The strength of an association is two-fold: the content it delivers to its members and the members themselves who take pride in their association and strive to give the “very best they have” to each and every client. The AASBC is proud of its members who have attained the certification of Accredited Small Business Consultant (ASBC) or Master Accredited Small Business Consultant (Master ASBC) in the U.S. and Accredited SME Consultant (ASMEC) or Master Accredited SME Consultant (Master ASMEC) for our international members and want to share with you a few comments from these members regarding the AASBC.
It is with highest praise I recommend the AASBC and SEMP approach for small business consulting. From the creation and production of their education workbook and videos, to the community of support they have created for professionals, their accreditation is second to none. Dr. Weinberger and the AASBC team have taken the best information from business theory/concepts and combined it with real world solutions that are deliverable through the client-consultant relationship. I found the Master Accreditation exam required me to pull on every morsel of knowledge I had obtained in the business world and feel it is a trusted measure of a consultant’s ability. Even with years of experience, I find myself regularly using and learning from the SEMP Approach Training Manual. I feel the AASBC has a tremendous service to offer all parties in the small business consulting field."
- Marci E Bunn, Master ASBC – www.bunnconsultinggroup.com
After 20 years as a resident engineer & project manager for infrastructure construction projects, a part-time instructor for an MBA program, and helping to identify relevant opportunities and content for businesses with experience from my own business (ten employees), I figured I knew almost everything. Not really, particularly after joining the AASBC. At the time I joined, I had just written a book on how to run a successful businesses (based on everything I had learned as a project manager together with a dozen years of participating in a monthly SME discussion group). My book turned out well for publishing, but the AASBC video lecture series is the frosting on the cake. Notable AASBC items not in my book: details on the use of Statement of Cash Flows, SWOT Analysis, Ratio Analysis, Risk Assessment and Fraud Deterrence, and Internal Controls. Dr. Weinberger's presentation of course materials via the AASBC training book is thorough yet quick and easy to understand. The training book, called the SEMP Approach: Simplified Examination to Maximize Profit, is your ticket to passing the certification exam. When I first took the exam, I thought I was on another planet - what had I been doing for the last fifteen years? Within days, after scouring the training book, I took the exam again and passed. If you’re a small business consultant, or want to be, joining AASBC will give you both the comfort and confidence that you know more about small business than any of your clients - and you’ll be able to deliver the right solution to the myriad of problems every small business owner encounters. "
- Helal Al-Helal, PhD, ASMEC - Founder, Manager at Mac Market Access, Coaching & Consultancy - Kuwait
I am so happy I found out about the AASBC. I was specifically looking for a certification program focused on small to medium sized businesses. I searched high and low and was even considering an MBA. I found the AASBC program to be the perfect fit in my desire to expand my knowledge in the small to medium business category. The materials were excellent and informative including the video lectures. Special thanks to Dr. Richard Weinberger and his team for building such a great program and offering so many useful tools and resources. If you are passionate about helping small to medium businesses, look no further than the AASBC!”"
- Frederick A. Van Den Abbeel, Accredited Small Business Consultant® - Vice President – Business Attraction | Arizona Commerce Authority - https://www.azcommerce.com/
Participation in the AASBC is the logical choice, and in my opinion, the best choice, for those of us who choose to elevate our consulting practices to a higher level of competency and professionalism. Through participation in the AASBC we not only differentiate ourselves from others, but more importantly, are better enabled to guide clients to achieve higher levels of success and profitability in their businesses by applying the unique tools and techniques developed by the AASBC. The course material is broad, comprehensive, thought-provoking and challenging, as was the ASBC exam. I am thoroughly enjoying my new membership and have been taking full advantage of the methods and the wealth of tools provided. I highly recommend membership in the AASBC. "
- Al Lombardi, ASBC - Next Level Small Business Development, LLC
Dr. Richard Weinberger and the AASBC team has created a first of its kind methodology for an A-Z approach to small businesses consulting. The title of the AASBC training course, “Simplified Examination to Maximize Profit” could not be any more representative of what this method, properly applied, can accomplish for small business clients. Personally, as more of an “in the trenches” management/operational consultant, I was lacking a clear, unambiguous yet thorough procedure to address the financial analysis needs of my clients. The SEMP Approach was precisely what I needed to round out my scope of services. "
- Jason L Savedoff, ASBC - Principal, RVA Advisors, PLLC - rvaadvisors.com
For small business consultants, I cannot recommend the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants highly enough. Their rigorous training is just the start - in addition, the AASBC provides tools, forms, online calculators, and more to help you develop your consultancy and make it thrive. The SEMP Approach is an extremely well-rounded and comprehensive process which will help the consultant *and* the business owner ensure that no stone is left unturned in the improving of the business. For any small business owner who is looking for a consultant to work with them on "the business of business," the ASBC seal guarantees that the consultant has the knowledge and resources available to develop and implement successful continuous improvement plans for any business. It's that powerful. For both small business consultants and small business owners, the AASBC is a critical resource to have on your side. "
- John Thornton, ASBC - Thornton Consultancy Group - www.AssistSmallBusiness.com
The SEMP approach provides straight-forward and pragmatic methodology to SME consulting. I find the templates (checklists) very valuable and I thoroughly enjoyed the videos! I say well done to Dr. Richard Weinberger and the entire AASBC team. I will highly recommend AASBC to individuals and organizations that have the intention of taking their SME consulting practice to the next level."
- O. Uche Ofili, DBA, PhD, ASBC - Founder - SME Help - Abuja, Nigeria - http://smehelp.org
While I am new to the consulting business, I can say that the AASBC and the SEMP Approach training materials have already been valuable to me. In establishing my own consulting firm after over 25 years in contracts negotiations with several years teaching as adjunct faculty on the junior college level, these resources have provided direction and clarity in my new pursuit. The SEMP training manual brought back much of what I had previously learned while earning an MBA and reinforced my understanding of many extremely important concepts. The ASBC designation gives me confidence to serve my clients with a systemic, value-add proposition when I enter discussions about new consulting opportunities. The AASBC site has the information I have needed when I have needed it to help move my consultancy forward. It is a go-to resource that will be a regular part of my business for years to come. "
- Kenneth George, MBA, ASBC – Resource Betterment Consulting, LLC – www.resourcebetterment.com
It is with great pleasure and respect for Dr. Richard Weinberger, that I take a moment to share my thoughts regarding my experience with the AASBC. Words alone could not express the appreciation and gratitude I feel toward Dr. Weinberger and his team. Although I have been involved in business consulting somewhat throughout the years, I felt that it would be a wise decision to enhance my knowledge and understanding of business consulting, which would enable me to provide a superior level of service while guiding clients. After reviewing my options, I found Dr. Richard Weinberger and his team at AASBC. I was amazed at the wealth of information and was astonished at the structure that Dr. Richard Weinberger and his team developed. It was exactly what I needed and was completely surprised at the power behind the SEMP Approach. After 29 years in the general practice of accountancy, I thought the certification would be an easy task. I quickly discovered that the course was a condensed MBA program and the exam was one of the most challenging exams I have ever taken. It was like taking a MBA exam. It is with the greatest of sincerity that I recommend this program for anyone looking to advance in a business consulting practice. I thank you and your team Richard for taking me to the next level, along with the support and encouragement, it was exactly what I was looking for."
- Peter A. Kypreos, B.COMM, MBA, ICIA, ASBC - President/CEO - Kypreos & Associates Ltd. (Canada) - www.kypreos.com
I made a decision last year to move away from the corporate world and plough back my business experience to the SME’s in South Africa and possibly all of Africa. Even though I did my MBA and PhD in Business Administration, my main concern was – how do I structure my message to the market? I needed a clear business message…benefits to the business owner as well as something executable. In November 2017, I attended a training session by Dr. Richard Weinberger at a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. During this session I was introduced to AASBC and the SEMP Approach. I immediately knew that this was what I was looking for!!! I not only discovered the SEMP Approach which very nicely “packaged” my MBA subjects into an executable for business consulting, but also got to know the AASBC and their incredible support to consultants – even the new comers to this industry like myself. Needless to say I had to become certified. I did not underestimate the examination that followed, but during the examination realised what effort and experience went into the SEMP Approach – it was indeed challenging. I am currently setting up my business and looking forward to take it to the African market knowing that many will benefit through this approach."
- André du Preez, PhD, ASMEC, CBA - Managing Director Cyquapro (South Africa)
The highest recommendation that I can give the AASBC accreditation process is that having completed it myself, I just recommended that my son, who is 22, a recent college graduate, and a software engineer. For me, the written material and the extensive video library provided a great refresher course in business success and also excellent guidelines for examining and suggesting improvements to small businesses. But for someone like my son, who is not in the consulting business, I would still suggest the material as an excellent introduction to business and to the key business concepts. While this is not the intention of the course, I believe that even those not on a "management" career path still need to understand the basics of how a business is measured, how it plans for growth, and how it succeeds in the market place. You have done a commendable job of distilling the key concepts of business performance, business growth, and business enhancement into a very approachable and easy to understand presentation. As someone who has run businesses and worked with businesses for several decades, the course provides concise guidelines to studying, understanding, and helping businesses survive and prosper. Congratulations on a job well done. "
- Peter M. Winkler, ASBC
Until my relocation to the United States in 2016, I had been privileged to provide consulting services to SMEs in my home country, Nigeria, for almost nine years. My approach to consulting was a mix of different approaches that I had read from various books on small business consulting and MBA materials. Although they were helpful, I was looking for something more valuable and on point. While researching information on becoming a business consultant in the United States, I found the AASBC. I registered immediately after going through the information on the site learning that the SEMP Approach was a well-detailed and established methodology to help small businesses from ground zero. When I received the manual, it brought me into the right perspectives the way I had tried to consult for small businesses for nine years. I knew that being accredited by the AASBC would give me the global leverage I always dreamed about as a consultant. I am now an Accredited Small Business Consultant and excited to be part of the AASBC. I am a raving fan announcing to my peers back home in Africa to come on board. I can’t wait to become a Master ASBC. Well done, Dr. Richard and team! "
- Joel Osebor, ASBC - Chief Executive Officer - Con-Edge Enterprises Solution Limited - www.conedge.com.ng
If you're looking to stand out among the crowded field of consultants, becoming a certified member of the Association of Accredited Small Business Consulting (AASBC) will provide you that edge over the competition. I earned my MBA years ago which led to several successful years in the world of business. The SEMP Approach training manual, along with the accompanying video lecture services, has given me the tools to elevate my consulting business to an even higher level. Therefore, if you're serious about increasing your consulting business, I highly recommend becoming an Accredited Small Business Consultant (ASBC). "
- Denis Sweeney, MBA, ASBC - Sweeney Enterprises, LLC - www.sweenenterprises.com
From interacting with our small business members, I’ve learned that running successful operations can often feel like a profoundly challenging and even hopeless undertaking. It’s clear to me, in today’s very competitive and ever-evolving business ecosystems, owners need all the help they can get to keep business afloat and profitable. Because quality of life matters and because it’s a known fact that small businesses are largely credited with being the engine that propels quality of life in our communities, Space Coast Credit Union is investing in empowering its business advisors into becoming more than successful business bankers. It’s empowering us into becoming an effective resource that can help owners grow and protect the future of their business. We discovered the AASBC SEMP Approach and instantly recognized its value, benefits and compatibility with the necessary education and knowledge our organization required to construct a strategic and impactful program that delivers our mission and vision for business members. We found the SEMP Approach to be very complete, results-driven, and easy to understand and learn! Thanks to the SEMP training, I am much more confident when helping our business members, as I’m able to look at owners in the eye and with a clear understanding of their challenges provide assistance. The most rewarding experience is the satisfaction our members express, because they know that at SCCU we really care about the future of their business. I strongly recommend the AASBC SEMP program!"
- Ethan F. Sanabria, Business Advisor, ASBC - Space Coast Credit Union - https://www.sccu.com
I highly recommend the small business consulting program from the AASBC. If you are a business professional and want to add a new or expanded service to your portfolio, consulting is definitely the way to go. Being an accountant in Canada, I searched for a consulting program focused on small businesses exclusively with an international exposure combined with an interesting and very complete curriculum. I found all of this in the AASBC SEMP Approach training. There are not many programs with the quality that I found with the AASBC. Additionally, the service received from the AASBC staff is fabulous. It took me approximately two weeks to study the material and to write the exam to get my certification. Now, I proudly hold the ASMEC (Accredited SME Consultant) certification to provide a service with quality to the small business community. Being a member of the AASBC, and now certified, is one of the best decisions I made in 2017. "
- Lety Garcia, Public Business Accountant (PBA), ASMEC - Canada
I signed up with another consulting website, then found the AASBC site, and was instantly intrigued. After spending some time going through the website, I decided to join. Immediately after joining, I went straight to the other site and cancelled my membership. As soon as my SEMP Approach book came, I started reading to prepare for the accreditation examination. Needless to say, I studied the book that was very well put together, watched every training video, took the exam, and now I am a member of the AASBC as an Accredited Small Business Consultant. I am very pleased with the personal treatment I have received since joining. I look forward to a long and prosperous association with the AASBC. "
- Douglas Walker, CPA, CGMA, ASBC – Upstate Small Business Consulting, LLC - www.upstatesmallbusinessconsulting.com
I can highly recommend the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants for any consultant looking for a accreditation for their qualifications and experience. In addition to a very thorough training program, the backup and support materials help develop your consultancy business and puts it ahead of the competition. The process is very thorough and provides direction and value for business owners. For both consultants and small business owners, the AASBC is a great support."
- Gerard Creedon, ASBC - Managing Director - Creedons Business Support Services - Cork, Ireland - www.creedons.ie
Getting introduced to the AASBC and becoming a member of the Association was and still is a great opportunity leveraging my business consultancy knowledge, organizing the way of serving my customers in a profitable way, and adding more credibility to my business through the awesome professional SEMP Approach methodology and educational content. It opens my eyes to very important questions and offers proper solutions that should be raised to customers during my engagement. All the credit goes to the AASBC management and member services team who are always there to support the members and keep them informed with day-to-day updates to enhance our consultancy practice. "
- Wael Rashidy, ASBC - Founder and Business Mentor - Guiders Mentors and Consultants - Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt - www.guidersconsult.com
In my 22-year journey as a banker, I loved working with SMEs. It has been my dream to one day become a consultant to SMEs. I researched to find a credible institution to work with to achieve this goal. The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (AASBC) is the perfect answer. I must congratulate the founder of AASBC, Dr. Richard Weinberger, and the team for the excellent range of training materials they developed to "whip up" the best in us and develop the right skill sets to consult with SMEs. As for the examination! Wow, it is tough. You'll know you have it "right" after passing. I am really proud to be a part of the consultants for small businesses and SMEs across the world. "
- Stanislaus Deh, ASMEC - CEMI (Certified Expert in Micro Insurance) - BSc, MSc - Stanbic Bank, Ghana
It is a pleasure to take time to share my thoughts about the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (AASBC). When I launched my consulting and coaching business, I knew that I needed a systematic approach to help small business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses. The AASBC provided me with the training and resources that I needed to hit the ground running. The SEMP Approach: Simplified Examination to Maximize Profit is a unique, out of the box technique for small business consulting and coaching that provides the needed framework without the stifling effect of the “cookie cutter” method. I am extremely excited about the future of my business and owe a huge thank you to Dr. Richard Weinberger and the AASBC team! "
- Elzie D. Flenard, III - MBA, ASBC Enterprise NOW! www.enterprise-now.biz
I heartily recommend the AASBC membership and process. Excellent content delivered in an enjoyable manner. I like referring to the questions for different segments in the book (like Marketing) and also really appreciate the videos. Thanks for helping our practice to grow."
- Gregg Kell, ASBC - Business Success Partner - www.ProfitGrowthBuilders.com
I would like to thank the AASBC team for allowing me to be a member of the association and for all the consideration and resources AASBC provides to its members. The SEMP Approach training manual and video lecture series are exceptionally done and instructive. The videos made studying for the certification exam extremely interesting. It was like I was in real time class with Dr. Weinberger while watching the videos. The day I started watching the videos, I realized it was exactly what I needed to learn...the necessary knowledge to be able to become a small business consultant. After studying the SEMP Approach manual and watching the videos, I passed the ASBC exam. I now feel confident and very knowledgeable in small business consulting. I know that I can bring many added values to my clients in order to increase their operational efficiency and use my strategic advice to achieve their goals and expand their businesses. I am astonished with the level of detail about the SEMP Approach manual and videos. I highly recommend the AASBC certification. It has the right tools and resources for the success of any small business."
- Gedeon Dansou, ASBC - Insurance Broker, Real Estate Broker, MSRE (Master of Science in Real Estate) Founder - CEO, Jean Dansou LLC
After I decided to start a career as a business consultant, I searched for possibilities to make a first step. After much research and making an analysis of possible options, I decided to join the AASBC and become an Accredited SME Consultant. My expectation was to receive a basic, firm knowledge about SME consulting and useful information for consulting engagements. I was pleasantly surprised in knowing that the AASBC would not only help me make the first step but rather a big leap forward. The content provided with the SEMP Approach is informative, accurate, and easily understandable. The video lectures of Dr. Weinberger add even more value as you receive not only the information, but you can learn how a business consultant should act, talk, and engage with a client. If you manage to explain to clients your suggestions in the way Dr. Richard does on these videos, then successful engagements are guaranteed. The SEMP Approach will help me explain information to my clients in a way they can understand SME principles, and then implement needed change in their business to achieve optimum success."
- Linas Stalnionis, ASMEC - Vilnius, Lithuania
I worked for a fortune 100 company for 6 years and ran my own small business for 17 years. I grew my company to a thriving $10 Million/year business and sold it two years ago. After retiring early, I desperately wanted to start a new business helping others be successful with their own small companies. Although I knew a lot about operating a business, it was a true blessing to have the Association of Accredited Small Business Consulting (AASBC) accreditation program. I got through the SEMP Approach handbook in a few weeks and updated on most of the business practices I thought I knew...and learned many new topics that I had skipped in my several years of experience. Whether you are new to small business consulting or a veteran like me, I think you can gain a huge advantage by acquiring the AASBC accreditation. "
- Jeff Schuster, ASBC - Acuity Small Business Consulting - www.acuity.consulting
As an experienced business executive and small business consultant, the AASBC's SEMP Approach to small business consulting earns top marks. The training manual is superbly written...a step-by-step, methodical approach to small business consulting just as it is marketed. The manual is complimented with a video lecture series that is not only interesting and enjoyable but also extremely useful in putting all aspects of the SEMP Approach to practical use. The entire AASBC program has enhanced my consulting practice. Thanks AASBC...great job! "
- Dominick N. Biangone, ASBC - President – Confident Endeavors - www.confidentendeavors.com
I am constantly looking for tools and resources to better educate and advise my clients. As a business generalist, I don’t know every answer. The SEMP Approach not only enables me to better educate my clients regarding the complexities in any given business, it also enables me to put tools in their hands to guide better decision making. Among my favorite tools is the Revenue Analysis Worksheet detailed in the videos. I use this with clients who need to know what to promote and why. Tools that are practical and impactful combined with easily understood information make me the best generalist I can be. Thank you!"
- Jason Nitschke, MA, EDFP, ASBC - Small Business Development Center Director - Great Falls Montana, Development Authority
As a business consultant, the Association of Accredited of Small Business Consultants is an invaluable resource and community for me to rely upon. I have enhanced my capabilities, creditability, and capacity because of my membership in the AASBC. My Accreditation as a small business consultant (ASBC) has been a great tool for my practice with a straight forward and systematic methodology taught by the AASBC called the SEMP Approach. As a young upstart consultant fresh out of business school with an MBA, the AASBC and the SEMP Approach gave me the confidence I needed to engage clients. The structure and resources that the AASBC has provided me has been the cornerstone of my consulting practice. "
- Wayne Encalarde Jr., MBA, ASBC - Encalarde Consultants - www.encalarde.com
The SEMP Approach provided an outstanding set of tools to examine and optimize small businesses. I'm certainly keeping this book out for future reference."
- Cliff Cochran, ASBC - Alaska Small Business Development Center
Condensed MBA in a can. The SEMP method is an effective and efficient way to focus consulting efforts. A number of years ago, I completed an MBA but found myself in corporate roles that only utilized a fraction of what I learned in my studies. Interested in transitioning to a career in consulting, I researched several different options and found the AASBC to have exactly what I was seeking. The AASBC and SEMP method provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to approach the various aspects of running a business and therefore how to best guide small business owners and managers. When I compare the training process at AASBC with a full scale MBA, I find that you dive deep into specific subject matter during MBA studies, but there is rarely an opportunity to view the entire process from start to finish – that is exactly what the AASBC training accomplishes. Having completed the AASBC training, I am proud to be an Accredited Small Business Consultant, thankful to have access to a wealth of information and a network of likeminded professionals, and confident in the SEMP approach to bring value to client organizations."
- William A. Foley, MBA, ASBC
As a seasoned executive who worked in highest managerial functions, I had to deal with every single topic of the SEMP Approach. I am pleased to have gone through this accreditation, which structured my mind and provided me with the right technique, simple yet powerful to assess and evaluate any type of SME. Both the training manual and videos can definitely be considered as references for any consultant pursuing similar examination of any SME. I really enjoyed the short track to complete the SEMP approach material and hence highly recommend it as a means for a more professional consulting path and self-disciplined modus operandi. "
- Elie Chalet, FCMI, CMCE, ASMEC - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I am very pleased with the SEMP Approach, a tool that people from different professional and academic backgrounds can utilize. It is simple and practical. As a young business professional, I found the checklists very useful, as they provide a complete guide on specific points that I can address with my clients. I am very happy with my Certification, as it will allow me to share a different perspective on business with SME's in my home country Honduras. "
- Alis Perdomo, MSE (Master of Social Entrepreneurship), ASMEC - Perdomo & Asociados, S. de R.L. - Honduras, Central America
Through the AASBC and SEMP Approach, I have been able to take my business to the next level. This step-by-step guide allows me to create a plan that my clients can buy into and feel comfortable implementing in their businesses. I highly recommend this program for anyone from a beginner to an experienced pro!"
- Whitney Scheurer, ASBC - www.whitneymariellc.com
The SEMP approach is an intelligent, comprehensive and to the point resource/tool with which to improve your clients' businesses. I highly recommend it."
- Felipe Peres, MBA, ASBC - Center Director - DC Small Business Development Center Network - http://www.dcsbdc.org/
I was very excited when I was searching for a way to differentiate myself and my company from my competitors here in China, and I came across the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants. When I founded my company in Shanghai, I wanted to focus on small businesses because I had owned many small businesses since 1989 in Germany and the USA, and I had experienced all the pitfalls and successes. The AASBC gave me the reassurance that there were other people in the world who felt the way I do with the same passion. When I became a member and took the exam, I was expecting to breeze through it with my knowledge and vast experience; however, I soon realized that it was one of the most challenging exams I had taken in many years. It covered everything and made the SEMP Approach to small business operation much more structured and focused. I learned a lot from the manual and exam and am more prepared to consult with my clients and give them the results they are expecting. Thank you AASBC for stretching my skills and making me a cut above my competitors."
- Jerome White, MBA, CPC, ASMEC - President and CEO - Investment Assets And Property Management Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. - www.iaapmchina.com
The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants has a program like no other I have been a part of. The self-paced learning style allowed me to work during the day, attend college classes at night, and work on the Accreditation program on my own time. The reading material, videos, and open communication with the AASBC staff members was phenomenal. As a younger consultant in a typical older industry, obtaining the credential of a Master Accredited Small Business Consultant has launched my career to new heights, and boosted my confidence as I counsel clients and advance in the work place. I'm always looking for something to allow myself to stand out, and the AASBC is a great place to start. Thank's AASBC! "
- Ryan Del Gallo, Master ASBC, CGW - Co-Consultant/RTL - Northern Region SBDC (Maryland)
As an Accredited Small Business Consultant, I have found that applying the SEMP Approach provides a systematic method to share specific data to drive organizational wide understanding and improvement opportunities. There are too numerous techniques to mention, but one in particular, converting financial numbers to percentages, simplifies comprehension and acceptance of data throughout an organization and is a great approach to benchmarking. As a member, there are many power tools to aid in a consulting practice."
- Bryan Zak, Master ASBC - Assistant State Director / Kenai Peninsula Regional Director - Alaska Small Business Development Center
After 15 years as CEO of my own small business (ten employees), I figured I knew almost everything. Not really, particularly after joining AASBC. At the time I joined, I had just written a book on how to run a successful small business (based on everything I had learned as a CEO together with a dozen years of participating in a monthly small business discussion group). My book turned out well, but the 40 AASBC videos is the frosting on the cake. Notable AASBC items not in my book: details on the use of Statement of Cash Flows, SWOT Analysis, Ratio Analysis, Risk Assessment and Fraud Deterrence, and Internal Controls. Dr. Weinberger's presentation of course materials via the AASBC Training Manual is thorough yet quick and easy to understand. The training manual, called the SEMP Approach: Simplified Examination to Maximize Profit, is your ticket to passing the accreditation test (and you’ll receive the manual probably within a day or two of signing up). When I first took the test, I thought I was on another planet - what had I been doing for the last fifteen years? Within days, after scouring the manual, I took the test again and passed. If you’re a small business consultant, or want to be, joining AASBC will give you both the comfort and confidence that you know more about small business than any of your clients - and you’ll be able to deliver the right solution to the myriad of problems every small business owner encounters. "
- Dick Scoppettone, ASBC – author The Little Biz Book: Five Steps to Your First Million - www.littlebiz.us
I am a Master of Business Administration and have more than 10 years of financial planning and advisory experience. During my study and career, I believed I gained a good portion of the knowledge needed to be able to provide consultation services and assist others in building their dreams. As soon as I started putting my business plan together, however, issues started to arise such as knowledge gaps, organizing the structure of engagements, and marketing my business. I researched organizations to assist me and discovered the AASBC. After reading testimonials from members, I decided to join, and so pleased that I did. Everything that I needed, and even things that I didn't know I needed, are included in the training. Easy to use website, clear structure of materials, summarized and simplified concepts, and even templates to be used in my business. I am glad that I made the decision to join!"
- Jassim Alharoon, MBA, ASMEC – Saudi Arabia
My wife and I have an accounting and tax preparation business and wanted to add consulting as an added value to our clients. The course was just what I needed. It was clearly written and well organized for a great learning experience. I downloaded the manual before the print version arrived. Once I had read through it carefully I began the video lectures. Dr. Weinberger has an easy-going manner and makes it easy to learn. It's all really about the transfer of knowledge and the SEMP Approach does that quite well. It never fails to amaze me how many small businesses struggle or never reach their potential. We see it on a daily basis and my primary goal for taking this course was so that I might be able to help some of them succeed. Not only do I have more knowledge, I also have an excellent resource and a systematic method for doing just that. Highly recommended!"
- Steve Hutson, ASBC - TransACTions, LLC - www.surrytaxaccountant.com
Joining the AASBC and becoming an Accredited Small Business Consultant is one of the best decisions I have made. In addition to bolstering my credibility, the training has been the perfect compliment to my bachelor's degree and professional certifications in entrepreneurship. As I build my consulting business, I find myself constantly referring to the text, videos and online reference materials; the downloadable templates and reports are valuable resources that have saved me hours of time! I am proud to be recognized by the AASBC and had no second thoughts regarding the renewal of my membership. Now, all we need is an annual convention and everything will be complete! "
- La Juana Whitmore - ASBC - Small Business Strategist & Accredited Small Business Consultant - www.LaJuanaWhitmore.com
I am a management consultant with more than twenty years of experience in both executive and consulting positions. The first projects that I had been performing for almost all of my clients was called “Organizational Diagnosis”. It was designed on the basis of a systemic approach to organization through dividing the firm’s performances into two interactive sections, “Results Area and Enablers Area”. In that method, my main focus was on identifying and cause and effects analyzing among different parts of the two areas by using problem solving general procedures. I found the SEMP Approach very close to my logic in organizational diagnosis and decided to follow it after achieving the relevant ASBC certification. I found the SEMP approach very easy to understand. It is a simplified, results-oriented approach, which can lead to a common language between the consultant and the clients around major issues in their organization. This method covers almost all aspects of a business, prepares at-a-glance report, and help managers to easily understand their top priorities in improving their performances from the both effectiveness and efficiency points of view. I recommend this approach as the first step in consulting small businesses and believe that further actions could be defined on the basis of the possible outcomes and their relevant priorities in this step."
- Javidreza Hajvaziri, MBA, MSIE, ASBC, CGBP-Independent Management Consultant-https://www.linkedin.com/pub/javidreza-hajvaziri/66/31/703
The AASBC training in Nigeria was mind-blowing, so enriching and very expository. The SEMP approach was just like learning business the easy way from the rudiments to advanced levels…ABC I must say. Some modules were so interesting to me that I wished they never ended. After studying the training manual and watching the videos, I was very relieved to find out that I passed the exam on my first try! Becoming certified is certainly important and proof that the knowledge gained from the SEMP Approach was distilled down and put into use just like the “Relax, Read, Retain, and Recall” process."
- Ajakaiye Oisakhuemi Kenneth, ASMEC - Area Sales Manager - Nigerian Breweries Plc - Nigeria.
Searching for ways to offer value added services to my small business owner clients, I came across the AASBC. I was impressed with the qualifications of Dr. Weinberger and the advisory board and decided to enroll in the online coursework...and I'm glad that I did! I found the course material to be thorough and challenging, yet well thought out and presented. Upon completion of the courses and exam, I am now much more competent and confident in addressing the issues that keep business owners up at night. When offering comprehensive financial advice to business owners, it only makes sense to help them increase their operational efficiencies, profits and ultimately the value of their companies, since this is typically their largest single investment within their overall estate. I have no doubt that my accreditation and affiliation with AASBC makes me a more valuable advisory team member in the eyes of my business owner clients, and I'd highly recommend the AASBC to any advisor who truly wants to make a difference in the lives of business owners."
- R. Travis Evans, ASBC, CFP - www.evansfg.com
My experience with AASBC has been outstanding! I have over 30 years of corporate management experience, a master’s degree in management, and several years of consulting experience, so I wasn’t quite sure how much additional I would learn from the AASBC accreditation process. The training material was very comprehensive and well presented. I not only learned about aspects of business and consulting I had not previously experienced, I gained a new level of confidence in my ability to handle any small business situation that I might be presented with. The test is challenging and requires that you have studied and understood the material. Because of this strict requirement anyone can be assured that a consultant accredited through AASBC has the knowledge necessary to provide valuable consulting services. Dr. Weinberger is an extremely knowledgeable business leader and educator. He takes a personal interest in the success of every individual associated with AASBC. I am proud of my accreditation and I intend to be an active member of AASBC for many years to come."
- John Rouse, ASBC - President of Professional Resources Organization, LLC - www.pro-professionalresources.com
The SEMP Approach Training Manual is outstanding. Many thanks to Dr. Richard Weinberger and AASBC for creating such an exceptional program. I like every module in the training manual, including the video lecture series because they give knowledge and skills that can immediately apply to the small business consulting. I think the training follows a very systematic simplified approach. When I passed the exam, I was feeling proud about the ASBC designation, the credibility and the professional image that the ASBC designation gives, because the examination was challenging and demanding. I think the association's focus on the area of small business consulting not only gives individuals the tools, confidence, and professional image to practice small business consulting, but also helps to grow the economy through helping small business owners in providing the value added services."
- Joy Chacko, MBA, M. Com, PGDM, PGDPM, B.Com, ASBC
I ventured into small business five years ago after a career of 26 years with a multinational corporation. I, also, started a DBA (Doctoral of Business Administration) some months ago to improve my skills and competencies as an educator and a business consultant with a focus on small business. I realized that obtaining a certification in small business consulting would be an added advantage and discovered the AASBC while researching for a professional body that offers certification in small business consulting. The profiles of Dr. Weinberger and members of AASBC Advisory Board and the quality of the training manual convinced me of the high standards of the AASBC accreditation. The AASBC's SEMP Approach, the video lecture series, and the accreditation exam covers all the crucial aspects of operating a business and provides a solid knowledge for small business consulting. The accreditation has enhanced my confidence to render quality service to my clients. I would recommend it for anyone willing to pursue a career in small business consulting. "
- Akinyemi John, ASMEC, CRM, MPA - Ontario, Canada
I recently had the distinct pleasure of completing the Accredited Small Business Consultant certification program with the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (www.aasbc.com). Even with an MBA, a Master’s in Computer Information Technology, and 25 years experience in the corporate world, I found the SEMP training system to be spot on with its focus on small business and providing consultants with an easy to understand and easy to implement process of serving the small business community. The training was rigorous though, and rightly so, as the material is comprehensive, covering the whole gambit of financial statement review and analysis, budgeting, operational management, marketing, risk, internal controls, and strategic planning. Upon completion and successfully passing the examination, I felt much more confident in my ability to work with small businesses. I am proud to be an Accredited Small Business Consultant, and I look forward to achieving Master status in the near future. "
- John P. Feit, MBA, MSCIT, ASBC, CHLC, CEC - JPF Consulting Group, LLC - www.jpfconsultinggroup.com
I am from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. I always try to associate myself with quality and the decision to join and certify with the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants was an excellent choice. Having studied business from my undergraduate to my MBA, to me the SEMP Approach comprehensively delivers the requisite knowledge and guidance to become a small business consultant. I chose this program to add a degree of credibility and goodwill to my consulting firm. Mention must be made to the staff of the AASBC, who reply quickly to questions and queries that I have. Again, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of your network. "
- Jason Charles, MBA, Pg. Dip, BSc, ASMEC - Jason Charles and Associates - www.jasoncharles.org - Trinidad and Tobago
Consultants will naturally do research before taking on a client, a project, or joining an association. That was exactly what I did, I found the AASBC while searching the Internet and after speaking with Richard Weinberger (AASBC's CEO), there was no doubt in my mind, I would like to be a part of this organization. After more than a dozen years of entrepreneurial experience and working as a financial advisor for a fortune 500 firm on top of attending business school, I still found the AASBC's Simplified Examination to Maximize Profit (SEMP) Approach very helpful and practical. Whether you are an experienced consultant or new in the industry, SEMP will serve well as backbone approach for small business consultants of any industry. I am proud to be an Accredited Member of the AASBC, and I am looking forward to the Master Accreditation soon. "
- Thomas Le, CS, ASBC, LUTCF, USPTA. - Managing Partner - NorCal Athletics, LLC. - www.NorCalAthleticsLLC.com
When I had decided to explore my career into the small business consulting space, I was looking to get a more structured program where I could test my knowledge and obtain credentials to support my firm. This program has provided exactly what I was looking for. The SEMP Approach does not just provide aspects of small business consulting but also provides the framework to continue your motivation on expanding your practice. AASBC accreditation has surely helped me to consult with my clients. "
- Raj Shah, ASBC, MBA - Owner - www.aarsconsulting.com
After completing both the SEMP approach study process as well as the ASBC accreditation examination, this program exceeded any and all of my professional expectations. As a professional on the transactional advisory side of the finance industry, it is beyond important that I fully understand my clients' competitive position within the marketplace. This program has given me the additional tools necessary to continue to build trust with my clients' while also displaying a commitment to excellence through the ASBC designation. Highly recommended."
- Kevin D. Moyer, ASBC - Consultant - Augenstein, Mapes & Co.
Thank you for creating this terrific association and curriculum! Becoming an ASBC has enhanced my business acumen and boosted my professional confidence. I have received several inquiries about my credential after posting the press release and logo on social media. I am super excited about receiving this accreditation, and I have high expectations for my new skill. I look forward to assisting many businesses in their quest of achieving greatness. Thanks again for your vision and leadership with AASBC! "
- Gilleon J. Frieson. MBA, ASBC
While I’ve been doing business consulting for more years that I want to admit to, it’s often a struggle establishing credentials. Potential clients like to see initials after your name and know that some third party has established that you know what the heck you’re talking about. Just putting ‘Street Smart’ or ‘I’ve around the block a few times’ doesn’t cut it. I first came to the AASBC for that 3rd party credentialing. I was very pleasantly surprised by the wealth of information and resources available from membership. I set up my phone to play the videos and I listen to them in the car as I drive to client locations. As much as each of us thinks we know, there’s always more to learn. Richard’s presentation manner is both informal and professional, a nice mix. What’s really frustrating is when I say to myself, ‘I already know that," and then learn three things. I’m still wending my way through the wealth of various resources offered. I’m confident my relationship with AASBC will be long and profitable."
- Leon Frank, Master ASBC – Max and Associates, Inc. - www.MaxOurProfits.com
This is an outstanding program! The SEMP approach is a must for anyone considering a career as a small business consultant. It provides a solid foundation for conducting a holistic business consultation for your clients and teaches you what to look for and discuss as you guide your clients to growth and profitability. The materials are easy to understand and Dr. Weinberger has provided helpful hints and insights to use in your consulting engagements. Membership in the program comes with many valuable resources such as downloadable forms that make following the SEMP approach with your clients very easy. Membership also comes with access to other ASBC members in the consulting field via online discussion boards that I am finding to be an extremely helpful resource as I start my own consulting practice. AASBC is a tremendous resource that I highly recommend to anyone pursuing a career in small business consulting. "
- Alex Aja MBA, ASBC, CPM - Advantage Business Consulting - www.GrowWithAdvantage.com
I truly enjoyed going through the process of receiving my ASBC accreditation through AASBC. My experience from start to finish was exceptional. Dr. Weinberger was available to answer any questions that I had during the process. The greatest part of all is that this accreditation has set me apart from other Small Business Consultants who do not have this accreditation. The course material is not easy but if you study hard and thoroughly read through the material and watch the videos, you will do great on the exam. I would highly recommend AASBC for your ASBC accreditation."
- Larry Nicholson, MBA, ASBC - Founder & Principal - BluPrint Consultants, LLC - www.blu-print.org
When I first began the course, I almost gave up because I haven't been in any school or training programs for many years. The information of this program is so rich with business knowledge and know-how strategies, but it is very comprehensive and easy to understand if you apply yourself. Dr. Weinberger personally contacted me when I wanted to give up, and his words of encouragement helped me to focus and pass the exam. I now have a vast amount of information and confidence to help small businesses MAXIMIZE Profit. I am only one week removed from passing the exam, and I already have a client signed up for my services because I have enough confidence and know-how from this program. This is definitely a program to invest in for all business consultants who want to take their consulting to the next level in a practical way."
- Darius Brown, ASBC - Author of Forgive Me, Success: Life Guide 101 - http://employedbymyvision.com/
I am a management accountant (CIMA) by training, but as I venture into a new world of business consultancy (many years after I gained that qualification), I just wanted to say how well rounded and practical I found the AASBC modules. By presenting the material in such a straightforward manner for me to work through, I can use the same blueprint when I am working with future clients. PS: I also think the course is exceptionally good value for the money! "
- G. Mitchell, ASBC, CIMA - Auckland, New Zealand
I would recommend this association to anyone desiring to become a small business consultant. The SEMP approach is easy to understand and apply. The training manual also contains valuable templates and checklists to help a new consultant effectively undertake a consulting engagement with a client. Kudos to the team. "
- Marieanne Atim, ASMEC - Owens & Xley Consultants - www.owensxley.com
I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of training material provided by the AASBC. I have both an MBA and numerous securities licenses and I actually found the course work to be challenging yet extremely relevant to the real world issues small business owners actual face. Bravo. I will post my AASBC accreditation proudly."
- Ron Lasers, ASBC - CEO & Co-Founder - Local Magnet Inc. - http://localmagnetcalls.com
Just having left the Army, and now a full-time student, I want to help put veterans, seeking business ownership, on the road to success. I came across the AASBC during my research, felt it was the right training, and my hunch was correct. The AASBC's Simplified Examination to Maximize Profit (SEMP) is the structured approach I needed to help business owners operate efficiently and increase their profits. After thorough study of the SEMP approach and being tested, I earned the Accredited Small Business Consultant (ASBC) designation. Business owners have industry experience, but fall short in functional areas needed to run a business successfully. The ASBC gives me immediate credibility when I consult with clients, and I can back it up with solid knowledge on how to make a business run successfully. The SEMP approach is kind of like a mini-MBA program. That's how powerful and valuable SEMP is. "
- Geronimo Campanile, ASBC
When I made the decision to go into business for myself, focusing on SMB consulting, I was lucky to find AASBC. The SEMP Approach is an amazing business examination and, honestly, I feel anyone looking to get into small business for themselves should consider studying the course work and taking the exam. I am so glad I found AASBC, and I know the certification, access to planning materials, and the AASBC community will be a great asset to me as I continue to grow my practice and increase my knowledge of business development. "
- Nehcole Felix, ASBC