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Women Entrepreneur Success Stories – Know Their Success Secrets

A classic example of success is Cordia Harrington, who has struggled through poverty to become one of the most powerful women in businesses today. Literally exhibiting a rag to riches story, Cordia Harrington hailed from a poor economic background and later became the CEO of The Tennessee Bun Company. The company is based in Nashville, Tennessee supplying buns and English muffins worldwide to McDonald’s, Pepperidge Farms and other popular food distributors.

Harrington had and still has a resourceful spirit and a will to achieve. She achieved her first round of success in the real estate business. Financed by her entire life savings, an office was rented. As a real estate agent, Harrington began selling homes faster than contractors could build them. Later, she decided to move forward and become a contractor herself.

Cordia Harrington, a divorced mother with three boys, moved to Illinois and opened one of the first woman-owned McDonald’s franchises. She was faced with the challenge of pulling the traffic to her franchise due to its rural location in Effingham. Later, she solved this problem with an interesting solution. She got a loan and acquired Greyhound bus franchise, and had the buses stop near the McDonald’s. She opened two more McDonald’s franchises in the mid-West. Then in 1992, she had the opportunity to be in the McDonald’s bun committee that allowed her to tour bakeries around the world. Those trips opened her eyes to the huge business possibility for baking buns. When McDonald’s announced that they needed a new bun contractor, Harrington was determined to win the contract, even though she had no bakery experience.

Owing to her shrewd strategies, Cordia Harrington sees to it that her plans pay off. Harrington sold her franchises, invested everything she owned, and borrowed $13.5 million. The Tennessee Bun Company was brought into existence in 1996. Today, TBN is the world’s fastest high-paced bun company, producing 1,000 buns per minute.

Harrington also started a trucking company called Bun Lady trucking, which complemented her bun baking business. With a business called Cold Storage, she expanded the efficiency of her bakeries. She started the Corner Stone Baking Company in 2007. The company produces frozen dough pieces for several well-known casual dining restaurants.

These are some of her quotes.

“Instead of moaning and complaining, you have to take that energy, when problems happen, and put it towards taking you to the next level.”

“If you have a dream, you can’t wait for people to call you."

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