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U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan meets with small Black business owners in Dayton, Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan met with the group of Black business owners at the 1Eleven Flavor House in Dayton on Thursday. They came from a variety of fields: business incubators, car repair, and massage therapy, just to name a few.

They talked about the difficulties facing small Black business owners as well as what Ryan can do to help them. This included issues like financing, getting proper documentation and permits without getting caught up in bureaucracy.

Ryan said these events are important to connect business owners together. He said that these individuals are the future for the economy.

"We've got to realize that the next version of the American economy needs to include small business, and those opportunities need to be made available to everybody, Ryan said.

He also said a lot of times, these opportunities are not provided to everyone.

"It's also making sure they're connected to me," Ryan stated. "So if they run into a problem, you know, I gave all my cell phone number, you can call me and I can, you know, try to make a call for you to try to loosen something up."

Ryan says he hopes he can help them continue to do great things for the community. He said that’s why he met with these business owners and offered his help and connections.

Updated: July 8, 2022 at 11:49 AM EDT
We reached out to the campaign of J.D. Vance, Ryan’s Republican opponent in the Senate race. Taylor Van Kirk, the communications director for Vance’s campaign, says, “Unlike Tim Ryan, who has consistently voted for small business crushing regulations and tax increases during his 20 years in Congress, JD will fight to end the burdensome regulations and high taxes strangling small businesses in Ohio.”

“JD will fight to end the burdensome regulations and high taxes strangling small businesses in Ohio. Unlike Tim Ryan, who has consistently voted for small business crushing regulations and tax increases during his 20 years in Congress, JD will fight to end the burdensome regulations and high taxes strangling small businesses in Ohio. Ohio deserves a Senator who has experience in the private sector and will stand up for our small and family owned businesses in the Senate, and not a leftwing career politician, who votes with Joe Biden's job-killing agenda 100% of the time," Taylor Van Kirk, Communications Director for the Vance Campaign said.
Garrett is a WYSO intern and graduate of University of Dayton. He spent time covering the Dayton area with WDTN Channel 2 News after the 2019 Memorial Day Tornado outbreak. It was around this time that he began listening to NPR and fell in love with radio-based journalism. Garrett graduated from UD in May of 2021 with his Bachelor’s in Communications with a focus in journalism and graduated in May of 2022 with his Master’s. While not working at WYSO, Garrett is an avid reader, loves to play video games, and hanging out with his friends.