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 Common E-mail Mistakes

Email has become an integral part of doing business, but many people still struggle to get it right. Here are five common mistakes I see that limit the effectiveness of email communications…

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Sharing With Other Business Owners

To thank you for sharing your time with us over the last few years, we would like to give you information and ideas that other business owners have found helped them be more successful in growing and strengthening their businesses. We are doing this to strengthen our business community and promote continuous improvement that will help us all.
We understand if you do not have the time to spend on our newsletter, please feel free to unsubscribe to this monthly e-newsletter below.

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Entrepreneurs Make Things Happen

In my 30 years of business experience, I have observed that people typically fall into three categories:

  • People who say “What the heck just happened?”
  • People who watch things happen.
  • People who make things happen!

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Branding Do’s and Don’ts

Branding is not only a marketing concern, there can also be legal implications. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to designing your brand…

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Quick Tips

Making Sense of Profits

We use an online tool called ProfitCents ( to review our financials against the industry. The reports the tool provides help us understand how our business is doing and track its progress. This fantastic tool also allows you to determine financial goals for your company, and can be used to spark discussions with your accountant.

By : Eliatt Di Lieto, Cerini & Associates LLP, Bohemia,

Rewarding Employees for Good Feedback

After beginning a training program for our people, I asked for feedback on how we could make the training more effective. At first the group responded with blank stares and benign comments like, “It was just great!” I wanted more, so I offered an incentive for them to give me their ideas. When I received one good idea, I presented the individual with a coffee shop gift card in front of his peers. The group took note, and they understood that I was serious about the training and making it the best it could be for all involved.

By : Stan McBroom, Security Plumbing, Arvada, CO

Deadlines Make Us Accountable

During the process of making a major equipment purchase, the decision of which supplier to use kept being delayed as other work took priority. It is often said that “you get what you tolerate,” and my tolerance of this delay was causing an important decision to slip. Upon setting a deadline to make the final selection within 30 days and holding everyone accountable, including myself, we finally gathered the information needed to make our decision. Since then, we have worked on making this deadline-based culture take root by making sure important tasks have due dates.

By : Michael DeBaere, M & M Printing, Fond du Lac, WI

Free Marketing Tool: Google Places

Have you set your company up on Google Places? It’s easy, free and you don’t even need a website. Google Places, along with the free Google Maps service, provides basic information about your business to the millions of people who search online every day. When potential customers search Google Maps for local businesses like yours, they’ll be able to see your address, hours of operation, even photos of your storefront or products. To get started, go to and claim your business listing.

By : Rick Shone, Wilderness Supply Co., Winnipeg, MB

People Change, So Must Partnerships

While it’s always wise to have a comprehensive partnership agreement in place, don’t assume it will last throughout the life of the business or your relationship. It’s a good idea to review these agreements periodically to ensure they still make sense for the current business, circumstances and changes in the partners’ skills, health or preferences.

By : Fran Cassidy, AXA Advisors LLC, Melville, NY

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 Multnomah County, Washington County, Clakamas County, Beaverton, Portland and Hillsboro 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 Multnomah County, Washington County, Clakamas County, Beaverton, Portland and Hillsboro 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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