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Bill MacDonald Mentor

Location
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America
Mentor Industry
Business Consulting/Coaching
Languages spoken
  • English
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How I can help

My professional background

Spent twenty years at all levels of employment with Franchisees of McDonald's Restaurants. Worked all positions in the restaurant, then all management ranks through to Director of Operations of a 12 store franchise, while also overseeing a management company and maintenance company attached to the operation. Then spent twenty years as owner of the village store in Waits River, VT. Served all the needs of the community from livestock and maple sugaring operations to a full deli, grocery, beer and wine, and gasoline. A blend of both a modern convenience store and a traditional General Store. Took sales from $185,000 to $1.3 million in 5 years. While owning the store I worked with the State's Retail Association on all aspects of business development and outreach. Also was recognized by the National Grocers' Association for my effective advocacy for small businesses at the local, state, and Federal levels regarding regulations and legislative matters.


How to work with me

What I can offer

I can offer the knowledge that comes with my experience. Open communication. I will listen to what you want your business to be and do all I can to help you get there. I will be non-judgemental but realistic. Planning will be based on realistic projections, statistical models, and demographics but allowances will be made for your personal enthusiasm and vision.

My expectations for a successful mentoring relationship

Total honesty, open communication, and effort on your part. I can guide you, but you are the one who will need to create the plan and make it work.

How entrepreneurs can prepare before we start

Have a vision, a general business plan, and an idea of what "success" looks like to you