Welcome to the season finale of the Business Brush. Keep an eye out for a special conversation tomorrow, but today, Nick chats with Casey Fabling of Richmond, Virginia’s Fabling Built. Fabling isn’t a pure paint contractor. Instead, Fabling Built offers services in masonry, roofing and general handyman work in addition to painting and remodeling. From his start as a college kid repaying hosts with handywork to running his 11-employee business today, Fabling walks Nick through his trials and challenges as a business owner. For example, not knowing how to hire people for jobs he’s not good at. The solution ends up being hiring somebody who’s great at hiring and worry about easier-to-manage situations within the business.
This week, on the Business Brush, Nick learns about how to contractors work in certain kinds of medical facilities. J.P. Carlton is a Virginia-based contractor whose focus is not entirely on paint. After leaving the company he started at right out of college, he launched Carlton Building Services. With his own company, he eventually found a niche in retirement communities and assisted living facilities where Carlton is often the only bidder on contracts that last months at a time.