Paradigm Mechanical Corp.Founded in January 2010, Paradigm Mechanical Corp. has achieved exponential growth over the last three years. Initially based in an El Cajon industrial complex, Paradigm’s three offices and warehouse encompassed 1900 square feet. By the end of 2011, the company needed to add more space at the same location.

With business booming, the 100 percent woman-owned mechanical company moved to its Lemon Grove headquarters in 2012. Ideally situated near freeways, the Paradigm field and service teams can be on the road in minutes. Currently, the company occupies 6500 square feet – including corporate offices, warehouse, and gated yard.

In August 2014, Inc. Magazine recognized Paradigm’s three-year sales growth of 2,349.54%. The increase qualified Paradigm for the prestigious No. 168 rank on the 2014 Inc. 500 list. In addition, the company was one of the top 10 women-led companies on the national list, as well as No. 4 on the list of top construction industry companies and No. 3 out of the 113 San Diego metro companies to make the Inc. 500 | 5000 list.


Founder Melinda Dicharry worked in the industry for a number of years. The management team was driven to build a leaner machine — a mechanical contracting company that would specialize in taking on challenging jobs.

In 2011 Paradigm’s first signature projects were changing out the boilers at Inland Valley Medical Center and an air handler at Rady’s Children’s Hospital. Most recently the Paradigm team took on the challenge of remodeling a hospital room into a morgue – working over a pharmacy – with limited hours and access to get the job done.


In June 2013 Paradigm Mechanical Corp. was certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Participant in the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program. Divided into two phases over nine years, certified companies advance from a four-year development stage to a five-year transitional stage. The 8(a) certification program helps firms build competitive and institutional know-how through sole-source contracts.

“As a participant in the SBA’s 8(a) program, Paradigm is laying the groundwork to becoming a successful mechanical contracting company,” said CEO and President Melinda Dicharry. “We’ll use the SBA counsel and tools to acquire the knowledge and experience necessary to bid on and receive government contracts. I am excited about the future opportunities for Paradigm and our team of employees.”

With two commercial vehicles in 2010 to a construction fleet of 18, Paradigm is moving in the right direction. From an initial team of four in 2010 to more than 35 employees in 2016, Paradigm is on track to continue to write its own success story.