Lonnie Sciambi

lonnieLonnie Sciambi is The Entrepreneur’s Yoda – Small Business Advisor, Speaker and Author

I’m “The Entrepreneur’s Yoda” and my passion is inspiring and guiding entrepreneurs and small business owners to achieve your dreams… and keep you from “the dark side.”

Every small business has unique challenges and faces uncertainty at different times and this is where Yoda can help.

To see how I can help you achieve your entrepreneurial dreams, give me a call at (732) 787-2240, send an email to lsciambi@thesmallbusinessforce.com, or visit my website at http://www.thesmallbusinessforce.com 

Your Culture is the Soul of Your Small Business – Create it Wisely 

When an entrepreneur starts a business, probably the last thing they think about is the culture they are going to create within it. Yet, it is probably the most powerful force that, later, drives the company forward…or not. From the initial idea to the early business concept to first customer to first employee(s) is truly when it becomes a business…and when the actual DNA of the business is established. Its soul! In this session the importance of small business culture will be confirmed and the significant role it actually plays in the ultimate success of a venture described. Further, examples will be detailed for how to create a culture where employees have a sense of mission and passion for the company’s success.  And we also show what happens when a culture turns south, like we just witnessed in a real life example, with Wells Fargo.

10 Keys to Startup Survival

Launching a new business is one of the single biggest challenges an individual can face. Start-up entrepreneurs will gain insight and advice that can help them achieve early success and keep them from becoming another statistic. It’s based on Lonnie’s experience with hundreds of start-ups and early stage businesses. The “10 Keys” will help would-be entrepreneurs (and even current small business owners) focus on what’s really important to get their business off the ground, avoid the various “minefields” that are out there and on the path to achieving their goals. It’s step-by-step advice based on lots of successes and some memorable failures that can dramatically increase the odds for start-up success.


About Lonnie L. Sciambi

Lonnie L. Sciambi, “The Entrepreneur’s Yoda,” is Managing Director and CEO of Small Business Force, LLC (www.thesmallbusinessforce.com) and author of the best-selling book, “Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success.”  For entrepreneurs and small business owners, he brings a unique viewpoint to help them avoid many of the pitfalls that they, invariably, face, through mentoring, providing assistance with strategic alternatives for growth or under-performing operations, strategic exit guidance or just a valuable blog post.

As an entrepreneur, he founded, grew and sold two of his own companies (although he did start several others – so he understands both success…and failure), advised more than a hundred companies at various stages of their growth and invested in more than a dozen (some successfully, some not so). Lonnie’s experience also includes fixing “broken” companies, having completed a series of successful turnarounds for eight small companies (all under $25 million) in disparate markets.

He also been involved in raising more than $350 million in capital, as an investment banker and senior executive, and had primary responsibility for nearly forty merger and acquisition transactions, more than a dozen of those, entrepreneurial exits. Lonnie also has some large company experience, earlier in his career,  that includes senior management positions with EDS and Citicorp.

He is a frequent speaker on all areas of entrepreneurship, from start-up through exit.

He began in business with IBM and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.