A Progress Report
A group with diverse skills and common problems is doing pretty well,
by Don Best
During the darkest days of the 1982
recession, it looked as though the small
custom builder was headed toward
extinction. Only the Big and the Very
Big would survive, some pundits proclaimed.
The little guy would go the way
of the blacksmith.
But small builders are a scrappy lot.
Instead of rolling over and playing dead,
they bounced back from the recession
and reasserted themselves as one of the
most vibrant groups of entrepreneurs in
"Most small builders are thriving,
especially in New England," says Karen
White, director of the membership
marketing department at the National
Association of Home