Naperville Marketing Firm Mark James & Associates Honored in Small Business of the Year Awards

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Naperville marketing and business strategy firm Mark James & Associates (MJA) was recognized recently as a finalist in the 2011 Small Business of the Year Awards of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. This competition presents a unique opportunity for the local business community to review the best practices of successful entrepreneurs and to set a benchmark of excellence for the years to come.

Naperville marketing and business strategy firm Mark James & Associates (MJA) was recognized recently as a finalist in the 2011 Small Business of the Year Awards of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. This competition presents a unique opportunity for the local business community to review the best practices of successful entrepreneurs and to set a benchmark of excellence for the years to come.

President Mark James credits the success of his firm not only to the outstanding team of professionals he’s assembled at MJA, but also to the values upon which he founded the business. Always skeptical of fancy agencies and consultants that walk into a client’s office with a swagger, make overconfident promises and then deliver meager results, James took a fundamentally different approach with his business.

“Our approach at MJA is to not recommend a solution to a client until we fully understand the problem,” James explains. “We are unique in the way we leverage real measurements to prove results, and what’s more, we’re not afraid of being measured for what we do for clients. In fact, we go out of our way to do so.”

Although the company got its start providing high-quality marketing and business consulting services to large Fortune 50 clients, in recent years James has switched the company’s focus to the small- to mid-sized market. MJA now gives owners of all size businesses access to the same sophisticated data and tactics that big companies rely on to improve business, at a fraction of the cost.

James says, “Having grown up in an entrepreneurial family and now owning a small business myself, I understand what it means to sign your name on the front of a paycheck. When you’re a business owner, it’s a whole different world. I can relate. I know what keeps business owners up at night. And I can help them solve their problems, something you can’t do well until you’ve walked in their shoes.”

Chamber President and CEO John Schmitt agrees that success is laudable for businesses like MJA. “The Small Business of the Year Awards is the Chamber’s top honor. It’s the business community’s way of recognizing outstanding work done of, for and by the members. And every business nominated is a true winner.”

About Mark James & Associates
Based in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois, Mark James & Associates (MJA) helps clients elevate the performance of their business. Using a proprietary work methodology, MJA deploys business improvement, precision marketing and measurement techniques to help clients leverage their strengths, improve their weaknesses and increase revenue and profit. For more information, visit http://www.MarkJamesAssociates.com.

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