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I credit virtually all the good things that happened to my company, Render Plus Software, to TAB – not only the monthly coaching and the monthly meetings with my TAB board, but to the value received by reviewing my own company’s needs and results each month, and to the references provided by my coach and my TAB board members of people who helped out my business.

Al Hart – Render Plus Software

“We lost our Director of Operations abruptly, early this year – our strategic plan for the year and beyond changed dramatically with this loss. Working with TAB helped me regroup and make the right decisions at the right times – our company is doing better now than ever. The ideas and accountability have been invaluable.”

Barry Aho – Genesis Group, Colorado Springs, CO

“Bringing family members into my business has been very rewarding, but also presents inevitable challenges. TAB’s Strategic Business Leadership program provided me with the structure to define my personal vision, “look in the mirror” to evaluate our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and then to move my team into action. As I include family and non-family members, my business has benefited in countless ways.”

Betty Henderson – Wall Resources, Denver, CO

“Within just a couple of months, I got one tip that saved me an immediate $16,000 and a lot of headaches. Each meeting and coaching session produces new awareness and keeps me on the path that is taking me in the direction I finally need to be on. It’s like the MasterCard commercial: Cost of TAB sign-up – $X, Cost of monthly membership – $X, Going to sleep each night feeling assured that my business is on the right track and I have a great support system to back me up–Priceless!”

Catherine Turner – Success Concepts Online, Denver, CO

“In a world that seems to like to emphasize the negative, meeting with TAB members on a monthly basis is invigorating. Hearing about all the interesting businesses members are creating or leading to the next level keeps me inspired and pushes me to new levels of achievement. I love the accountability the group creates and the collaborative problem solving I get from the members and facilitators. To me, the biggest benefit I receive is seeing opportunities from others’ perspectives.”

Chad Williams, Aveo Capital Partners, Greenwood Village, CO

“My business has been energized due to The Alternative Board and I consider it an indispensable asset in both my professional and business development. TAB’s resources and knowledge base are second to none and I appreciate the comprehensive, insightful feedback from my fellow board members. I have found that by creating an action plan and making focused commitments — and then being held accountable by the group for these things — my targets possess more clarity and I am closer to achieving my goals than ever before.”

Chip Roepke, ContactPC, Centennial, CO

“When I am not doing what I need to be doing, the business suffers. Sometimes it’s even difficult to know what I should be doing. I came on the TAB board knowing that I had been re-inventing the wheel, and that there were people who have already been down many of the same roads I’m on. My other resources never were able to go deep enough with me to give me the perspectives I needed. TAB makes me a better business owner and makes my company a better company.”

David Emrich – PostModern Company, Denver, CO

“My biggest financial win so far with TAB is generating over $50K in new revenue from existing clients based on applying wisdom from my fellow board members. What really fires me up though is the greater client impact I’ve been able to have as a direct result of deepening and expanding my consulting engagements.”

Denise O’Malley, Jumpstart2Success Wellness Program, Centennial, CO

“Every time I go to a TAB board meeting, even when I don’t think I have time for the meeting and wonder if I’m going to get anything new out of it, I always get something and usually it is what I need at the time. Meeting with other business owners also reassures me that I know how to run a business when I am questioning my abilities. I realize that I have ideas that can help someone else. In addition, one of my TAB members has become a close friend and that is really important to me.”

Jimmy Burds – Colographic Inc., Commerce City, CO

“Meeting with my TAB board members, hearing about their issues, and helping them find solutions, forces me to think about my own business in new ways. My TAB board is a good mix of strong individuals who really want to learn and help one another.”

John Panasewicz – Clear Choice/Great Western Glycol, Commerce City, CO

“We really do appreciate all of our TAB facilitator’s insight and feedback. She provides such a great “sounding board” and help us to meet each of our goals. Most of all, she has helped us feel like we’re not all alone on this “island of chaos” anymore. She has helped us look at situations in a more positive way and to take steps to make things much better.”

Kirk & Diane Ellis, EJ Painting & Fiberglass, Inc., Brighton, CO

“In reviewing my accomplishments for the past year, I realized that my primary accomplishment was joining TAB, which forced me to commit myself to the growth of my business.”

Kyle Davis – nVision Research, Denver, CO

Being a TAB member forces me to work on the business and not just in the business. I am held accountable for my ideas. If I tell my group that I want to do something, then I feel compelled to do it, report on its progress and even get feedback on how to do it better. And, I enjoy spending time with peers who are going through the same things.

Melissa Baker, XeBee Records, Commerce City, CO

“The TAB board forces a critical re-evaluation of decisions and strategies that make the whole decision-making process better. In addition, my TAB coach helps me work through a lot of the issues along the way, making sure I am looking at the right issues, leading me to re-think and reinvent the company strategically, especially helping me adapt to a quickly changing economic environment by suggesting new approaches.”

Millard Cull – Avidity LLC, Denver, CO

“Being a member of TAB helped me professionalize my business. I now have a strategic plan and KPIs and my business is growing much more than before. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas from my board even though they aren’t all implemented yet.”

Nigel Dove, Vortex De-Pollution, Denver, CO

“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 TAB guy is doing to help my people see how vital everyone is on the team; DISC is a no brainer…it 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.”

Paul Rayner – Virtual Genius, Denver, CO

“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 TAB guy is doing to help my people see how vital everyone is on the team; DISC is a no brainer…it 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, Denver, CO

“Last year my receivables were 45 days. At the end the year this year, they are 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

Ever since taking Steve’s excellent coaching advice, my business has picked up to the point where I’m working 16 hour days to keep up.

Darren Smith – Solid Growth Properties

Having the ability to see the issues that other businesses owners are dealing with and the strategies used to overcome them has help me greatly in evaluating my own business and enhanced my ability to come up with creative solutions

Jared Beard

TAB has provided partners for me that have my best interest at heart. Their only agenda is to help my business. My TAB group is a great resource for me giving me options that I may not have looked at. I also appreciate the opportunity to help other business owners just starting out or having a similar problem

Bernadette O’Donnell

The greatest value I receive from TAB is hearing about other business owners’ issues and how they go about resolving them. Despite our different industries, the problems are very much the same. They share with me ideas about how to solve my challenges and I think: ‘Why didn’t I think of that?

Mark Moore

The TAB Board and coaching have been a great help in developing and testing new ideas in a timely fashion…Ideas that have helped me redefine my day-to-day productivity and foster our company culture.

Jim Houk

I have been TAB members for a number of years. I really appreciate the monthly individual coaching as well as the monthly board meetings. The perspective that I receive from other business owners has been valuable to our business. The insight they offer about our challenges and/or new ventures is helpful in propelling momentum for action. I appreciate the accountability to the other board members and my coach. It helps to keep the attention on important projects and goals when other tasks can easily spread the focus and attention.

Lynn Tomasek – Brothers Heating, Plumbing & Electric

“Working with TAB has made me a better leader. The ideas I get from TAB are ‘out of the box’ and when implemented, fundamentally change the way I lead. This makes us a better team, focuses our efforts, and accelerates our results.”

Scott Anderson – Owner of Scott Anderson Agency, LLC

“TAB has quickly become a valued resource as I guide my agency into the future. The health insurance industry has been through tumultuous times recently, with no reprieve in sight as our government has failed to deliver any constructive solutions. I’ve grown to depend on my Board for their insights as both business owners and consumers, as well as my Coach for his ability to keep me focused on the bigger picture.”

Meagan Fearing – Owner of Insurance Marketing Enterprises Inc.

“TAB has accelerated our ability to transition from being trapped as just a consultant to a firm being able to help even more firms with their Information Security needs. Without TAB, we would have been likely stuck in the sole consultant business model.”

Matt Titcombe – Owner of Peak InfoSec

“Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the TAB organization. Since being a board member, I have grown as a leader which allowed me to build a powerful team, I’ve been pushed beyond my comfort zone which has increased my confidence and I’ve been introduced to clients that have allowed me to build my business the way I’ve always wanted to. Being an entrepreneur is far from easy, but the most difficult part has been finding partners that push you to succeed, but most importantly tell you the truth even when it isn’t easy to hear. Working with Steve has brought so much value to my business and to my life and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the coaching and mentorship of TAB. The best investment you can make for your business is the investment you make in yourself.”

Rick Murphy – Founder and CEO of Technowledge Inc.

“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