Across the river in downtown Grand Ledge, you can find the strategic consulting firm Kuntzsch Solutions. Since it’s founding in 2004, Rachel Kuntzsch and her team has been helping companies plan, fund and implement projects.
Kuntzsch founded Kuntzsch Solutions while doing contract work for nonprofits. Over time it grew, and as her workload increased, so did the size of her staff. Kuntzsch Solutions takes an organic approach to business models, with the knowledge that there is no one solution that fits everyone. The company conducts and analyzes research to give clients the information they need to make the best decisions for their business.
“We work with Michigan companies to have them work together for mutual benefit,” said Kuntzsch.
One of the main objectives of Kuntzsch Solutions is to help their clients develop ideas and bring their projects to life. Once there is a plan in place, they work to help the company with anything that needs to be done, whether it’s finding funding for the project, working on a communications plan or incorporating advertising and websites.
Clients come to Kuntzsch Solutions for expert advice in all areas. For example, Kuntzsch Solutions has worked on projects with NextEnergy since 2004 to support strategy, business and funding development, industry services and marketing.
“NextEnergy was our first and remains our longest standing client,” Kuntzsch said.
Over the years, they’ve helped NextEnergy develop numerous program strategies and cultivate millions of dollars in state, federal, corporate and philanthropic funding. They’ve also facilitated the strategic planning efforts, coordinated industry working groups, supported event planning and advised on policy strategy that was needed. On an ongoing basis, Kuntzsch Solutions identifies funding opportunities relevant to NextEnergy and their partners to help them develop program strategies and facilitate grant proposal development.
Kuntzsch Solutions has also worked with the University of Michigan-Flint and their regional stakeholders to develop a feasibility study for a Center to Support Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development in downtown Flint. The study focused on identifying regional needs and potential services to be offered at the Center as well as possible partnerships and opportunities for collaboration.
The team at Kuntzsch Solutions is extremely varied in order to handle anything that their clients require. From graphic design to web development, the 10-person team can complete any project that their clients ask for.
Staff members at Kuntzsch Solutions work hard and that hard work has paid off. The company has been recognized as one of Michigan’s 50 Businesses to Watch.
“We don’t have plans to become a huge company,” explained Kuntzsch. “Our growth will be in line with the companies we work with to help us better serve them.”
On Friday afternoons after a long week of work, the office staff spend time together and drink a couple of local Michigan brews to bring the week to a close and develop a sense of community.
“I like to keep my staff feeling valued and have some fun along the way,” says Kuntzsch.