There are remodelers who live by the mantra “Bigger is better” when it comes to the size of their businesses, but smart ones put their faith in the credo “Patience is a virtue.” Larry Zolezzi (left, with son Michael) is one of the latter.

The $3.4 million in revenue that LZ Construction brought in last year is nothing to sneeze at, but it wasn't until 2006 that the company cracked even the $2 million mark. For the past two decades-plus, Zolezzi has been carefully crafting his company, cultivating employees and systems, preparing it for growth.

LZ Construction is the relatively rare remodeling company that employs its own plumber, a hire Zolezzi made because he couldn't find a satisfactory subcontractor in his market. Pleased with the added efficiency it has brought to his business, Zolezzi says he'll soon add an electrician to his modestly sized field crew.

Zolezzi's ultimate goal has always been to own a $5 million company, further testament to his patience. That doesn't appear to be far out of reach. “We are very efficient in what we do,” he says. “We could double in size and still be as profitable.”

- Hayden Alfano