(815) 899-9211 - 1170 E. State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178
Banner Up Signs has invited community members to help celebrate three decades of family-owned business practice in Sycamore.
Ed Kuhn founded Banner Up Signs in 1986 in Geneva, and brought the business to 1170 E. State St., Sycamore, in 1996. Now in the hands of his son, John Kuhn, Banner Up Signs is looking forward to another 30 years of business at least, Ed Kuhn said. The shop will celebrate its anniversary from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at its Sycamore storefront.
“It’s a service industry and it’s as much a people business as anything,” Ed Kuhn said.
Celebratory toast during the 30th Anniversary party in July 2016
Over the years, the Kuhn family members have gotten to know their clientele in and out of the workplace.
For as long as Banner Up Signs has been open, Ed Kuhn has served as a member of the Sycamore Lions Club, currently acting as secretary to the organization.
“I think people do business with people they know,” Ed Kuhn said. “We try to know our customers and the communities that we’ve been involved in.”
Banner Up Signs’ services include vehicle lettering, electric signs, wall graphics and murals, temporary signage, window and door lettering, and specialty projects. The business has grown each year, developing from just one employee when Ed Kuhn founded the shop, to the store’s current two part-time and two full-time workers.
Although business has remained steady in recent years, the company was forced to endure the financial stresses brought on by the recession from 2007 through 2009, Ed Kuhn said.
“That period was a trying time, but we were able to weather the storm and continue to be profitable through that also,” he said.
Ultimately, it was the company’s versatility and the personability of its employees that allowed it to last.
“We just try to keep people happy or try to give them a good product for a good price, and that seems to work as a philosophy,” he said.
Even after 30 years, the longstanding Sycamore business isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, Ed Kuhn said.
“[Closing] is not in our sights at this point,” he said. “We enjoy Sycamore. We think it’s a great place to live and work, and we have no reason at this point to do anything different.”