One of the best resources a SAGE team is its Business Advisory Board. A SAGE team can learn a great deal by seeking advice and expertise of real-world entrepreneurs and business leaders. In order for a SAGE team to be eligible for a tournament, it must meet certain benchmarks during the year. One such benchmark is to identify a panel of BAB members and submit a list of BAB members to SAGE headquarters.
Successful business leaders admire SAGE teams for completing ventures linking entrepreneurship and community service. When they learn about a team’s mission and goals, most of leaders will enthusiastically share their expertise, their time and sometimes their financial resources.
In seeking our BAB members, SAGE teams are encouraged to visit the Chamber of Commerce and pick up a membership list, or visit their web site. Then, they should invite all prospective BAB members to a welcome reception at the school or at a local restaurant. It would also be advisable for a SAGE team to make a presentation to prospective BAB members about its goals and objectives.
Civic leaders can serve on a SAGE team’s BAB, but they can also participate in a second way. For each SAGE tournament we recruit these individuals to serve as judges and panelists to help us select teams that will advance to the next round. Also, SAGE returns the judging sheets to the SAGE teachers, thereby giving them feedback to help them improve next year. To learn how judges are “briefed” prior to a SAGE tournament, have a look at the SAGE Quick Reference Guide provided to each judge.