Welcome to OCDO!
We're all too familiar with the experiences you go through. OC has fallen out of favor, until recently, most likely due to social pressures and anti-gun rhetoric from statist leftists.
Be sure to update your profile to include your general location (Kentucky), or better yet, your city. I believe the site owners like to maintain a count of supporters in each area.
Checkout the sticky threads for the open carry pamphlet, and the list of OC friendly and unfriendly businesses. You can hand out the KY pamphlets to those who ask questions.