I am located in a poor neighborhood, with a high number of immigrants mostly speaking little english. This area has had one of the highest crime rates in the city. My community was awarded a number of grants this year to turn it around, and there are a group of us "old timer" business people who are working with the immigrant business as part of the grants. Tonight I was listening to the new business owners talking about wanting a better life here than in Vietnam, Laos, Russia, Cambodia, Mexico, Poland, Somalia, Afganistan, Iraq, Iran, China, Portugal, you name it. A better life for them is being able to have a place to live, a place for their children to go to school, a place where they are not afraid of having their hands cut off, or their wives raped, or their sons killed, or their children starve - the reasons are as varied as the dialects spoken tonight. They are dazzled by everything here. There is so much. They have started grocery stores, tailor shops, beauty salons, a computer store, bakery, chocolatiera, restaurants, etc. They sell what they know, typically in the way businesses are run in the country they come from. They are resourceful, and most work hard. Home Depot, Walgreens, Target, and some other big boxes have and are coming in as part of the "solution". They don't have location. Probably most will not make it - the bell curve. The few who will be "successful" will probably move to better territory as quickly as possible. Us old timers are just people who have lived and worked here for years. We are hoping that we can make things a little bit better. We have "enough" to be able to "give" back. What scares me is that we are not retailers as outlined here, and that we are leading them down the wrong path, no matter how well meaning we are. As Jerry wrote, it hurts to see people such as Cody, Framerguy, Kathy and others try so hard and have things not work. It hurts to hear the new business people talk with such hope, and then read about other business peoples struggles. I, too, hope that each of you receives what you need and that your hard work and dedication will be rewarded.