Consulting & Advisory
Carian Consulting’s proprietary process helps business owners and CEOs identify key issues standing in the way of business growth and success. Beginning with a far-reaching assessment, this collaborative approach generates a strategic roadmap that has been proven to generate results.
Carian’s Consulting’s peer-to-peer group sessions bring fresh ideas and an unbiased perspective to improving and solving business challenges. The CEO Roundtable is the place to get practical, real world wisdom and clients say it is “the place they go to get their answers questioned.”
If your management or staff meetings have become unproductive and everyone involved seems to dread them, or you find yourself adding the costs salaries sitting around the table, Carian Consulting has solutions. We analyze options and begin with your key outcomes in mind, and then design and facilitate meetings that people actually look forward to attending.
There are many reasons business partnerships fail and the decision to embark on a partnership should be evaluated extremely carefully. Carian Consulting has over 30 years of equipping business owners to make prudent decisions, select the right partner, and keep partnerships healthy and prospering.
"I met Barri Carian through the National Association of Women Business Owners and have had the absolute best experience working with her for the past year. As a leader, as a mentor, as an advisor, and as an entrepreneurial thought-leader, Barri never ceased to inspire me with her insights. She has a talent for honing in on specific issues and offering actionable advice, thereby changing and impacting businesses immediately! I have so enjoyed learning from Barri and look forward to continuing to work with her for years to come."
Mika Leah, Founder & CEO, Goomi Group and Buxxomly
“My partners and I recently hired Barri Carian to facilitate a strategic planning retreat. We were amazed in just two days, Barri was able to lead us to develop an actionable five year plan, though each of us entered the meeting with very different ideas for the future. She brought a mountain of preparation and proprietary tools to the session, making it both effective and enjoyable. In my 30 years in management I’ve worked on many strategic plans and participated in many strategic workshops, but none have been as effective as Barri’s.”
Ken Kerr, Former CEO, Advisys Inc.
"CEO Roundtable, under the direct guidance of Barri Carian, has changed my perspective of my business and how I measure success. I’ve been in Barri’s CEO Roundtable for over a year and I’m astonished by the growth I’ve experienced, both personally and professionally. Each person in our group adds value to my business and after a short few months, I set goals and have gained and given accountability within the group. Business and personal goals have been refined and accomplished, with the help and clarity the group provides me. I wish I would have joined the CEO Roundtable years ago!"
Kathleen Urquidez, President, Urquidez & Associates
"I have been a member of Barri Carian’s CEO Peer Advisory Group for about a year now and have accomplished more towards growing my business in this last year than I have since I started my business slightly over 20 years ago. Barri’s leadership and dedication to holding members accountable to the goals we set for the year, and each quarter, has resulted in a 35% revenue growth in the last 12 months. Not only have sales multiplied, but we have added two levels of mid-management so that I can spend the needed time strategizing the business for continued growth and expansion. In addition to the accomplished sales growth, next month we will be launching into a new market segment based on the advice, experiences and knowledge of my peers that has taken place over the last year. I welcome any business owner looking to develop business strategies that will take their business in the direction they would like to head, to consider joining this most worthwhile and valuable group."
Stacy Sagowitz, President, Food Safety Systems
"I have been working with Barri Carian as a business coach for four years. Since I began working with her, I have seen a significant change in how I run my company. She has helped me gain an accurate cash flow projection, determine the profitability of clients, set and achieve three-year goals, and navigate staffing issues. Barri is very easy to work with and provides much needed accountability. I would highly recommend Barri's services to business owners looking to overcome challenges and achieve short and long term goals. Hiring Barri is one of the best business decisions I have made and I am very happy with my return on investment."
Andrea Casillas, President, Group Concepts, Inc.
"We are a brother/sister family owned business and we have been working with Barri Carian over the past three years. Barri has helped us maintain alignment as partners when it comes to business priorities, roles, goals and strategies, all while understanding and respecting the importance of our family relationship. She has introduced us to excellent resources such as HR and health and 401K benefits in furtherance of our business goals. Barri has been instrumental in helping us evolve from a successful construction company to also becoming a successfully run business by implementing best practices to include KPIs, job descriptions, training and much more. Our bi-weekly meetings keep us on track and accountable to each other and to the business. We consider Barri as part of the Access team."
Albert & Elizabeth Tene, Owners, Access General Contracting
“When I joined the group, my reason was to help with one set of issues. During our initial sessions it became very clear I needed to adjust my focus on other problems that the group helped me surface. Barri and the group have also helped me develop my plan of action, which was to replace two key members of the management team. While the decision was not easy, it has paid off in the areas of company moral, interdepartmental communications, and teamwork which is now at an all-time high. Anyone thinking about a peer group should ask themselves “Do I have challenges that are hard to deal with and I’m not sure what to do?” For me the answer to this question was that I needed to have a group like this, where I could share about my issues, get feedback, and fresh ideas and suggestions. I am grateful to this group of business owners & CEOs.”
Paul Cope, President, Auto-Graphics Inc.
“Barri was incredible. Due to an unforeseen change of circumstances at the very last minute, our 3-year strategic planning session turned into the development of a 9-month transition/action plan. Her ability to work on the fly and adapt to the day enabled us to do what I thought was not possible. She discarded her extensive preparation and drew on her amazing skill set resulting in a clear path forward for our organization in 8 hours. Our international board of directors is full of big personalities, Barri was able to wrangle us in a way that was both drama free and effective. We are bringing her back to facilitate our 3-year strategic plan!”
KJ Jennings, Board Chair Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI)