Michael Buccino: Experience with small business prepared me
Everyone has a story as how and why they arrived in this mountain town. I moved to Steamboat Springs in July 1996. My story consisted of moving closer to my family. My brother bought a lot in the county and was going to build a house. I had been moving across the United States after graduation from Arizona State University.
I was eager to settle down and be an uncle to my young nephews and begin my career. I decided to pursue the career that I received a degree in, interior design, here in Steamboat Springs. After working for a couple of furniture retail stores in town, I opened my own design business, Steamboat Interiors.
As a small business owner through the past 15 years, I have experienced many issues from taxation, availability of good employees to costs of doing business in our town. These and other factors gave me the experiences I will bring to city council. The economic downturn of 2008 forced me to reinvent my business in order to survive. I still own Steamboat Interiors and continue to have a passion for what I do.
For the past decade, I had been occupied with building and surviving in business and raising a family. I have three children, Mikey 13, Anya, 12, and Grayson, 9. Over the past three years, I have been able to create a balance in my life, family, business and leisure that allows me to run for city council.
I will offer a fresh perspective and approach to solving problems that face our community. I will not only work with fellow council members but also encourage and pursue that they bring ideas to discuss. I will also encourage all of us to be willing to compromise when solutions are required.
I approach finding solutions to problems in a unique way. Many approaches to problems are selfish, they look for what they can benefit themselves. It’s somewhat human nature.
As a designer, I look for solutions that will most benefit you, the client. While talking to clients, I listen, I ask lots of questions and I revisit ideas while coming up with new ideas. Those who know me, will agree that I usually have a response or answer to any problem. However, my solution is only one.
I am encouraged when my peers offer alternative perspectives and thoughts that can add more insight and thus, come up with collaborative solutions. Work sessions will not only foster good relationships but will also allow council to hash out and come up with really good solutions. I am hoping that at these work sessions, the public comes and offers fresh ideas and allows council to probe deeper with you, the citizens of Steamboat. Public input is important.
I have children in our public schools, and I own a small business. I love this community and desire take action to make our community better. Now is my time to serve. I would be honored to have your support and vote for District 2, City Council.
For more information about me and my stance on issues, visit electbuccino.com.
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