Imagine living in a town that discourages small business success. A town that stifles and hinders a small business owner's attempts to succeed. If you live in Danville, Ky., that is exactly what you will face.
When we acquired our business last year we seriously considered moving the business away from downtown. We weighed all the pros and cons of remaining downtown and decided to give it three years. The business had been downtown for 19 years, and we preferred to remain at the present location. We knew that with very little street presence we would have to do some creative marketing. Recently, we tried a new marketing idea that increased our sales 21 percent. A few days later we received a letter from Planning & Zoning asking us to remove our small mobile signs in front of our store.
We paid a visit to the P & Z office. The staff was very helpful and expressed regret that they had to ask us to remove our signs. We were told if they had not received a complaint, the P & Z officer probably would never have gotten involved. Since it is a matter of public record, we were told who made the complaint.