Jim Moody To Host African-American Business Summit - Updated

On May 14th Jim Moody will host an African-American business summit and round table discussion. "For too long, those who have a vested interest in this community have not had an opportunity to express their opinions or suggestions that could be beneficial to us all," said Jim Moody.

In an effort to reach the greatest number of affected parties, the Mayor's office, members of the Chamber of Commerce and all mayoral candidates have been invited to attend and listen to the presentations.

According to co-host June Boyd, business leaders in manufacturing, minority contract compliance and the service industry have already agreed to make presentations. Boyd added, "This event marks the first time a business summit of this type has been attempted. The fact that a mayoral candidate is trying to bring many different parties together is even more remarkable."

The Summit will be held at the Westgate Ramada (formally Clarion Westgate) located at 3536 Secor Road, Toledo. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 am and the event will promptly begin at 9 am. Business owners are encouraged to participate. Please contact June Boyd at 419.243.7670 for details.

Jim Moody Declares African-American Summit "Overwhelming Success"

Today, May 14th, African-American business representatives and owners from manufacturing and service industries met to discuss ways Toledo can better foster and grow small businesses in Toledo. Additionally, representatives from EOPA, political candidates from all parties, unions and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce were in attendance. Jim Moody and June Boyd hosted this event.

According to Carl Adams, partner of L.A. Signs and Design, "This is the first time I can remember an event like this ever occurring." He added, " The fact that this summit was hosted by private parties is even more remarkable."

Jim Moody noted, "This is a great start to growing small business in Toledo. Simply by listening to the experiences and needs of these entrepreneurs, we have learned some easy ways to add jobs here in Toledo."

Ideas offered for an action agenda include:

1) Break Toledo RFP's into smaller, more manageable increments
2) Ease and facilitate bonding requirements
3) Streamline the permitting process
4) Convince banks to lien receivables in exchange for operating/material funding
5) Enhance mentoring
6) Streamline MBE certification
7) Weight bidding procedures towards local contractors hiring local employees using economic factoring as critical criteria.
8) Advance education on bidding processes

"These are all great ideas, of which many should be adapted in our economic recovery plan. I encourage and challenge all mayoral candidates who care about growing Toledo's small business community to stand with me and insist these changes begin immediately." said Moody. Adding, "It's amazing what can happen when you listen to people while sitting around a table built on trust"

A second summit will be planned in the near future.

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If June Boyd is organizing this meeting, I'm intrigued to find out what's going to happen.

In a truly mediocre gesture of futility, Toledo mayoral candidate Jim Moody and Toledo city council failure June Boyd have organized a publicity stunt designed to garner votes from the African-American segment of Toledo voters. Ostensibly called a business summit and round table discussion, the event might be more accurately titled: Listen to all knowing, fascinating ME blow my own horn, followed by "How to make a dollar out of fifteen cents while living in the gravel pit".

Any bets on who shows up from the mayor's office?

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

Ahh, pandering for the black vote eh? Well, that's one more candidate I can write off.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Pandering for the Black vote is good. Every candidate does it in their own way. After they get elected they usually do the same thing for ME's. NOTHING!

Will Mr. Moody be stopping in right after attending some Euro-American business summit? Oh, that would be racist, wouldn't it?

"For too long, those who have a vested interest in this community have not had an opportunity to express their opinions or suggestions that could be beneficial to us all," said Jim Moody.

Oh really? What has been holding them back from expressing their opinions? Is Mr. Moody riding in on a white horse (or black horse?) to save the day and permit those poor Black people to finally have their chance (thanks to another great White savior)?

The whole minority contract demands and racist "affirmative action" should be condemned and rejected - not aided and abetted!

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