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

Employee Development Tips that Can Yield Strong New Leadership for Your Company

The current job market is so tight and competitive, why make it any more difficult to recruit and retain the right people for your company? Too many businesses focus on getting bodies into open positions, but neglect grooming new hires (as well as veteran employees) for positions of greater responsibility and leadership.

A focus on employee development, with a view towards turning great employees into outstanding leaders, not only benefits a business in the long run, it can serve as a highly attractive recruitment strategy for future new hires.

Here are tips on employee development that can yield strong new leadership for your company.

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Balancing Your Goals With Your Family’s Goals in Family Transfers

If you’re considering transferring your business ownership to family, you might be tempted to put your family’s wants over your own goals. While this altruism may be admirable, it can also cause more problems than it solves. Consider the case of Darnell Orie.

Darnell Orie was unsure how to approach his business exit. His son, Hannibal, was the main reason why his company had tripled its revenues and profits over the last 15 years. And even though he wanted to begin winding down his own involvement in the business, he knew that he had to keep Hannibal motivated to grow the company: His retirement depended on Hannibal’s continued success growing the company.

Darnell had always wanted to transfer ownership to Hannibal, but he knew Hannibal didn’t have the money to pay him full value. He wanted to begin transferring ownership now, but he also felt it would be unfair to expect Hannibal to pay full value, because Hannibal was primarily responsible for the business’ success through his work.

While Hannibal agreed that his sweat equity should lower what he would pay for ownership, Darnell knew that Hannibal’s stepmother and half-sister would probably disagree, even though they were not involved in the business. Darnell is agonizing over three goals: his own financial security, making sure Hannibal’s sweat equity is rewarded, and treating his wife and daughter fairly.

Like many owners, Darnell was equally concerned about his goals, and his family’s wants and expectations. He simply didn’t know how to make them whole.

However, there are three tools he used to help prevent his ownership transfer to family from becoming a zero-sum game.

1. An Exit Planning Process Focused on Financial Security

When he initially approached his exit, Darnell only had one set goal: transfer the business to his son. He didn’t know how much money he wanted and needed to live a post-exit life on his terms, and he wasn’t even exactly sure when he wanted to exit.

In our experience, the most important goal to set when exiting is determining how much money you’ll need to be financially independent after you exit. All other goals should be considered within the context of your financial security. Establishing this foremost goal typically makes your other goals—determining your exit date and successor—clearer, because setting your financial goal first usually lets you consider your exit date and family considerations more accurately.

2. An Incentive Plan for Key Employees

In Darnell’s case, Hannibal was a key employee, someone whose absence from the company would cause its value to drop and operations to suffer. Darnell had to make the offer of ownership appealing to Hannibal while acknowledging Hannibal’s sweat equity and still assuring his own post-exit financial security.

A common tool to address these issues is to implement an incentive plan that hinges on a key employee’s performance. If you’re considering transferring ownership to a business-active child, you might offer your child shares of ownership for meeting certain performance goals. Those performance goals would in turn allow you to exit when you wanted and for the money you needed, while recognizing your child’s contributions.

3. An Equitable Estate Plan

Even though Darnell’s wife and daughter had no interest in ownership, he still wanted to be fair to them when transferring his ownership in his company. Because he couldn’t offer them ownership, he needed a solution outside of the business that wouldn’t require Hannibal to work for them, something Darnell knew his son would refuse to do. He found that solution in estate planning.

Estate planning is an important part of the Exit Planning process, and it can give you flexibility in how you approach family considerations throughout your business exit. By adjusting your will and trusts appropriately, and keeping your Buy-Sell Agreements current, you can more easily do what you consider is right by your non-business-active family members without short changing family members who take on the risk of running an otherwise illiquid business.

You can expose your post-exit financial security and family relationships to unnecessary risk without the tools necessary for proper planning. If you’d like to discuss the tools and strategies you can use to help you transfer ownership to your family members as smoothly and equitably as possible, please contact us today.

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Quick Tips

Reach Out Every Day

When you have good news, share it with your team via text. If not, text them something inspirational. Let them know you care about them.

By : Brooke Clanton, Venture Painting Inc.
http://venturepaintinginc.com

Employee Relations

Create a "fun committee" - give $400 per quarter to have fun/create activities in the office.

By : Roberta Ferrara, Atlantic Hydraulic Systems

The Importance of Your Budget

Ensure that your strategic business plan (including your financial goals) and your budget match. The plan is what you want, and the budget is one element of how you get there.

By : TAB Denver ENE Board 301
http://www.tabfocuseddirections.com

Reward from Your Job

Many of us are so focused on making money, we miss the opportunities to find reward in helping people, in getting the benefits of giving back or in appreciating other pleasures. One of the reasons we join TAB is to create ways to realize not just our professional and business goals, but also realize these personal visions of our lives.

By : Rick Arthur, Rick Arthur CFO
http://www.cforickarthur.com

Build on Success

When your team pulls together, supports one another and achieves something organically – don’t let it go unnoticed! Take the time to publicly recognize the team’s accomplishment; go into detail to explain your observation, especially how you felt about seeing your team in action and what it means to you and the Company and provide specific examples of what the individuals on the team did. Allow for discussion and feedback among the group and a little exploration into what led up to such a win. I believe putting yourself and your feelings out there with your employees helps the team to affirm to do more of those positive things that led to the success!

By : Mike Dina, Integrity Electrical Solutions
http://www.integrityele.com

Customer Onboarding Process

Take the credit application and turn it into a customer application as part of the customer onboarding process.

 

By : TAB Winnipeg Board 401
https://www.tab-winnipeg.com

Culture

Culture impacts employees and employees impact culture.

By : TAB Vineland Board 401

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 Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh 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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