In the wake of Wednesday’s somewhat broad ranging thread, a friend suggested to me yesterday that there is a fundamental difference between a small business owner and an entrepreneur.
Speaking personally, I’ve never seen any difference between the two. It seems to me that I'm both. Is there a difference, and if so, what is it?
As a corollary: I’ve accepted it as axiomatic that using the historic business district downtown as it was originally built to be used (not necessarily with the same mix of businesses, given changing times) is fitting and proper. Can this be reasonably construed as a threat to some doing business there, perhaps because they are small business owners but somehow not entrepreneurs?
After all, the recent LEO article included quotes from downtown furniture dealer Todd Coleman, who it would seem has a different view of the unfolding renaissance and his place in it. If not, then why would he say that he's considered running for mayor?
And: Why do people commonly say there’ll be too many bars and restaurants, but no one says there are too many salons? There are quite a few salons, aren’t there? Are these not subject to the same start-up vicissitudes as the bars? Is it lingering bitterness at the riverfront 3-way alcohol option? Is that bitterness justified? Won't some of the drinkers have their hair cut and visit the antique shop?
I remain surprised that the discussion here Wednesday took the turn it did. Some wounds came open. It is understandable that there’ll always be complaints for the sake of complaining – in all times, in all places.
When it comes to downtown attitudes, what's, and where’s, the beef?
Feel free to let me have it ... again.