Alton Consulting Group,
LLC believes that an advisor's true value lies at the
intersection of academic excellence and years of professional business
experience, and our partners are no different.
core values guide every consulting project,
and carry through each phase of the process, from initial consultation to
six-month follow-up. Not only does Alton Consulting Group,
LLC hold itself to high standards, but it holds it's
clients to those same high standards, as well.
"Principles before Profits."
For every project, there are
three key phases that must be completed:
The planning process is often
the most important phase; poor planning will almost certainly doom all
phases of a project. As a result, proper care must be taken to gather as
much information as possible from the client, the company's employees, and even
outside parties as needed.
consultants stop after completing this phase. The client is left with an
impressive stack of paper and little else, rendering the project useless.
While the design phase is the
most important, the implementation phase is is usually the most difficult.
Designing a plan for improving a business requires technical skill; implementing
a plan requires experience and understanding of human reactions. Employees (and even business owners) are often resistant to change.
Therefore, employees must be motivated, persuaded, and sometimes even inspired
to be part of an organizational change; without employee (and owner) acceptance,
a project will likely fail.
A good consultant will declare
a project complete once the plan from Phase-I has been implemented completely in
Phase-II. A great consultant, however, will continue on to Phase-III:
The final phase of a project
is the review process. Simply developing a plan and putting it in place is
insufficient to ensure a company's long-term success. The review process
ensures the company and its employees have followed through with Phase-I and
Phase-II by conducting periodic follow-ups and making adjustments as necessary,
including additional training, support, and even revisiting parts of Phase-I or
Phase-II for problem areas.
Alton Consulting Group,
LLC follows through will all three phases of any project;
by doing so, we are able to not only ensure a project's success, but also develop
long-term relationships with clients. Most of our projects are with repeat
clients or from referrals. Because of this, our fees are different from what you
Alton Consulting Group's fees
are based on desired results, not just hours billed. In any other
industry, this would seem logical. After all, when was the last time you
asked your accountant for five hours of work? You didn't, you asked for a
tax return. Similarly, you might ask your attorney for an updated will,
not 2.7 hours of billable time plus $4.95 in postage and a $15 notary fee.
Why should consulting services be any different? You want a specific
problem solved (e.g., returning your company to profitability, reducing
materials waste, developing a new budgeting and accounting system, improving
labor productivity, closing a business, etc), not just another hourly employee on
In summary, Alton Consulting
Group, LLC brings the expertise acquired from helping over 70 small businesses,
than 15 years of small business management experience, to your company.
Contact us today for a no cost, no obligation
consultation to see how we may be able to help your business.