Marketplace Op/Ed: Honesty and integrity keep our business going

by Mark Grodkowski, Sweetly Divine

This column is part of our ongoing series of op-eds this election season from small business owners working with The Marketplace by TheBlaze. We often hear politicians talk about what small business owners want, and if elected, what public officials could do to help these entrepreneurs. But we haven’t heard enough from small business owners themselves. This series will feature small business owners discussing their business, ‘how they built that,’ and what it has been like trying to sustain and grow their business over the last 4 years. 

My name is Mark Grodkowski and I built my business.

My wife and I are the owners of Sweetly Divine; a European stylized pastry shoppe in Logan,Utah, and gourmet jelly distributor available online. I started my business in 2006. When the recession knocked on the doors of the entire country, my business wasn’t left behind. I was hit by it and quite hard. Within a year I was forced to lay off half of my staff and then increase my own personal hours. Shortly after, in June of 2008, I was working 12-16 hours per day, 6 days a week. I had to be creative in what I was producing and make only the things which would sell. Anything else was left for special orders only. I was on the verge of closing my doors 6 times. In 2009 when my boys got older, they started to work at our shop 6 days a week as well. When I had to choose if I will pay the rent or the health insurance, my wife had a really hard time adjusting and a fear was increased.

Today, I still don’t have any insurance, but have my business, my family and greater faith in God. I built my business because I want to show it to my children as evidence that their father and mother worked hard every day, and never asked for handout. I want them to be a part of this accomplishment. I am grateful for my customers which kept me in business. We helped each other, have cried on each other’s shoulder and lifted each other up. This work and experience helps me know that I will be fine, and my children will accomplish great things because they worked hard as a part of the family business without any rewards but a pure and honest thank you from me. Furthermore, I believe having a successful marriage is critical for a successful business. Treating your spouse with respect and love will reflect on how you treat your customers and how you conduct yourself in business.

It has not been an easy experience over the last 6 years since launching my business, but thanks to faith, honesty and integrity —both at home and in the workplace–I have been able to stay in business.

Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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During his campaign, President Joe Biden survived scandal after scandal involving his son Hunter — the Ukraine/Burisma scandal, the laptop scandal, the one involving a stripper from Arkansas and a long-lost child. And yet, after it all appeared to have been swept under the rug, Hunter has now released a memoir — "Beautiful Things."

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere discussed Hunter's "horrible" response when asked on "CBS This Morning" if the laptop seized by the FBI in 2019 belonged to him and reviewed a few segments from his new book, which they agreed raises the question: Is Hunter trying to sabotage his father's career?

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