About us

Great Lakes Businesss Consultants is a Michigan Based Company That Can Connect You To Your Future In Michigan or the World!

One of the most frustrating things a Business Owner has to do is consider selling or merging their business! Where do you start, who do you trust, who can help with this process,…your Lawyer, your CPA …your Bookkeeper…your partner????? All these questions are very common ones for us at GLBC.

“How about, how long will take to sell, what’s the right price, how is the market right now for my business, how much will it cost to sell my business?????”…again, …very common questions for our ears at GLBC!

We make the process doable and make it work so it fits inside your business day with no problems. You have a life and we understand that…let us become your Coach and your new Business Friend!

You have worked very hard to build a good business and when you consider selling it or merging with another company you really need a “Pro” on your side of the table. We take the phone calls, talk with the buyers, weed them out and present you with only qualified folks who can buy your business.

We are good at it, we are fresh, responsive and to the point with buyers. Both you and the buyer must be right for each other. If both parties don’t win, then neither has a good deal…that’s been our philosophy for over 40 years in the business!

We don’t just “list your business”…we market your business. We know where to go to get the best results and we keep you informed through the entire process.

From a buyer’s perspective, you should know we have “the pulse of the market” in our hands at all times. You will get the truth, nothing but the truth…so help us GOD! Our only interest is to find the right business for you, help you with financing the purchase and then you staying in touch with us to eventually become a “seller” of that business if you so wish! We never want to be in a position where we meet on the street someday and not be very happy to see each other.

From a Business Operators Perspective, we will provide you with first class Business Recommendations to solve a problem in your business. As your consultant, you will have an experienced set of eyes on the problem and the solution as well. No problem is a problem …it is only a solution in waiting. We deal with exit planning, retirement issues, personnel issues, family succession, new market strategies and much, much more. You don’t have to hire a big time consultant. We can give you honest, down to earth solutions to the problems your face at a cost that will be well within any small business budget….that’s a promise.

Resume of Key Personnel

Russ Rodgers has over 30 years in commercial real estate, finance, business management, sales, marketing, retailing and brokerage. He offers his clients a superior level of insight and consultative services. He is especially familiar with closely held corporations and sole proprietor businesses. His career has taken him to (40) countries around the globe. He has an outstanding knowledge base of the entire state of Michigan and has traveled to (65) counties and (45) of the United States. He has lived and worked in the following states, Michigan, California, Indiana, Hawaii, Minnesota, Georgia and Florida. Russ specializes in the hospitality industry, hotels, motels, B&B’s, restaurants, service businesses, distributors, manufacturing and distribution. He has sold millions of dollars of worth of real estate including B&B’s, Motels, Hotels and Businesses of all kinds.

Russ can assist you with all commercial financing needs from SBA loans to conventional commercial property loans. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in Advertising (East Lansing, MI) and an MBA in Management from St. Leo University (St. Leo, FL). Russ has done additional degree work at Valencia Community College (Orlando, FL), Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, FL), University of South Florida (St. Petersburg, FL), Florida International University (North Miami, Fl and Seminole, FL), Southern Cross University (Lismore, NSW, Australia) and Bellermine College (Louisville, KY). He is presently completing requirements to become a CHB (Certified Hotel Broker). Licenses held include State of Florida, Real Estate Broker, State of Florida, Mortgage Brokerage Business and State of Florida, Licensed Mortgage Broker. He is a former member of the faculty of St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida and is presently a member of the faculty of Canyon College, Caldwell, UT and a past Adjunct Faculty member of Schiller International University, Dunedin, Florida and Saint Leo University, St. Leo, Florida. Russ is proud to claim the title of , ”Former U.S. Marine.”

Joel is a seasoned veteran in all facets of the services we offer. He has successfully listed, sold, and consulted with clients of all sizes and business footprints. He is a graduate of University of South Florida with a degree in Finance. You can find Joel on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joelrodgers/. He is also experienced in the sale of commercial and residential real estate. Joes owns his own company which solicits, manages, sells, and buys residential properties. See www.gulfatlanticpropetymanagement.com. If you love fishing, Joel is your guy. He is an avid professional guide. You can book a charter at www.inshoreslamkayakfishing.com.

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