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


5 Tips to Keep Your Finances in Order

If you have had a less than pleasurable or informative experience with your bookkeeper or accountant in 2015, now is a good time to take action and make changes for a better 2016. Here are 5 tips to get started…

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Hiring Hungry Sales Staff

Let’s face it, hiring good sales people is hard. Really hard. There are all kinds of assessment, tests, and other things that go along with the interview and recruiting process. But the process can start off really well before you talk to anyone; it starts with a solid job description and quotas that reflect the behavior you want from your sales people.

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Quick Tips

Mandatory “Fun Day” for Your Team

I have a partner and 10 employees who are dedicated to the success of our company. They work hard to maintain our reputation for product performance and customer service. We&rsqup;re not without our challenges, but our culture is strong.

That’s why my partner and I decided to schedule a "Mandatory" Fun Day, which is paid for by the company. The "mandatory" aspect evolved as an inside joke because we had a difficult time deciding what to do, but it became "mandatory" to have a paid day off of fun for the whole team.

The team finally decided on Go-Kart racing. We had a blast and then all went to dinner. We added a little glue as well as humor to the culture on Mandatory Fun Day, and it certainly won’t be our last!

By : Steve Hague, PolarStar Engineering and Machine

Virtual Efficiency

When you go from doing everything yourself to affording an administrative person, there is a crucial step in-between. We used a virtual assistant.

With a VA, you don’t have to worry about whether or not you have enough work for a person. They only charge you for hours worked, and if you go through a company like UpWork, they will take care of the W-9 form and any IRS reporting. You can search for your VA based on skill or geography, or you can post a job and people will bid on it.

By : Ron Loveland, Summit Business Solutions

Those Golden Referrals

According to Harvard Business Review, asking for a referral from existing clients instead of spending time, effort, and money to resell them can result in up to 10X ROI compared to just getting that next order (which will probably come to you anyway). It&rsquo:s called Lifetime Referral Value, a very powerful opportunity if you run your program correctly.

By : Andrew Jacobs , Linx Communications

Organize Your Email

Set up a To-Be-Processed folder in your email tool. When reviewing your inbox, move the messages that require more time for response to the folder. Later you can go back without having to search in your inbox.

By : Cheri Giglia, Supporting Strategies North Shore Lo

Henry Ford’s Wisdom for Product Development

There are many theories about how to develop new products or improve existing products or services. One solid approach is to ask your customers for ideas on how to improve a product or what they would like to see. This brings to mind a famous quote by Henry Ford, "If I asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse!"

Even though you may get negative feedback, you can still use what you learn to produce the "wow factor" by providing your customers with something they didn’t expect.

By : Dave Younge, Progressive Stamping

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 North Central Indiana 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 North Central Indiana 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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