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September 2012
Capturing Thought Leadership
By John Paul Galles

     Galles Communications Group, Inc., publisher of Greater Charlotte Biz magazine, opened its Charlotte office just 13 years ago over Labor Day weekend in 1999. After getting settled, hiring staff, developing the initial layout and design of the magazine, and preparing a media kit and rate card, we published the first issue in January 2000 and we have published every month since.

     Neither rain nor snow—nor 9/11, the dotcom bust, the telecom bust, the War on Terrorism, the collapse of Enron, the collapse of the banking industry, the Great Recession, nor the sluggish recovery of our economy—has kept us from delivering a new magazine with new faces and new stories every month.

     Altogether, we have published 153 issues and written over 800 biz profiles. We have been true to our mission: To help business owners learn about each other and about the abundance of business resources in this marketplace. We take tremendous pride in having introduced so many great stories into our business milieu.

     Little did we know when we chose Charlotte that we would be among so many people moving here, making it the fastest growing metropolitan area in the first decade of the 21st century. We are proud to have participated in the community’s business success over such an expansive period. With over 110,000 readers each month in our 16-county Charlotte USA region, we have celebrated business growth and development every step of the way.

     With this issue, you will notice some changes in Greater Charlotte Biz magazine. While our mission remains intact, we want to expand it serve as a medium, a sort of agar, for thought leadership within this business community as it strives to survive and prosper in the increasingly globalized marketplace.

     Alongside that expansion of our mission, you may notice some formatting changes—paper size and stock, fonts, layouts, etc.—that hopefully will more readily convey the intent of the information being presented. We have been on a quest to determine how to serve our readers better and would welcome hearing from you as you experience these changes.

     Most importantly, we want to discuss important topics, trends, issues, themes and ideas that we hope will provoke your thinking and even your action as business owners, managers and executives. Bob Dylan wrote the song, The Times They Are a-Changin’. And the pace of change gets ever more rapid. We want to contribute to the discussion of change in our community. At the same time, we will remain a feature-based publication focused on area business owners and their entities and their business activity.

     In this September issue, we are focusing on entrepreneurship. Charlotte has been spoiled by the growth of the textiles, the power companies and the banks. We are fortunate to continue to attract companies seeking to move to a more favorable location.

     Much credit is due to the city leaders who have brought us to today. Most importantly, they created the Charlotte Douglas International Airport that puts our city at the center of the East Coast. Under their leadership, the city offers an exceptional quality of life that attracts talent and young people as well as businesses, conventions and professional sports teams. We even have inexpensive, reliable and quality power and electrical generation for all comers.

     In October, we will take an inside look at how Charlotte will become a global hub for distribution with high-tech manufacturing and creative ideations at the same time. In November, we will examine the grasp of digital data, how it is mined, collected, analyzed and then applied for greater profits and/or cost savings.

     Our changes reflect our determination to engage our readers in  open discussion about what they are thinking and doing to advance their businesses as the world changes every day. We want to take an active role in promoting thought and thought leadership through discourse and debate so that we can learn more from each other and be constructive and synergistic at the same time.

     We can learn together. As Dylan’s song concludes,


The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast

The slow one now will later be fast

As the present now will later be past

The order is rapidly fadin’

And the first one now will later be last

For the times they are a-changin’.


     If we are as successful in capturing thought leadership on how to react to and anticipate the changing world around us as Dylan was capturing the social and political upheaval of the ’60s, we will have accomplished our mission to further the survival to thrival of the Charlotte business community.

     We offer thanks to all who have contributed to our success in Charlotte and ask that you continue to let us know your thoughts on subjects you think should be discussed.

John Paul Galles is the publisher of Greater Charlotte Biz.
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