Advisory boards are becoming more popular and I predict they will become even more so. It's because of the changing nature of how businesses are set up today.
Many small businesses in the United States are established as sole proprietorships, partnerships or limited liability companies (LLCs). None of these business forms uses a board of directors. That's only for corporations.
For small businesses that want to receive board-like input, advisory boards are the way to get it. My article answers all those questions you always wanted to know about advisory boards, but were afraid to ask. Really.
UPDATE November 20: From the comments section... Anthony Cerminaro over at Bizz Bang Buzz points out his article about advisory boards. It makes excellent follow-on reading. (Isn't it great how blogs become conversations?)