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About Us

About Us

Business Growth Consultants

Integrity, Passion and Results


Are looking for a small business consulting firm with integrity, passion, and a talent for delivering results? 

Are you tired of cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions?

Are you looking for a competent, experienced, supportive business advisor that will hold you accountable when you need it?  

You’ve come to the right place. 

Unlike some of our competitors, we don’t make false promises about doubling revenue within a few months, or turning things around in weeks. We practice what we preach — steady, sustainable growth achieved through hard work, great ideas, superior execution, and ethical marketing.

From Day One, we strive to build a productive working relationship with you. It is the foundation for every successful project. We take the time to listen, ask questions, and make sure we fully understand your industry, your business and your objectives.

Collaborative Consultants

We work in a collaborative fashion, with plenty of opportunities for dialog and feedback. Throughout our engagement, you’ll benefit from the expertise of experienced business consultants. We’ll match you with the resources and partners you need to successfully grow your business.

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Our Team

Lead Consultant

Andrew Clarke

President & Founder

Andrew has advised hundreds of businesses on business strategy, marketing, operations and other issues. He has worked with companies in a wide variety of industry verticals, including energy and environment, medical equipment, biomedical labs, healthcare services, advertising, technology and telecommunications, finance, residential and commercial real estate, insurance, retail, food service, music/entertainment. He has also worked with universities and non-profits.

From 1979 to 1994, Andrew was a scientist and engineer, working in a variety of technical and management positions in academia and industry. He has published papers in the areas of Theoretical Chemistry, Fluid Mechanics, and Materials Science, and worked as a Research Scientist at University of Washington, Cornell University, and University of British Columbia.

Andrew holds advanced degrees from University of Rochester, University of California at San Diego, and University of Wisconsin. 

Senior Consultant with extensive experience in marketing communications

Senior Consultant

Geoff Potter

Geoff has over 25 years of experience in marketing, planning, communications and storytelling. He has led large and small teams for professional services firms, global corporations, agencies and associations including Albemarle, Boeing, Leo Burnett USA, Health Care Services Corp. (Blue Cross Blue Shield Assn.), the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Jenner & Block LLP, Johnson & Johnson, Lumen Technologies, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and more.

Geoff cares deeply about the environment, social justice and sustainability. He serves as a site captain for Friends of the Chicago River and volunteers for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Habitat for Humanity, the Ocean Conservancy, and the Sierra Club.

Geoff has a B.A. from University of Chicago in English Language and Literature and an M.S from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

Ground Floor Partners has other generalist and specialized business
consultants on call for both large and small projects.

Who We Serve

Our Mission

We help small businesses, non-profits and communities fulfill their vision through focused planning, action and accountability. Our framework incorporates social, environmental and community solutions.

Core Values


No hidden fees. No gimmicks. No tricks.  We say what we do, and we do what we say.

High Road

We aspire to take the high road. We respect the triple bottom line, not just the bottom line

Serve the Underserved

The USA is the richest country in the history of civilization, yet many groups are left at the back of the line.


Research and planning are critical, but success requires action and accountability. We hold ourselves and our clients accountable throughout every engagement.

High Road Employer

We endorse the principles and practices of High Road Employers:

1. Provide Family-friendly Benefits
2. Offer Flexibility
3. Pay a Livable and Fair Wage
4. Invest in Employee Growth and Development
5. Cultivate Inclusion
6. Govern Fairly and Transparently
7. Engage with Communities
8. Manage the Supply Chain Responsibly
9. Drive Environmental Sustainability
10. Promote Health and Safety

Let's Work Together