“The #1 Small Business Advisor You Haven’t Met.” 

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney

A goal without a plan is just a wish. What is your business wish? 

As a veteran consultant, I help entrepreneurs grow successful businesses beyond their dreams. I use custom business techniques I designed from growing four successful companies and the enterprise-wide experience I gained as a management consultant to the Fortune 100. 

As my client, you will gain access to my knowledge, experience, strategic techniques, and the contacts I developed over my career. 

If you are an Entrepreneur:

  • Searching for ways to get to the next level
  • Struggling to reach consistent growth and increase customers
  • Striving to build a profitable business,

As your interim CO-CEO, I’ll work with you side-by-side to turn your business into a success. Contact me for advice. As your guide and mentor, I will teach you the techniques and systems I built to successfully grow four companies with three successful exits.

I offer several different service levels convenient for your budget, time, and needs.

Contact me today at 312-778-6406, email me at darlene@darleneziebell.com.

Click on CONTACT ME above to send me a message. 

I am a former CEO, Director, and public speaker. In addition to my MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, my extensive career consists of practical experience bootstrapping four startups and advising the Fortune 1000 as a management consultant.




How Do I Know If I Need a Business Advisor?

What is Business Strategy Specialist?

Business advice is the process where an experienced advisor helps entrepreneurs achieve their business goals. Use a business adviser to help you with strategies and techniques to create a successful business. Using the advice of an experienced consultant may help you increase revenue and steady business profits. Learn specific marketing and business skills and boost clarity about your business vision. With me, you get both.

How Do I Know if Business Coaching Is Right for Me?
If you are an entrepreneur struggling to reach your financial goals, facing partnership challenges, seeking effective marketing plans, experiencing employee issues, or not sure what your business legacy is, perhaps you should consider an experienced business advisor to point out potential landmines and walk you through potential solutions.
Do You Only Work With Established Companies?
Not only do I work with established companies, I help many people create startup plans. Experienced in a variety of industries, I advise those companies selling or creating products, services, non-for-profits, education, manufacturing,  governments and others. Learn how to create a plan that includes strategies for future potential business issues. Failing to plan is planning for failure.
Do You Offer Ongoing Consulting Services?
I offer consulting services for all stages in the life of your business.  From startup to exit strategies.  Begin by enrolling for my online webcasts or call me to discuss a customized consulting program that meets your needs.
What is the difference between a coach and a consultant?

A business coach works with you to develop the skills you already have.  They bring out the best in you.  A business consultant is an expert you turn to for help with your business.  They teach you skills you don’t know.  They are well versed in business strategy which they use to help you gauge the direction and scalability of your business. They analyze the goals you have for your business and help you create a plan of action required to actually accomplish those goals! With me, you get both services. 

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Companies & People I’ve Worked With

“If only I had met Darlene earlier, I wouldn’t have wasted more resources than I care to think about.”

“Darlene is very instrumental in creating vision for my company. I was impressed with her knowledge of the medical industry. She provided us with creating marketing along with easy to follow action guides. I’ve worked with Darlene a long time and her insights contribute to the success of my business.”
Wally S.

President, Womens International Pharmacy

“Darlene has a remarkable instinct for business strategy of not only knowing WHAT improvements to make, but WHEN and HOW to implement them. In the 20+ years I’ve known her, she has always provided us with useful management advice including accounting methodology, personnel and legal issues, contemporary marketing foresight, even spot-on location suggestions. Darlene is a true professional, honest and straight forward, whose insights have guided us through nearly 25 years of success as a growing national entertainment company.”
Mark M.

Producer, Get Away WIth Murder

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