Since founding Winn Design in 2001, Mike Winn (far front, pictured with employees and subcontractors) has carved the company an interesting niche in the Fairfax, Va., market in which it operates, focusing exclusively on high-end exterior replacement projects including porches, porticos, and pergolas, as well as traditional replacement jobs.

In this relatively small company, Winn says he is able to achieve the volume he does by using technology to streamline his systems. After making the commitment to take his business paperless several years ago, he has developed an extranet Web site where clients can stay abreast of project schedules and view in-progress photos, while subs can view delivery schedules and purchase orders as well as submit invoices. Now, “we're all more productive and can exchange info more easily,” Winn says.

As the business has benefited, so have Winn's employees. This past year he implemented a pension plan to which the company automatically contributes, complementing the 401(k) plan the company already had in place.