Dutch Direct Barns
Published 8:15 am Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Name of person Featured: Perry Pernell
Name of Business: Dutch Direct Barns
Address: 1421 Armory Drive, Franklin
Phone number: (757) 516-2525 or (804) 516-5338 (cell)
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 9-5 and Saturday 10-4
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nature of Business: Sales and delivery of Amish-built sheds and gazebos
Year Founded: 2005
Location(s): Additional location in Petersburg
Number of employees: Six
How’s business? Spring is finally here, and we are busy.
One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: We are here to offer a top-quality product at a low price.
Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: Garden houses. They are free-standing sunrooms.
Advice to young entrepreneurs: I would advise future entrepreneurs to be active and gain as much work experience as possible. Realistic perceptions and a strong work ethic are great tools to have in the bag.
Your first job: I was 15 and Mecklenburg County hired a few of us to clean up the back roads of the county. It was great. Minimal supervision, a few buddies and a pay check — who could ask for more?
Your role model (in business or in life generally): My father; the man has been able to stay balanced throughout the hurricanes life has thrown at him. I aspire to follow his lead.
The key to a successful business is: Having quality products, top-notch service, honesty and integrity all influence the direction of a business and are vital for success.