Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 26, 2007

Name of Business: Zuni Gourmet Peanuts

Street address: 5279 Homegrown Lane

Phone number: 757-242-3112

Operating hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

E-mail address:

Nature of business: Production and sale of delicious peanuts and peanut products

Principle owner/manager and title: Presbyterian Homes and Family Services

Year founded: 1967

Prior locations: None

Number of employees: 15

How’s business? Growing

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: Zuni Presbyterian Homes Peanut Shop, transforms lives daily, giving hope and restoring dignity to adults, who are mentally challenged, through our sheltered workshop.

Names of employees: Keaith Faunce, Shane Wright, Lee Umphlett, David Owings, Tina Melle, Carol Piland, Patti Rife, Jennifer Scott, Angie Brownson, Daryl Taylor and Kristy White

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: We offer a chance, through the sale of our peanuts, to promote independence and self-reliance while providing employment to our residents.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: No matter what obstacle you think lies in your career path, go for it.

Your first job: For most of our residents this is their first job.

Your role model (in business or in life generally):Our group of employees, because they have more strength and courage than any of us could possibly imagine having

The key to a successful business is: Letting your employees know that they are your most valuable asset