Our Services

We help companies to dramatically improve their results.

“I hired Maven to help us develop a business strategy for a new distribution channel we were planning on entering. They did an excellent job of helping us develop a much better understanding of this new market and gave us some very actionable recommendations that we are in the process of implementing. With Maven you get Tier 1 consulting quality at an affordable price. I would highly recommend them.”

— John Rowe, Community Choice Financial, SVP Marketing

Profit Improvement

With companies both large and small, we always find opportunities to improve profitability. We start with a comprehensive diagnostic of the business to identify a long list of areas for increased efficiency, lower costs or higher prices. Then we focus our efforts on the most promising areas and build a detailed roadmap for capturing the value. We typically find opportunities to lower overall costs 5%-15%.

Strategy

We work with companies on their strategy when the path forward for them is not clear. Some have too many opportunities and need help on where to focus. Others are looking for new ideas. Whether you need help clarifying your overall company strategy or just a strategy for part of the business, Maven can help bring analytics and structure to those strategic choices.

Due Diligence

As investors with consulting DNA, we bring a unique approach to due diligence – we appreciate you need unique insights to focus on a potential investment’s core value quickly and efficiently while managing the relationship with the target, various third parties, and your prospective lenders and investors. Investing a mere fraction of your equity check into a third-party validation – or highlighting red flags – is no longer merely a wise choice: it’s a necessity. Having worked in private equity and closing many deals over the years, Maven is an expert at that balancing act, creating many templates and reports that are now various firms’ standards. We look forward to doing the same for you.

100 Day Plan/VCP

After the acquisition, getting off to a good start is critical. We collaborate with management teams to develop a robust plan to accelerate value creation.  Setting clear objectives, goals, strategies, tactics and metrics enables the Board to have confidence in growing the value of the enterprise.

Lifecycle Management

Managing a successful business is often a consuming venture which doesn’t allow for longer-term strategic planning and business lifecycle management. Regardless if you’re an owner or a minority shareholder, you need to be thinking about maximizing equity value over the long-run and that means thinking about the next sale, recap, merger, or divestiture even if you just made the investment or joined the team. Maven has firsthand and frontline experience throughout the investment cycle and can help you develop and execute a flexible plan to achieve those goals.

Buy-Side M&A

Strategic and accretive acquisitions are core to many successful investments but they take time – time that many busy portfolio managers don’t have. Or skill sets that few portfolio companies have… or don’t need permanently. Maven has managed the entire spectrum of strategic acquisitions for corporates, private equity firms, and family offices from sourcing through diligence, negotiations, documentation, execution, closing, and integration. If you know you need to grow inorganically but simply don’t have the bandwidth to do so, talk to Maven about our flexible partnership solutions.

Program Management Office

Most mid-market companies struggle to execute on major company initiatives. Working on the business is so much more challenging than working in the business. Maven offers an annual program to provide the training, coaching, tools, structure, coordination, discipline & accountability needed to get all those projects done. When was the last time your company got 90% of the projects for the year done?

Annual Planning

Whether your company has been doing annual planning for years or if you are new to the process, Maven Associates can help you have a productive kick-off to your year. We facilitate customized annual planning sessions designed to meet the unique objectives of the company’s leaders. Having a 3rd party facilitate your planning meeting allows everyone on the management team to participate equally.

“Maven was instrumental at guiding us through a strategic planning process. They provided not only structure but also framed our conversations in fact based research and examples. They didn’t let us “get away with anything” but caused us to confront realities in making decisions that affect the course of the company. I highly recommend Maven, particularly for a company that has not used a structured planning or evaluation process, either strategic or operational in nature.”

-Phil Slingerland, Slingerland Group, President