About Us

What‘s in the Name?

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, “86” is a slang term that is used in the American popular culture as a transitive verb to mean throw out or get rid of, as a term to describe an item no longer available, or to refuse service to a customer.

Our Vision

Provide practical real-world insights and solutions to unlock the full potential of small to medium sized companies through operational performance and financial structure.

What We Do

We Help Small Businesses Become More Successful.


Here at The 86 Group, our passion is helping small to medium-sized business owners achieve their goals. No matter if the goal is to improve your business, expand and grow, or to exit, we cover all areas of business strategy with expertise.

While entrepreneurs are keenly aware of areas of opportunity and improvement that exist within their business, we understand that they often just don’t have the time, manpower, or a clear path to the best solution. That’s where we come in, rolling up our shirt sleeves to help you solve your business challenges and achieve your dreams with our real-world solutions.

Breaking Down the Barriers to Good Decisions

For business owners , financial performance and shareholder value invariably come down to the quality of their decision-making.

More often than not, however, key decisions are clouded by changing assumptions , endless debate or ill-defined goals . I n the belief that its decisions are sound , management leaves enormous value on the table. Improving decisions-and how they’re made. The 86 Group is a strategic management consulting group that helps businesses raise the quality of their decisions-and their decision-making processes. Finding opportunity in uncertainty. I n a world of moving targets , shifting terrain and unknown outcomes , The 86 Group is committed to helping key decision-makers achieve lasting improvements in performance and value creation . We help clients solve complex business problems by applying expertise in operations , finance , and growth

Our Core Practices

If you’re brand new to business ownership or are a seasoned veteran or spunky entrepreneur, we optimize each phase of business ownership.




The 86 Group came recommended from a friend, and now I see why – from the initial meeting to the completion of our project they were great to work with.  I would also recommend them to my friends.

Mark Snyder
86 Group Client

I worked personally with Cory Strickland over the past 6 years. I’ve hired them multiple times and will continue to use them.

Doug Rogers
86 Group Client

Great experience. We originally hired 86 for a business valuation, then hired them to sell our business. They were very professional and assisted us throughout every aspect of the process.

Mike Owens
86 Group Client

Bill provided my client and me excellent advice that proved invaluable to the deal.

Robert Bowman
86 Group Client

Their professional staff and “can do attitude” makes them a pleasure to work with.

Vignesh Shanker
86 Group Client

I became acquainted with Cory as the Broker of a business I was buying. I was having trouble getting financing. Since then, I have used Cory for raising capital for expansion and the acquisition of other businesses. A real pro!

Rodney Schroeder
86 Group Client

Great resource for a small business!

Donna Brewer
86 Group Client

From the time I approved the marketing package, Bill had us sitting at the closing table in 72 days.

Carlos Ramallo
86 Group Client

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fo·cal point /ˈfōkəl ˌpoint
noun: focal point; plural noun: focal points
the point at which diverging rays of light meet after reflection, proceeding as one; the center of interest or activity.

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