A real family effort — with Paul Paniagua's wife (pictured), father, mother-in-law, sister, and nieces and nephews working together — has helped All Pro Builders grow successfully. Much of their business is referrals in this southern California area, where Paniagua grew up. The company has an excellent reputation and brand recognition.

All Pro Builders has most recently focused on implementing standard operating procedures, creating a manual that encompasses all areas of doing business. Paniagua also has what he calls his “bible,” which every employee has on his or her desk, with information about vendors, jobs, architects, engineers, inspection codes, and subcontractors. “We live by this book,” he says.

- Stacey Freed