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“TAB provides me with a structured discipline to stage and reach my goals. The camaraderie of my fellow board members, although concentrated in a 4 hour period, is caring, genuine, honest and loyal. Our facilitator, Tina Corner, not only shares her compassion for our challenges and our successes, but she also is extremely professional, talented and interested. My investment with TAB has already provided me the best business consulting return in 20 years.”

Lu R. Cotta – Annapolis Accommodations

“Being a small business owner with a growing firm, I often felt isolated and lacked relationships with similar business owners. I felt that having a support network to discuss key business issues with would definitely aid in the success of my firm. I have been more than pleased with the results of being a TAB member and especially appreciate the one-on-one meeting with an executive coach. The results have been seen in the management process as well as in developing a tighter focus for our services. At first the monthly cost seems daunting, now after being a member for a year—it is one of the first bills to get paid!”

Vonda Peterson – Creative Access Inc.

“In the 12 months since joining TAB I have been able to make progress towards both professional and personal goals. If it were not for the focus and accountability which the TAB membership affords I know that these goals would not have been accomplished. I have found that my meetings with the board and my coach each month keep me “on task” and working towards the strategic milestones that will ultimately result in our company’s success. I wholeheartedly recommend TAB membership to other business owners as I have found it to be an excellent value.”

Kay Rosburg – Dever Designs Inc.

“TAB helps me keep some critical focus on the strategic, rather than just on the tactical. Before TAB we would consider strategic goals at the end of each year, and make plans for the next year. However, then the ‘fog’ of operations would force me to focus on day-to-day tactical issues, and leave me little time or energy to re-consider our strategic goals for the year and beyond. TAB now ‘forces’ me to address strategic issues at least 24 times each year — during my 12 board meetings, and during my 12 one-on-one meetings with my facilitator. The Alternative Board keeps me mindful of MY job — to be a strategic and visionary leader of the organization!”

Vince Marucci – Trusant Technologies

“After more than 15 years in business I was fortunate to be referred by a friend to Tina Corner and The Alternative Board. Joining this great organization has proven to be one of the best business moves of my career. The support and guidance that comes from my board, my facilitator, and the Strategic Business Leadership (SBL) program has enabled me to take my business to levels I never thought of before. Without this group I would not be where I am today. I strongly encourage anyone who is looking to take a business to the next level to consider this wonderful program.”

Paul Robertson – Tanks Direct

“TAB provides me with a good sounding board. All the members of my board have the same issues with our businesses and it is great to get to discuss them with others outside of my company. I never get to step back and look at the big issues because I am too busy with the day-to-day activities of my business. TAB helps me to step back and look at those issues and address them. The seminars are great. TAB has also helped me get organized especially in working on my finances. It has been an overall good experience.”

Chris Chapman – Loucon, LLC

“Since joining TAB in the summer of 2008 the benefits I have received to date far outweigh any other professional organization I have belonged to since the start of my organization in 1990. The meetings are professionally facilitated and there is level of respect and integrity that allows the process to accelerate. The role of a CEO/Entrepreneur can feel isolating when running a small business. There are few places to be vulnerable. With TAB, a member can bring their whole self to the table for support, encouragement and growth. There is always a balanced exchange of ideas and numerous referrals. The coaching component attached to the monthly meetings allows a CEO to have focused time to formulate new strategies or enhance a current process because of the support of an objective observer. TAB offers an important tool necessary for entrepreneurs to keep energized and growing through challenging times.”

Betsy Cerulo – AdNet/AccountNet

“Every time I go to a board meeting I leave feeling great! It is the only time I get to go and exchange ideas with other business people and find out that I am not as bad off as I thought I was going in. I always leave the board meetings feeling much better when I leave than when I arrived.”

Bill Fulmer – Phoenix Concrete Cutting

“We have been a member of TAB for over a year and have found it to be very worthwhile for our firm. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day demands of a business, but the TAB monthly meetings and coaching sessions help keep me focused on the big picture. In addition, my fellow Board members often provide recommendations for ways to improve my firm’s efficiency or address specific nagging operational issues. It has been a pleasure to deal with the TAB professionals, who are very sharp and effective at facilitating meetings and getting at the heart of the matter. Our participation in TAB has proven to be a wise business decision.”

Tom King – Synthesis

“In the first three months my board saved me $75k. TAB is a great investment for any business owner.”

Matt Ash – Al-TECH

“I find the board to be extremely helpful in helping me identify my role here with the company as well as to be able to work through issues that are employee related and to work through them successfully and amicably. It is nice to have a board to bounce things off of or to vent to that understand the issues. I would highly recommend TAB to anyone in a position similar to mine or to company owners.”

Tracey Millings – Commercial Insurance Managers

“The Alternative Board is a place to learn and gather information.  It is a group of people to bounce my solutions or ideas off before I try them.  I gain valuable input for the decisions I have to make.  Also it is very easy to see other’s mistakes, but not realize you have made the same mistake or are currently making the same mistake.  Decisions, solutions & especially employee issues become obvious.”

Scott McManus – Something Greek

“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

“I love the feedback and knowing that when we make a business decision that we, the board and our coach have looked at it from all angles and we feel really confident we have made the right decision!”

Lindsay Woods – Q.Design

“Accountability, Direction, Advise, Goal setting, Camaraderie.  I know what to do and get great advise as well.  The daily grind can inhibit you from executing your plan.  TAB helps me stay focused on the goals and helps me achieve them.”

Kenneth Kobarg – Artisan Design Build Remodel

“The personal interaction with my board members at each meeting. Their feedback and positive energy really help me. It seems at this point that TAB has helped me solve almost all of my problems, or at least given me the tools that I need to solve them myself when new ones come up. I still find things I can use my board’s advice on though and value our time together each month.”

Brian Selltiz – Digital Provisions

“Feedback from other business owners who understand the nature of entrepreneurs and their businesses, and can share their own experiences with proven solutions and creative conceptual thinking.”

David Hirsch – Charles Leonard, Inc

“I find that the sharing of ideas and problem solving in others businesses helps me think creatively about my own business. Stepping outside of my day to day work helps me look at the bigger picture and focus on short and long term goals.”

Bob Makofsky – Conformer Products, Inc

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“One of the biggest benefits of my participation with TAB has been the increased confidence I have gained as a result of the interaction with the board members. Sharing problems, resources, failures and solutions with business-owners from varying fields has provided a wealth of new ideas, developed resources that might not otherwise have been open to me and helped me to refine my company’s direction. I benefit from the shared experience of the group tremendously; it is the interaction of the group, the brainstorming and trouble-shooting that creates a dynamic shared mentoring that gives me a greater confidence in my decisions.”

Leslie L. Vaughn – EMS Billing Services, Inc.

“Based on the input I got from my board on some specific things I should include in client proposals I was able to get two jobs valued at $1,300,000 that I feel I otherwise would not have gotten. And by working with one of my TAB board members, I’m saving $10,000 per year on my company’s medical insurance premiums – with better benefits. The savings drop directly to my bottom line – thank you TAB!”

Joe Pacifico – Coastal Enterprises of NY Inc

“TAB helped solve almost all of my problems or given me the tools that I need to solve them myself. I use my board’s advice and value our time together each month.”

Brian Selltiz – Digital Provisions Inc.

The support I received from my TAB board members and facilitator was instrumental in the turn-around of the business.”

Donald Barrick – RMP Capital Corp.

I rely on my TAB board members to keep me focused on the positive ways to reach my goal.”

Brent Mele – All Action Alarm

“I receive feedback from other business owners who understand the nature of entrepreneurs and their businesses. They share their experiences with proven solutions and creative conceptual thinking.”

David Hirsch – Charles Leonard, Inc.

“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

“TAB is a fantastic way for a small company to have its own board of directors there to really help, not just rubber stamp your ideas. I have usually been too busy to participate in other extra-curricular business activities, but I make time for TAB as the payback is proving to be enormous.”

Saurel Quettan – Integrated Construction Management, Inc.

“Hands down, TAB is an invaluable resource to our business…it’s the best small business resource to CEO’s in Atlanta. With today’s challenges and the need to respond to new opportunities quickly, the TAB Business Leadership Group is always available in a timely manner to jump in to help. One opportunity, with which I was reluctant to act, but that the board strongly encouraged me to move forward, resulted in a 46% increase in my net profit for 2009, a year in which most companies suffered significant losses. By meeting with my peer board made up of other successful business owners, I’ve gained perspective and experienced greater levels of business and personal successes. TAB is about success, it’s amazing that such a small investment produces such tremendous results!”

Tina Joseph – B2T Training, LLC