If you frequent the Raleigh favorite, Snoopy’s Hot Dogs, you might have seen a sign that read, “Mr. Obama, I did create this business -Steve Webb.”
Recent comments made by the President have angered many local business owners, such as Steve Webb, owner of Snoopy’s Hot Dogs & More. Mr. Webb said in a telephone interview, “Mr. Obama made me ill in his remarks” when he said in a recent campaign rally, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Other than the few friends and $6,000 that helped Steve open on that first day, he would disagree with this notion that someone else was responsible for his success.
Steve is the owner and founder of the local hot dog favorite, Snoopy’s Hot Dogs. Since it has opened at its first location on Wake Forest Road, Mr. Webb has expanded to four other locations throughout Raleigh. As Mr. Webb tells it, “we’ve been blessed” to have such success with opening a restaurant. He claims that, “it wouldn’t have happened,” had he tried to start his local restaurant in today’s business environment.
Mr. Webb’s story is one of many business owners. The genius and the courage to take a risk, put forth the money out of your own pocket, and start a business of your own. Mr. Webb remarks that “I always do what I can to help other folks.”
Later in the interview, Steve explained that the government is actually the one working against him, much less helping him: “If you own a small business like I have all these years, you’ve watched it [regulation]…its like poison ivy…its actually strangling us.” Mr. Webb explains further that most regulations make sense, but in the end the weight of all of the rules just suffocate his business.
Many others, just as Steve Webb, are barely staying afloat in this economy. Folks are truly offended when remarks are made that liken the government to a friend who created your business for you. Remember, if it wasn’t for a genius idea and a lot of hard work, Steve Webb would not be where he is today.
Be sure to check back next week on our website for a full video feature with Steve Webb, Owner of Snoopy’s Hot Dogs & More.