I just wanted to do a quick shout out to both Ian Fernando and Kevin Fleming. Thank you for dinner the other night in Philly Ian.
For those of your that don’t know Ian Fernando, Ian is a prolific internet marketer and a master at social media. Last week Mayor Nutter hosted an event for entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia area. Ian invited Kevin and I out to the event. It was a total success and it looks like the good mayor is looking into creative ways to attract internet businesses to the Philadelphia area.
As soon as the Mayor finished his speech, the guys looked at me and knew I was about to make a scene. Ian and Kevin were holding their breath as Mayor Nutter walked through the crowd. Had we not gone to dinner early, I was going to bring to the Mayor’s attention that the only way to attract successful internet based businesses to the Philadelphia area is to do THE EXACT OPPOSITE of what the city is doing right now:
1. Philadelphia is the first city in the continental United States to levy a tax on bloggers. Dumb asses – that’s political suicide as we like to talk more than anyone else on the planet. Hence we blog.
2. Subsidies, subsidies, subsidies. Cities like New York, San Francisco, and Miami got it right a long time ago. It’s simple: take applications for internet entrepreneurs. Discover those that have a lot of influence, then give them tax breaks, pay for their offices, and subsidize their growth. They will in return say so many great things about your city that thousands of businesses will flock to it.
3. Get rid of all the extra business taxes Philadelphia has imposed that other cities haven’t.
It’s not rocket science.
Mayor Nutter seemed surprisingly eloquent and genuine. Maybe he’ll actually “get it.” If he does, guys like Ian, Kevin, and myself will relocate our offices to the city. Which would be perfect timing as Ian and Kevin are gearing up to start launching their own offers, and they are working with yours faithfully
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