TAB’s Business Diagnostic

Is everyone in your business on the same page? Is your business on track with the industry at large? TAB’s Business Builder’s Blueprint™️ Business Diagnostic is an online MRI for your business, designed to address ten key areas of performance that affect practically every business.

Based on a study of thousands of companies in dozens of industries, and the similarities of the challenges they faced, TAB’s Business Diagnostic helps you assess your business, identify gaps and focus on your priorities to boost the performance of your company.

Follow TAB’s Business Diagnostic with TAB’s Business Builder’s Blueprint plan to achieve your business and personal vision. Take advantage of the only business assessment tool you’ll ever need.

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Business Builder’s Blueprint™

More money, more time for you or with family, more freedom – do you remember why you started your own business? Chances are you aspired to achieve your dreams – rather than simply accomplish tasks – and TAB’s Business Builder’s Blueprint™ tool is about doing exactly that.

A proven strategic business planning process focused on forming the business owner’s vision of leading a successful business while also living a rich fulfilling life, the Business Builder’s Blueprint™ will help you demystify the strategic planning process with a clear picture of how to achieve your strategic direction and vision.

Find more enjoyment in your business and experience more happiness in your personal life. There’s no better way to formulate a plan for success.

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Pulse Survey

Small Business Trends

TAB’s Business Pulse Surveys Identify Small Business Trends

The modern business environment changes quickly, and as a business owner you need to be able to stay on top of shifting small business trends. That is why we conduct our Business Pulse Survey every quarter to identify and report key small business trends.

This information is critical to you because it allows you to benchmark your business metrics against the emerging small business trends. The Business Pulse Surveys will also help you see new opportunities that may be emerging, allowing you to drive innovation, growth and overall business success.

Place your finger on the pulse of today’s emerging small business trends. Click on any of the icons below to see the complete reports of our recent surveys.

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Tips from the Top®

Tips from the Top®: Small Business Tips From Business Owners For Business Owners

Articles

A Year-end Checklist for Your Business

The end of the year is a great time to step back from the day-to-day operations of your business and make time to cross a few items off your to do list before the new year starts. Here are 10 tasks that will help you end 2012 on a great note and start 2013 off right…

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5 Marks of an Effective Brand

Whether or not you intentionally brand your company, the image you put out there is the first impression that will be received by your audience. As a business owner, you have only one chance to make an outstanding, and often, lasting impression.

An effective brand is a positive combination of logo, words, design, colors, personality, service and price. When you think of a few top brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Apple and Whole Foods, think of the brand promise these companies offer to their customers. Once a brand is established, the expectations it sets should be clear to everyone.

Thus, the most important marketing decision a small business owner must make is a solid, well-planned branding choice for the company. At a minimum, your brand should achieve these five objectives…

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Using KPIs to Improve Results

I have been working on getting an accurate and meaningful set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for my business, and now that I have them, I do not like all that I see…

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Quick Tips

The Most Important -S-

In a recent TAB board meeting, one of our members, Mike Nesta, expressed his excitement about how his new Operations Manager had "made the noise go away." He asked the Board to help him think about how to spend the time that he now has to work on his business. A fellow Board member, David Gelles, answered by referring to what is widely known as the "7-S System." Although none of us could name all seven S’s, David related the important lesson he learned from his father, the founder of his company – "the only "S" that really matters is Sales." If you have plenty of sales, everything else in your company will be easier. We all urged Mike to go on the road and make the sales that will put his business on the map.

By : Jim Grigsby, TAB-Certified Facilitator/Coach
http://www.tab-greaterhartford.com

How Much Cash Do You Need On Hand?

A best business practice is to keep three to six months of income on hand. So if it costs you $200,000/month to run your business, you need at least $600,000 in cash on hand. You can also use your line of credit. Remember, you can run your business at a loss for a while, but it is very difficult to operate without cash.

By : Sam Granados, Integrated Resource Systems
http:// www.integratedsnow.com

Job Descriptions: Include Individual Characteristics

If you want to hire the right employee for an open position, accurate job descriptions are important. While job descriptions traditionally emphasize technical skills, experience requirements and educational background, we have found that adding "desired individual characteristics" to the description improves our hiring success.

For example, when hiring for a service technician, problem-solving skills are critical to the position. Empathy for others is essential in a customer service role, while attention to detail is desired in an operations manager or a staff accountant. Identifying the characteristics that the ideal candidate will bring to the role adds an important dimension to the search. To uncover these individual characteristics, we use assessments to develop powerful questions for the applicant interview.

By : Ken Walther, Valley Aquatic Solutions
http://www.valleyaquatic.com

Acquiring Prospects through Networking

For me, networking is the best way to meet new prospects. Here are a couple tips I use to increase the value of my networking.

  • Set up your own referral program. Prospects that are referred to you are easier to close, make their buying decisions faster, and are more profitable because there’s no cost in acquiring them. They also tend to spend or invest more in your products or services.
  • Drop an email to the people you meet at events. Mention a detail that you remember and suggest that they keep in touch with you. If there’s an obvious win-win connection with someone you’ve met at an event, call them up and invite them to coffee or lunch to explore the connection further. Just don’t blanket email everyone who was there – they won’t appreciate it!

By : Tony Miles, Milestone Management Solutions Ltd.
http://www.milestone-solutions.co.uk

White Papers

Resources for Business Advice

TAB’s white paper library contains a variety of resources for business advice.

At TAB, our mission is to help all private business owners achieve their vision of success in both their businesses and in their personal lives. To help us achieve that mission, we produce a variety of quality resources for business advice for business owners around the world to access.

Are you looking for advice on your most pressing issues? From strategic planning and increasing profitability to leadership and work-life balance, our white papers are invaluable resources for business advice, aimed at helping you take your business to the next level. Our white papers are written and vetted by some of the most respected business experts in the field. Every business owner faces similar challenges, but now you have access to resources for business advice available for download at the click of a mouse.

Tap into TAB’s resources for business advice and start running your business more effectively so you can get what you truly want out of life.

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TAB Connect

TAB’s Business Owner Network

TAB Connect is the ultimate business owner network

It’s better to give than receive – and that’s exactly what the TAB Connect business owner network does. TAB members in Northern Oklahoma City help each other solve their business challenges by tapping into our global business owner network.

Submit your business challenge or opportunity questions to TAB Connect and receive feedback from a network of thousands of business owners from around the world. Contribute your experience to other members of the community in a very active online “members only” collaboration group, or take advantage of a member hotline complete with multiple community resources and a TAB facilitator.

TAB Connect is the ultimate business owner network designed specifically to help you quickly resolve your business challenges. Connect with TAB and experience global business owner networking and TAB member collaboration at its finest.

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Business Coaching Sessions

TAB Business Coaching works hand-in-hand with Board Meetings

Knowing what you want out of life is only half the battle. The other half is a real opportunity to keep you focused, accountable and on track to achieve it.

TAB Business Coaching provides a trusted advisor you can count on to help you increase business performance, work through business opportunities and challenges, achieve greater success and truly live the personal and professional life you desire. TAB Business Coaching sessions will make you focused with more balance – and what feels like more time in your schedule to sit back and soak up the signs of success.

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TAB Board Meeting

Business Owner Advisory Boards

Inside a TAB Business Owner Advisory Board

TAB’s Business Owner Advisory Board Meetings put the power of collective wisdom, accountability, drive, creativity, and clarity of advice in your hands to align your business vision with your personal vision. Meet with fellow business owners in Northern Oklahoma City to share expertise, solve challenges and help each other seize new opportunities. With your TAB Business Owner Advisory Board, you will create an actionable strategic plan and be held accountable to achieving your goals – all under the guidance of a qualified board facilitator. Are you ready for your own business owner advisory board, a sounding board of like-minded, driven and experienced professionals? Get ready to achieve your goals: join a TAB Business Owner Advisory Board.

Here’s what happens at a typical TAB Board Meeting:

  1. We greet each other like the comrades we are on both a personal and professional level.
  2. We learn something new about a particular business subject or trend.
  3. One by one we move around the table with each member sharing a particular issue or situation on which he or she wants to gain perspective. Each board member asks questions to clarify and then offers salient and practical advice on how they would handle the issue wearing your shoes.
  4. We list the goals we have for the next 30 days, quarter and year and hold each other to them, questioning why we have not met the goal and how the board can help.
  5. We set the agenda for the next board meeting.

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