Mar 9, 2016
Cookie Crumbs For Allentown's Little People
While Reilly's CityCenter Development Company, and its advertising agency, The Morning Call, tells us that there is much interest by businesses to locate to NIZ, we now learn that startup entrepreneurs can compete for a handout contest. Although they're not eligible for the bigboy brass rings given out by National Penn Bank, ten of them can qualify for $15K each. The contest is being sponsored by the City Of Pawlowski, the Agency of Alan Jennings, and other tax payer funded entities. I never heard of so many people being involved in giving out a total of $150k, including several paid administrators. So, Mr. and Mrs. homeowner, not only are you sporting for the brass rings, you also now get to sponsor a game for the little people.
Allentown just doesn't believe that anybody should ever start a business with their own money. This isn't a new idea; Pawlowski gave out grants to about ten small startups on Hamilton Street seven years ago. Although, apparently nobody at the paper, or in the new Mosaic group remembers, this naysayer does. I did blog posts at the time on the give-aways. There was a cookie lady who lasted until she spent all her grant. Each cookie she made cost us about ten dollars. Although, the posts still exists in my archives, few of the businesses still do. Here's an idea; Instead of a contest where business plans are pitched to a contrived committee to dispense our tax money, how about people presenting their idea to a bank, and if it's really worthwhile, getting a real business loan.
Imagine a town giving out its Community Block Grants in a contest fashioned after a reality television show, being promoted by a mayor, who is facing pending federal corruption charges.