Here is a cool story about a pair of young entrepreneurs featured in the Portsmouth Herald.
Cory Nadilo (23) and his younger sister Kirby set up their own restaurant, Wings Your Way, in August of 2005. After a year and a half in operation the restaurant has become a hot spot for local university students and residents.
Cory graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in entrepreneurship and small business management (Can colleges and universities "teach" entrepreneurship?). Instead of getting a corporate job he went into business for himself launching Wings Your Way and has not looked back.
On top of the stress of managing his own business Cory also has to deal with the pacemaker that he uses to run his heart. Without the pacemaker, his heart would not beat at a proper rate. Along with most successful entrepreneurs, Cory does not focus on the negatives. “There are no limitations, except maybe I’ll beep when going through a metal detector,” he said.
How They Run Their Business
Cory and Kirby believe that having a strong team is critical to success. They also believe in working with family. In their operation, Cory runs the day to day of the business, Kirby handles the marketing and promotion, and their father, Rudy, deals with the back of the business. Together they form a winning combination that works. “We’re not a family business in the sense of a normal family business. There are no family politics involved. When we’re here, I’m in charge and everybody knows their role.”
The company now has 25 employees and is planning an expansion to create 15 additional restaurants through a franchising model.
If you have any experiences working in a business with family, I would love to hear from you in your comments!