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Who We Are

About Business Improvement Group

Business Improvement Group is an Alaska-based business consultancy that is passionate about helping businesses big and small reach their full potential. We use over ten years of industry expertise and proven techniques and tools, such as Lean Six Sigma, ITSM (ITIL), BPI, COBIT, and more, to help our clients find opportunities for cost savings, create a customer-centric culture, gain market share, and more. 

We evaluate every aspect of your business for areas of growth, from how your team works together and completes projects to what workflows and technology you use to support everyday functions. Whether you want us to look at the big picture of how your business runs or help you see a big project through to completion, you can look to us as your partners in pushing your organization to the next level. 

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Our Founder

Jim Bates
Founder, President & CEO  of BIG

Unlocking the potential of people and businesses to improve our world.

Jim Bates is the Founder, President & CEO of Business Improvement Group, Inc. (BIG) and an Adjunct Professor in several schools at the University of Alaska Anchorage, including the MSPM program. Jim was elected as President-elect to the Project Management Institute Alaska Chapter (PMIAK) for 2018 and as an Executive Adviser for the nationwide Center for Technology. In addition to his many professional certifications, Jim holds master certificates in Business Analysis, Lean Six Sigma, and Project Management from Villanova University.

Jim is an experienced executive and consultant who is passionate about leading business transformation and offering innovative, high-value solutions to everyday business challenges. He has a proven ability to successfully analyze an organization’s critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and align and integrate technology. 

He strives to help companies develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer service offerings. Jim is also an engaging, experienced public speaker and instructor. He frequently offers courses in Six Sigma, ITSM/ITIL, HIPAA compliance, leadership training, project management, and more. 

VIP Culture

Our Vision 

BIG fosters a customer-centric culture and is dedicated to helping its business partners achieve a similar culture while realizing their business goals. We call it a “VIP” culture – “V” for Vision, “I” for Integrity, and “P” for Passion.

This culture creates the same quest for improvement within our organization that we strive to inspire in our clients. It promotes dynamic growth while preventing complacency. While standing firmly on the wisdom of those who have gone before, we embrace the change of the future.

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We pursue our work with a vision of excellence. In being the premier business consultancy, we partner with our clients to aid them in achieving their full business potential.

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Our team promotes the highest level of integrity, building a partnership of trust with our business partners. Our customers are partners, not quotas. 

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We are incredibly passionate about what we do. We believe in our products, services, and methods and thrive on supporting you in achieving your vision.

What Our Clients Have to Say

Clients We’ve Helped

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Air Land Transport, Inc. 

Anchorage, AK

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Alaska Primary Care 

Anchorage, AK

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Burlington. NC

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Round Rock, TX

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The City of Wasilla

Wasilla, AK

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