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Hey, business people, President Obama says you didn’t do it. Especially those of you who think you have created, led and built small businesses. You didn’t do it. The government did. Never mind that you and your staff pay the taxes.
Here’s the statement, “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” That’s what President Obama told a Roanoke, Va., group at a campaign event July 13.
I believe that with this remark, the President opened a window into his soul, into his deepest convictions.
The heads-up on this revelation came from a businessman. His business involves a dozen people. His wife’s business has one employee. Both work with a network of other small businesses.
Mr. President, here’s how it works. Someone has an idea. This person might be an individual alone or within a larger organization. Part of the idea is that others might find the idea useful, preferably useful enough to pay money to use the idea.
These people are called “customers.”
The notion of customers potentially existing forms the rationale for further developing the idea. Others enter the development process, maybe only one or two others. Maybe many. Money is found. (Over time, I have had ideas, but have hit the wall on money.)
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