The Alternative Board

The Alternative Board (TABFW) is a business advisory group where business owners help each other address and resolve board level issues. It is designed for startups and small companies that do not yet have a formalized board of directors.


“It is not enough to do your best and work hard, you must know WHAT to do, and THEN do your BEST.” W. Edwards Deming 

TABFW (The Alternative Board Fort Worth) is part of a 20-country business advisory group with 3,000 business owner members who help each other resolve board level issues. 

Several times a year, TABFW hosts  free BOSS (Business Owner Success Series) luncheons.  Business owners are invited to email us to receive an invitation to hear speakers on key business topics. These are free for business owners to attend.  Email [email protected] for an invitation.

In 2011 TABFW partnered with the Business Assistance Center and the City of Fort Worth Economic Development Department (along with numerous contributing businesses) to launch the FW Business Plan Competition.  As a founding sponsor, TABFW provides a $7,200 scholarship to the 1st place winner.  This business owner sits on a peer advisory board with 7 other business owners and their professional facilitator to work on their business month in and month out to achieve the growth and life balance they seek. The on-going, regular nature of our approach focuses executive “sweat, determination and hard work” correctly so that business growth and vision are achieved.

Services Provided

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business (Specialty)
  • Valuation (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Employee Development (Specialty)
  • Hiring and Firing (Specialty)
  • Policies and Templates (Specialty)
  • Recruiting (Specialty)
  • Retention (Specialty)
  • Workforce Incentives (Specialty)
  • Workforce Training (Specialty)

Import and Export Assistance

  • Networking/Exploring Exporting (Specialty)

Management Issues

  • Human Resources (Specialty)
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)
  • Recruiting Assistance (Specialty)

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • Manufacturing Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Award Recognition (Specialty)
  • Call Center Services
  • Competitive Analysis (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training (Specialty)
  • Market Research
  • Website Development


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
  • Peer Mentoring (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General (Specialty)

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Board Development (Specialty)
  • Strategic Planning (Specialty)


  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Human Resources Training (Specialty)
  • Marketing Plan Training (Specialty)
  • Online Courses and Videos (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events
Contact Information
Valerie Riefenstahl
600 East Rosedale Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104