You see, one of the original four Tuskegee Airmen graduates was my father-in-law. He, more importantly, conceived and raised the most beautiful woman to ever walk this earth – my Kay. His blood runs in the veins of our two sons.
This is at a very bad time for the United States Congress to reduce the Small Business Administration to levels of ineffectiveness. For over a decade the funding and staffing of the SBA has been getting reduced year after year. It is now reaching a level that would put it virtually on life support. Collectively, small business matters are not high on the priority list of the elected officials in Washington, DC, and entrepreneurs from across the nation are feeling the effects.
First there is Ethiopia. This nation which is second only to Nigeria in African population is land locked. This frustrates its economic growth as its exports leave the nation mostly via air which is extremely expensive or via road which is very dangerous and unreliable. Ethiopia wants a seaport and has fought its neighbor Eritrea throughout the decades trying to seize the beautiful seaport capital of Asmara. The Eritreans have proven themselves to be fierce fighters and have resisted every attempt with the last conflict ending in 2000. Lately, Ethiopia has turned its attention to war torn Somalia which has a very attractive and extensive coast line on the Horn of Africa viewing sea lanes to and from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.