• It’s in the Name

    For too many businesses, the economic recession of a decade ago was the end. But for some, it was the beginning.<   read more...

  • Mechanical Systems Experts Sail Toward New Horizons

    Driven to be the best, Darrell Wells, President of Marine Mechanical & Technology (MM&T), has worked to establish a stalwart reputation for his firm as a mechanical systems maintenance operator. Founded in 2016 and based in Chesapeake, Virginia, MM&T offers a variety of machinist and engineering services, including welding, rigging, valve rebuilds, hydraulic rebuilds and flushing, electrical and more. While MM&T’s primary focus has been on marine vessels—including ships for the U.S. Navy—its team of seasoned specialists have their sights locked on acquiring more land-based contracts in the building and construction industry.   read more...

  • Painting the Road Less Traveled

    The lines, symbols and signs that establish boundaries and provide direction for our lives are painted and displayed on streets, garages and parking lots everywhere. Without them, we would be lucky to find our way or avoid collisions. For 35 years, Dave Blankenship, CEO and owner of AAA Quality Striping—located in Woodbridge, Virginia—has been 
responsible for painting and maintaining those boundaries.   read more...

  • Fueling it
 Forward

    For Buddy Bayliss, his business isn’t just about earning a dollar, it’s about paying it forward.   read more...

  • The Little Big Company– or Big Little Company

    For the past 18 years, Jaime English has been working in preconstruction for Branch & Associates, Inc. (Branch), which has its headquarters in Roanoke, Virginia. When asked what he loves most about his company, English, who is also a senior estimator, did not hesitate. “I really enjoy the camaraderie and team atmosphere that we have at Branch,” he says. “Like everyone else in the industry, we have to work hard, but at Branch we also take time to have some fun and enjoy life. I think it is important to enjoy where you work. I know that we always enjoy laughing about old stories and celebrating our victories as a team.”   read more...

  • True Partners in Progress

    When Eric DePiazzy and Keith Smith started Coastline Electrical Services, Inc. in 2003, they knew they didn’t want to be just another subcontractor, installing and repairing electrical systems; they wanted to be an integral part of every build team.   read more...

  • Paved With Success

    The bond created between a father and a son through a motorized vehicle creates lifelong memories. In the case of the George family, little boys operating “big boy” toys morphed into a successful family business.   read more...

  • Providing Solutions to Challenging Assignments

    Forty years ago, Wayne Norman, owner and President of Capital City Services, started his business on a tight budget. He purchased a 10-year-old International Harvester Metro step van, the first company vehicle, for $73 and offered plumbing services that first year. The business has been growing in size and scope of services ever since.   read more...

  • Building a Legacy

    If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the school is the heart of a community. And for more than 100 years, Nielsen Builders, Inc. has been integral in establishing, maintaining and renovating the very structures that touch so many of its neighbors’ lives throughout Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.   read more...

  • Possibility Meets Tenacity

    “My son is a different person. They saw greatness in him and encouraged him and changed his life.”   read more...

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