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With over three decades of business experience under my belt, I specialize in assisting companies that have invested heavily in business coaching but haven't seen returns on their investments. My approach involves pinpointing the root causes of their ongoing challenges and devising actionable solutions to remedy them. By discarding ineffective strategies and honing in on proven methods, I empower businesses to thrive and increase their profitability. My ultimate aim is to rescue them from unfruitful business endeavors and guide them toward a trajectory of success.


Are you aware 85% of all startups fail before their fifth anniversary? I have beat these odds FOUR times! Let me provide you with techniques to build a sustainable business model for growth and success. 


Ever dream of owning a 7 to 8 figure business in less than 24 months? Despite 10% of small businesses who never reach that goal, I'll show you how I grew multi-million dollar companies.


Starting day one, I will be part of the process sharing my personal exit experiences. Together let's increase your company's value rather than becoming one of the 70% of business owners who end up just shutting their doors. 

How I'm different: 

  • Most of my clients come to me from other business advisors.
  • I'm not your typical business coach! I'm a results-driven consultant who's here to tell you the unfiltered truth about achieving genuine success.
  • With more than 3 decades of experience and as a four-time business owner, I am experienced in all phases of business: Startup, Growth and Exits.
  • I¬†grew my companies from¬†nothing to 8-figures. My client base includes 20% of the Fortune-1000.
  • Discover the difference when you choose me first ‚Äď you'll be delighted with the outcomes.¬†

Less that 1% of businesses reach 8 figures. Join me in becoming a member of THE ELITE ONE percent. 

"You'll wish you met me sooner."


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What Sets Me Apart . . .


No Life Coaching, just Business Reality: I'm not here to sell you empowerment fluff or convince you that success is a walk in the park. I'm a business consultant focused on tangible strategies that drive real results. No vague mantras, just a clear path to success. 


Honesty Over Hype: Let's cut through the noise. I believe in being brutally honest about the challenges you face as a business owner. Together, we'll tackle the real issues and implement practical solutions to propel your business forward.


Proven Strategies, Not Empty Promises: Success is earned through hard work and strategic planning, not by following a one-size-fits all formula. I offer personalized, actionable strategies tailored to you unique business needs ensuring sustainable growth and long term success. 

What I Bring To The Table . . .


Strategic Guidance: Discover a customized roadmap to success crafted specifically for your business. No generic advice - just targeted strategies that work. 


Data Driven Decision Making: I don't believe in guesswork. Let's analyze your data, identify opportunities, and make informed decisions that lead to measurable results. 

A Hand

Hands On Support:  I'm not just a consultant; I'm your partner in success. With hands-on guidance and unwavering support, we'll navigate challenges together and celebrate victories as a team. 

Why Me?

Because growing a business to 7 and 8 figures is not easy. I know because I’ve done it not once, but several times in my own businesses and for hundreds of other clients including the Fortune-1000. I'll walk you through what it takes to get to 7 figures in less than two years. 

My mission is to rescue businesses from the abyss of unfruitful coaching experiences and guide them towards sustainable growth and profitability.

Ready to transform your business? Let's talk real strategies and genuine success. 

"You'll wish you met me sooner." 


Contact Me: 312-778-6406

Email: [email protected]¬†


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What Clients Are Saying

Meet Tammy Renee, Founder of Level 10 Sales Mastery

"Why didn't I meet you earlier? Darlene has helped me focus on my value proposition, identifying customers and most importantly how to make money. Regardless of the level of business ownership you are at, her no nonsense approach is of great value. She has a global connection with owners through her site Center for Women Business Owners."

Kathy Ameche

"Jonathan Mraunac "Our start-up company retained Darlene to provide consulting services related to fund raising, marketing, business-modeling, and web development. She went out of her way to meet at a location most convenient for us and provided several key pieces of useful, professional advice which clearly demonstrated her experience and expertise. I would recommend Darlene to any company in a similar situation.""

Jonathan Mraunac

"Darlene has MUCH to offer small business owners, regardless of whether they are just starting out or have been around for years. She has owned several types of businesses herself and has both broad experience and a unique approach to offer. Moreover, her style is refreshing. She doesn’t waste your time! She zeroes-in on the issues and talks-turkey to help the business owner confront the barriers to greater success. Darlene was a board member for two nonprofit organizations that I served as a consultant. I’ve seen her work in numerous settings and absolutely trust her judgment."

Katheryn Weidman, Ph.D.

"Darlene is an exceptional businesswoman who has tremendous foresight, credentials and experience. Her work, commitment to excellence, and character make her one of my most valued professionals to work with and I always look for ways to get my network in front of her. She is a good friend and colleague and I strongly recommend Darlene to anyone who demands the top level professionals."

Newell Anderson

"Darlene has a remarkable instinct for business strategy of not only knowing WHAT improvements to make, but WHEN and HOW to implement them. In the 20+ years I’ve known her, she has always provided us with useful management advice including accounting methodology, personnel and legal issues, contemporary marketing foresight, even spot-on location suggestions. Darlene is a true professional, honest and straight forward, whose insights have guided us through nearly 25 years of success as a growing national entertainment company."

Mark Seven

"Darlene Ziebell is an experienced and thoughtful consulting professional, as well as a business owner and advisor who knows "the right thing to do" for both clients and employees. She also injects fun into work by always having a positive outlook and using humor to create a relaxed and productive work environment. I will always consider Darlene my colleague and friend."

John Frank

"I hired Darlene to help me develop and implement marketing strategies. She has worked tirelessly to help separate me from my competitors in a competitive marketplace and encouraged me to cover every detail. The greatest compliment I can give anyone is trust, Darlene has indeed earned my trust!"

Hayward Harris, Jr .
President and Founder of The Rib Doctor, Inc.

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