WILLIAMS, WILLIAMS AND LENTZ

Paducah Economic | Williams Williams Lentz

After more than six decades of business, Williams, Williams and Lentz, LLP, has become part of the Paducah and Mayfield communities. The well-respected firm has helped meet accounting, auditing, and taxation needs for generations of residents and for numerous businesses. And thus, the firm has helped shape the area into the cultural hub it has become.

David Bailey, Williams, Williams and Lentz CPA and partner, shares more with us about how his firm has maintained its long history of success.

1. How did Williams, Williams and Lentz, LLP get started?

Williams, Williams & Lentz was founded in 1953 and is Paducah’s oldest and largest accounting firm. The firm’s first partners, brothers Leon and Ralph Williams and friend Bill Lentz, formed it to provide quality accounting, auditing, and tax services to the local community and surrounding areas.

2. What sets you apart?

Since our founding, we have maintained our commitment to providing quality professional services. By combining our experience and expertise with the enthusiasm of our team, each client receives close, personal and professional attention. Whether we are serving a business, a nonprofit organization, a family or an individual, we always put our client’s needs first. We are dedicated to providing total client service with our team of dedicated business advisors. Our services go well beyond tax preparation, audit services, and support. We have the skills and experience necessary to develop innovative solutions for all your financial issues.

Our high standards and commitment to service and our specialized team of professionals separate us from other firms. We have a history of outstanding performance, and we continue to serve every client with expertise and dedication.

3. How has the community helped your business?

Paducah is a great community to call home. Paducah has a great small-town feel and serves as an important hub for surrounding areas to do business, shop, seek professional advisors, etc. The community has a great “buy local” attitude that gives life to our community businesses.  When area businesses are successful, we are successful. When our associates have nice work/life balances, that also helps make us successful.

4. What is your favorite thing to do in Paducah?

My favorite thing is to have fun with friends and family. Good friends are easy to find in Paducah, whether you are at church, at work, at community events, or participating in your favorite hobby. I enjoy playing golf and the area has numerous quality options in both private country clubs and public golf facilities.

5. What advice would you give to an entrepreneur starting a business in Paducah?

Once you know your business passion, follow it with all your energy.   Don’t be negligent in building a solid team of advisors. A good accountant, attorney, insurance agent, and banker provide valuable resources to guide you through the ever-present needs of business, whether you are a start-up or a well-established business. Proper structuring of your entity at the beginning will save many headaches down the road. Finally, don’t underestimate the power of networking and community involvement.

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PIPER’S TEA & COFFEE

1. How did Piper’s get started?

With Amber and I having traveled across the globe, we’ve seen many tea and coffee plantations, as well as experienced beautiful coffee shops! The interest in tea grew. At one point I was regularly selling tea out of the back of a van. When the opportunity to purchase real estate in the Coke Plant arose I knew it was the perfect location for the shop. With the Midtown area growing, it has been an exciting journey to serve our customers with a quality experience that has never been offered in Paducah.

2. What do you feel is the most important thing about Pipers?

When Piper’s opened it was the first coffee shop of its kind in Paducah. We wanted to take that opportunity to give the community a space for ideas and friendships to grow as in traditional times. In Japanese tea houses, there are very strict rules about entering the space. With a small doorway only 3 feet tall or so, the warriors would have to take off their shoes and swords to enter. This kind of reverence was monumental to preserve the ambiance of the conversation and that is something that I would like to translate into Piper’s. We take our craft very seriously and the quality of it is something that we will always work to uphold within our atmosphere.

3. How has the community helped Piper’s be successful?

Our practice consists of meticulous consistency and artisanal quality coffee that we pride ourselves on. We will always do things that way started doing them in the beginning, and we appreciate our customer’s patience and appreciation for the quality of their beverages. We have regulars who have helped cultivate not only Piper’s but the Midtown area into something more urbanized than just a few years ago.Their patronage shows that Paducah appreciates the high standards we have set.  As this area progresses we are excited to see the development of local businesses like our own.

4. What’s your favorite thing to do in Paducah?

My favorite thing to do in Paducah is definitely getting to spend time with my wife Amber and the girls. (Daughters Millie and Emmy Rose)

5. What advice do you have for people trying to start a business in Paducah?

Find a need. Find your passion. If these two things align themselves, find a location.

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