Small Business Spotlight: 10/25/12
Is there hope for civility in Washington?
- Duration 4:36
- Date Oct 25, 2012
Is there hope for civility in Washington?
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News -- lines -- the unemployment office getting teeny bit shorter.
New claims for jobless benefits falling 23000.
From the week before to 369000.
Our next guest is a small business owner who had the chance to ask President Obama about -- in economy and politics two years ago.
I'm too busy working to understand how to tell you how to fix it so what I like to do is elected officials.
Descend into Washington have all -- Smart guys figure that out.
Returned -- -- questioned -- that we didn't get all the way through and get a young person can recognize it and I certainly recognizes trying to build team and small business.
Is there hope.
For us return to civility in our discourse to.
Healthy legislative process to something that I can trust so that strap on the -- again tomorrow morning and I know that you guys got under control.
So how's he doing today let's find out in our weekly series spotlight on small business Scott turner owns the -- timber trees service in Richmond Virginia.
This -- you seem to be asking the president and was just about exactly two years ago about.
This ability in Washington what do you think about the civility of this campaign to this point.
That civility and Washington I've seen very little change on first that thank you so much for having me back on it seems like so long ago and I was very hopeful.
That we would see some kind of changed and the civility in Washington.
You know it's it's hard to -- blame -- Not on any particular person on it might be more than Washington can fix it you know we might have to.
Might be up to us the people who keeps sending these uncompromising.
Humans there to do their job to decide whether we want.
Legislation that reflects that you are registered legislation that reflects the many but to get the legislation that reflects the many we're gonna have to send our.
Representative to Washington to work not not fight for.
You're from fascinating in your your background is so fascinating to me you're navy veteran you have a masters in physics and you've taken all of this and combined it into a couple of businesses.
Including the are more are more -- business I guess you'd say.
Helping people take care -- tree problems you've also got kind of an adventure.
And and sports company.
So how -- feel right now how's it going it in terms of running a couple small businesses for you right now.
You know we've worked so hard with both of those businesses to blend -- -- with our community -- -- but by acting in a hole some way by taking care of our people by taking care of the -- around this -- being involved in the media feel like we're so.
Meshed with the community it with the fabric -- that even Washington couldn't -- us out of there even.
Cable news getting ripped a shot -- -- -- I think are about my bond with my community is strong and it always it -- needed it looks like such as civil war on on TV between the right in the left.
When he community we can get ourselves together right nicely.
Without without any help so I think that's what's made us succeed even though the economy's been down.
We've we've tried to maintain a viable place in our community and that that helped us to survive the die hard times that are on are you growing are you thriving.
We are growing that the tree business is thriving and not we are suffering from from gas price increases and so far.
I've decided that sort of not make the clients pay for that to help write out the storm with them.
-- -- Profitability might be down a little bit but -- we're growing in size.
And that the outfitting business is is doing really well as well I guess in Richmond we have a wonderful natural setting we were just voted -- the best outdoor -- to live in.
And so a lot people may be doing stake Haitians in and and working with us is the but the -- and going on rafting -- and about the -- the great what about the banks -- -- helping out.
The banks would have been very difficult through this process side terminated a long term relationship with a major national bank that I've been with for.
Eight or nine years who suddenly decided bit.
I wasn't a good bet anymore even though -- payments it always been there even though they have made a lot of money from the reliability of my.
Business they decided that they didn't like the formula of the next thing I was asking for and I did have to go to -- I switch all of my bank into a small local bank did -- newest in new.
-- -- how valuable in a good investment we were.
You said goodbye to the big bank we have to -- -- -- -- but congratulations to you and maybe we'll see you run for office one of these days that's lieutenant thing.
That's I don't want to vote for Scott turner nice thank you ever hear that thanks very much check character turner goes to.