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Love for the Little Guy

I love all of these businesses! ["Generation Sell: How a new wave of entrepreneurs find success in our crumbled economy," January 25, 2012]. What a great support system they are for each other too.

Owning a small business is certainly a risk, but when you love what you do and can network with others who are in the same boat, it is so worth it!

It's great to see this service-oriented trend prospering right here in good old Cleveland, Ohio! As a business owner in the Lakewood area, I am proud to be in such a supportive community, where customers really get what the local economy is all about. Yay Cleveland!

Stitch Cleveland

Escape From Walmart

This is one of the ways out of the Walmart big-box mentality. If we supported small business even a small amount more, we could create thousands of good jobs in businesses that communicate with people ... I mean really ... in forms other than coupons and sales and perceived savings. Save for what? More 401k? More shareholder interest in Google? Save so you can buy more junk you do not need?

Kenny Jaeger

Roots of Bureaucracy

Cleveland's bureaucrats have done enough to chase away business and discourage new business and events with their poor management and corruption ["Reggae on the Waterfront?" January 25, 2012]. The city is lucky to have the Mid West Reggae Fest, an event that promotes unity, family, and peace — not to mention more business. Please call your councilman and tell him enough with taxes! I am very excited to bring my family to a big reggae event so close to home!

Jim Elios

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