Debra Christein

Ann Arbor, MI CFO

26 Years of Experience

I bring clarity and focused solutions to perceived obstacles and create plans of action that propel small-to-mid-sized companies to the next level. I partner with small business owners on developing financial/operational systems and procedures that support sustainable, thriving businesses. ??

With 30 yearsí experience working with small-to-mid-sized companies on the financial management of their businesses, I bring a wealth of expertise and experience to small business owners that need solutions and plans to move their businesses forward. I work with business owners on managing IMMEDIATE NEEDS and/or planning for LONG-TERM NEEDS and BUSINESS TRANSITION.


In the past six years, I have worked with over 60 companies and built a thriving business consultancy from the ground up. Iíve provided CLARITY, FOCUS and PLANNING to clients in a wide variety of industries.
Iíve worked with business owners to:

? Improve cash flow
? Transition or sell a business
? Increase credit lines at lower interest rates
? Set up the finance structure and procedures to support growing businesses
? Create models to guide decisions about operations management and strategic direction
? Untangle messes left by bad-fit employees
? Train staff to take over Controller roles
? Resolve other finance-related challenges

When I work with clients the only items on my agenda, are their goals. Business owners worry. Sometimes they worry about the wrong things. I come in and show them what to worry about and fix it. Bottom line, I sell FREEDOM for the business owner.


Small business owners are part of what makes America great. I am inspired by the risks taken by small business owners. I admire their dedication to take a dream/passion and turn it into a business. I am honored and humbled when a business owner entrusts their business to me.

Reach out to me to achieve your business goals.

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    University of Michigan, MBA Miami University of Ohio, BA, MS

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    Treasurer and Board Member Ann Arbor Art Center, Board Member, The A2Y Chamber of Commerce, Finance Committee A2Y Chamber of Commerce

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