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Glenn Burkins: Qcitymetro.com editor, publisher

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Age: 48
Home: Charlotte, N.C.
What I do: Publish and edit Qcitymetro.com, an online news site for African Americans in the Charlotte, N.C., region.
Previous life: Last job was deputy managing editor at The Charlotte Observer. Was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and St. Petersburg Times. Was business reporter, Africa correspondent, labor/workplace reporter and White House correspondent.

My brand: It’s all about community.
Hours worked per week: No fewer than 80.
Annual sales: Too early to assess.

What I wish I had known when I started: How much work/money/time it would require?.
Best business advice ever received: Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Best marketing tool: Facebook

Biggest business mistake: Picking the wrong company to build the site.
My happiness on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being supremely so: Ten, if I ignore my eroding finances.
Best part of being an entrepreneur: I am the decider.
Worst part: I am the financier.

Biggest professional regret: Can’t think of one.
Advice to would-be entrepreneurs: Don’t underestimate how much work/money/time it will take.

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The Reynolds Center, created through generous grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas and operated by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is dedicated to improving the quality of business and economics coverage through training programs for business reporters and editors.

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