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The Positive Impact of TAB on SME Businesses

“I joined TAB in 2014 and it has been a great experience to date and has provided huge benefits to me and my organisation. It is an excellent forum to air and discuss difficult business issues and to obtain expert considered advice. It has given me clear direction and focused my mind on exactly what my key business priorities are.”

Mark Robson, Red Mist Leisure Ltd, Surrey

“I joined the Guildford TAB Board in 2014 as a trial. I wasn’t sure how it would help projectfive, or whether I’d benefit from it personally. But, the time has flown by, and it’s proven more useful and enjoyable than I ever thought possible. Each month I get to meet with an experienced team of fellow business-owners. We have a lot in common and have built up an enormous level of trust between us. We are able to share business challenges that I’d previously had to deal with on my own.

The insight of the others, and their frank, open and honest advice is refreshing. It enables me to see things more clearly and use the wisdom in the room to help our business progress. As someone who was unsure to begin with, the depth of trust and the strength of the relationships that I have with my fellow TAB members is something I didn’t foresee. I would recommend joining TAB to any business owner who is looking at growing their business and maturing their role within that business.”

Steve Coburn, projective, Surrey

“Joining TAB 10 months ago seemed like a big decision at the time. I attended my first board meeting in July 2015 as a guest but felt immediately part of the group and I was struck by the honesty and integrity of what has since become my board.

The monthly meetings are now a highlight of my journey as a business owner and I look forward to the insight, experience and wisdom from my mentor and fellow board members.

TAB has given me the perfect platform for challenge sharing, affirmation and business integrity and has become a key aspect of my business and personal development and an experience that I would recommend to all business owners”

Allan MacMillan, C7 Architects Ltd, Surrey

TAB meetings enable me to meet and talk with like minded people, gain new angles and fresh ways of thinking for my business. I meet bright, intelligent people each of who have made a success of their chosen businesses. More importantly, they understand the trials and tribulations that every organisation, irrespective of size, is faced with every day. It is this hard won, practical experience that TAB brings together and which is readily shared around the boardroom table to the benefit of all. Whatever problems arise it helps to know that I am not on my own.

Bob Gomersall, Virtual College

Sharing experience, knowledge, hopes, ambitions and fears with a board of peers is enormously beneficial to my business and to me as an individual. Consultants can only go so far – nothing beats the real life lessons that a peer group of this stature can give. Give me real experience over books and gurus any day!

Ian Thompson, Thompson Brand Partners

One of the great things that TAB has given me is confidence – the reassurance that I am doing the right thing and a good job. You don’t really get to feel like that sat alone at your desk.

Jacqui Hall, CNG Ltd

As a direct result of my Board meetings and my fellow members understanding the DNA of the business and myself to some extent, I had been advised to get a ‘right-hand man’ – someone in operations that could take the heat off the day job. I implemented that and it’s made significant changes to the way I work and freed up my time to focus on the bigger picture. It was clear that I was getting involved in the minutia and that I needed to take a step away. It has been a very effective implementation – I wouldn’t have made that investment without The Alternative Board.

James Cain, Harrogate Spring Water

I have a group of people on my TAB Board who I know I can trust, not only from a confidentiality point of view, but also who I trust to listen to issues I have and give me guidance . Personally, that’s an extra tool I know I can use to help me make better strategic decisions, and I’m there every month so I have the opportunity to use it on a regular basis.

Jon Whiteley, ProAktive Risk Group

“TAB meetings enable me to meet and talk with like minded people, gain new angles and fresh ways of thinking for my business. I meet bright, intelligent people each of who have made a success of their chosen businesses. More importantly, they understand the trials and tribulations that every organisation, irrespective of size, is faced with every day. It is this hard won, practical experience that TAB brings together and which is readily shared around the boardroom table to the benefit of all. Whatever problems arise it helps to know that I am not on my own.”

Bob Gomersall – Virtual College

“I have a group of people on my TAB Board who I know I can trust, not only from a confidentiality point of view, but also who I trust to listen to issues I have and give me guidance . Personally, that’s an extra tool I know I can use to help me make better strategic decisions, and I’m there every month so I have the opportunity to use it on a regular basis.”

Jon Whiteley – ProAktive Risk Group

“Sharing experience, knowledge, hopes, ambitions and fears with a board of peers is enormously beneficial to my business and to me as an individual. Consultants can only go so far – nothing beats the real life lessons that a peer group of this stature can give. Give me real experience over books and gurus any day!.”

Ian Thompson – Thompson Brand Partners

“As a direct result of my Board meetings and my fellow members understanding the DNA of the business and myself to some extent, I had been advised to get a ‘right-hand man’ – someone in operations that could take the heat off the day job. I implemented that and it’s made significant changes to the way I work and freed up my time to focus on the bigger picture. It was clear that I was getting involved in the minutia and that I needed to take a step away. It has been a very effective implementation – I wouldn’t have made that investment without The Alternative Board.”

James Cain – Harrogate Spring Water

“The independent coaching sessions, the accountability to work on my business rather than in my business, the insights from my board members, the spark I get from helping my fellow board members.”

Nelson Martins – DiPaolo Machine Tools

“I have been a member of The Alternative Board for 10 years. My board knows me, holds me accountable and gives practical real world advice. My private coaching sessions are amazing.”

Mark Rickard – Rickard List Marketing

“There are numerous benefits. Certainly having a great coach is a huge asset. Secondly, having the opportunity to vet business opportunities, strategies and plans is a great help. Last, it is very gratifying to help fellow board members work through their issues as well.”

Balon B.Bradley – Law Firm of Balon b. Bradley

“A framework for building a comprehensive and realistic business plan coupled with an accountability structure that keeps me on task to achieve critical milestones.”

Joe K. Mauro Sr. – Raybend

“The ability to leave my business and enter the world of being a CEO once a month was a fantasy to me. The friendships and learning experiences are life and business changers.”

Neeshard Ahamad – The Orpheus Companies, Ltd

“I joined The Alternative Board (TAB) in 2013 and am very happy I did. TAB is a small group of business owners who act as a “board of directors” for your company and provide the platform for a small business owner, like myself, to brainstorm and bounce ideas to grow my business with other owners in a confidential setting. Many of the members on my board have or had similar issues and the insight they offer is priceless. We meet once a month and I always look forward to the meetings and leave with a clear plan and written goals each month. Thanks TAB for providing such a valuable service for small business owners — given the help I receive from my TAB Board, I don’t expect to stay small for long!”

Larry Kagan – Baron Payroll

“TAB is one of the ‘on-going’ training tools which we, as CEOs and Presidents, need. We send our people off to seminars etc., but somehow never find the time to ‘sharpen’ our own saw. TAB provides the opportunity, but also discipline and structure… an excellent investment of my time and money.”

Grace Louise Schmidt – BoatLIFE

“Our TAB Board members and facilitator have helped us deal with the on-going business issues we have faced over the years as a laser job shop. They have worked with us to plan strategically and helped ensure we are secure during the economic downturns and to capitalize on our strengths and grow in a controlled and targeted way. Our three partners now work together much more effectively as a team making all our working time more pleasurable. I am glad I found TAB.”

Reto Hug – Maloya Laser

“One of the biggest benefits to me has been the strategic business analysis. This is not something that most of us do regularly or very well. TAB has required me to continually analyze my business’s strengths, weaknesses, personnel, short-term and long-term goals. I am able to look at my business from a different perspective. As a result, I am more comfortable with the direction I am able to provide.”

Bryan Keen – Keen Compressed Gas

“The mentoring I get is excellent and keeps me focused on the vitally important aspects of my business. My TAB board provides a place where I can have open discussions that involve family, customers, vendors and employees. The feedback I get is critical and constructive and sometimes takes me in new directions of thought that I would not be able to get otherwise. I think any small business owner should seriously consider joining a TAB Board.”

Nelson Johnson – Eccountable Solutions

“The best business decision that I’ve ever made (besides opening my store) was to join the TAB Board. It taught me how to structure and formulate basic fundamental policies and procedures; it has helped me sharpen my vision for future business and personal goals. The TAB Board provides a safe place to bounce around ideas and receive honest, creative solutions to important business challenges. Coaching sessions are professional, focused and very enlightening. They have helped me work on my business and not in my business. My recommendation – JOIN!”

Gina Snyder – Sunny Bridge Natural Foods

“The TAB meetings bring together terrific expertise and creativity. Every meeting is a unique learning experience. My entire thinking about what I want my business to do has shifted. Sales are up 60% in two years. The support I need to make tough choices and start new initiatives may not be found within the company, but will be found in the TAB meetings and coaching sessions.”

Don Rosenberg – Shorehaven Behavioral Health

“There is no silver bullet to becoming successful, you just have to stay focused on your goals. TAB has helped my business grow significantly by encouraging me to take a step back and identify the basics I need.”

Jo McCabe – Mr. Handyman

“Before joining TAB I found that when I am out there “alone” it is hard to attack some of the details that “fine tune” a business. As past experiences and issues are shared from other business owners, it helps me to not make a mistake that someone else may have already made. As more eyes look at a situation, it lends itself to others, who are removed emotionally and physically from the issues at hand, being able to see the situation more clearly, thus presenting solutions that can impact my business in a positive way.”

Craig Christensen – Trinity Fastener

“As a distributor, TAB has helped me expand my business by 40% and develop the structure needed to help sustain that growth. I’m pleased with the results I have received with TAB who helped me work on my business, not just in it.”

Ira Krinick – Ponderosa Packaging

“Makes me focus on my business during the meetings and coaching sessions, taking a hard look at myself and my company with the perspective of some very sharp people who only have my interest in mind.”

Ken Drossman – Lakeview Business Consulting, LLC

“We have an excellent group of professional business owners. I learn something from them each month. Hearing and seeing what they are doing in their business is motivational for me. And they are not “yes” people. They tell me when I should be doing something differently.”

Lynn Gastineau – Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

“Both components of TAB (coaching and board meeting) are very different but equally rewarding in that I am held accountable for my decisions in a way that nobody who worked for me could ever do. My facilitator has become so ingrained in the business that I rely on his counsel for every major decision and many intermediate decisions. On the flip side, my board is very tough on everybody which creates a true environment of accountability.”

Philip Rosen – Bloomgarden, Goudreau & Rosen, P.A.

“Having insights from others as to how they solve business issues is helpful. Plus I am finding we have the same issues in common – staffing, cash flow, and business development. The diversity of the group is also valuable so for those of us starting out, it helps avoid pitfalls of which we are not aware. For those who have more experience, it allows them to realize how important getting back to basics can be.”

Debra Lord – Job Ready Services, LLC

“16 yrs. in business. Company was run like mom and pop shop for 14 years. Since joining TAB we have been able to identify our niche in the market and now the company is being run like a real company with focus and clarity as to where we are going and an actual plan on how we’re going to get there. Our company is poised to grow in size and wealth beyond my expectations and with TAB I will be able to sleep at night in the process.”

Ted Curato – TLC Painting

“In 2012 my receivables were 45 days. At the end of 2013 that was down to 4 days. My cash flow is greatly improved and predictable. My TAB Board helped me shift my policies and procedures to build a smoother running business and eliminate those awkward “money” calls to clients. I’m sleeping a lot better because this important issue is solved. Thank you, TAB!.”

Rick Maher – Effective Human Resources

“The guidance of The Alternative Board has helped me increase our revenue. The time I have saved and the return my firm has gotten has exceeded our financial and time investment. I am impressed with the organization.”

Steven Kramer, Esq. – Feldman, Kramer & Monaco PC

“What I like the most is the tools. There’s no bull. It’s all straightforward and clear. It’s all laid out in terms of what I need to do and why I need to do it. The accountability we have here in the Board, what your TAF guy is doing to help my people see how vital everyone is on the team; DISC…DISC is a no brainer…$125 for a DISC just saved me $125,000 I might have invested in the wrong person. I liked him but DISC told me he wouldn’t do the job.”

Rick Jones – Fishbait Marketing

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