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Microbusinesses Support Obama and Feel Optimistic About 2013

A recent survey of SohoOS users found that 43% intended to vote for Barack Obama, while 36% intended to vote for Mitt Romney. Taxes, the economy, and healthcare were the issues cited as most important to more than 70% of survey takers. Faith in the Senate and House was low, with 54.8% saying they didn’t think their congressional reps represented their interests. But respondents were hopeful about the coming year, with 62% feeling somewhat or very confident about 2013.

The poll was conducted online October 3–10 and had 620 respondents, primarily microbusinesses (1–5 employees). Here are a few of the key findings of the poll:

Three of the survey respondents were randomly chosen to receive a $100 PayPal deposit and $100 to give to the charity of their choice through Votes for Charity. Who were the lucky winners? A caterer, an inventor, and a nonprofit computer-repair shop.

Lean Chef en Route / Zest Wishes
Personal chef and caterer Mya Zeronis, founder of Lean Chef En Route, travels and cooks in the residential and vacation homes of clients in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. A line of her specialty sauces, Conscience Condiments, is to be launched soon. She will also soon sell delicious lunches, snacks, fresh juices, shakes, smoothies, mineral water, and homemade sodas from a storefront, Zest Wishes, at the Pittsburgh Public Market.

Mya donated $100 to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

Tip Top Shoe Gear
Karen Young of Shorewood, Wisconsin, has been a long-time fan of pointe-toe shoes, but she was not a fan of how they become dented and creased with wear. One fateful night as she was walking home with her son from a New Year’s celebration, she looked down at her shoes and suddenly had an epiphany: she would invent a product that would protect the shape of elongated shoes. Now her Top Secret N-Serts are patent-pending, and she sells them online in pointe, round, square, and rectangle shapes.

Karen chose to donate $100 to Shoes That Fit.

Providercom is a non-for-profit organization in Indianapolis, Indiana, that provides affordable refurbished computers to low-income families, charitable organizations, and students. Owner Marvin Mitchell and his team also run two training programs: one that allows qualified low- or no-income individuals to build and take home a refurbished computer, and one that gives participants the training and skills they need to become certified IT technicians.

Providercom selected City of Hope to receive the $100 donation.

Congratulations to our winners, and big thanks to everyone who participated in the survey! Be sure to check your email for upcoming contests and giveaways.

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