The Alternative Board

Owners sit on a board with other non-competing business owners to work collectively to support each other and improve their business operations. Boards are run by a professional facilitator.


The Alternative Board, TAB, is an international business franchise with facilitators and boards in 14 countries. In 2015 TAB celebrated 25 years of making it possible for all business owners to have the same powerful benefits of an outside, objective, multi-talented board of directors without the huge expense and manpower needed to recruit, pay and manage such a board.

TAB business owners come together to create a board of directors whose members are other non-competing business owners. They work collaboratively to support each other and improve their business operations sharing their collective 200+ years of practical, “I’ve dealt with this challenge before” type advice. They use state-of-the-art TAB tools to manage all areas of their business with greater success. Owners visit with the local facilitator to see if a board may be a good solution for what they need.

The most frequently cited challenges are:

• Loneliness at the top • Need a safe place to discuss ideas

• Trouble with people

• Frustration with sales people / processes

• Need to improve customer service

• Best branding and marketing strategy

• Few documented processes

• Unsure of accuracy of financial reports

• Managing growth to get to next level

• Balancing work, family, personal needs

If there is a good fit with an existing group of owners, based on that owner’s needs and company profile, the facilitator recommends them to a board. Board members pay monthly dues based on the level of board and they stay as long as they feel they are receiving benefit from membership. In Tarrant County company sizes range from $200,000 to $50,000,000.

Boards are run by a full time, professional facilitator who also meets one-on-one with members between the monthly, four hour board meetings. Members feel supported by those who understand what it is like to be looked at for all the answers. They get feedback on their ideas and hone their business skills every month discussing the challenges and opportunities that other members bring to the board. They take those insights and tools back to their own businesses and make improvements with confidence. The change between where you are now And where you want to be Is what you do And with whom you do it. #TABstyle

Services Provided

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Find Funding

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight & Distribution
  • Quality Improvement (supply chain, Six Sigma)

Marketing & Sales

  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Advertising
  • Brochure Design
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Social Media Marketing / E-Commerce
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Web Site Development

Networking & Associations

  • Small Business/General

Become Supplier or Vendor

  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Price History

Permits and Regulations

  • Government Requirements
  • Patent Information
  • Trademark & Copyright Information

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Website Development


  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management and Strategy Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training

New Product Development

  • Product Design & Development

Nonprofit & Social Enterprise

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Manufacturing Development

Hiring & Managing People

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives

Startup / Form a Business

  • Startup business counseling
Contact Information
Valerie Riefenstahl
2116 Lakecrest Drive, Suite 108
Grapevine, TX 76051