While many look forward to January 1st for resolutions, I’ve found December 31st to be most appropriate for positive reflection. Like many years prior, 2013 was a great year. Its particular success can be measured in a variety of ways, but uniqueness is what stands out to me.
"Change," perhaps the motto of the early part of this decade, blessed us too this year. However, what’s best about "change" is not the end of one thing and the beginning of another, it’s rather the acknowledgement of growth in contrast of where you’ve been and where you’re going. Thankfully, 2013 has continued an upward momentum of positive transformation.
Not long ago, Mastermind’s office was a small corner in the basement of our C-Town Supermarket. With a small staff of two, we dreamed of moving up, literally. Two supermarket renovations later, and after two brand new office build-outs, we now sit atop that same supermarket. Proudly, this very year accomplished both the most recent C-Town Grand-Opening, as well as the unsurpassed growth in Mastermind’s staff.
While we obviously took pleasure in our housekeeping, we never lost focus of what allows us to prosper year after year. Mastermind and New Era Foods One(C-Town) continued its long history of community outreach in 2013. Most recently, we paired with City Harvest, Alpha 1 Marketing, Shop to Give and Giving Tuesday in order to provide food for the needy during the holiday season. In the same spirit, we now gear up for our annual coat drive for a warm start to 2014.
On the community development side, a resolution we’ve proudly kept, has been the ongoing construction of pristine and affordable new homes in The Bronx, which today has totaled over 500 units and counting. As a result, Mastermind’s portfolio of multi-family and mixed use Real Estate has grown well before the City’s push for “use it or lose it” development.
Still, the most unique addition to the company and community alike, is Mastermind’s newest small business minded product – Capital Lending. These asset-based loans offer new entrepreneurs and property owners intelligent opportunities which conventional banks fail to calculate. With proper planning, experience and backing, Mastermind minimizes risk and steers such partners toward the intended goal.
So here’s to changing the calendar - Yes, “change” has been good for us, and for that we look forward to a New Year, new mayor and new beginnings undeterred and ever resolved.
Happy New Year!