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Business Group Selects Unrepentant Felon Keynote Speaker

By Tyler S. Clark (Contact)

Published December 24, 2009

Invitations have been sent out for the "BIZ OFF 2010" on December 29th at Rosetta Stone Cafe. The "Social Mixer" begins at 5:30, but the main attraction (enlarged with red, 18pt font on the group's Web site) is "Jim Traficant" as guest speaker. After you've been pumped up by the inspirational success story that is Jim Traficant, you can enjoy a buffet style dinner and social networking.

Infinity Design Advertising, Greenwood Chevrolet, Arbonne and Joy Studio are all sponsoring the event, which sounds tame enough:

This event will feature a local politician / celebrity and will be held in a local dining spot. The purpose of The Biz Society is to provide an online social community that has roots in local communities and also provides the opportunity for live networking communities. This is an opportunity to build business while supporting and growing community. All Biz Society chapters are required to meet in and support local establishments, as well as donating 5% of dues back to the community. Additionally, Biz Society chapters pick a “cause” within the community to focus on, delivering specific support and attention from the group.

We have worked to bring this event together to help other local businesses start the year off right. This event is about taking pride in and responsibility for our local communities. Please come out and help grow your business and give back to your community by attending. Tickets will be sold online at www.thebizsociety.com/events.php, as well as at the door on a first come, first serve basis.

But somehow featuring Jim Traficant at an event purportinng to take "responsibility for our local communities" doesn't add up. (What's next--inviting a U.S. President who just sent 57,000 additional troops into the Middle East to accept the Nobel Peace Prize?!) Jim Traficant still hasn't accepted responsibility for his conviction, not to mention his deeds. On top of that he was a key player in the cloud of corruption that made doing business locally a joke, not to mention the shadow Traficant's image cast on his constituents in the national and international psyche.

BIZ Society National Director Grant Sevek assured me if I reviewed the Web site I would see he and his organization were "truly and totally geared towards helping business grow and also giving back to the community," assuring me "It was never intended to personally offend anyone." If I'm being too harsh, it's only because the one thing we can learn from Jim Traficant is that intention doesn't count when action contradicts it.

Mr. Sevek and his sponsors should admit the gross inappropriateness that Traficant's invitation represents and locate an actual business or political leader instead. I'll be happy to supply a list, or perhaps readers can add their suggestions in the comments. The community has moved beyond Traficant's capacity to lead, so let's acknowledge that together and move on.


1MikePrelee(38 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I can't reconcile this statement, "This event is about taking pride in and responsibility for our local communities." with hiring Jim Traficant as your speaker. Is he really an example of the pride people feel for the Mahoning Valley?

Maybe the attendees could follow up the dinner by doing some chores on his farm for free and kickback a portion of their dues to him. That way they could truly understand his inspirational message.

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2Viewpoint(89 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

One more group to ignore during their membership drive! How could anything that organization promotes be taken seriously after the lame brained selection of the "valley's biggest gas bag" as quest spokesperson?

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3ytownredux(117 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I was thinking about checking this networking group out......Until I saw their choice for speaker. So disappointing.

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4TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

We already have enough NUT JOB idiots around town promoting Traficant

We already had a party for the convicted felon, and it made national news. What an embarrassment!!1

As long as this community has nutjobs like this fella. We will never crawl out from under stench of Jim Traficant


This idiot will probably be leading the mental ward

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5gmrimmer(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Traficant has served his time.

We respect his representation even here in Siler City, NC

Forget not our blessed Jesse Helms god rest his soul.

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6DavidBown(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I just read the article and every ones comments..wow. If everyone actually took minute to look at the good things The Biz Society is doing in not only the Northeast Ohio but in the United States I believe you will see that they have only the best intentions. They have relentlessly been trying to get support from the local media-with no avail-until now… Imagine that!!! The news focusing anything negative they can find instead of what good things this organization is doing. The Biz Society knew having Jim Traficant as a guest speaker would get the attention of the news; they also knew that either people love him or not so much and that choosing Jim would be risky-but at least the media finally stepped up and reported about the organization. Too bad the article made it sound like they are idiots because that is truly not the case. I know personally that Tim Ryan was one of their first choices but they never even got never got a response. Jim Traficant is a "guest" speaker-not a member of their organization and. The Biz Society’s’ only mistake is that they should of put Jim down as entertainment, because that is truly what it is.

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7ytownredux(117 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I appreciate Mr. Brown's note about the Biz Society, but I feel you have done more harm than good in your note. You have basically stated that the group hired Trafficant to speak, (and I am guessing that "hired" is the right word here,) to gain publicity. Any group that uses the "controversial" angle to gain press is not a group I want to be a part of. Good works or not, idiots or not, this Biz Society obviously does not have much integrity in marketing itself. To the point that the Society is taking to hire ex-felons for 'entertainment' is even more disturbing. I am surprised the marketing firm that is co-sponsoring this event didn't realize the controversy that this would create and that this could be a public relations disaster for the group.

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8valleyred(1102 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Blah Blah Blah. One of the huge reasons I want Traficant to run against Ryan is so these far left liberals in our area can lose their beloved Timmy Ryan.

Traficant 2010!

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9Viewpoint(89 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

"The Biz Society’s’ only mistake is that they should of put Jim down as entertainment, because that is truly what it is."

No, the bigger mistake was pandering to the lowest common denominator in this valley. Why give a forum to a fool?, A felon?, An egomaniac? This valley needs input from credible and knowledgeable professionals that can advise struggling businesses on the ways and means to survive these turbulent time, not incomprehensible ramblings from some gas bag. The days of Jim Traficant and his Bufford Pusser persona are no longer relevant to anyone with a modicum of intelligence.

Those diehard followers must certainly believe that Jimbo will soon stand proudly before the gilded doorway of his new Indian casino and announce that he is going to rebuild and restart the Sheet and Tube. That has about as much chance of happening as he does of getting elected.

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10Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

valleyred, you reveal your youth and naivety in your remarks: wanting an ex-felon to win your representation just so that "the far left liberals" in the area lose their "beloved" Tim Ryan? Really? That is a very immature and irresponsible perspective on politics. Which doesn't surprise me, coming from the mouth of a babe growing up in a political party that is, surprise surprise, immature and irresponsible.

Look out for your region, not your ideology or political group. I know this is difficult to do, but your community is more important than political groups.

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11candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Jim should show the Naked Time clip...
My chronometer's running backwards!

What other stupid liberal idea will need to be backed out to restore sanity to financial markets and society?

Darn it Jim, I'm a doctor not a social engineer.

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12Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

USA1, when the treasonous pigs misrepresenting us are convicted of something, we'll talk about it. Until then, let's stay on the page where we're actually talking about people who HAVE been convicted.

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13candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

How to Depreciate Property?
IRS publication 946 (2008)

Jim may want to discuss creating new tax credits for tira masu and Kennedy Centre tickets...the depreciable service lifestyle...

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14Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

USA1, you are a crazy. Enough with this birth certificate crap. You're ridiculous.

Whatever happened to equal justice under the law? You're fooling yourself if you thought it ever existed. And from what I can tell, you're a fool.

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15Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Ha! You sure do assume a lot of things, USA1. I don't watch TV at all, actually.

And I said nothing but repeat back the same phrase you used, which now you want to change to "prosecution". You're a tired old man.

You're also a crazy. A crazy person who thinks Obama doesn't have a birth certificate.

Oh wait, I think I hear a bell ringing you to your next tea party.

I don't need to listen to Hollyweird degenerates when I can find Vindyweird degenerates right here.

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16Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Crazy. Crazy crazy crazy. A conspiracy theory nutjob. Tinfoil hat.

Dude, you're seeing what you already believe, not what's what.

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17Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Riiiiiiiiight. You just keep proving your craziness over and over.

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18Askmeificare(803 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I would like to speak / address this group. Here is my resume so you know I am serious.

Askmeificare job resume-

1984 to present:

Oil and tire pressure checker at the Shell Oil Company full service lane, McGuffey Plaza. My public relations efforts have kept many clientele extremely satisfied and I utilize strong collegiate skills for minimal debate and clientele awareness of recent additions and corporate improvements.

1980 to 1984:

Burger King parking lot attendant where I was responsible for enacting environmental policy and police action toward offenders of our liberal littering doctrine. Belmont Avenue.

1950 to 1980:

My parents basement, sanitation and custodial engineer. Responsibilities include pedestrian safety, organizing and labeling hazardous chemicals used primarily in the sanitation environment, engineering electrical wiring of public and private communication and sound systems.

References available upon request.


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19valleyred(1102 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Tigerlily... I have voted for more Democrats, in the few elections I have voted in, than you have voted for Republicans.

Don't give me this mumbo jumbo about ideology and this and that; the fact of the matter is the powerful Democratic Party Machine in our valley has failed the Mahoning Valley for decades now you and folks continue to blindly elect them into public office.

Although Jimbo will have a D next to his name, any knowledgeable voter in this area knows the guy is going to vote with the Republicans at least 3/4th of the time.

Keep believing Timmy Ryan is doing an excellent job. As far as I am concerned the guy does whatever his boss Nancy Pelosi tells him to do.

I lost most respect for this guy when he continues to claim he is a pro-life American, yet he continues to vote in favor of pro-choice policies. Quite a Catholic there!

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20Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Well luckily for some religion is not the reason why they vote one way or another.

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21valleyred(1102 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

It isn't my top reason to vote for or against a person, but when he blatantly lies about something like that, you can bet you will not get my vote.

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22Tigerlily(506 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I take it for granted that they all lie, by default of being politicians. I can only sort through the lies and figure out the lesser of the evils. And you can tell a lot about the area where they are running by what spin they put on. In Ryan's case, he's obviously a liberal Catholic in an area with many conservative Catholics. So he states his personal beliefs as pro-life while maintaining votes that are pro-choice. That, however, is largely what a representative does: votes as the majority of their district who has chosen them to represent wants them to do, not what they personally believe. In this case, Ryan has voted in alignment with the majority of his district's political beliefs in choice in this matter.

Far different from some of the truly illegal things that Trafficant partook in.

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23Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Teddy the swimmer was a Catholic that had no problem in supporting abortion .Today he may be in hot water for his support of abortion .



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