How 4aBetterBusiness Helps You

4aBetterBusiness is an implementation-based consultancy.  We believe that:

  • your employees are the world’s experts at knowing what they do every day – their local processes and systems
  • 90% of the issues in a company are embedded in how those local processes and systems work and work together (or do not)

4aBetterBusiness develops enthusiastic buy-in to change from the first day.  4aBetterBusiness works side-by-side with management and employees to capture and visually lay out how the actual processes and systems in the company work and work together (often different than the documented system). 

As we proceed, we identify and implement, with management and employees, customer-focused action to increase productivity and eliminate loss of time and money.  This includes processes across functions and levels, up to and including a complete Visual Twin of the company, in as little as 30 days.

Working together, we simplify complexity, and implement sustainable, scalable processes and supporting technology to:

  • resolve underperformance
  • support and enable growth
  • create value

When to Call 4aBetterBusiness

Performance

  • Declining margins or profits
  • Persistent issues with cost, quality, delivery, inventory, new products
  • Failure to implement digital transformation
  • Lack of innovation
  • Processes need sorting out before implementing a computer upgrade
  • Need (or need to update) certifications or to meet standards – ISO 9001, IATF, AS9100, NADCAP, others
  • Need Baldrige-based recognition

Employee Environment

  • “We have always done it this way” culture
  • Outcomes depend on tribal knowledge
  • Cannot sustain change
  • Low levels of employee engagement
  • Operating in “silos”
  • Losing knowledge and expertise as employees change positions, retire or leave the company

Business Transitions

  • Reduce business expansion risk
  • Processes and infrastructure will not scale for growth
  • Company value is limited by inefficient processes, or lack of management depth

Do You Want Results Like These, Custom for Your Business?

Productivity and Profits

  • Increased EBITDA 30% in 6 mos, w/o firings or layoffs
  • Reduced cycle time 85% on engineer-to-order product
  • Raised on-time delivery from 50% to 96%+, while reducing inventory 22%

Growth and Valuation

  • Supported/enabled doubling sales and tripling EBITDA in 18 mos
  • Won first new business with Toyota
  • 75% increase in valuation in 18 mos, in sale to a Fortune 500 buyer

Digital Transformation

  • New ERP system installed in record time, on budget, no hiccups
  • Transformed all production & inventory from paper to scanned – in 3 weeks from concept to implementation
  • Major system upgrade – cutover to new system was completed in all production areas in 4 hours

Certifications & Baldrige

  • Developed value-added, process-based systems (ISO, IATF, AS, others) and achieved certification in as short as 4 months
  • Chief auditor (ex Navy nuclear sub commander) used system to train his auditors
  • State-level Baldrige-based award (1 of 8 state-wide in the prior 5 years)

Contact us NOW to speak about your situation and objectives, or to schedule an initial assessment.  Call Paul Vragel, President at (847) 606-2605, email to pvragel@4abetterbusiness.com, or use the contact button below.

Client Testimonial

We Put Goals Once Thought Un-Attainable in Our Rear View Mirror

“We waited to start until things “calmed down”. If I had known how easy this would be on our organization, and how quickly we would see results, we would have started months ago.

We put goals once thought unattainable in our rear view mirror and made process-driven thinking and improvement the “way of doing business” here. We’ve achieved our highest productivity ever, better identification of customer requirements, increased customer satisfaction, improved team dynamics…and ongoing returns that are multiples of our investment.”

Don Ortiz, former General Manager, Promax Automotive

Client Testimonial

Organization-wide system produces step-level improvement

“We were already a successful and profitable company. Working hands-on with our people in every area of our operations at every location, 4aBetterBusiness created an organization-wide system that has given us step-level improvements in our ability to reduce our core operating costs and improve productivity. In months we identified and achieved improvements we might not have in years using internal resources.”

– John Anton, former Division Manager, Independence Tube

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