The diverse skills of John Erwin Remodeling’s production crew help it take on jobs ranging from full-service remodeling to insurance restoration and handyman work. And with an increase in projects that use HUD’s 203(k) loan program to rehabilitate properties, local banks have been referring clients because they know the company can handle the challenging paperwork.

• Weekly company meetings cover: safety topics, product installations and code changes, and the details of current projects. “Great ideas come out of those meetings,” John Erwin says.

• He increased his marketing budget by 15% so he could expand his reach and update his website.

• The company’s benefits package includes paid vacation and holidays, health insurance, and 401(k), and he hopes to reinstate profit-sharing, on hold since the recession.

• Erwin takes advantage of free webinars about construction techniques and business management to educate himself and his employees.