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Cordia Harrington | ‘The Bun Lady’ of Nashville

Nashville, TN, October 11, 2009 – The American dream is punctuated with shining examples of perseverance and resourcefulness. Cordia Harrington is a long-standing, successful businesswoman with a knack for making lemonade out of lemons.

“There’s not an easy path for an entrepreneur,” explains Cordia Harrington, a Tennessee businesswoman affectionately regarded as The Bun Lady. “You have to be resourceful when faced with adversity.”

Cordia Harrington is known as The Bun Lady because she owns the Bun Company, a baking conglomerate supplying buns and English muffins to over 600 McDonald’s locations. And McDonald’s is only one of Cordia Harrington’s national and international clients.

Cordia Harrington has a resourceful, go-get-‘em attitude that has seen her through many tough times. She always turns a problem on its side and finds an imaginative solution. When working as a real estate agent as a single mom, Cordia Harrington needed to earn more to raise her kids. But she had difficulty ensuring that the homes for sale would even be finished on time. In response, she opened her own construction company to build the homes she was selling.

By taking responsibility and doing things herself, Cordia Harrington has forged a bright future for herself and for her family. She is a woman who faces problems head on, takes risks and works hard. In Cordia Harrington’s own words, “I cried a lot, but it paid off.”

About Cordia Harrington

Cordia Harrington is a shining example of the American dream. Cordia Harrington comes from sparse working class roots; her parents lived month-to-month, struggling to pay the bills. She always wore hand-me-down clothes. A big night out for the family was a monthly visit to the local McDonald’s restaurant.

Just like some of the greatest American rags-to-riches stories, Cordia Harrington is a woman who brought herself up from scanty beginnings. Her greatest asset was her will to achieve. When Cordia Harrington embarked on a business career as a real estate agent, she invested her life savings, $587, in a plywood sign and a rented office.

In those early Arkansas years, Cordia Harrington excelled so quickly in real estate that soon she was selling homes faster than the contractors could build them. This was Cordia Harrington’s first business challenge, and she solved it with a move that characterized her resourceful spirit.

Contact:
Cordia Harrington
Nashville Bun Company
2975 Armory Dr.
Nashville, TN USA 37204
Phone: 615-256-6500
Fax: 615-256-2084
www.buncompany.com

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  1. Amber Novack says:

    Cordia Harrington is a true inspiration when it comes to building a business from the ground up. Cordia Harrington believes that having resources is the key to overcoming adversity. She is just an ordinary person, like you and me, who dealt with the struggles of building a business and is now reaping the rewards.

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  2. Kellie Miller says:

    Would you ever believe that a woman from Nashville, Cordia Harrington, is responsible for supplying the buns to McDonald’s. An ordinary woman responsible for supplying a product to a major franchise. I am a single mom and find that Cordia Harrington is an inspiration to women alike. We are all familiar with the “glass ceiling,” and this woman broke right through. I applaud her ambitions and know that the next time I eat a Big Mac, I will think of how a Nashville woman overcame obstacles to live the American Dream.

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  3. For anyone that doesn’t believe in the term, “From rags to riches.” Think again! Cordia Harrington took a huge risk investing her only means of livelihood and she is excelling. Wow, good for you!

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  4. I think one of the most interesting aspects of this article is that many individuals can relate to Cordia Harrington’s story. I, myself, can relate to struggling to pay the bills and never having the money to buy new clothes, etc. I think it’s stories like these that help remind people that the American dream is within reach, you just have to have that drive to succeed and overcome obstacles.

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  5. Cordia Harrington deserves a round of applause. She has proven that with ambition and drive, you can do anything you set your mind to. Instead of throwing money on there in hopes of a catch, she made an informed business plan. She took a risk, but she took an INFORMED risk and now she is prospering. Wealth doesn’t come over night, it takes work and Cordia’s work is recognized by just about, for example, anyone that order’s a sandwich from McDonald’s. Who knew a “Bun Lady” could be part of the success of a large franchise like Mickey D’s.

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