A Local New York Pizza Chain Is One Of The Best Small Businesses In The Nation

Every small business has a story, and the story behind New York’s Champion Pizza is sure to inspire. It’s a story of trials and triumphs, flaming dough, faith, and philanthropy. It all begins with one man’s dream and ends with a legacy that’s sure to transcend a single lifetime. That man is owner Hakki Akdeniz and that legacy isn’t pizza, it’s perseverance.

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Speaking with Akdeniz left us feeling hopeful, as well. His advice is this: “believe in yourself and always have faith.” There is truly no telling what you can accomplish. Twenty years ago, Akdeniz had no home. Today, he could have almost anything, but cares more about who he can help than what he can afford. The more Akdeniz has, the more he gives, but even the smallest donations and simplest acts of kindness can make a difference. He leaves us with a final thought, “you don’t have to be perfect or rich to help others.”

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