WEST POINT, NY - DECEMBER 01: U.S. President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on December 1, 2009 in West Point, New York. President Obama laid out his plan for an initial increase of some 30,000 troops in an effort to eventually begin to transition U.S. forces out of Afghanistan starting in July 2011. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Barack Obama
From cookie snowmen to cookie snakes eating snowmen, if you can dream it Eleni's in Long Island City can bake it.
"It looks gorgeous. thank you," says owner Eleni Gianopulos who sells cookies and cupcakes in luxury stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue,
The economy may be down but the high end sugar fix is up. Eleni's is now expanding with a new bakery on Manhattan's upper east side. More and more holiday orders means more and more people needed to make them.
"We have jobs in production today, sales associates, web technology, we just purchased a truck so we're hiring a driver," says Gianopulos, who is looking for employees.
She says if President Barack Obama is looking for advice on how to create jobs-she has a solution. "Make it easier to get a business loan, to get a small business loan. It was more challenging to get a loan for our 200 square foot Madison Avenue store than it was for our 20,000 square foot plant in Long island city."
That type of frankness from the private sector is exactly what the President is asked for from the private sector.
"What I'm interested in is taking action right now to help businesses create jobs," said the President during a jobs summit in Washington. President Obama invited more than 100 CEO's, labor leaders, and elected officials to discuss ways to help Americans get back to work. "I'm looking for specific recommendations that can be implemented that will spur on job growth as quickly as possible."
Republicans say the Obama administration is stunting job growth with health care reform and possible energy taxes.
"Because of all these things are hanging in the air, business people are frankly sitting on their hands," said House Minority Leader Representative John Boehner from Ohio.
Congress is currently working on public works legislation that could create jobs. But with 10.2 percent of Americans unemployed-there's a spectrum of jobs seekers.
"I think a lot of what the government is paying for are these shovel ready projects and i think a lot of people who've been laid off are middle management they are receptionists and they're not going to fill these public works projects," said one Upper East Side resident.