I know this is totally random, but, over the last couple of months, I've thought to myself that I really want to. I live in rutherford county, pretty much the middle of nowhere, in western North Carolina, and there's nothing like a pub with in a 45 minute drive.
I'm in the computer hardware engineering business, so I really know nothing of running a business other than te handling of finances at retail businesses growing up. However, one of my good friends is a financial analyst who works at a major banking company.
Does anyone own a small business? Does anyone here ever have dreams of owning their own business?
My CEO worked as a loan officer in one of the banks here in Charlotte and after 10 years he said fug it, he started a company in his garage. 10 years later, company has close to $500m in annual revenue. Now, my CEO almost never comes to work... All he does is travel, party and attend Panthers game. He has 16 PSLs. He also opened 8 other businesses over the last 6 years including Commercial and Residential real estate businesses. Cam Newton bought an apartment from him few years ago.
His recipe for success? He found an industry that was 80% dominated by mom and pop stores. He took out a loan and started his business, all money he made, he reinvest into his business... he opened few stores around Charlotte and after few years he continued to open stores in other cities. When company had 10 stores, he start buying established business. He purchased products in bulk from vendors with great discounts, he used that power to lower prices. Mom and pop stores could not compete. He offered to buy them and take their costumers instead of entering into competition. Mom and pop stores always agreed to sale. My CEO never fires owners after sale is completed. He continues to employ the same people but collects the income.
“The Panthers-Bengals game is always a spirited occasion, but this year’s ‘Queen City Bowl’ challenge is adding even more excitement to Sunday’s match-up,” said Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “We look forward to a Panthers victory and our rightful claim to the Queen City title.”
Leading up to the Queen City Bowl, each city will share facts about its history and community, engage residents through social media and show support for their respective hometown teams to build fan participation.
Both cities have agreed that the loser of the Queen City Bowl must issue the winner a symbolic item relevant to its city. Items will be announced following Sunday’s game. In addition to social media participation, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority will create a website where fans can vote on who they believe to be the real Queen City.
The City of Charlotte’s history behind the Queen City nickname refers to Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who was the wife of King George III of Great Britain. Cincinnati’s claim to the name refers to its population growth in the late eighteenth century which led to residents coining the term “The Queen of the West.”
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