Sherwin Williams

Published 9:01 pm Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Name of Business: Sherwin Williams

Address: 109 S. College Drive

Phone number: (757) 569-7903

Operating Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Nature of Business: Home décor center from floor coverings to wall coverings and paint

Principle owner/manager and title: Chuck Small/store manager (pictured)

Year Founded: 1866

Prior Location: Suffolk

Number of employees: Two at Franklin location

How’s business? Steadily growing; People are now realizing that we carry not only paint, but also floor coverings for residential to commercial needs.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: We carry more than just paint. We have everything from rental spray equipment to products that cover every aspect of your painting and flooring needs. Our line includes floor coverings, commercial mini-blinds, wall coverings/borders, plus the supplies you’ll need. From all aspects of heavy duty commercial work down to the basic need of the homeowner, our staff has been educated and trained to answer questions and assist customers.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: We have a line of programs that we offer. Customers can join in one of our programs and enjoy discounts on promoting their businesses (i.e.: custom letterheads and printing). We even have special programs for commercial contractors, as well as homeowners.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Do your homework first. Know the business you are getting ready to start. Have the resources to help fund your initial start-up costs. Don’t start on credit.

Your first job: Working with my father in his contractor business

Your role model (in business or in life generally): Jesus Christ. That pretty much speaks for itself.

The key to a successful business is: The golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”