My dream is to start a successful LCO in my little hometown in rural KY. It is a growing community, with residential develop going on everywhere. The county has a population of 55,000. The population increased by 21.4% from 1990 to 2000. That being said, I am trying to figure out how much business the market will provide. There are really only 3 or 4 legitimate landscapers that serve this area. Of those, I would predict that only 1 is a licensed pesticide applicator. A quick look at the yellow pages, and the local classifieds shows that there are about 10 guys that are strictly "mowing, trimming, & blowing." I stopped by the local mower dealer the other day. Obviously, he would like to see me buy a new mower and start in this business. He says that he knows at least 10 people that quit last year due to it being a very dry summer. He claims there is plenty of business to go around. What do you guys think? Can a community this size support another LCO? Obviously, there are other factors that I need to consider, but I don't really know where else to go to come up with a good idea of the available market share.