Ohio. NOW!

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Yes, we do have the potential to become Ohio's Detroit, including the possibility of having a mayor in 2010 who possibly has the most notable attributes of Kwame Kilpatrick. Look at how the gender bias cases were handled by the fire department. To me, there is a parallel.

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