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Great Lakes Advisory is an operation and financial consulting firm located in Chicago, IL. The firm was founded on the principle that great businesses are a testament to their people and processes.

The company needs to operate without the owner. We are not implying that the business owner’s role is trivial. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The business owner is critical and responsible for leading teams towards their vision for the company. To do that, you need to effectively delegate jobs and responsibilities to people that will operate based on your policies. By clearly defining your organization’s processes, it makes it easy to train and transfer this knowledge to the responsible employees. Once you define your processes, the focus shifts to finding high-quality talent to work within your systems. As the demand for your products or services increase, you can quickly onboard and train new hires to fulfill new business. A business that runs on processes empowers its employees as they work within the system’s guidelines.

Our goal is to help you train new hires faster, service more customers, and scale your business.


Our firm was founded on the principle that great businesses are a testament to their people and processes. Don’t take our word for it, though. Watch the video to the right to hear what some of our customers say about our work.


  • Great Lakes Advisory was awesome to work with! It is such a relief to have all our critical workflows documented in a simple, easy-to-use format.

    Elliot Granstrom
    President of Granstrom Masonry
  • Wow! This is amazing! This is exactly what we need for our upcoming hiring plans. My wife, who owns a dental practice, was jealous after seeing everything you documented for us. Thank you! We loved working with Great Lakes Advisory!”

    George Grunberger, MD
    Chairman of Grunberger Diabetes Institute
  • highly recommend Great Lake Advisory to anyone looking to develop better tools to scale their SMB! We initially were seeking out a firm that had expertise in Trainual that could help us develop better training and onboarding tools for new reps.What we left our first engagement with was a new framework and tools for business planning I expect us to build upon for years to come. I’d describe working with Chris and his team as frictionless and extremely productive for our team!

    Adam DeGroot
    President of DeGroot Logistics
  • Great Lakes Advisory went above and beyond to help our team meet a very important deadline for a large company-wide project.He was responsive and reliable and produced 5-star work in an extremely and organized manner. We HIGHLY recommend Great Lakes Advisory their consulting work!”

    Jennifer Annand
    Manager, Marketing Communication of Bendcare
  • Great Lakes Advisory was fast, responsive,and helpful. He was able to travel to Denver,meet the team and immediately start doing vieo caputure of our process. They delivered the materials on time and with no trouble.Really appreicate it!”

    Byron Schramm
    CEO & President of Midtown Chimney Sweeps
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