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Summit Services was formed in 2003 to help small businesses achieve profitable growth. We help owners, and their teams, plan and implement proven business systems. When people run the systems, systems run the business. The result is a more consistent, predictable and profitable business. Our team has over 50 years of experience building high performance companies,

Brian Nolan - Managing Partner
Andrew Amrhein - Business Coach
Kathryn Freeman - Business Coach
Conal Mulreany - Field Management Coach

Are you asking questions or telling?

Are you asking questions or telling?

The Questions You Must Discuss on Every Estimate Last year, we wrote an article about selling. Basically, it’s tough! For seasonal areas this time of year, everyone seems to be calling at the same time. When it gets busy, we can easily get caught up focusing on the work to be done. We forget that […]

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Where do you want to go and how do you get there? Business Plans!

Where do you want to go and how do you get there? Business Plans!

What are your business plans for 2013? The last few weeks have been tough; you have had to lay guys off because of the winter, you are struggling to fill up your board, you wonder if you will make it through the months ahead. Of course you will!  This is because you are in the […]

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Pruning the Field: Getting Rid of Dead Wood

Pruning the Field: Getting Rid of Dead Wood

By on November 8, 2012 in Business Practices with 0 Comments

Planning for next year… Now that your marketing plans for winter well under way and are better able to understand the size of the workforce that you can use in the next few months, it is time to start considering who should be on the team and who should be out the door. You have […]

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Building Great Teams: Performance Evaluations

Building Great Teams: Performance Evaluations

By on October 4, 2012 in Business Practices with 1 Comment

If you want to grow your business, you can’t do it by yourself. You must have a team. When it comes to building a High Performance team, one that is coordinated and effective, performance management and reviews are paramount. Now is the time!  Be open with your team about your goals. Tell your people, “with our […]

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Now is the Time for Fall and Winter Marketing Plans

Now is the Time for Fall and Winter Marketing Plans

By on August 30, 2012 in Marketing with 9 Comments

What is your Marketing Plan for the Winter? You can smell it in the evening air – summer is coming to a close. Soon, the days will shorten, leaves will turn, and painting contractors will be moving inside. Though it may feel early, now is the time to start planning for fall and winter. Making […]

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Slow Down and Close More

Slow Down and Close More

By on July 26, 2012 in Business Practices with 7 Comments

Selling is tough! Prospects are constantly beating us up. There’s always someone giving a cheaper estimate; often cheaper in every sense.  But, our employees need to feed their families. The schedule needs to be filled. The economy is slow.  We feel like our backs are between a rock and a hard place!  Often, we take […]

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Building a High Performance Team

Building a High Performance Team

By on June 21, 2012 in Business Practices with 7 Comments

Below are six practical steps we have found to be highly successful. Use the items below to create a plan for your team.Then stick to it for at least six months. If you like, Summit can help. After six months, our experience tells us you will have come a long way and you will want to keep going.

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