Debra Christein

Ann Arbor, MI
25 Years of Experience

About Debra Christein

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 years’ 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. I’ve provided CLARITY, FOCUS and PLANNING to clients in a wide variety of industries.
I’ve 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.

Other Info


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

Certificates & Licenses:

  • MBA


  • Treasurer and Board Member, Ann Arbor Art Center
  • Finance Committee and Board Member, A2Y Regional Chamber
  • New Enterprise Forum, Program Committee

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