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Small-business owners across the city are lashing out at President Obama, saying they built their companies with their own money and sweat — and without the government's help.
Their scathing reaction came after Obama, at a Virginia campaign stop last Friday, launched an all-out assault on entrepreneurs:
“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen,” he declared outside Roanoke Fire Station No. 1 to applause from a faithful crowd.
“If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there.”
Local business owners said Obama just doesn’t get it — that when entrepreneurs start a company, they take on all the risk.
“You take second mortgages, lines of credit, extend yourself personally on credit cards. There are huge risks and other people relying on you,” said Democrat Gia-Marie Vacca, co-owner of Manhattan-based Fulcrum Promotions, a five-employee corporate-marketing firm.
Guy Gabi dropped out of college 17 years ago so he could take over his father’s Chelsea-based locksmith business and make it a success.
“For somebody to say it was given to me is a total load of crap,” Gabi said of President Obama’s small-business remarks.
When he inherited his dad’s company, it was a fraction of the current size, but Gabi began focusing on commercial — as opposed to residential — clients and branched out into doorway buzzers and safes.
He eventually took the business from four employees to 18.
“We made something out of nothing,” fumed Gabi, a Republican.
These days, he’s fearful that what he made could vanish — because of ObamaCare.
“The health-care reform will hurt my business. We wouldn’t be able to afford to keep a lot of our staff. Taxes keep going up,” he said.
He also said Obama’s policies favor big businesses — and not the guys making it work on their own.
“I feel like there is no help for small businesses,” he said. “Big businesses reap all the benefits. I feel like the government doesn’t have my back.” --Amber Sutherland
Every time Barry Sloane makes a business decision, he runs in to government regulations — and he’s still been successful on his own, President Obama’s remarks to the contrary
“He could have said that the cost of success is to pay back through taxes, charity and being community-minded,” said Sloane, whose company provides financial and back-office services to 100,000 small business nationwide.
Obama’s comments were clearly a coded message to his supporters, Sloane said.
“It’s 100 percent true, governments build bridges and roads,” which help businesses, he said. “It is the undertone of the message — which is that business owners need to share and distribute their wealth.”
The “overreach and overburdening of the federal government has dampened the enthusiasm of independent small businesses,” he said, specifically blaming the costs of ObamaCare and worries about the national debt. --Chuck Bennett
President Obama completely ignores the role of the entrepreneur in generating wealth, said financial-services executive Peter Schiff.
“I worked 16 hours a day for no money, and I took all the risks. Barack Obama wasn’t there helping me out,” said Schiff, a Republican.
“I raised the money, I created the jobs. If it’s true that government does such a good job at creating businesses, then what happened with the Soviet Union?
“If some of my teachers helped me out, that was their job, and they got paid for it,” said Schiff, whose investment firm now employs 160 people in Manhattan and Westport, Conn.
He added that new regulations slow down his business, which in turn slows hiring. --Paul Tharp
The president’s remarks were “a slap in the face of capitalism,” says wholesale bakery owner Gail Fanny, who took over her family business in 1992.
“He’s basically saying that the government is the only one that can start up a business. You, as an individual, you can only succeed through the government,” said Fanny, who has no political affiliation.
Her staff has jumped to 26 from a handful, but business has been suffering lately.
“People will get their coffee, but bypass the danish and the cake,” she said. --Lorena Mongelli
Lynn Pompei and her husband, Ron, provide retail- store design and branding advice to some of the world’s biggest companies — Disney, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Ikea and Urban Outfitters.
They built their business together from nothing, and they took on all the risks.
She was shocked to hear Obama’s comments on business owners.
“My husband and I worked 14 hours a day, seven days a week for over 20 years to create what has become one of the leading retail-design firms in the world,” she said.
Together, they’ve “employed hundreds of people who contributed to our economy,” she added.
Throughout the past two decades, she said, they didn’t receive a shred of help
“The government doesn’t do the work for you,” she said.
“It can only get in the way, and that’s what has been happening ever since Obama came into office.”
Obama’s campaign speeches, she said, are hinting at future policies that will make day-to-day operations even tougher — on top of her high taxes.
“The Obama administration has taxed our business to remove every possible incentive for growth, and the class warfare he created has fostered an environment where business owners are treated like the enemy by their employees,” Pompei said. --Chuck Bennett