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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


S & M Plow Corp. benefitted from the wisdom and expertise provided by Suzanne Stantley and her team of professionals that presented to the Making It to The Top Cohort, March through July 2022. We learned how to manage various construction issues that many of us had not yet experienced. The timing was perfect because we were all experiencing unforeseen issues caused by Covid which made it necessary for most of the cohort participants to pivot or enhance their business models.  It was nice to be able to schedule consultations with the various professionals who weighed in on how to handle our specific business issues.  We were introduced to new software tools, networking opportunities as well as provided the opportunity to register for OSHA 30 Certifications for ourselves or and/or a team member.  

-Joyce Gye


S &M Plow Corp.

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Insurance Broker

Suzanne Stantley and her team provided outstanding service to my company by helping us gain a better understanding of many areas that are important to improving my business operations and putting me in a position to assist our contractor clients win commercial construction contracts. The effort Ms. Stantley extended on behalf of all of the contractors and principals she supported has been exemplary. We truly appreciate the resources she brought to our attention and are very appreciative of her efforts. Ms. Stantley has been a valuable asset and we know that any firm who is fortunate enough to become part of her construction business development program will benefit immensely. 

-Gregory Whitmore


United American

Insurance Brokerage

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It is difficult to fully express just how much Suzanne Stantley has helped my business progress.  She opened my eyes to a new world of business operations which elevated how we engage with clients, vendors and our staff.  I am so very grateful for all that she did for me.  Her dedication and willingness of offer advice and counsel as well as having provided a number of direct services makes me so very glad to have met this amazing businessperson.  

Any organization in need of preparing contractors like me elevate their knowledge about operating in commercial construction should definitely hire Ms. Stantley to achieve your DEI goals.

-John Terry


JT Electrical Construction

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