About Irv Michaels

About Irv Michaels

Educated as an accountant, Irv has always had a passion for music and the arts. After working as a record producer at Chicago’s legendary Chess Records, he joined a local accounting firm in 1972, where as a CPA and partner, he focused on entrepreneurial businesses. 

In 1986, he founded Michaels Consulting Ltd., initially providing consulting to businesses with a focus on software and financial systems, and eventually evolving to a broader business advisory practice. In addition, he was the strategic relationship director at a software consulting firm, and a business performance advisor at a national professional employer organization. 

Since 2004, he has served in a business advisory capacity for a range of graphic design, architecture and arts organizations, including IN-FO.CO (LA), Inventory Press (LA), Some All None (LA), 12 LineStudio  (Chicago), Alligator Records (Chicago), Future Firm   (Chicago), MTWTF (NY), M1DTW (Detroit) Project Projects (NY), and Rick Valicenti (Chicago). 



Education & Certifications

– B.S.B.A., Roosevelt University
– Certified Public Accountant (inactive)
– Certified Business Performance Advisor

– LivePlan Expert Advisor

– QuickBools Pro Advisor  

– TSheets Certified Pro Advisor 



– A.I.C.P.A. 
– Illinois CPA Society 
– Business Solutions Network

– AIC Architecture and Design Society

– American Institute of Graphic Artists

– Chicago Creative Coalition



Irv is a public speaker covering business planning, setting and managing goals, business development, networking, and technology.

The following are organizations where he has participated as a speaker or panelist:

2112, music and film incubator

– Chicago Creative Coalition

– Lawyers for the Creative Arts

– Stage 18 Chicago, film incubator 

– Arts and Business Council of Chicago


2112, business incubator, focused on music, film/video, and creative industry-focused technologies.

Board Member

– Chicago Innovation Un-Gala committee member (2015–2018)

– The Trotter Project (2016–17)

– Long Grove Arts & Music Council (2010–14)