Neal Ragan, Neal Ragan Construction, Damascus
Neal Ragan Construction contacted the Virginia Highlands SBDC in March 2005 for assistance in starting a construction company, starting with obtaining a Virginia Contractor’s License. The VHSBDC counselor assisted him with all phases of licensing and business start-up. He received a Class C Contractor License and started the business in 2005.
Neal Ragan continued to receive support and counseling from the VHSBDC and in 2012 decided it was time to expand the business. VHSBDC counselor assisted him in acquiring a Class B Contractors License that allowed him to increase contracts from his previous single contract limit of $10,000 up to $120,000 with a yearly total value of $750,000. The company continues to grow with assistance from the VHSBDC. Client attends workshops sponsored by the center to acquire necessary certifications such as EPA Lead Safe Paint Training.
This company is now a full service remodeling contractor as well as new home construction and hardscapes landscaping company serving the entire Tri-Cities area. The company provides professional design, installation, and maintenance for all phases of hardscapes, paving stones, retainer walls, and landscape lighting with offices located in Damascus and Abingdon, Virginia. The company is at the forefront of paving stone installation. They say, “We enjoy what we do, are constantly striving for excellence, and guarantee our work from the ground up.” The customer base continues to expand, increasing the number of employees working in the company from 2 to 6. And the company’s revenues grew 40% since 2012.
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