Century 21 Gold Market Realty, Inc.

Published 9:45 am Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Name of Business: Century 21 Gold Market Realty, Inc.

Address: 1393 Armory Drive, Franklin, VA 23851

Phone number: (757) 562-2295

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. We work nights and weekends, to accommodate the schedules of our clients.

E-mail address: pmewborn@charterinternet.com

Nature of Business: Real estate company

Principle owner/manager and title: Phyllis H. Mewborn, owner/broker

Year Founded: 1984

Prior Location: Fourth Avenue, Franklin, VA

Number of employees: 14 sales associates

How’s business: We are very fortunate to have a strong clientele. Thankfully, we are doing well, even though the real estate market overall is not the best.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: We are willing to “go the extra mile” to make transactions go smoothly because we value our customers and appreciate the trust placed in us.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elseWhere: We have a national franchise with a hometown touch. We try to cater to each customer’s specific needs.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Work hard and continue to educate yourself in your chosen occupation.

Your first job: Office worker at Union Camp Corporation

Your role model (in business or in life generally): I’ve had many. I come from a family with strong work ethics. My dad died when I was 2 1/2 years old, so my mother had a tremendous influence on me. Although she didn’t work outside of the home, she was indeed a hard-working lady. She taught by words and example the satisfaction of accomplishment that follows a job well done.

The key to a successful business is: Take care of your clientele and provide quality service. Treat customers as you would want to be treated.