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Ruth helped me put some specific "systems" in place that have enhanced my productivity, which in turn increased my revenue by 30%. She is very well organized and has in depth knowledge of the foundations required to run successful businesses.


Nancy D'Anna
D'Anna Imaging

“Ruth was an excellent resource for my company. She helped us to restructure our staff into a more effective configuration, while showing us where we were being inefficient. We were so impressed by her recommendations that we hired her for strategic planning facilitation. Ruth was professional and we have found measurable results in our business.”


Rosaleen Doherty, Right At Home
Salem and Haverhill, Massachusetts

“When it was time for me to change the focus of my business, I knew the best person to help me achieve this goal was Ruth Sheets. We worked together on a new marketing plan, pricing, brochure and web site. Her invaluable input and guidance not only enabled me to determine my target market but how to best approach it. Ruth is knowledgeable, professional, insightful and a pleasure to work with.”


Carol Fournier
RenCoor (Renovation Coordination)

“Ruth helped me to identify my target market, position my business, price my graphic design services and develop an effective marketing strategy. Thanks to her expertise, I am attracting my ideal clients and growing my business. Ruth is truly an expert in her field. She is focused and genuinely committed to helping her clients. I give her a “5-star” rating for professionalism, expertise and practical advice.”


Joan E. Plummer
Express your message with a fresh image.

“Ruth Sheets is a thorough genius in at least two dozen areas. She has mastered the art of gross volume business turnaround. As an MBA she has helped numerous businesses bring sustainable multiple turnaround Dollars to bottom line profit increases. Her contribution is continually proving to be invaluable to our business.”


Ernie Wronka
Wronka Ltd.
Burlington, MA

"I have been a chiropractor in private practice for more than 20 years. As a result of working with Ruth Sheets at Ducks in a Row Consulting on a growth plan, we have seen 89 more patients in the month of May than we did in any previous year. And we have only begun to implement the wonderful operations and marketing plans she has designed for us!"


Eric Cutting, D.C.
Cutting Chiropractic & Healing
Amesbury, MA

"I've found Ruth's insight to be invaluable and frankly, I don't make a move in my business without consulting her. Her services have helped me to better understand my target market, allowing me to literally quadruple my business in the last year. I can't say enough good things about her. Pick up the phone and call Ruth Sheets today. You want her on your side and you don't want her working for your competition!"


Beth M. Durkee, Principal
Eyeland Creations: Your Design Consultants for Print and Web Communications

"Ruth Sheets, the principle of Ducks in a Row Consulting put a breath of fresh air into my College Planning Services consulting business.  Her professional, efficient and personable manner made working with her very easy.  Ruth helped me navigate through six months of coordination and all the integral steps to launch my web site with ease. With Ruth's expertise the result was a very successful web site that has increased my business.  She has the unique ability to foresee issues and provide ideas and creative practical solutions while keeping an eye on the big picture.

She is a joy to work with and I would highly recommend her services."

John DeLorey
College Planning Services

"I am a recent graduate of the Salem CDC Entrepreneurial Program. As a student I had written a business plan and was trying to get my business off the ground, when I met Ruth Sheets of Ducks in a Row Consulting. I introduced myself with a carefully rehearsed elevator pitch. Ruth very kindly gave me a few suggestions on how I might improve my pitch. The next day in class I gave my new pitch incorporating Ruth's suggestions.  Everyone in the class, including my instructor, was awed. 

Filled with new confidence I immediately signed up for Ruth's business positioning program. We worked on everything from messaging to marketing materials and pricing. She helped me to create a business model for my company. I now have a different way of looking at my business and truly understand what I am really selling! Working with Ruth was a great way to start my business. It was like taking an intense personalized real world business course.  I honestly believe that it was time and money well spent."

Gloria Bakst, MA Ed
Balanced Nutritional Lifestyles

"Whether your challenges are in accounting, organization, technology or management, Ruth Sheets is the one for the job. She has a meticulous eye for detail and a love of problem-solving. She certainly helped me."


David Osborne, Managing Partner
Public Strategies Group
Co-author, Reinventing Government and Banishing Bureaucracy

"Like most entrepreneurs, I thought I had my business figured out and on track – but was I wrong! After working with Ruth Sheets at Ducks in a Row Consulting, I began to think about and see my business as I never had before.

After the first session, I was much better able to articulate the value of my service offering, and saw immediate results. I received help with business positioning –why customers choose us, why we're different – and developed a dynamic elevator pitch. With this marketing message, and following the action plan we developed, I have renewed confidence that I will reach my goals.

Working with Ducks in a Row Consulting was worth every moment of my time. The return has been far greater than the investment."


Diane Fortune, Realtor
Keller Williams
Serving Massachusetts and New Hampshire

"Because I provide a technical service, I had difficulty talking about my business in a way that people could understand and value. I was also unsure about how to position my business to attract the customers I desire. Ducks in a Row Consulting helped me to look at my business from the outside in. After years of struggling with these issues, I have achieved a breakthrough in how I talk about and present my business. Now that my message is clear and I have identified my true target market, I can focus on growing my business."


Carol Sanger
The Web Division

"I had recently relocated back to the New England area, and needed guidance in a familiar yet new business market. Ruth Sheets helped to strengthen my business efforts in many different areas, including marketing and personal presentation skills. Through an evaluation process with Ruth, a more focused direction evolved, thus paving the way for specific goals and objectives that allowed for personal sales growth. I can honestly say that I immediately saw the benefits of my affiliation with Ducks in a Row Consulting -- which is something to 'quack' about!"


Joanne Schamberg
Promotional Solutions

"Ruth really has the ability to take you start to finish."

"She has mastered the art of making vague concepts into concrete ideas."

"She really pushes results and offers real numbers. When I had an idea that was hard to nail down, Ruth just brought it all back to the board and made the decision easier by putting figures to the problem."


Olympic Physical Therapy, Inc.
Wilmington, MA

"Ruth Sheets, principal of Ducks in a Row Consulting, is an invaluable resource to business owners. She helps to clarify business ideas and provides a framework for business growth. Ruth has a thorough knowledge of the many facets of business planning, and she has an extensive network of professionals who can help even the most inexperienced entrepreneur realize her goals.

Ruth takes the time to get to know all that is unique about her clients so that she can tailor her recommendations to the individual's needs. By focusing on a person's uniqueness, she is able to put together a team that is ideally suited to her client's purpose. Ruth not only helps to set the team in motion, she ensures that the plan stays on track. She is an expert at focusing on a client's mission and working tirelessly until it is achieved. She not only gets your ducks in a row but she helps to keep them there!"


Katie Basson
Behavior Improvement Today
Newburyport, MA

"Our non-profit organization had a mission to open and operate a profit center that would teach job skills, provide a needed service (which we had not yet researched or determined) and pay for itself in the process. Ruth's ability to clearly define and prioritize details took us from Board, bank and landlord negotiations to equipment leases, a job training course, and an up-and-running Copy Center and Cyber Café. Her unflappable leadership made the process as rewarding as the success of our mission and its ongoing benefits."


Pat Loranger, Manager
The Blue Triangle Company
A profit center of the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts
New Bedford, MA

"When I was young, I used to buy these 1,000 piece puzzles with pictures of beautiful landscapes on the cover. I would enthusiastically sit down with pure optimism about the outcome. I could see it clearly, but then the reality of just how many pieces there were would sink in. The puzzle began to seem confusing and stopped being fun. Working with Ruth Sheets is like finding the key to just exactly where each piece of the puzzle fits. She helped me to realize my grand vision and I even had fun doing it."


Jane Cosner, Principal
You Know You Know
Newburyport, MA

"Ducks in a Row not only provided clear, highly detailed research and recommendations, but represented our organization in such a way as we were able to conduct continual follow-up with the contacts she established for us."


K.J. Ward, Program Director
JRI Health, A Division of the Justice Resource Institute
Boston, MA

"I never realized how hard it would be to write a business plan. Ruth Sheets at Ducks in a Row Consulting made the process more enjoyable and understandable! I now have a much greater understanding of my target market, service offering, and competitors. I am confident that this plan will provide a road map to my business success."


Jo Jacques

"As a medical professional trying to introduce a new heath care resource to the community, I found Ruth Sheets to be of invaluable assistance. She went far beyond the call of duty with helpful introductions and constructive encouragement. She is a very grounded, patient, and hard working person who I knew I could trust with sensitive and confidential material. I would recommend Ms. Sheets to handle any kind of consultation set in front of her."


Carol Marquis
Lymphatic Therapist
West Newbury, MA


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