Published 8:18 am Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Name of Business: Cofield’s

Street address: 701 South St., Franklin

Phone Number: 562-0699, 377-6574

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

E-mail Address:

Nature of Business: We provide various services: auto upholstery and auto glass, used car sales, locksmith services, beauty salon

OWNER: Ellis Cofield Jr.

Year Founded: 1990

Prior Locations: 114 West 4th Ave., 240 S. Main St.

Number of Employees: Two

How’s Business? I won’t complain. With the various services I provide, there’s always something to do. It may not always be as much as I want, but I thank God for the work I receive.

One thing you wish everyone knew about your business: We offer hometown service, and we treat customers like they are important and appreciated and not like a number.

Something you offer that a customer won’t find elsewhere: I will give you what you ask for, but if I know of a more economical way, I will work in your best interest.

Advice to young entrepreneurs: Always have someone in your life to provide good counsel and to bounce ideas off of.

Your first Job: Yard work

Your role model (in business or in life generally): I have several role models in my life, especially in business. But my uncle, Lemuel Williams, and my mother, Ellen Smith, have been the most influential. I wish I could name everyone who has been instrumental to me, because I appreciate everything everyone has imparted in my life.

The key to a successful business is: Always be willing to learn and keep an open mind to constructive criticism and use it as a learning tool. Always be open to new and innovative ideas. Remember, people’s opinions DO matter!