Reading is Fundamental to a Remodeler’s Incentive and Charity Programs

Experts say three of the keys to team building are offering education opportunities, having an incentive program, and involving employees in giving back to the community. There are many ways to do any of these, but a remodeling company in Bonita Springs, FL, has developed a great way to bundle them all together.

One of the greatest things about our Roundtables members is their willingness to share innovative ideas about running a better business with their peer groups. Progressive Design Build’s Mike Spreckelmeier recently let us in on what his company’s doing to boost their team’s knowledge and tying it into a benefit for them and for the larger community.

Book Smart

Anyone who borrows, reads, and then writes a report about a book from Progressive’s company library is eligible for a cash reward of $100. Mike says it will give everyone a common vocabulary related to the book and the company. It also offers a concrete reward for doing so.

That’s pretty cool. But this is where it ties into the greater good. Progressive is collecting unwrapped toys at a company gathering in November, to be donated to the local Toys for Tots chapter.

Anyone who collects the $100 dollar reward for reading is also eligible to donate back 25 percent of the winnings toward a toy for the drive. So a team member can end up with $75, a toy for the drive, all while learning.

It’s a win-win-win, and just one of the ways Progressive Design Build gives back to its community.

What’s Your Big (or Small) Idea?

If you’ve found innovative ways to build a more cohesive team, have an unusual incentive program, or if there’s anything else about your business you’d like to share, let us know. You can drop an email to, or let us know below in the comments. We’d love to hear from you and shine the spotlight on your ideas!

Giving Back: How Does Charitable Giving Affect Your Business?

We had a great dinner conversation with a remodeling business owner here in town for our annual Master Your Remodeling Business Workshop. He asked, “What types of charitable giving programs do your members typically take part in?” “How do they give back?”

Our answer was very non-specific because, to be honest, we haven’t gathered this type of information about our members. We know anecdotally that many of our members are very involved in many different charitable activities. From faith-based organizations to community and industry-related involvement, our members are extremely involved.

But how has it affected their business? Is it simply altruistic or is it in bad taste or inappropriate to expect a return on the investment in time and money? Is that a factor in the decision to get involved or give back?

We would love to hear back from our members and subscribers; What types of charitable giving organizations are you involved or partnered with? How has it affected your business? Have you seen a positive impact? Please comment and share below.

If your remodeling business is not involved in a charitable giving program or you have yet to find a way to give back.. pay attention to the feedback and ideas on this post and I also found a great article on the matter in Entrepreneur about “4 Ways Your Company Benefits From Giving Back.” In the article, John Boitnot provides 4 strong reasons why…

  • Building respect and a good reputation in the community.
  • Making your community a better place to live.
  • Employees respect leaders who do good.
  • Connections and networking.

Pay it Forward

So let’s hear it! Perhaps by sharing how your company gives back, your comment will help other business owners follow and find ways to improve their own communities.