Business Checkup

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

Overview

We often get asked what makes companies profitable or non-profits successful.  From what we have seen organizations must know their business model and be handling operations and financials correctly.  Important long-term issues go unaddressed as people work on urgent short-term issues.  Spending all this time putting out fires means neglecting what is important for long-term success.  What we have seen repeatedly is that people are too busy “working in the organization” to “work on the organization.”  Types of clients we get for this include examples like:

  • Newer organizations where business is going, but who are not hitting their vision for success and financial goals
  • Mature organizations trying to understand customer, employee, or other changes
  • Any organization in a changing industry or economic environment
  • Any organization looking for a second opinion

Our Business Checkup Service

People have yearly check-ups to determine overall health. Similarly, businesses and non-profits need checkups to determine their financial and sustainability strength.  These checkups allow management to proactively address issues before they become more difficult to solve. As a result, they save money by being proactive. During these checkups, Innovative Dubuque LLC sticks to the key business model issues that make a difference.

Business Checkup Video

Business Checkup - Innovative Dubuque LLC - Brock Waterman - Business Consulting - Dubuque - IA

Our process creates clarity for business and helps to set priorities. Otherwise, this can be difficult for those working in a business to take the time to do. We ask “informed dumb questions”, with an outsiders view.  These questions can inspire a whole new business model.  In addition, we focus on the most important areas and give implementable advice and information.

We find at many points that in the interviews and review business owners learn a great deal even before getting the final report. Many also start making changes as we talk and priorities start to become more clear.  Furthermore, we get information that the owner may not learn if they were to ask the same questions because of the setup of the process.

Our Business Checkup Process

You may be wondering, “How does this work?”

  • Business owners fill out a one-page document detailing basic information about the business and its current model
  • Business owners provide business information, including financials for review
  • Our consultants prepare questions for the business owner to review during our discussions
    • Employees and even customers can be interviewed depending on the package chosen
  • Our consultants conduct needed research and bring all the information together into a report
    • The report provides both information and recommendations
  • Business checkup client can implement suggestions or contract with Innovative Dubuque LLC to help drive implementation post checkup

Our Business Checkup Packages

Check out our packages to see what best fits your budget and needs.  You determine the areas covered by the checkup. These packages bring results that greatly surpass their costs, especially at the higher levels.  We have worked with thousands of business models and bring this knowledge to each review.

Basic

$1,570

Analysis hours (5)

Process hours (10)

Biz Model

$3,370

Analysis hours (10)

Process hours (22)

Complete Business Model Canvas

Create Business Checkup Report

Financial

$6,370

Analysis hours (20)

Process hours (42)

Complete Business Model Canvas

Create Business Checkup Report

Review Financials

Operations

$11,550

Analysis hours (40)

Process hours (82)

Complete Business Model Canvas

Create Business Checkup Report

Review Financials

Review Marketing Plan

Review Business Operations

Receive Discounted Package Rate

Research

$22,750

Analysis hours (80)

Process hours (162)

Complete Business Model Canvas

Create Business Checkup Report

Review Financials

Review Marketing Plan

Review Business Operations

Interview Stakeholders

Research Trends

Compare Industry Data

Receive Discounted Package Rate

All Packages Include

  • Direct client communication and ability to ask questions
  • Ability for client to give information via discovery document
  • Focus on items that bring most impact for time or money
 

Notes

  • Process hours include items like communications, research & report writing
  • For the Operations and Research packages, an overall lower per hour rate is charged for each hour of work within the package
  • The default delivery method of our services is virtual (video conference, telephone, and email).  In-person visits bring additional expenses including mileage, transport, airfare, meals, lodging, and other potential expenses. In-person options may be limited or not available due to various factors, including but not limited to, nationwide, state, or regional pandemics.
  • Buy 1 Give 1 Community MBA Eligible Packages
    • 1) Biz Model 2) Financial 3) Operations 4) Research