Hello Everyone, I hope you had a wonderful Holiday weekend with your families. We did not have a segment last week due to Christmas, but I am very excited about our next guest, Regina McRae. She is a self accomplished woman who has endeavored a lot to become one of New York`s finest cake artists. There is much more to this woman than just her baking skills. Regina is a genuine person who cares about American Manufacturing. And, she is just as sweet as the icing on her cakes! Regina McRae is the Founder of Grandma`s Secrets, a home style bakery in New York. Regina and her baking skills have been featured in Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and The Food Network.
Q. Please tell us a little about yourself. A.I began my business 17 years ago with $10 and 9 pies. Despite overwhelming odds, and numerous obstacles, I never stopped believing in myself or my products. I have emerged as one of NYC's premiere cake artists, and seek to give back to the business community as much as I can.
Q.Why is American Manufacturing important to you? A.We cannot look to the government to bring us out this economic slump. We have to turn to ourselves. That means keeping jobs here in the USA, shopping small, and supporting small businesses.
Q.Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin? A.My mother was a nurse, and was union, so I grew up with a strong faith in unions and Americans supporting each other. However, when the economy began to collapse, and I watched as more and more major corporations outsourced, and jobs became fewer and fewer, I realized each of us can do something about it. Buy American, refuse to support companies that outsource or don't hire union, and stand up for your beliefs.
Q.How have you expressed that passion throughout your life? A. I never crossed a picket line, have stood behind American workers, sign petitions or any little thing I can do to support American workers' causes, and encourage others to shop small. I shun mega-corporations, would rather by hand made or home made than off the rack, and am very vocal in encouraging others to follow my lead.
Q.What is your favorite quote? A. We are Main Street, not Wall Street. We are not going to get bailed out. We have to shop small, and shop American.
It was a great pleasure to have interviewed Regina this week. Just checking out her website will make your mouth water! You can find her home baked goods at http://www.grandmasecrets.com/.Thank you all for stopping in for another week on 'The Importance of American Manufacturing.' Logan