Shadow Ridge Analytics Brings Humanity into Business Consulting

July 31, 2020

Are you searching for critical operations and financial insight for your new or existing business but don’t have the bandwidth or need for a full time controller or engineer? Do you have a new product or service idea but need help developing a tangible plan to present to investors, banks, or other stakeholders? 

My name is Elle Gahl and I own Shadow Ridge Analytics LLC in Belgrade. I am a born and raised Montanan and a Montana State engineering alumna. For the last seven years, I have assisted businesses of all sizes understand and optimize their business processes and costs. Most engineers and accountants try to just use the data and the financial statements to understand a business and the human element is thought of last instead of first. It’s not that data driven decisions aren’t a critical piece of business success. They are! However, I pride myself in my ability to look beyond the numbers and see the person and behind the product. I want to first understand your story, background, and goals. In other words, I know it’s not the product that makes a business work; it’s the people on the ground everyday.  

New businesses must understand not only their costs, but the process of how they create their great product or service. Shadow Ridge Analytics takes the time to break down and understand your process in order to develop a detailed plan that highlights your process constraints, customer demands, staffing needs, and costs. This thorough understanding of your new business is not only essential to hit great margins, but also to impress those investors and stakeholders and show you’ve done your homework.

Existing businesses have their own unique challenges. Maybe you’ve been plagued by bad design, turnover, and, more than likely, Covid. Let’s take a deep dive and find opportunities to improve. Shadow Ridge Analytics will NOT look for staffing cuts and our first suggestion is never to spend a bunch of capital on new fancy pants technology. Instead, the focus is eliminating waste and releasing the constraints on the business to increase throughput and efficiency. 

There is no idea or business that is too small for continuous improvement and innovation. If you are interested in getting your new business off the ground or improving your existing enterprise, please give me a call at 406-600-2989 or send me an email at Check out the website,, for more information. I can’t wait to get started with you!     


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