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January 12, 2011 12:45 ET

Sikich LLP to Offer Proprietary New Business Consulting Tool

AURORA, IL--(Marketwire - January 12, 2011) -  Six professionals at Sikich LLP, a nationally recognized public accounting and business advisory firm (, have been licensed, trained and certified to facilitate a business evaluation process called the Corporate Body Scan™, which is part of the SOAR to Strategic Excellence™ business improvement process. The move allows Sikich to begin providing its middle-market clients with a level of business consulting typically available only to Fortune 1000 firms.

Developed and owned by the Parkland Group Inc., the Corporate Body Scan is a technology-based, evaluation process that compares middle-market companies with world-class performers. The Corporate Body Scan is completed through a one-day, facilitated group meeting and proprietary new software that assesses a company's overall health and identifies specific steps for improvement. 

"These certifications give our firm a powerful new tool that will significantly add value for our middle-market clients," said Jim Sikich, Sikich CEO and managing partner. "We pride ourselves on delivering the most productive and cost effective services available, and this process is on the leading edge of that mission."

Sikich members newly certified to facilitate the Corporate Body Scan include Tom Bayer, Nathan Catt, Mike Palmatier, George Malina, Larry Maholland and Joe Kulek.

Because it is a one-day assessment process, many middle-market companies find the Corporate Body Scan an economical and efficient alternative to teams of traditional corporate consultants spending weeks analyzing a company to develop business improvement strategies. The process is a self evaluation tool that requires no advance preparation. It is proven to increase employee engagement, productivity, and consensus among management and improve profitability. 

There are currently six versions of the Corporate Body Scan, which can be used for manufacturing, distribution, service, retail, and construction businesses in the middle market. In addition, a specialized non-profit version will soon be made available.

About Sikich LLP

Sikich LLP is a public accounting and consulting firm providing public accounting and tax services, operations and management consulting, entrepreneurial services, information technology products and services, investment banking, human resource services, marketing and design services, retirement plan services, and wealth management. With more than 350 employees and nine offices located in Aurora, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Decatur, Naperville, Rockford, Springfield, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; and St. Louis, Missouri, Sikich serves individuals and small and middle market companies, as well as governmental and not-for-profit organizations. Visit to learn more.

Securities are offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, a registered broker dealer with the Securities Exchange Commission and a member of FINRA and SIPC. Advisory services offered through Sikich Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. General securities offered through Triad Advisors, Member FINRA/SIPC.

The Parkland Group is a consulting firm dedicated to improving the performance and profitability of businesses. After 30 years of experience and data gathering, Parkland has developed the SOAR to Strategic Excellence process and The Corporate Body Scan, which can be performed by trained facilitators certified by the Parkland Group. For more information, visit

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