Business Name: Thriveworks

Location: 575 Club Ln., Suite 103

Telephone: 501-404-9737


Date Opened: July 7, 2014 (Ribbon cutting was Aug. 7, 2014)

Number of Employees: 6 licensed clincians

What Type of Business is it?: Clinical Counseling and Coaching Practice

What specifically does your business do?: Thriveworks provides both clinical counseling (psychotherapy) and executive coaching (leadership and motivation) to individuals and groups. We specialize in anxiety, depression, and trauma but we love to help families, couples, and individuals with a variety of other obstacles they struggle with daily.

Owner: Curtiss Robinson

Why did you decide to open this business?: I came back from Afghanistan in 2008 very different than when I left. I saw many of my brothers in arms fighting depression and anxiety related to PTSD. I decided that upon retirement I would dedicate my life to helping others overcome their problems. Thriveworks was the vehicle that I found best suited for that work. It has been an amazing journey ever since.

What is the best part about owning this business?: I get to meet the most amazing people in the world who live right here in Conway. I love building new friendships, networking, and helping clients. This is a hard business but a wonderful way to spend my post-retirement years.

What has been the biggest surprise that has happened since the opening?: I am most surprised by the eagerness to help and mutual support our small business community. I cannot say enough about the Conway Chamber of Commerce and my BNI group of networking professionals.

What is the best piece of advice you received before going into this business?: The best advice was to be financially prepared for the challenge of owning a small business. Ironically no one advised me on how to be emotionally prepared for the amazing highs and rock bottom lows with getting started so I am glad I have counselors on staff to help me.

What is the most important piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in business?: My advice to new business owners is to have a detailed business plan complete with goals and a vision which serves as the map and compass for entrepreneurs. With that in place and an amazing network of local businesses Conway is a great place to live and work.