As a business development advisor, I provide intensive counsel to business owners and leaders in need of fresh, sound perspective. Every advisement experience is customized to the client’s need. Some clients need short-term advisement to ensure they are heading in the right direction toward future success. Other clients need long-term advisement to redirect or restructure in order to grow, survive, and thrive.
Your challenges are unique. My advisement services are arranged by situation to help you assess the sort of partnership we can develop together. After you’ve read the options, if you’d like to discuss the best service for your situation, sign up for a free 30-minute assessment so we can talk it out.
Whatever your situation, I bring 25 years of expertise and sharp business acumen to provide the business development advisement you need to accomplish your business goals.
ongoing monthly / six-month intensive
Your business is struggling; growth has slowed and so have sales. You seem to be working extra hard but can’t seem to gain traction. You know your business has potential, but you are missing key opportunities to get ahead. You feel stuck in the daily grind of business, with no extra mental capacity to develop strategic solutions for the problems you face.
Each month, we’ll discuss (in-person or virtually) your business challenges to uncover solutions for expanding into new markets, growing your sales, streamlining your operations, and brainstorming solutions to internal roadblocks. A series of recommendations will be developed, attached to an execution plan.
three (3) half-day sessions
You are facing a decision that has the potential to change the trajectory of your business. Maybe you have potential for expansion into a new market. Maybe you want to open a new location. Maybe you want to launch a new product. Whatever it is, you need someone with keen business insight to help you hash out the details and make sound decisions.
We will meet for three half-day sessions to dig deep into your business challenges. We will cover everything from marketplace strategies to funding to communications to strategic growth principles. I will provide innovative ideas, strategic counsel, sound direction, pertinent resources, and potential solutions to help you walk through your challenges and into future business success.
custom plan / three to six (3 to 6) 90-minute sessions
You have a business idea that you know the marketplace will love. What you don’t have is the know-how for making your dream a reality. You are ready to sacrifice blood, sweat, and tears to see this idea come to life. You need someone who has walked the startup road to guide you through the process and counsel you along the way.
I’ll draw on my experience as an advisor, entrepreneur, business owner, and angel investor to help you launch your business on sure footing. After an initial consultation, we’ll develop a custom plan for meeting anywhere from three to six times. In these 90-minute sessions, we will cover everything from business structure to marketplace strategies to funding to communications to strategic growth principles.
The daily grind of business can leave you dazed and confused—you wish you could talk to someone who has been where you are, to be your sounding board. You need advice on the best course of action or to see what you are missing or to help you make tough decisions.
We’ll meet for a 90-minute session (in-person or virtually) to discuss the list of high-level challenges you are facing. I’ll provide innovative ideas, strategic counsel, sound direction, pertinent resources, and potential solutions.
"One of the main reasons our business is the success it is today is Mike Straza. His financial discipline, wisdom, and patience allowed Zdi to withstand the struggles of growing a business during the worst recession of our time. Without Mike, Zdi would have disappeared long ago, along with many of our competitors."
"Mike Straza has the intellect necessary to understand the complex situations that come with running a multimillion dollar business, as well as the confidence it takes to make the tough decisions. He has the ability to be extremely direct when needed and the compassion to know when it’s appropriate."
"Michael demonstrates an innate ability to disseminate complex business issues (for people, process, and technology) into consumable action plans."
"Michael’s network of bright innovators has the potential to create exciting synergies."
"Hile Broad Properties looks to Michael Straza as a tuned-in business development partner, whose commitment to activating Normandy Village as a vibrant community resource is strong. Michael is attentive to what we’re saying and interested in moving from ideas to action, as shown in his responsiveness to any contact."
"Michael Straza has been a guiding force with Presto Media at times when we needed to make crucial business decisions. He has always been a great source for figuring out the best path forward. He has brought strategic thinking, operations expertise, and scalability to our company, which has grown in large part due to his leadership."
Entrepreneurship Task Force Chair, Economic Development Council
Town of Normal Race & Law Enforcement Subgroup
TEDx Normal Planning Committee
Town of Normal 2040 Vision Committee
Town of Normal Comprehensive Plan Committee
American Red Cross Board of Directors