FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
You have questions. We have answers.
What services does STUCK provide?
Executive Advising: In order to drive substantial and sustainable growth, owners/leaders of growing companies need to work ON the business and not IN the business.
Business Investments/equity position: Criteria for STUCK to invest capital into a business is based on:
- Size of business: Approximately 2m – 20m in business value
- Products are within a vertical (niche) market (barriers to entry exist and expandable market may be smaller than larger players would want to service)
- See more criteria on the Investments page
Giving Back: Because we were very fortunate in past business endeavors, we feel a personal responsibility to give back to our community.
Why use STUCK?
To more easily grow your business faster.
STUCK will guide you with tools created for senior-level leaders, gain buy-in from all staff and develop cultural transformations.
What differentiates STUCK from its competitors?
We actually do the work. Leaders typically just do not have the time to do all of what is necessary to grow their company as quickly as they would like. We take on fewer clients and do the work with the leader to ensure and tools take hold and drive results.
Greater flexibility of tools/techniques, experience and compassion, with proven techniques from the startup to more than $100M.
We’re global, scaleable and able to handle all obstacles that rise from business growth. We have proven maximization for investors and true empowerment for all staff.
How do I know if STUCK is a good match for my business?
- Is the owner/leader(s) self-aware and willing to change?
- Will the owner/leader(s) embrace change, be willing to make the time to do what’s necessary and be accountable to the success plan?
- Are the desired results realistic and is there agreement on how these results will be achieved?
- Is the client open and honest? Are they trusting and trustworthy?
- Does the client have financial stability?
- Do we feel the client will ultimately be successful or do they just want to be successful?
The STUCK tools, techniques and processes can plug n’ play into essentially any legitimate business from startup to sale. However, there may be situations where STUCK is not the best fit for you. We will be happy to discuss your situation, confidentially, and let you know whether your situation meets the decision criteria we use in selecting clients. This decision criteria ensures a positive ROI for you in engaging with STUCK.
When is a good time to use STUCK?
- When you decide you want to grow you business quicker and more easily.
- When you don’t know if you can do it on your own.
- When you need help identifying challenges.
- When you’re mired in the day-to-day of the business.
- When you feel your leadership team is inadequate.
- When you don’t feel confident you can make it to the next level.
- When you simply need help in defining the next level and how to get there.
How will STUCK be able to understand my unique problems and be able to effectively help?
- Conduct extensive initial interviewing of business owners and senior people
- Process mapping
- Gap assessment tools
- Review of goals
- SWOT analysis
- Identifying what the leadership team stands for
What industries does STUCK work with?
Virtually any. Our client list expands the gamut of manufacturing and service industries. We seek alignment with like-minded leaders and with a desire for growth.
What size companies does STUCK work with?
We prefer to work with established businesses that are looking for the next phase of their business growth.
I understand that business strategy consulting can be very expensive. Can STUCK help me even if I am on a limited budget?
Pricing is flexible and you will pay what you can afford taking into consideration what you need and what you want to achieve.
STUCK will help you realize a positive ROI with our services and will partner with you if we feel we can add value. This is a selective criteria, determined by our ability to add value to your business.
What are the benefits of utilizing STUCK over hiring a full time employee?
Flexibility. We can do as much or as little as you need and can afford at any given time.
Does STUCK also provide Human Resource services?
STUCK partners with a preferred HR services provider, HR ala Carte, LLC. Once a client’s strategic business plan is developed, HR ala Carte works as part of the team in deploying and executing the plan. HR ala Carte can assess your current HR function, identifying efficiencies, as well as gaps and potential legal risks. An HR action plan will be developed to address those gaps and provide a roadmap for improvement. Assistance is also available to complete projects, mentor existing HR staff or simply to be an ongoing HR resource when needed.
Does STUCK provide client references?
After initial discussions and we have tentatively agreed on project scope and structure of an agreement, we are happy to provide references.
If I only need a few hours of consulting time to make sure I’m doing the right things, will STUCK still help me?
Yes—we often work with clients in situations like this. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to confidentially discuss your situation. Typically, there is a minimum fee, which we will discuss with you.
My company has very proprietary information, which I do not want to leak out. Does STUCK sign non-disclosure agreements?
Once we determine there is a good fit between your company and STUCK, we will send you a mutual non-disclosure agreement. This agreement will protect both companies from disclosure of confidential information. If you become a client of STUCK, our standard contract provides ample protection that covers most circumstances.
Why don’t you list more of your client’s names on your website?
Some of our clients insist on strict confidentiality, so we cannot divulge any information beyond their industry and a general description of the services we provided.
Do you work with non-profit organizations?
Although most of our clients are small to mid-sized companies, we can work with non-profit organizations if it’s a good fit.
Do you work with clients outside of Southeastern Wisconsin?
Yes—we have worked throughout the United States as well as internationally.
Your focus seems to be strategic planning. Do you also help companies with strategic deployment and execution? Do you help with sales and marketing strategy?
Yes. Although we typically start off our process with strategic planning before focusing on deployment and execution, our process and tools can be inserted at any step along the process. The most important part of business growth is in plan deployment and execution, so much emphasis is placed on those two.
Also, as a part of the strategic planning process, sales and marketing are covered. However, they can also be facilitated separately if a strategic plan is already in place.
I have an idea for a business I would like to start. I have very limited funds. Will you help me develop a business plan with market research?
We are passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. We primarily work on a fee-for-service basis and will do our very best with the funds available, provided there is a good fit. If you are a good fit, you would need to do the heavy lifting while we work as facilitators and advisors. By doing this, you can still receive the support you need, but should expect a longer duration for completion.
There may be an instance where we would discount our fees in exchange for an equity stake or percentage of sales.
Can you make an equity investment in my business or provide debt financing?
STUCK is not a lender or a PE firm. However, we can assist you in preparing for this process, on a fee-for-service basis.
I'm thinking of selling my business. How can STUCK help?
We provide financial advisory services, business advisory coaching to prepare for a sale, valuation support and all ancillary functions.
I need a business plan in less than a week. Can STUCK make that happen?
At STUCK, we are always willing to go the extra mile for our clients; however, the quality of a business plan is typically proportionate to the amount of effort put forth. We would be happy to speak with you about the project but will only take on the project if we feel that STUCKs’ services would provide you a positive ROI.