Kim McDonald

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Location: Pineville, NC
Founded: 1997
Industry: Professional services

Kim McDonald
Owner

Elite Resources

Six months after Kim McDonald’s first child was born, the staffing company she had worked for since college was acquired, and she found herself at a crossroads: sign a non-compete agreement and take a severance package, or resign immediately. “I ultimately refused to sign this non-compete,” says McDonald. “Starting in a rented storage unit and forgoing a salary for the first two years of operations, I sacrificed and worked tirelessly to build Elite Resources.”

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In founding Elite Resources, McDonald’s vision was to “create a company that would not only be a leader in the staffing industry, but also provided standards of excellence in everything it did for both our client companies and our associates and employees,” she says. “My passion for helping others exceed their goals and improve their lives both professionally and personally … also provides a platform for me to work with nonprofits and philanthropic ventures to make an impact outside my professional realm.”

McDonald has contributed to the endowment of two scholarships at Central Piedmont Community College and serves as a local business representative for many charities organizing contributions toward their annual campaigns. “I am very invested in seeing that we provide for our future generations and [give them] opportunities to be successful,” she says.