Chicago-Based Residential Construction Firm (Business Consulting)

Ground Floor Partners was engaged by a local residential construction firm on the South Side of Chicago. They had only been in business for a few years, but were growing rapidly. They hired us to help them review all of their operations, identify and prioritize problems, devise and implement solutions, reduce operational risks, and position […]

Language Translation Service (Business Plan and Consulting)

A language translation service in Atlanta was growing and earning a modest profit, but the owner was overwhelmed by her workload and felt that the company was not realizing its full potential. Based on our intensive review of operations, Ground Floor Partners made several recommendations for enhanced performance: Administrative Support – Client was spending almost […]

Professional Services (Business Planning and Growth Consulting)

An established receptionist service in downtown Chicago was struggling with low profits and dwindling revenue. We conducted a business assessment and identified four critical areas which needed improvement: Unbalanced Revenue Portfolio – Client had several revenue streams, but they were out of balance. The largest revenue stream (telephone answering service) was barely profitable and took […]

Wireless Internet Service Provider (Due Diligence)

A client asked us to perform due diligence and estimate the fair market value of a Wireless Internet Service Provider located in Illinois. Several other suitors were also looking at the company, and we had to work quickly so that our client could decide whether or not this was a good opportunity and, if so, […]

Pathogen Detection Device Manufacturer (Market Research)

An early stage Illinois biotechnology company was in the process of developing a portable, point-of-use pathogen detection device to enhance food safety throughout all facets of the food processing and production industries. However, different segments of the food processing industry placed variable emphasis on the importance of food safety monitoring. In order to gain a […]

Physician Scheduling System (Market Research & Pricing Analysis)

A physician had designed and developed a web-based software system for scheduling and managing emergency room physician work shifts. The system was almost ready for beta testing. The doctor had done preliminary market research on customer demand and the competition and had several ideas for how to price the service. He wanted to keep the […]

Indoor Sports Facility (Feasibility Study)

A successful real estate developer engaged Ground Floor Partners to conduct a thorough feasibility study. He had purchased a 2.5 acre parcel of land, originally for residential property, but then decided it may be better location for a large indoor sports facility. The developer had already prepared detailed financial projections based on a proven business […]

High End Spa (Business Plan)

An experienced spa manager and her business partner contacted Ground Floor Partners for help developing a comprehensive business plan for a high-end salon and spa in one of Chicago’s upscale neighborhoods. She needed the plan to obtain enough debt financing to secure a lease at a high end retail location. Results: Ground Floor Partners worked […]

Audio Visual Recording Company (Marketing Plan, Business Growth Consulting)

After the recession began in 2007/2008, a specialized audio visual services provider experienced several years of declining revenues, to the point where the business was barely surviving. In early 2011 the founder contacted Ground Floor Partners for help. Results: Rather than trying to apply a short-term fix, we approached the problem with a long term […]

Restaurant/Bar (Feasibility Study)

A well-established catering company in eastern Pennsylvania contacted Ground Floor Partners to conduct a feasibility study for a large restaurant and bar they had been planning. The restaurant and bar were going to be housed in an old building in an historic district undergoing extensive revitalization. However, when renovation began, the project experienced significant cost […]