||1 77 Center Drive, Suite 250
Charlotte, NC 28217-0735
||After 25 years of promoting the interests of small business owners nationally, John Paul Galles decided to pursue his own interests and publish a regional business-to-business magazine. He chose Charlotte for its thriving local marketplace and quality of life. His ambition came to fruition as the first issue of Greater Charlotte Biz rolled off the presses in January 2000 to become the community’s only monthly business magazine.
Prior to publishing Greater Charlotte Biz, Galles represented small business owners as the executive director of the Small Business Association of Michigan, and subsequently, as president of National Small Business United. In those capacities, Galles managed several communication strategies that included two key publications – the Journal of Small Business and Small Business USA, which fostered in large part his development of a business publication in Charlotte. “The Charlotte region is growing, vibrant, entrepreneurial, and driven by nationally-recognized leaders and innovators,” Galles says. “That’s a big part of why I founded the magazine in this area. Also, from a business standpoint, the Charlotte marketplace is relatively compact, which makes it easier to help businesses communicate with each other.”