Boards and Advisors
Outside oversight and input becomes increasingly vital as a company grows. Official boards of directors and unofficial advisory boards can provide connections and ideas to drive business expansion. The Free Management Library offers an overview of boards of directors.
Advisory boards are a more casual, but still powerful, way to bring outside input into your company. About.com features Harnessing the Power of an Advisory Board and Stengel Solutions offers Ten Tips to Creating an Advisory Board.
Mentors, peer groups and roundtables also offer some measure of input. To find out about programs in your area, go to . Select "Mentoring" in the drop down Category menu, and click on Mentoring Programs.