CEO Dialog Program

A Business Owner’s Exclusive Peer Advisory Group

Imagine being able to tap into the combined experience of ten fellow business owners each month. How helpful would it be to get unfiltered opinions from peers who are not afraid to tell you the truth or to disagree with you?

SBANE gives you just that opportunity with our exclusive Dialog program. Smaller companies typically lack a formal process for decision making, and by definition, the company is limited by the experience of the individuals who lead it.

SBANE Dialog builds teams of ten other experienced CEO’s from noncompeting businesses who have a fresh perspective to give you a much needed reality check.


One of the most powerful experiences you will ever have is to sit in a confidential environment with a group of your peers to discuss some of the most important business issues you are facing. Is the problem a key employee or a key vendor? The need for a new marketing strategy or a way to reduce expenses? It is powerful because ten of your peers who come to know you and your business, bring their different perspectives to the table and help you solve the problems you are wrestling with — or maybe didn’t even know you had!


SBANE Dialog gets under way in September with your first group meeting. Along with your group Captain, your group will develop a monthly meeting schedule that will work for you and the other members of your group. Each member of your SBANE Dialog group will have a chance to host a meeting at his or her place of business or another convenient location.


  • Professional insight and perspective from a CEO outside of your industry
  • New ideas to generate profit and visibility
  • Assistance formulating strategies for your most pressing issues
  • Unbiased and unfiltered input
  • Direct, honest feedback

Many factors are considered in forming an SBANE Dialog group including location, company size, growth objectives, industry and years in business. When you enroll in SBANE Dialog, you will receive a confirmation and a more detailed input sheet to enable us to make appropriate group assignments. You will have this opportunity to express a preference for groups made up of:

  • Manufacturers
  • High growth, venture backed
  • Mixed disciplines
  • Technology
  • Family owned
  • Brand management/ Marketing
  • Service orientated
    • Legal
    • Financial
  • Business consulting / coaching

“CEO Dialog provides candid, confidential, actionable, experienced based feedback on your most challenging work issues. Each seasoned peer in the group seriosuly yet compassionately helps to peel back the layers surrounding an issue and then offers their insights and ideas to help resolve the issue at hand. Whether you are in the spotlight or listening with everything you’ve got, the benefit of collecting other’s sage advice and tough questions for your issue or just hearing the wonderful variety of viewpoints on any number of topics is very much well worth the time invested. And if you’re not careful, you would have a really rip-roaring good time with a great bunch of people away from work and home for the small price of three hours a month.”

- Matt Edison, President, Diamond-Roltran, LLC

“You get what you put into it. CEO Dialog has helped me raise the bar as a professional. My group has given me honest feedback in running my business. If I was not honest and did not take their feedback seriously, I don’t believe that I would be as successfyul as I am today.”

- Ann Foley-Collins, President and Owner, glee gifts

“For me, CEO Dialog is about ongoing feedback and brainstorming for the purpose of enabling each participant to substantially grow his or her business. The kind of support that a like-minded, high-level team of this osrt can provide cannot be found within the wall of your organization or reaches of your normal network.”

- Ken Lizotte CMC, Chief Imaginative Officer, emerson consulting group, inc.

“Useful advice and blunt, direct comments from other’s with practical business experience in leading their own companies.”

- Bruce Brumberg, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Brumberg Publications, Inc.    

“I think it is the best investment I have ever made for my business. I have received wonderful feedback as well as tremendous support from my group. The encouragement to stop and analyze what my true goals and objectives are has been extremely valuable.”

- Sally Champlin, President, New England Braiding Company, Inc.


Please contact Katie Mudarri if you have questions and are interested in signing up for the 2014-2015 season.

781.890.9070, ext. 221 or

katie@sbane.org

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