“With local networking, establish a strong and ongoing line of communication with county and local people (elected and law enforcement). I make sure that city mayors (in the counties they do business) have my direct number if we need to speak. You have to stay on top of zoning amendments because it might impact traffic flow that ultimately affects your store’s business. Explain to lawmakers how you are being affected.”
CEO, 6040 LLC, Encore Stores, Birmingham, Ala.