My husband, Paul, and I began Winans Construction 25 years ago. We've done new construction, historic renovation, and a small amount of commercial work, but the bulk of our projects are in residential remodeling. Last year we did $2.3 million worth of business.

We've had employees from the very beginning, anywhere between 1 and 15 at any given time. For the past ten years we've averaged about 8 employees. We started providing benefits early on. In my experience, you can't hire and retain quality employees without offering benefits. Benefits allow us to attract professionally oriented employees whose...

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