Press - The Alternative Board San Mateo County
If you're a fan of Thin Mints, you probably already know that this is the time of year the Girl Scouts are selling their famous cookies—some $790 million worth. The annual cookie sale is more than just a fundraiser. When this young army hits the streets for their direct-sale campaign, the girls are being taught essential skills for success that every small-business owner should master as well.
Small business owners would be the first to tell you that they don't have all the answers, but advisory boards can fill those knowledge gaps, according to a panel of speakers at America's Small Business Summit.
Hearing Mike Kukol of Horizon Landscape & Irrigation Company talk about sharing his confidential business information with the owners of nine other landscaping companies, you might initially wonder if the owner of this Wyckoff, New Jersey, firm is a bit crazy.
Where can small companies turn for objective advice? To each other, thanks to peer groups such as The Alternative Board
When Daryl Rossman, president of Merco Manufacturing, wanted feedback about expanding his family-owned aerospace parts manufacturer or needed advice on strategy and marketing, his options were limited. He could go to the expense of hiring an outside accountant, lawyer, or business consultant. Or he could discuss his views internally with 1 of his 16 employees.