Case Studies
Copper Bottom is Here to Help

Copper Bottom is Here to Help

At Copper Bottom, we want success for our clients, because we understand that your business is what feeds your family. It’s your retirement plan, your life’s goal, and worthwhile pursuit – and you’ve poured your time, energy, and finances into this company or non-profit.

That’s why we work so hard to make your endeavor more durable. We’ll help you get on the right track, weather the storms, and emerge victorious. Adversity happens in life. We can help you keep your business thriving, avoid common pitfalls, and help you forge a new path to better times beyond.

Learn how we’ve helped businesses thrive…

Case Study 1 - Small Business

As a consultant for small businesses, we’ve helped many companies reverse course and turn a struggle for survival back into thriving growth. Cash flow issues are a common concern for SMBs, but knowing how to deal with a financial bottleneck doesn’t always come easy. That’s where we come in. At Copper Bottom, we specialize in identifying the hidden problems that keep a small business from performing its best, and then we create a plan to resolve them.

Case Study 1 - Small Business

Here is one such case.

The Challenge

The Challenge

A Professional Service firm was experiencing significant cash flow issues. The firm had taken out several high-interest loans to fund its operations, and repaying those loans created a cash crisis. The company wasn't controlling its expenses tightly enough, and revenues declined. Morale was low, and recent staffing changes had created employee uncertainty. This company lacked a clear plan and accurate analytics in both the financial and operational sense.

The Solution

The Solution

The team at Copper Bottom immediately got to work. We provided a complete financial analysis and overhaul, including taking over the company's financial and accounting functions. We worked with the company to decrease expenses and increase revenue, and we also implemented project management software for tracking in-progress and completed tasks.

We set up reporting procedures and implemented new processes so that the owner could keep tabs on the company's internal workings. We helped them increase employee morale and kept all senior staff on board for continuity. They increased their staffing by 60%, and profitability increased by eight times over the prior year. Copper Bottom provided full-service accounting for this client, enabling them to feel confident in accurate and timely reporting.

We also restructured some of their internal positions to create a scalable operation. We came into the business and worked alongside the owner, helping to dig the company out of the hole it had gotten itself in. This business went from circling the drain to record profitability in six months, and it's on track for record revenue by end of 2022.

Working with Copper Bottom to Rediscover Success

Working with Copper Bottom to Rediscover Success

We reorganized this client's business model to maximize profitability and increase revenues. They now have transparent reporting processes and a refined organizational structure, so the owner can confidently evaluate the company's performance without constant or direct oversight. This business is back on the track to success, and we're confident we can do the same for yours. Contact us to get started.

Case Study 2 - Non-Profit

As consultants for non-profits, we’ve helped many organizations reverse their course and turn a struggle for survival back into a balanced financial state. Balancing the books is a common struggle for charitable organizations. Finding the solution to financial strain doesn’t always come easy, especially when it looks like you’ll have to cut back services to do it. That’s where we come in. At Copper Bottom, we pinpoint ways to help non-profits like yours stay solvent without reducing their impact on the community.

Case Study 2 - Non-Profit

Here’s how we lead one local non-profit climb back to financial stability.

The Challenge

The Challenge

A Chicagoland nonprofit increased its services to the community at the expense of its reserve funding. As the organization grew, its deficit increased. This organization didn't want to decrease its impact on the community to cover the shortfall. They called us for help, and we got to work.

The Solution

The Solution

Copper Bottom provided a full financial and operational analysis. We discovered siloed communication, which means that departments were unintentionally working against each other. This led to inefficient operations, an unclear vision and direction, and scattered priorities. Each team was unsure of the organization’s priorities, so they filled in the gaps with their own ideas. As a result, the organization was pulling against itself, and the teams were not going in the same direction.

We trained the teams to implement a strategic planning model. We worked with the organization’s stakeholders to identify the group’s priorities and create long-term, overarching goals. This process aligned the organization and its efforts to work toward the nonprofit’s overarching goals. Every team member now had their own set of goals that supported the organization-wide goals. They updated and evaluated their objectives updated every quarter to maintain transparency across the non-profit. This strategic planning enabled innovative ideas that led to beneficial outcomes – profitability increased by $1M within 12 months, and they had a 33% increase in services to the community.

They also reduced their expenses and renegotiated contracts to reduce the cost of providing their services. As a result, the organization increased its reserve funding while also being able to increase its positive impact on the community.

This nonprofit is back on the right track and we're confident we can do the same for yours. Contact us to get started.