You can read El Paso Inc.'s account of the mayor's first business roundtable HERE.
I like that he's reaching out and meeting with the people who fuel El Paso's economy and pay the bulk of the taxes. However, the people he invited to his first meeting aren't exactly in need of any extra help - they're doing just fine as it is. I look at the list and I see a bunch of my friends who are very good folks - young people who returned to El Paso and did more than just open a bar (that will fail within a year). However, I also see a few people who are either crooked or wholly incompetent at what they do, but are kept afloat by their lobbying efforts. Either way - this not a cross section of the business owners in El Paso. It's a list of people who belong to the Chamber of Commerce or other faux business group.
If the mayor was serious about talking to business owners who aren't already killing it (everybody on that list is doing just fine and have always been that way), he'd go down to the county and pull a list of assumed names and invite those people in. He needs to talk to the people who can't, or won't, afford Richard Dayoub's insane salary at the Chamber. He needs to talk to the guy who isn't a part of the "in crowd." It may be uncomfortable to hear from these people, but he'd get the truth.
The biggest barrier to El Paso's growth is the good ol' boy club that keeps competition out. Redco, borderplex or whatever it's called is a shakedown scheme to give a salary to old men and women who can't function in the real world. It functions as a cool kids club that seeks to be exclusive, not inclusive. And that's not exactly what you want as your welcoming committee in a town dying for growth.
There are 10,000 business owners in El Paso - Mayor Leeser would do well to talk to more than the same 25 usual suspects. How about talking to a group where none of them live on the west side? That'd be a good start.