Closely Held Businesses

Strategy in Progress has provided strategy related services and busines advice  to virtually hundreds of privately held businesses. For-profit, closely held businesses are often considered the engine that powers our economy. These businesses take on many shapes and sizes around various factors including the following:

• Ownership structure

• Channel engagement (retail, distribution, production, business to business, etc.)

• Industry (Manufacturing, construction, logistics, services)

• Family owned and/or managed with multiple generations involved.

• Business Life Cycle position (Go-go; Prime; Mature; Aging)

• Single or multiple locations

• Stage of management team development - Strategic leadership team(C-Level team) vs. Functional/department management

• Corporate vs. business unit organization and management

• Centralized vs. decentralized management

Each factor and combination of factors provides a unique set of strategic issues and challenges which the closely held business must identify and address as part of its strategic thinking processes.

Strategy in Progress has provided strategy development and planning and facilitation services to closely held businesses across all of the factors above. This means that we can create a process customized to your business situation.

Below are examples of the types of strategic services provided to closely held businesses:

• Both corporate and division level strategic plans for a transportation services company with multiple locations across the United States.

• Both corporate and division level planning for a manufacturer of driver comfort component parts for construction and agricultural off-road equipment.

• Evaluated organization needs and recommended organization structure for manufacturer of construction and agricultural off-road equipment.

• Annual planning process for industrial construction division of large general construction company.

• Corporate level strategic plan for a printing and information distribution Company serving large OEM’s.

• Corporate level strategic planning for trucking services company with over 1200 truck weigh locations across the US and Canada.

• Strategic planning process for various Midwest based multi-location general contractor/construction management Companies.

• Strategic business and organization planning process for multi-location 300-employee East Coast based design engineering/ construction management firm.

• Strategic business planning process with Midwest based design engineering firm with multiple locations in Iowa and Illinois.

• Business planning process with multi-location, multi-specialty building sub-contractor.

• Corporate/division level business and organizational planning for mechanical and electrical parts distributor.

• Both corporate and operating entity level planning for manufacturer of OEM off-road vehicle driver safety and comfort component parts