One of the most uniformly observed holidays in the United States is Thanksgiving. It might even be considered part of our “civic religion” to gather and give thanks for all that we enjoy as Americans. Many families celebrate in their homes or make a pilgrimage to their hometowns to be with family and friends for the festivities. What I like most about Thanksgiving is that it enables me to spend time with my family, to reflect upon my blessings in life, and to give thanks to those who have contributed to the richness of my life.
Growing up in Indiana, my family would travel by car to Chicago or Milwaukee or Madison and converge with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents to gorge ourselves with turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The day itself was fully occupied with the preparation, eating and clean-up of the main meal, watching various football games over the course of the afternoon, and munching leftover turkey sandwiches with lots of mayonnaise into the evening.
All day long family members would tell stories about their most recent travels and activities, along with a little gossip or the latest jokes. The adults converged in the kitchen and around the fireplace and the television set; we children alternated “horsing around” inside and outdoors. By the end of the day, I don’t know how my father could drive us home, we were all so tired from the daylong experience. Nevertheless, we renewed it each and every year.
Now, as an adult and living in Charlotte, I still appreciate and enjoy Thanksgiving. Here too, I give thanks for my family and the community that has so welcomed us. Having started this business six years ago, I am also immensely grateful for good stories, great advertisers, a wonderful staff, and a rapidly growing readership that now exceeds over 100,000 members of the business community. And so, at this time, I want to give public thanks to the many, many people who have helped us grow this business through some tough times.
Having published nearly 72 issues in six years, we have profiled over 360 successful entrepreneurs and their businesses in this community. We have presented those talented business leaders and their stories to help business people learn about each other and about the abundance of resources in this regional marketplace. We are extremely grateful to all of those individuals who have allowed us to tell their stories in our pages. Those profiles are continuously available on our Web site, www.greatercharlottebiz.com, for anyone who seeks to learn more about or do business in the greater Charlotte area.
In order to produce and mail our publication directly to the 20,000 members of the business community in the 16-county region, we rely solely upon companies who place advertisements – who buy anywhere from one-sixth page ads to multi-page ads. Over the years, our magazine has been supported by the nearly 2,800 individual advertisements, roughly a quarter of which are placed by different advertisers. We are immensely grateful to each and every one of our advertisers for their initial and continuing support. We enthusiastically encourage our readers to share their appreciation as well by patronizing those advertisers who make possible their business magazine.
If we can truly be judged by our friends, we’d like to think we keep some pretty good company in our wealth of profiled businesses and supportive advertisers, and are pleased to have the opportunity to inform others of our rich community with tremendous talent and expertise. We can learn from each other and improve our business operations at the same time – that is the point of this business-to-business magazine.
As you enjoy reading about the experiences of others and learning about the business community’s product and service offerings, you too are invited to contribute to this communications vehicle to advertise your products and services, brand your business, or expose an upcoming training program or seminar. And please remember that we welcome your suggestions for profiles as well.
Happy thanksgiving this year to you all!