J.B. turned down a $10,000 bonus to stay with his then current employer, Cadell Construction, because he had decided to start his own business. He took a second mortgage on his home, and established River City Paving which eventually became J.B. Coxwell Contracting, Inc. He knew construction but had no experience with administration, but his wife Helen stepped in, turning completion tickets into bills, managing the finances, insurance and much more.