Contractor Advisors Works To Build The Next Generation Of Successful Diverse Construction Firms.

Through our decades of experience managing varying aspects of the industry, our team is a well-positioned to guide, direct and mold firms into transformation.

"Transforming Organizations Operations And Leadership Strategies"


A business management approach that equips clients with industry best practices solutions to achieve operational excellence, sustainable performance and scalable growth.


Here's What People Have To Say About Us!

Prime Contractor

Partnering with City of Chicago assist agencies, such as Contractor Advisors brings us closer to accomplishing the goal of creating a level playing field for small, minority and women-owned businesses and helping to remove barriers to participate on contracts.  Starting in 2015, we have supported Contractor Advisors by participating as an exhibitor and/or sponsor at their annual construction conference.  This conference offers M/W/D/SBEs an opportunity to network and market their businesses to prime contractors and to participate in educational workshops. We see Contractor Advisors as an important partner in providing M/W/D/SBEs the resources that they need to succeed in the construction industry.

-Jim Nissen, President Pepper Construction, Environmental Technologies


Since 2014, Contract Advisors has been awarded multiple Service and Reimbursement Agreements for MBE/WBE Training programs. They have successfully developed and conducted these programs on behalf of DPS which were designed to provide diverse and emerging construction business owners with a better understanding of industry principles and practices to assist them in operation more efficient businesses. The programs offered by Contract Advisors have included workshops covering the following topics: contract documents, project management, job estimating understanding bid forms and finding bid opportunities, developing a winning business plan, surety bond applications, basic construction accounting and financial management, and credit worthiness. The training offered by Contract Advisors supports the City of Chicago’s mission to assist minority and women-owned businesses with obtaining contracting opportunities in order to become more profitable and self-sufficient.

-Shannon Andrews,

Former Chief, City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services


I first met Suzanne Stantley, President of Contractor Advisors in 2013 when I became a participant in her training and mentoring program. She has assisted my business on many levels from business development and training on subjects like estimating, project management, finding bid opportunities, business operations, financial management and more. I quickly learned the importance of gaining a greater understanding of important principles and how knowing them would help me grow my business. I have attended Ms. Stantley’s training programs each year since. Having her counsel, advice and direction has helped my business increase our revenue and bonding capacity. She continually keeps our firm abreast of bidding opportunities that come to her from various sources that are unavailable to me. Since first meeting Ms. Stantley my business has grown from just myself to a staff of 12.  I do not believe I would have achieved the level of success I have without everything Ms. Stantley has provided and continues to teach me.

-Cassandra Harris, CEO,

Bill Welding and Fabrication


We met Suzanne at a Minority Contractors event in Chicago, IL in 2019.. Since this meeting she has consistently assisted our company in developing relationships and networking opportunities with leaders of organizations that were not within our line of sight. She has connected us with potential projects with the IL Tollway Authority & O’Hare International Airport. In additional she conducted a much-needed assessment of our company’s business strategy and provided invaluable advice for our growth. Suzanne has a highly enthusiastic approach and passion for her work. She truly wants to see others succeed and gives proper guidance to assist companies in effectively extending their customer base and increasing financial capacity.

-Tommy and Monica Arbuckle

Chair and CEO

AFE Construction

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