Got a Business Problem? Hire a Business Mercenary!

We have run technical product businesses and we understand you’re already strapped for time and are pressed for growth and execution.  The Next Step brings a team of battle-tested Driven Simplifiers, who are wired for problem solving. Our motto is simple, no homework and one less problem for our customer.

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Just Because I Can, Doesn't Mean I Should

Time and internal expertise are the struggle.  Often there isn’t enough in house of either, and if you try to hire for help, you only get a piece of the overall skills you need to solve the greater problem. Like so many of us in leadership it's not a question of whether you could figure something out, you are a problem solver yourself, that’s why you're in your seat, the problem is time. There is never enough, and you can’t do it all on your own.

That is why we believe you shouldn't...
  • Have to lead every improvement initiative.
  • Have to worry a project is not being driven.
  • Have to struggle to find the resources to execute.
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What We Do

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  • Lead Generation
  • Pricing
  • Forecasting
  • Pipeline Development
  • Business Development
  • International Channel Development
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  • Marketing Research
  • Segmentation
  • Digital Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Technical Writing
  • International Localization
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  • Lean Transformation
  • Cultural Development
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Capacity Development
  • Metric / KPI Automation
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New Product Development
  • Voice of the Customer
  • Specification Development
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Roadmap Planning
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Key Benefits

Freeing up your time and helping you grow your business is what it’s all about.  Allowing you to remove the distractions that are getting in the way of driving things forward and bringing clarity to the decisions that need to be made. Short circuiting the decision processes with access to the best in class tools and market intel, and a highly trained team at your disposal to execute the tasks you need accomplished. Unburdened, confident, excited, and a lot less stress, that's the world we strive to give our customers.

What Success Looks Like
  • More time for you
  • Additional Capabilities
  • Better Clarity
  • Less Stress
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Our Story

The Next Step Inc. was founded in 2015 after experiencing the challenges of running a small business first hand.  It began with a simple notion that so much of what small business leaders have to deal with is much harder than it should be. We set out to take on the challenges that small business leaders, specifically in the manufacturing space, couldn’t tackle either due to time constraints or lack of internal expertise.

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Jeff Radichel Owner of The Next Step
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What Makes Us Unique

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Our ability to take complex problems, tasks or situations and map out all the key elements to build a current state and future direction.

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Our ability to select the right tools or processes that will reduce the time, energy, and cost for execution for our customers.

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Our ability to remove the effort and execution from our key stakeholder, from problem definition to problem execution. It’s our no homework clause.

The Process

Our goal is to keep it simple. We work together to ensure we understand the core value of the company and the offering to the customer. With that, we map the elements and metrics to define success. Then we execute!

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If our guarantee isn’t enough, see what others have to say.

Better yet, give us a call, we can provide you with their phone numbers and you can call them.
Justin Jovle
Justin Jovle, COO, Hydra-Flex Inc.

"I served as a board member for a small manufacturing company Jeff was working on. Within 6 months of starting the company had built out a new brand, found new channel partners, moved the facility, gotten to profitability, and started their lean journey all while evaluating and hiring staff to meet the company objectives. Jeff’s well rounded business knowledge makes him a key resource that can solve any business challenge. If you are struggling with a problem and need some support to drive through it. The Next Step Inc. is your team."

Kirby Sneen
Kirby Sneen, President, Manufacturers Alliance

"Jeff has served as a board member for Manufacturers Alliance since 2012.  His insights have always challenged our thinking and helped us to get to the next level.  More recently we brought him on to lead our new IT platform integration.  Having someone I can trust that will take over and drive a program so I don't have to is so relieving.  It allows me the ability to stay focused on running the business.  If you have a project that needs to get done, give them a call."

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