Coulter was one of 85 business owners getting their working papers around Cherokee County during the month of September, with his new company Wildlife Evictors, a pest removal service based in Canton.
September’s 85 business licenses counted as a 37 percent increase over September 2012, when just 62 permits were issued.
For Matthew A. Thomas, Canton’s economic development coordinator, the increase might just be a sign of better times for people like Coulter.
“It indicates our economy coming back to life, more investor confidence, and that our area is an attractive place to open a business,” Thomas said. “Hopefully, we will continue to see more of this upward trend.”
Even with experts saying the economy is seeing progress, Coulter said it was intimidating to start his business in a slow-recovering climate.
“It was very scary,” he said. “But I have total confidence in myself and my abilities. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to give it everything I got.”
No matter how scary taking the plunge into owning a business for himself was, Coulter said after being in the wildlife removal “game” for about five years, the time was right to go it alone.
“It was a long-needed step,” he said. “It was just time.”
As of yet, Coulter said things are going well, with critters turning tail and running regularly.
“So far, so good,” he said. “I’m not working every day, but I am working. I’m not going into debt and my bills are getting paid.”
Operating under the slogan “We get ’em out .… for good,” Wildlife Evictors specializes in removing all manner of what Coulter calls simply “varmints,” which include rats, bats, snakes, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, moles, voles and more.
“Any kind of rodents or critters that might get in the house and do damage to your house, we come evict them out, lock them out,” he said.
Coulter said he does that by trapping and sealing any nook or cranny such a creature could use to weasel their way into a house, and, if any openings on the homes are needed for ventilation, he covers them with a galvanized mesh.
After he’s done, Coulter said he offers a five-year warranty guaranteeing the pests won’t be back.
“When I seal up a house, I’m making sure I never have to come back again,” he said. “I’ve been in the game for a long time, watching how they get in, how they maneuver around stuff that’s been put on, so I’m cutting all those corners off from the very beginning.”
Considering his experience and determination, Coulter said the varmints in Cherokee County would do well to accept their fate.
“Stay in the woods where you belong,” he warned.
In addition to Wildlife Evictors, other businesses which received licenses in Cherokee County in September include:
Mike Chumley Construction Services
Woodstock Corn Hole Games
Wake-Up Made Up & Electrolysis by Vanessa
Meier Media LLC
Miller Residential Properties
Lewis and Son Tree Service
Cadena Automotive Service
GPF Properties LLC
528 M and R LLC
Simple Neat Stuff LLC
Carlton Contracting LLC
Premier Property Preservation LLC
Brian’s Motor Works LLC
Lundy Engineering Group LLC
Petals 2 Metals
Meno Enterprises LLC
Birch River Management LLC
Chris M. Ollila Consulting LLC
CM Merchant Consulting LLC
Jerry King Images
Creative Floral Accents
Universal Control Solutions LLC
First Class Alterations
Sheffrin Mens Health LLC
Sass and Brass Remodeling
Metal Salon Inc.
Vision Ceramic Dental Lab
Preferred Lighting Network Inc.
Tin Roof Realty
TT Logistics LLC
Styles by Stacie LLC
Environmental Management Services
C and A Services Unlimited LLC
C The World Cruises
All Better Plumbing LLC
Midtown Photo Booths
Shell Food Mart
Cell Phone Accessories
Physician’s Express Care at Towne Lake LLC
Town Lake Diner
Creative Interiors Consignment
American Motor Credit LLC
Warlick & Craig LLC
Will’s Farm Fresh Cafe at First Baptist Woodstock
Top Notch Kids Care LLC
Bob Story Designs LLC
Absolute Chiropractic & Wellness
Adams Property Preservation
Pro Floors Installers
Stearns Lawn Care
Canton Smiles Dentistry
El Paisa Supermarket LLC
Collins Marketing Company
Factory Buys Direct
Polly’s Professional Cleaning
Shelley’s Stylish Babies
S & A Agency INC
Nelson and Waleska issued no permits in September.