• "TAB meetings are a breath of fresh air and have helped me think outside the box about a variety of issues from collections, to marketing to partnership." read more...

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  • "TAB has helped my business grow significantly by encouraging me to take a step back and identify the basics I need." read more...

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  • "Regardless of the specific skills or background, each and every member of my TAB board has been able to provide me with ideas that I can use to improve my business."

    Click here for results from TAB's quarterly Business Pulse Survey.

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  • "I've learned to manage my business objectively by the numbers. It is making a huge difference in my management style and the growth of the business." read more...

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  • "We have been with TAB for over five years and the relationship has been a key element of our success."

    TAB's quarterly survey of small businesses provides the Business Owner's Pulse by the numbers. Click here to view.

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  • "What I've gotten from TAB is being able to talk candidly with business owners who have tackled the questions I'm asking." read more...

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Small Business Pulse Survey

Business Owners Survey Shows Key Findings in Peer Board Success

The Alternative Board conducts the Small Business Pulse Survey every quarter to gauge key trends in the current business environment.

Understanding and leveraging the key trends in the current small business environment will help you drive growth and increase overall business success.

Results from this survey include:

  • 91% of business owners support having their family involved in the business
  • 56% of business owners are either unhappy with or have no succession plan
  • 62% of family business owners say it's unlikely the business will stay in the family


Peer Advisory Boards Can Help You Increase Sales, Profits and Productivity


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Q4 2013 Business Owners' Outlook

  • 58% of business owners reported an increase in profits in 2013
  • 69% of U.S. business owners feel that the economy improved in 2013
  • 64% of peer advisory board members increased bottom-line profits in 2013
  • 81% of all business owners anticipate an increase in revenue in 2014



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Q3 2013 Business Owners’ Work/Life Balance Trends

  • 66% of business owners work between 40 and 60 hours per week
  • 76% are working weekends, with 16% working every weekend
  • 3 out of 10 business owners expect their hours worked to increase over the next year


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Q2 2013 Strategic Planning for Small & Privately-Owned Businesses

  • Only 4 out of 10 business owners rate their written strategic plan as “good”
  • According to business owners surveyed, a strategic plan helps increase sales revenues and evaluate new opportunities
  • “Not enough time” is the primary reason business owners do not have a written strategic plan


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Q1 2013 Hiring New Employees & Retention in Small Businesses

  • 70% of TAB member businesses find it easy to retain employees, compared to 58% of non-TAB members
  • 43% of all business owners intend to increase their full-time hiring
  • All respondents surveyed agreed the most effective strategy to retain employees is to improve communication & culture