How We Help/Serve

Business Coaching

Running a business can feel lonely. The buck stops at the top, and every decision rests on your shoulders. It’s inappropriate to ask your subordinates for advice or support, so who are you supposed to turn to when you need guidance?

An experienced mentor is perhaps the most valuable resource available to business owners. Hiring a business coach can help CEOs get the personalized guidance they need to make the difficult choices necessary to create a successful company.

There are a few self-regulating groups like the International Coach Federation and the International Association of Coaching that certifies coaches. These certifications are indicative of formal training and adherence to a code of ethics. However, there isn’t a licensing requirement to become a coach and many great coaches aren’t certified. At TAB, all our Facilitators/Coaches are certified through a combination of onsite and e-learning. TAB Facilitator/Coaches walk the talk with access to online hotlines, yearly courses, advanced training and workshops, and a robust Learning Management System.

What is a Business Coach?

Business coaches are typically expert entrepreneurs or executives who know how to grow successful business. They share that experience to help to help business owners reach their goals.

Hiring a business coach is like having a highly experienced partner in your corner. They provide personalized advice that can help you navigate the rough terrain of starting a business. That may include things like defining goals, crafting strategies for growth, or devising a plan for reviving a struggling brand.

Advisory Boards

Business owners face an ever-changing business landscape, where competition is stiff, budgets are tight, and the labor market is challenging. Everyone is looking for any advantage.

Advisory groups can help proactive entrepreneurs accelerate their personal and professional growth. Bringing together a group of peers is effective because it allows each member to experience new perspectives and deep support.

What is a Mastermind and Advisory Group?

“Mastermind group” has become a trendy business buzzword in recent years. While most people have heard the term, many aren’t entirely sure what it actually means.

Simply put, a mastermind group is when multiple business owners regularly meet with the single purpose of helping each other succeed.

It’s an idea as old as tribal history itself, but the modern concept was outlined by Napoleon Hill, one of the all-time bestselling self-help author. He interviewed America’s most innovative leaders, including Henry Ford and J. P. Morgan, to discover their secrets for success. One thing they had in common, Hill discovered, was participation in a peer group.

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the mastermind],” Hill explains. Participating in this type of “think tank” increases the effectiveness of each of the members.

Mastermind groups are also sometimes called peer advisory groups or advisory boards. They’re made up of a small group of business owners, usually no more than a dozen, sometimes in the same field but oftentimes in non-competing industries.

Although every group is unique, they generally involve monthly meetings either in-person or online where members take turns discussing their challenges and receiving advice and accountability. Group members encourage each other to set bold goals and support them in accomplishing them.

While CEOs of large corporations have boards of directors, small business owners are often on their own. They may have employees, but it’s inappropriate to lean on them for advice and support about major decisions.

A mastermind or peer advisory board can serve as a trusted space to receive unbiased feedback on topics like finances, marketing, sales, personnel, or products/service launches.

Virtual Boards

Get Hassle-free, real-world business advice


Monthly Virtual Board Meetings

  • Online secure meeting room
  • Monthly
  • 2 hours or 4 hours
  • Up to 8 business owners
  • Confidential
  • Professionally facilitated
  • Raise issues, ideas
  • Receive valuable advice, expertise and feedback

Monthly Virtual Business Coaching

  • Online business coaching
  • Monthly
  • Up to 45 minutes
  • Discuss business issues and ideas
  • Develop strategic plans, goals, KPIs
  • Create an issue or opportunity to discuss at the next TAB board meeting

24/7 Access to Online Business Growth Tools

  • Access to Business Builders’ Blueprint—online tool to help build your business, track progress
  • Develop robust personal and business vision, SWOT analysis, strategic plan and goals
  • Compare business priorities vs. focus
  • Access to TAB Connect—a global community of business owners and leaders for networking, advice

Sample Board Meeting

Experience the Taste of TAB

This will be a highly interactive workshop, with a maximum of eight business owners like you participating, taking place via Zoom or in person.

Our certified TAB facilitators will facilitate it as a peer advisory board, giving each participant a chance to bring up a business issue or opportunity and get advice from the other highly experienced business owners around the table.

The Alternative Board (TAB) has been building boards of non-competing business owners for over 30 years. TAB board members take a break from their businesses once a month, to work on those businesses, instead of just in them. There are thousands of business owners just like you who are TAB members all across the USA and around the world, including 50 in the greater Des Moines area.

This is a no-obligation opportunity to experience how and why TAB works. If, after the “sample” board, you feel like exploring membership, we will do so.