About Us

Stanley Simkins and Lonnie Sciambi, known as “The Family Biz Doc” and “The Entrepreneur’s Yoda,” respectively. Have joined forces to form the Small Business Virtual Roundtables to deliver these virtual roundtables to entrepreneurs. 

They each have 60+ years of experience as serial entrepreneurs, business advisors, and coaches to small business leaders.  Including serving as facilitators of “in-person” roundtables and “discussion groups” composed only of owners. 

They have published numerous articles, authored books, and presented seminars, webinars, podcasts, and related social media content dealing with various aspects of small business operations. They have both been interviewed and/or conducted radio and television productions. 

Small Business Virtual Roundtables will provide a unique cost-effective model for the “mastermind/roundtable." It is totally virtual and without geographic limitations. Perfect for the busy entrepreneur. They use their unique experience and expertise to help small business owners and family businesses drive growth and value.

According to the Small Business Administration, there are nearly 31 million small businesses in the United States. Many of these small businesses were hard hit by COVID, nearly 20% closed, some never to re-open.

Most that remain have been impacted in some way, either their market, their customers, or their employees. These businesses need the most advisory help but have few options. What is available is either out of their price range or requires too much of their time. Our aim is to address those issues and make a unique, cost-effective service available to them..

The typical small business owner doesn’t have a mentor, business consultant or someone with sufficient experience, expertise, mentoring skills or even ‘interest’ to serve as a resource for the many factors that cause owners to have ‘headaches’ in the operation of their business.

What most entrepreneurs want is ‘somebody to talk to’ who has walked in their shoes, is not going to try to sell them something, or “sugarcoat” their feedback for fear of loss (of friendship or of a “client”- e.g., their CPA, attorney, insurance agent, banker, etc.).

They want the ability to talk to peers (whether similar-size businesses, same industry, or those in other geographies.) And get feedback from others who have “skin in the game.”

The “mastermind/roundtable” group meetings are a venue for small business owners that addresses these issues.

The major difference is that ours are totally “virtual.” Small business owners get peer feedback from members and corporate partners on the myriad of issues they face in operating their businesses.

But they also can discuss succession, conflict, and other family/employee dynamics, corporate culture, and timing in a supportive, empathetic, casual (but not unstructured) environment.

Register to join our next virtual roundtable.