Name of Business: Thorpe Farms

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Address: Statesville Road, Newsoms

Phone number: (757) 654-0105

Operating Hours: Sun up to sun down and then some.

Nature of Business: My husband farms peanuts, cotton, soybeans, corn and wheat. I board horses, and we teach basic horse care and riding.

Principle owner/manager and title: Blount and Je’nen Thorpe

Prior Location: Always the same

Number of employees: 3

How’s business: Really growing

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: We are offering summer camps for kids. We will teach basic care and riding. We will also have games, crafts, cooking and fishing.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: That great get-a-way relaxing feeling you get on a farm in the country

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Focus on your goal, never give up and never forget to thank God for your blessings.

Your first job: Church secretary. I was 16.

Your role model (in business or in life generally): My mother was my role model she passed away when I was only 26 but she left us a strong faith and good values. I also admire my husband, he has a strong will and faith and is such a wonderful person.

The key to a successful business is: Hard work and treating people with kindness.