Bright spots in business: Daugherty’s Body Shop

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By Robin Bass

Bright spots in business will be an occasional series that highlights Spencer County business owners who are not only surviving, but thriving during the current recession. With this feature, the Magnet will celebrate businesses that are helping to keep our local economy flowing and will provide some insight for those entrepreneurs in need of some good news in these bad times.

Just as the global financial crisis was beginning to take shape in September 2008, Paul Daugherty was breaking ground on a 10,500 sq. ft. expansion project to his Taylorsville body shop.

Daugherty said initially he thought the same thing that was probably going through the minds of many in Spencer County.

“I must be crazy,” he said.

As passersby watched the new addition go up during the next four months, business owners across the country were starting to see their own profits fall lower and lower. Daugherty said he never looked back after making the decision to increase the physical size of his business.

“I just kept moving forward,” he said. “You can’t be gloomy. You just got to keep looking toward the future.”

In a final piece of advice, Daugherty suggested that fellow business owners try to not focus on all the negative reports and instead keep focusing on “doing what you can to take care of your customers.”

Daugherty’s Body Shop is located at 910 Taylorsville Road. Their  primary service is collision repair, but they also perform safety checks, minor mechanical work (belts, hoses, brakes),  oil changes and can also price tires. Daugherty’s phone number is 477-9898.