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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Giving Entrepreneurs an Edge, Learned from Years in the Entrepreneurial Trenches [Kindle Edition]

Lonnie Sciambi
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Starting and growing a small business is a challenge in any economy. Faced with the environment of the last several years, every entrepreneur needs an edge. "Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success" gives an entrepreneur that edge. No matter where a small business is in its growth cycle – startup, growth or near exit - the “Secrets” provide “to-the-point” advice and easily implementable solutions for key issues entrepreneurs face, every day. The book is authored by Lonnie Sciambi, "The Entrepreneur's Yoda," a veteran of more than 30 years in the entrepreneurial trenches as a founder, CEO, turnaround specialist and advisor to small businesses. His "Secrets' are delivered with equal parts experience, candor and humor that makes them impactful and not easily forgotten.

The "Secrets" are focused around critical functional areas to help get a startup on the path to success "right out of the chute!" They explain why partners and advisors are, often, as important as strategies and plans. The "Secrets" show how an entrepreneur's success begins and ends with marketing and sales and why it’s so critical to “love” your customer and how to make them love you back. They show how the culture you create should reflect your values and provide an environment for employees to thrive. The "Secrets" answer the key questions why cash, how to generate it, manage it and raise it, are second only to breathing for an entrepreneur. They will describe unique ways to continue grow top and bottom line, over time, and then how to develop an “end game” and assist you to, ultimately, monetize all of your efforts.

In each chapter, there are anecdotal stories from real-life situations that "The Entrepreneur's Yoda" faced in his multi-faceted career that entrepreneurs and small business owners can relate to and help them apply the lessons to their businesses today.


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"Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success provides the new entrepreneur much advice at every stage in the growth cycle of a small business and shares wisdom and simple common sense in equal measure." - youngupstarts.com
 
"Lonnie L. Sciambi, in his new book, Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success, reminds me that premature execution will doom even a good ready-aim-fire plan."  - Forbes
 
"The Entrepreneur's Yoda provides guidance and secretes related to how to get a startup to succeed, marketing and sales, partners and advisers, getting customers to love you, culture, cash and how to develop an end game." - Teach A CEO
 
"The "Secrets" provide "to-the-point" advice and easily implementable solutions for key issues entrepreneurs face, every day. People know WHAT to do but, NOT necessarily HOW to do it." - Blog Talk Radio

About the Author

Lonnie Sciambi is "The Entrepreneur's Yoda," a veteran of more than 30 years in the entrepreneurial trenches as a founder, CEO, turnaround specialist and advisor to small businesses who has helped countless companies find entrepreneurial success. His "secrets' are delivered with equal parts experience, candor and humor that makes them impactful and not easily forgotten. Go to his website for more information - www.thesmallbusinessforce.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1749 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615693652
  • Publisher: Small Business Force, LLC (October 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XDNNR2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Information is Priceless January 4, 2013
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Mr. Sciambi shares his real life experiences as an entrepreneur so that you can learn quickly and don't have to learn via the school of hard knocks. The Harvard B School professors could learn from this master. I would recommend this book to anyone who is an entrepreneur or who is contemplating becoming one. When you model yourself after people who have a demonstrated track record of success you have minimized your learning curve and reduced the time and expense of implementation considerably. You don't have to figure out how to do it you just have to learn how it has already been done correctly. In a couple of hours you get to experience the wisdom of "The Yoga" who has done this successfully for more than forty years. This book is a flat out winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I found the... Secrets To Entrepreneurial Success.... November 12, 2012
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My name is John Forde and I just finished reading the book "Secrets To Entrpreneurial Success" by Lonnie Sciambi aka "The Entrepreneur's Yoda". What a fantastic read it is! I give Lonnie Sciambi's book a BIG Ten Stars. I found it to be very informative and like the way the book is structured for easy referal.

My fiance Rose Deyoung,also read and liked the book. Not having any background in business,she was initially concerned that she may not quite understand the material,but quickly realized that one need not be an MBA to appreciate the concepts presented. That the advice contained within the book could be applied virtually to any business within any industry. She and I particulary like the chapters devoted to customer service/appreciation (she and I agree that many large companies have lost or devalued this important function).

After people read the book, Im sure they will find it to be a great reference and tool for their own start-up business. However, again I believe that "Secrets To Entrepreneurial Success" is not just for start-ups, but for all businesses and industries of all sizes...For there is valuable information within the book for them as well.

Thank you and stay healthy,
John Forde
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guidance for ALL Entrepreneurs February 3, 2013
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This book is not a quick read - not because it's difficult to understand BUT the complete opposite.
The book contains a volume of genuine and invaluable distilled wisdom and each element HAS to be given time to be considered and weighed as to how best to implement in one's own business and, indeed, life.
Of course not every single article will relate to every business or ones individual situation BUT - even when they don't today - I can assure the reader that their value will filter through at some stage.

Outstanding in value and information to gain success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Guide for Every Business Person January 21, 2013
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As another gray-haired, business veteran with 40+ years experience under my belt I found Lonnie Sciambi's book very much on target. It touches upon all of the key elements every business person needs to address if they are going to succeed over the long term.

What I liked best about Lonnie's book is that it is direct, to the point and written in a way that is easy to understand. It is a practical guide that has applicability for the beginner as well as those already in the trenches. This book has something for everyone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success May 4, 2013
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Teaches you all aspects of, Starting and growing a small business is a challenge in any economy. They will describe unique ways to continue grow top and bottom line, over time, and then how to develop an “end game” and assist you to, ultimately, monetize all of your efforts.
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Lonnie L. Sciambi, "The Entrepreneur's Yoda," is Managing Director and CEO of Small Business Force, LLC. He has been a "serial CEO," with more than thirty years' experience as a CEO of both public and private companies, across multiple industry markets. Through that experience, Lonnie provides "on the money" advice that allows owners to gain the returns they seek. Whether seeking mentoring, strategic alternatives for growth or under-performing operations, strategic exit guidance or just a valuable blog post, he brings a unique viewpoint to help entrepreneurs and small business owners avoid many of the pitfalls that they, invariably, face along the way.

Lonnie's advice is long on candor, short on catchy buzzwords. No theories, no "rah-rah, feel goods!" Just practical advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners that can contribute to their success.

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 fifty companies at various stages of their growth and invested in more than a dozen (although he did start several others - so he understands both success...and failure). 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 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 began in business with IBM (to whom he is forever grateful for showing him what a real corporate culture can be, even in a large company). Lonnie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University (to whom he's equally grateful for their co-op program that helped him "fly out of the chute").

He resides in Port Monmouth, NJ with his wife Helen and has three children, the "start-ups" of which he is most proud - Jon who lives in New York City, Sara, who lives in Miami Beach, FL and Ben, who lives in New Jersey.


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