Entrepreneur's Book One Hundred Pennies Is Call to Action: Reinvent Government, Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy

Entrepreneur's Book One Hundred Pennies Is Call to Action: Reinvent Government, 
Create Jobs, Stimulate Economy 
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/13 --  The common sense ideas
that New York Staffing Services, Inc. founder and CEO Michael S.
Robinson presents in his just-released book, One Hundred Pennies
(www.OneHundredPenniesBook.com), may come across as just too obvious
to work.  
But other entrepreneurs who have traveled the same bumpy road of
entrepreneurism and survived its unpredictable pot holes and
slippery-when-wet curves will especially relate to Robinson's
business life story. In it he re-counts his survival strategy in
response to the 9/11 tragedy, chronic and repeated frustration with
the Federal government's Small Business Administration, and
bureaucratic boondoggles of red tape imposed by government agencies
on all levels that seem to stifle instead of stimulate the expansion
of job-creating businesses. 
"I know that my experience is not so different than millions of other
entrepreneurs who had a dream and vision for creating a new service
that corporations and other large institutions could both benefit and
profit from," said the 48-year-old Robinson, who immigrated to the
United States from St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a teenager.
"Most of us have faced extraordinary challenges with little or no
help from government agencies created to help small businesses. In
this era of 'too-big-to-fail' government has essentially abandoned
the small business sector by burdening it with onerous regulations
and inconsistent policies. As a result, significant growth and
expansion often remain elusive. Only those of us
'too-determined-not-to-fail' survive." 
But One Hundred Pennies is far from being a tale of woe. Seasoned
business owners might especially benefit from reading the compact,
160-page book with a highlighter and starting with the final chapter.
That's where Robinson sums up his primary themes and call to action
by other entrepreneurs to pressure big government, in particular, to
be more responsive to their needs. Paramount to his blueprint for
stimulating economic growth and the expansion of small businesses is
his concept for creating a National Centralized Business Resource
Center. This online repository would provide one-stop shopping fo
all 50 states' requirements and paperwork needed by any business
wanting to expand both intra- and interstate.  
As noted by Robinson, New York City's five boroughs generally offer
government policy consistency. But what is the established standard
in the country's largest metropolis is not necessarily or even likely
to be the norm in other parts of New York State, much less the rest
of the country. "And overlooking government paperwork or licensing
requirements -- because you didn't know they even existed -- can
result in stiff penalties," said Robinson. "Even government
regulators don't always know the laws governing similar yet different
Robinson said the inspiration for his book was triggered by an
invitation he received to represent small businesses at a White House
meeting with President Obama. However, he was "let go," figuratively
speaking, due to a government "cut back" on the invitation list.
Having diligently prepared various concepts to stimulate economic
growth, including government "internships" for welfare recipients,
ambitious Veterans re-tooling programs, and hiring incentives for
employers, to name just a few, Robinson began reaching out to
government officials in his adopted city, starting with the Mayor's
office. "I was eventually 'trickled down' to aides to the City
Council Speaker. And while I welcomed the eventual audience that I
received, I concluded that the meeting amounted to not much more than
polite head nodding and note taking. That's when I felt compelled to
write One Hundred Pennies.  I wanted to kick off a critically needed,
national dialogue about the importance of the small business sector
to the health of our economy."  
The book's title was inspired by the Department of Commerce statistic
that for every "one hundred pennies" generated from the Gross
Domestic Product, almost sixty pennies come from small business. "So
why does it seem like small businesses are treated as an afterthought
by both our government and big businesses, especially during
difficult economic times," he asks. 
Although Robinson's original intent was to pursue a career in the
arts, he quickly changed his focus and landed a job on Wall Street
while putting himself through Brooklyn College where he earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Finance. After
advancing his career through various Wall Street investment banks,
Robinson founded his staffing business, initially working from his
Brooklyn apartment. Today, his multi-million dollar business has a
presence in over 12 states and provides employment for thousands of
people annually.  
One Hundred Pennies is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and
Microbin Publishing. Robinson is available for book signings and
speaking engagements by calling 1-212-425-2979. 
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