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December 2009
Special Thanks for 10 Years and More
By John Paul Galles

     Having now published Greater Charlotte Biz magazine for 10 years, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all in the greater Charlotte business community who have so warmly greeted and appreciated each issue. Our very first issue was January 2000.

     Over the years, we have suffered, celebrated and survived much the same as the businesses we’ve profiled. We’ve operated through the end of dotcoms and telecoms, 9/11, the War in Iraq, Enron and corporate scandals, the great banking debacle, and now the “Great Recession.”

     That is the nature of our business experience and yours. That is why there are so many good stories to tell. Our readers look forward to reading each issue to learn about how others have survived and prospered, and maybe even to learn what they can do to make their businesses just a little bit better.

     The mission of Greater Charlotte Biz has remained the same. We help business people learn about each other and about the abundance of business resources in this regional marketplace. Our goal with each issue is to make the next one better than the last one. We have changed and improved and we will continue to get smarter and do an even better job, just like you are doing in your business. We are here to help you be more successful.

     We have enjoyed the opportunity to become part of this business community. We have been so impressed with each and every business and owner that we have profiled. We have published biz profiles on over 600 businesses in the Charlotte region–Charlotte-specific original content, produced by Charlotte area writers, photographers, editors, and designers. The only place you get our content is from our publication and our Web site.

     One of the great things about Greater Charlotte Biz is that it is feature-based, not news-based. In that sense, it is timeless, providing “snapshots” of businesses but in more depth and perspective than a news story, creating a business history of Charlotte. As a niche magazine specific to the Charlotte region, we don’t accept “canned” content or “how-to” pieces that are less relevant and meaningful.

     We hope that we have contributed in some small way to the economic growth and development in this transforming region. We count amongst our other publications six annual editions of Choose Charlotte USA, an economic development guide to attract new and expanding businesses to this region. We especially enjoyed working with the Bissell Companies to publish a 10-year anniversary book about the history and growth of Ballantyne Business Park.

     We have many people to thank for these 10 years. We are so grateful to those who have invited us to tell their stories in our pages. We are immensely proud and respectful of all our advertisers over the years who have promoted their companies, their products and services through our vehicle to our readers.

     We also want to thank our writers, our photographers, our printers, our staff, our sales people and our friends who have encouraged and worked with us to keep on even when the going got tough. We especially want to thank our families for their support and thoughtfulness in building this business.

     The first 10 years were an incredible challenge, but I’m sure no more than any other business faces. We promise to continue to tell good stories that you want to read as well as deliver great advertising for businesses who want to do business with you. We subscribe to the mantra, “Do what you say you will do…and do it even better whenever possible.”

     We look forward to the next 10 years and to continuing to grow this energetic marketplace. We wish you the very best in 2010 and the next decade of business activity. Please let me know if we can be helpful to you!

John Paul Galles is the publisher of Greater Charlotte Biz.
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