Name: Thelma L. Picot

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 3, 2008

Name of Business: Bank of America

Address: 1352 Armory Drive, Franklin

Phone number: 757-562-8200

Operating Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. to noon

E-mail address:

Nature of Business: Banking

Principle owner/manager and title: Richard Atkinson/BCM/Vice President

Prior Location: Main Street, downtown Franklin

Number of employees: 8

How’s business: Banking as usual

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: It’s not all about counting money. We have to be accurate, efficient, courteous, and moving quickly to serve our customers.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: Full friendly service. We are the friendliest bank in town, according to our customers.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: If you put God first, you will succeed at anything that your heart desires. For if you delight yourself in God, he will give you the desires of your heart.

Your first job: China Express

Your role model (in business or in life generally): My pastor, Barry Taylor, and first lady Kitty Taylor

The key to a successful business is:

Meeting the customers’ needs and doing it with a smile and the right attitude