There are signs that the economy is getting better -- signage for new businesses.
The presses at Sign-a-Rama in Frisco are working overtime to provide signs for businesses in formerly vacant retail and office spaces.
"Just a couple of months ago, we were taking down more signs than we were putting back up," manager John Clark said.
And the few there were made were "a lot of signs that say foreclosure, signs that will say moving out, closing business, for sale, for lease," Clark said.
Some of the boom is thanks to people from the Midwest who are now staking a claim in Texas.
"North Texas has a lot to offer," said Rick Brown, a Michigan native who is opening a new lacrosse apparel store in Frisco. "Frisco has families, shopping and sports."
Christy Williamson, a Sign-a-Rama sales associate, said most of her clients are brand-new businesses.
The company has also done work for more than a half-dozen businesses in Celina and Prosper.
"We're certainly up over 10 percent year-over-year, and that's actually happened just recently," Clark said.
Sign-a-Rama executives said most Collin County cities are seeing some form of commercial growth. The company is also doing work for locally based businesses that are expanding into places such as Houston and San Antonio.