Getting down to business

By Bill Gelman

I was watching the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent” a couple weeks ago, and started thinking how each of the acts was amazing. I would hate being in Tyra Banks shoes (besides the fact that they would look rather silly on me) having to tell the performer that he or she is going home. It had nothing to do with being good or bad, but America had final say on which acts advanced. There is only one $1 million act.

Putting together this week’s Top Businessmen of South Philly issue created a similar predicament — minus the lucrative prize — as there were hundreds of individuals worthy of consideration. We are talking about places that predate the South Philly Review, and we are on the senior circuit. No matter who we picked, there would be no stopping the negative phone calls and emails with the “YOU MISSED ONE” subject line. Like the Top Businesswomen of South Philly, we welcome your feedback. No, we are not going to publish a follow-up edition in October, but consider this one the first of many more to come. We know the second time around will involve several hours debating who makes the cut.

The great thing about this theme is that South Philly includes an endless list of names that are worthy of making the cut, and as long as there are businesses to talk about, readers can look forward to seeing these types of special editions on a regular basis. There are so many different types of businesses, we may even spin off the theme to focus on the medical and real estate professions.

Like the Readers’ Choice Awards (returning in March), a small story in South Philly Review has nothing to do with whether or not a business is successful. If customers keep coming back and telling friends and family how great your place is, that’s what counts. These profiles are the whipped cream and cherry on top of a banana split or other sundae of choice. Like a sundae, unless you’re ordering the kitchen sink, there is only so much room in the paper to spotlight business owners.

With that in mind, it’s time to put the editorial spotlight on a group of extremely talented and successful businessmen. When you get to the end, feel free to make a list of who is deserving of this honor. They may have been missed the first time around, but 2018 is right around the corner.

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