Helped Beverage Startup Go to Market

An aspiring entrepreneur had been experimenting with a new non-GMO hot drink for more than a year when she decided to contact Ground Floor Partners. She initially wanted us to help her find a contract manufacturer and help her with marketing. But after several conversations we agreed the product was not ready for prime time […]

Helped Client Save Millions

A national medical association contacted Ground Floor Partners seeking help with developing a business plan to set up their own in-house testing facility for members. Each year the association brought in several hundred physicians for several days of oral examinations. The association had been leasing space from a hotel for several years, and while the […]

Helped Language Translation Service Grow

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. Recommendations Based on our intensive review of operations, Ground Floor Partners made several recommendations for enhanced performance: Administrative Support – Client was spending […]

Helped Receptionist Firm Increase Profit Margin

An established receptionist service in downtown Chicago was struggling with low profits and dwindling revenue. Findings 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 […]

Due Diligence on a Proposed Wireless ISP Acquisition

A client asked us to perform a due diligence audit 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, […]

Market Analysis for Pathogen Detection Device Manufacturer

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 […]

Pricing Analysis and Recommendations for Physician Scheduling System

An emergency room 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 […]

Feasibility Study for Indoor Sports Facility in Chicago

A Chicago 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 […]

Business Plan Secured Funding for High End Spa

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. Client and her partner had […]

Helped Company Double Revenue

After the Great Recession of 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. Approach Rather than trying to apply a short-term fix, we approached the problem with a long term […]