About Us

About Us

The CoLab Group (CLG) is a niche consulting company focused on providing business growth, messaging, communication, and improvement consulting services for startup and small business organizations. CLG is led by business professional, Chris Hutchinson, who brings with him 24+ years of experience. Under Chris’ leadership, CLG demonstrates expertise in the following areas across a variety of vertical markets:

  • business development and marketing
  • food and agircultural messaging and strategic communication
  • social media and email campaign development and management
  • professional branding and networking development
  • process development and implementation
  • leadership development

This breadth of experience allows CLG to offer a unique level of services compared to others in the space.  CLG aims to grow long-term relationships with their clients by providing business development & brand ambassadorship services, strategic communication & messaging, professional branding, networking & leadership services, and process development & implementation services for their clients by following CLG’s core values of:

  • collaboration
  • transparency
  • nimble enthusiasm
  • inclusion
  • work-life passion


“Chris is a gifted business strategist. Whenever I meet with him, I come away with new strategies that have quickly paid off for me. I trust Chris as an objective sounding board and know he will ask thought-provoking questions that uncover opportunities. His recommendations and ideas are always based on sound business acumen and broad expertise in personal branding, business development, and entrepreneurial pursuits. At all times, Chris demonstrates an ethical mindset and professionalism. I strongly recommend Chris to other small businesses and startups.”

Shirley Triller, PCC

Vice President of Talent Management
HRD Advisory Group

“The CoLab Group helped develop and implement a marketing and sales strategy for my newest role as a sales agent. In addition, Chris has served as an excellent business development strategist on other previous projects of mine. I would highly recommend Chris and The CoLab Group for any individual, small, or startup business owner.”

Ryan Schalk

Sr. Sales Agent
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

“Chris consistently demonstrates a collaborative and transparent approach when presenting potential solutions. He understands the big picture and how external factors can impact an organization. The CoLab Group, with Chris’ broad experience in several markets, is well positioned to provide timely and relevant solutions for current and prospective client-partners.”

Dr. Kiko Suarez

Chief Community Impact Officer
United Way of Central Indiana

“I’ve greatly valued working as a colleague with Chris over 5 years at Harrison College. Observing Chris in action and working closely with him on several large initiatives has given me the insight to know first-hand that he is a passionate leader, excellent communicator, and engaged collaborator. Chris has the ability to identify organizational needs and turn those into tangible plans. Chris has been flexible and adaptive, taking on multiple new organizational directives, and driving them to successful outcomes. As a team player, Chris’ default instinct is to pull together cross-functional departments to ensure there is alignment around project objectives and milestones. All of these attributes blend together, positioning Chris for even greater future success as a leader.”

Kevin Hesler

  Director of Product Development

“Chris worked for me at Harrison College as Director of Program Development. Using his organizational and collaborative skills, he focused on developing and implementing a program development process across 13 campuses and online for existing and new programs. The new process he developed provided for system-wide input and high-level collaboration that ensured success in development and implementation of programs.”

Lowell Frame

Former VP of Academics
Harrison College