Testimonials

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®) in the U.S. and Accredited SME Consultant (ASMEC®) for our international members and want to share with you a few comments from these members regarding the AASBC.  

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I am delighted to have recently been certified with the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants. I found the content of the course highly valuable to me and the presenter, Dr. Weinberger, made it very easy to comprehend. Although I hold an MBA and various other certifications along with years of experience, ASMEC certification and training is the last puzzle I was looking for to put it all together and increase my confidence as I am transitioning to a self-employment route. This great course made me realise and appreciate how much I already knew and what else I needed to learn in order to move ahead towards my dreams. The exam was tough, but worth it and I am confident ASMEC certification and SEMP approach will add value to my future SME Consulting/Coaching practice."
- Rodica Volcov, ASMEC, MBA, ACCA, PMP - Ireland

The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants® (AASBC®) and the ASMEC® certification has reshaped my perspective about consulting entirely. Prior to enrolling in the SEMP Approach™ consulting training and certification program, during my decades-long career I have been experiencing skepticism towards consultants as they often seemed narrowly focused on specific areas and problems like strategy, marketing, or sales. The comprehensive SEMP Approach™ provides an exceptional methodology, how different elements within a businesses system are intercorporated and even small changes can trigger positive ripple effects. The systematic program emphasizes the importance of 360 degree review, breaking down the business structure into components to address all aspects of a client’s business and organization. The knowledge and confidence which the program strengthens ensures that consultants grasp the entire organizational and business landscape to provide impactful insights and be a catalyst for significant changes. Learning with the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants® was an enriching experience. The well-structured video learning method kept me engaged and motivated, supplemented by the option to deep-dive into the subject matter through the training book. The SEMP Approach™ program has truly empowered me to deliver exceptional, diverse, well-rounded consulting services to support the growth and success of small and medium-sized businesses."
- Enikő Kelemen, ASMEC – Germany & Hungary

The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultant’s program is phenomenal. The course materials take the member/learner on a journey through various key elements of business with a focus on strategic principles that are necessary in consulting small to medium businesses. The knowledge gained in this program can be applied to all components of business in our modern day. There are a multitude of resources that may be explored through this membership and community with a mission to help consult other businesses and make their operational processes efficient with a goal to maximize growth. I am both honored and grateful to be a member. I am now an official Accredited Small Business Consultant. I highly recommend this certification program to anyone who may be interested in building key skills in this area. "
- Kaili Parris, ASBC

When I decided to become a business consultant to help organizations thrive, I took a long time to read, study, and comprehend a lot of different topics (i.e., leadership, accounting, marketing, legal, HR, etc.). It took me even more time to look for ways to perfect what I had learned. After discovering the SEMP Approach offered by the AASBC, I can definitely say that it is a very simple and effective method to diagnose, plan, and help small and medium-sized businesses. The video lecture series and training book are “crystal clear” when explaining all of the different topics in an easy-to-understand process with practical examples. There are checklists provided to make a consulting engagement very thorough and complete. I definitely recommend this methodology to anyone who is looking to perfect his or her consulting practice. This will not only benefit consultants but, also, all of the small and medium-sized businesses struggling to succeed. "
- Eduardo Salas, ASBC - North Miami Beach, Florida

The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (AASBC) and the Accredited Small Business Consultant (ASBC) designation have provided me with the tools I was looking for. I was seeking a hands-on program to both tie together and help me expand my Business Consulting skills. I already had Master's and Law degrees, served as a Program Manager at the US Small Business Administration for 29 years, and operated a solo Law Firm and a Business Consulting Firm. What was missing was a formal road map to organize my Business Consulting. Enter AASBC, ASBC, and the SEMP Approach. The systematic program tied the consulting engagement together and offered a viable roadmap for success. The video lecture series and study book were outstanding, and I am confident that my ASBC designation will bring me even more recognition, contribute to the bottom line, and provide more value to my clients.""
- Edsel M. Brown Jr., MA, JD, ASBC - Managing Member, Edsel M. Brown Jr. Group, LLC

My experience with AASBC® has truly been outstanding. With over 25 years of professional business experience, I was very selective in my journey to identify relevant tools and knowledge that would strengthen my consulting practice. The SEMP Approach training is truly is a step-by-step simplified approach to small business consulting that expanded my knowledge and expertise. I highly recommend Dr. Richard Weinberger and the SEMP Approach methodology. Dr. Richard Weinberger’s combined approach of using the on-demand video lecture series and the SEMP Approach training book helped me organize my learning and apply what I learned to my consulting business. The knowledge and confidence I gained from this accreditation has enabled me to serve my clients better with a more well-versed approach. Also, the on-going support and access to the on-demand videos, newsletters, checklists, marketing materials, reports, and resources are phenomenal.   "
- Shawn M. Wilson, ASBC - Founder and CEO, Biz Advisory Consulting, LLC. - www.bizadvisory.com/

The AASBC has done a fantastic job of tying in the SEMP Approach training book to a very professional video series, which is personally narrated by Dr. Weinberger. It is obvious that a lot of thoughtful planning and attention to detail has gone into preparing a holistic accreditation process that focuses on how consultants can (should) engage with smaller entities on multiple levels. Like many of my fellow consulting colleagues, I have a multi-year professional and somewhat specialized project background, and like most, I’ve developed my own way of conducting business along the way. The good news? SEMP doesn’t replace a consultants’ prior experience or specialized knowledge – rather it will enhance that skillset by providing a core knowledge and toolset – a system – for helping the consultant probe deeper and make more focused business improvement recommendations to their clients. Although the video and workbook combination simplified the learning process, the SEMP Approach covers a lot of ground. With over 40 years of business experience, I still found myself preparing module-by-module notes in preparation for the accreditation exam. A good consultant must be knowledgeable, ethical and client-focused – the AASBC, the SEMP Approach, and the ASBC accreditation process combine to build such consultants. "
- Bob Starinsky, MBA, MSA, CCP, ASBC - Principal - Tradewinds Group, Incorporated - www.tradewindsgroupinc.com

As a Federal Business Coach since 2012 and over 29 years of experience in both government and private sector (Military, Contractor, Federal Employee), I decided to become a member of the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants to further my consulting knowledge. The program did not disappoint as it provided me with outstanding tools and resources that I’m sure I’ll take advantage of for years to come. The program was challenging, and I’m proud to carry the designation. I fully endorse the course and its excellent material."
- DeLano D. McVay, ASBC, SMC

I have a very long and in-depth experience in consulting and business management, but I found that the SEMP Approach methodology is extremely useful for a consultant at any level. The training is an excellent roadmap for organizing professional work and includes all aspects of a SME business. I am extremely proud to be an Accredited SME Consultant."
- Eng Saeed Almalki, MBA, ASMEC, PMP - Saudi Arabia

The training I received from the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants, the SEMP Approach, was like the icing on the cake after receiving my MBA and MA. The 400-page training book and video lecture series thoroughly prepared me to pass the exam required to become a certified member of the AASBC. As an Accredited Small Business Consultant, I now have the confidence to start my small business consulting practice and begin helping small businesses to operate more efficiently thereby maximizing profitability. "
- Rosetta Willis, MBA, MA, ASBC

Whether you are a seasoned small business consultant, or considering making the transition to becoming one, I would highly recommend  the certification program offered by the AASBC.  The SEMP Approach training book, lecture videos, tools and online resources are truly outstanding and lay out the groundwork for a successful consulting practice.  Many thanks to Dr. Richard Weinberger and his excellent staff for developing and supporting a relevant and well-rounded approach to small business consulting."
- Bob Blum, CPA, ASBC - Alcyon Consulting

After almost ten years of working as a pharmacist, and five of those years spent in healthcare management, I recently decided to start my own small business consulting firm. I was very fortunate to have found the AASBC in my pursuit of continuing to educate myself. The SEMP Approach is an amazing toolkit with a vast amount of information related to small business consulting. I would strongly encourage anyone pursuing a career in this area to consider taking the course and exam to become an Accredited Small Business Consultant. The coursework has reinforced my base knowledge in areas including Human Resources, Operations, and Leadership, but also increased my confidence in other areas where I lack experience. The AASBC offers a considerable number of resources to its members, as well as a community of like-minded people looking to grow in their career as a small business consultant. I am excited to continue this journey in consulting and move forward with confidence due to the knowledge I have gained through my affiliation with the AASBC. "
- Dominique Gardner, PharmD, ASBC - Owner of Dom Gardner Consulting, LLC

Enrolling in the AASBC SEMP Approach certification program has been one of the best professional decisions of my career. Since I am already an accountant, often I find myself advising and coaching clients. Becoming a CPA never had much appeal to me since taxation and filings are some my least favorite services. I prefer the “brain storming” and number crunching. Becoming an Accredited Small Business Consultant sets me apart from my peers and provides assurance to my clients. The training book is very well written and easy to follow, yet most often I found myself watching Dr. Weinberger’s video presentations. It made studying very convenient even when time was limited. I cannot say enough great things about the program and the resources are wonderful. I highly recommend it! Thank you Richard and AASBC for this great program!"
- Edith Kajlik, ASBC - Founder - www.indigoservices.us

As people who are new to the business world, we found the AASBC material extremely helpful in understanding the inner workings of a small business. It wasn’t an easy road for us, but we kept at it...and it paid off. It all eventually began to make sense!!! The video sessions helped to bring clarity to a lot of what we were already reading in the book.  In 2 months, we went from not having much knowledge about small businesses to now feeling confident to talk to small business owners and help them grow and expand. We’ve already started compiling numerous of the books’ questions and tips to help the small scale business owners that we are going to be working with and are excited for the support we can bring them because of our training.   "
- Joby & Rhema Varghese - India

Becoming a certified member of the AASBC may be the best decision of my professional career. I’ve spent roughly the past 10 years as a salesmen and sales manager providing tremendous value to the companies I’ve worked for and making them a substantial amount of money. Yet, by comparison, I saw very little money myself and felt unfulfilled. Coming from little means, I was not afforded much of an opportunity to go to college nor did I care to spend a great length of time only to end up with the same level of education as my peers. While an investment, joining the AASBC was significant cost-saving. In addition to receiving a rich education about the finer points of small business consulting, I now have the advantage of credibility and an unmatched value proposition. After joining, I began to build my consulting practice. Now, after only one year, I’ve passed the exam and own my very own consulting company! At 28 years old, I am the first member of my family to own my own business and have the distinct advantage of being the only consulting company in my area that can advertise as being accredited. An advantage that has not gone unnoticed. DO NOT hesitate to become a member. Dr. Weinberger is a fantastic teacher, and it may just be the best money you ever spent. Thank you to the AASBC, and thank you Dr. Weinberger for helping me to live my dream. "
- Stephen Bognar, ASBC - President, Evolant, Inc. - www.evolantconsulting.com

I decided to become a member of the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants® upon learning of the organization from an SBDC friend and colleague. I made the decision to join, learn the SEMP approach, and passed the exam. The SEMP Approach is a great roadmap for growing a business resulting in positive outcomes for all my clients. The accreditation lends to my professional portfolio where clients and business partners require a level of professional trust in working and partnering together. As a Business Coach since 2014, with an MBA and over 27 years of experience in both government and private sector, one of my pillars is the more I learn, the better I can serve my clients and my community. Being an active member of the AASBC provides me a stronger foundation of expertise to consult and coach businesses. Excellent decision to be part of the AASBC!"
- William E. Linzey, ASBC - 19Seventeen, LLC - www.19seventeen.coom

The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants® certification has provided the key resources and support to achieve great success in my development program. The program, the resources, and the SEMP Approach™ are excellent! The exam covers the entire small business environment and was quite challenging but for a solid program like this, it should be expected. I would recommend anyone seriously interested in being a business consultant, to consider this certification."
- Brian K. Marshall, ASBC - Director of Entrepreneurship, BCL of Texas - www.bcloftexas.org

I joined the AASBC® because of the wealth of information available to members. I am a COO and CFO for two small businesses and have a consulting firm of my own. The program, the resources, and the SEMP Approach™ are excellent! The exam canvassed the entire small business environment and was quite challenging. As an Accredited Small Business Consultant®, I am not only more valuable to my employers, but I am able to present credentials to other small businesses that I assist which gives them a comfort level they may not have had otherwise."
- Eric Combs, ASBC - Chief Financial Officer, K-Con Inc. - Managing Member, ERC Enterprises, LLC

The products, tools, and support that have come with being a member of the AASBC have been a tremendous asset to my consulting firm. Additionally, studying the material, watching the lectures, and now implementing these strategies within my practice have truly taken my business to the next level. I am honored to be a part of this organization and to officially call myself an Accredited Small Business Consultant!  "
- Danielle Martin, ASBC - President, SMART Solution Consulting, LLC - www.thesmartbusinessconsultant.com

During the three years since the sale of my company, Echo International, I have had several occasions to coach and mentor small businesses and start-ups on a volunteer basis. However, while I enjoyed the experience and felt that I could provide value, I did not feel that I had either the structure or confidence to help potential clients with a thorough and comprehensive examination of their company, much less charge a fee for my services. This changed when I discovered the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants and began studying their comprehensive training book, backed up Dr. Richard Weinberger’s video lectures. Dr. Weinberger is an excellent teacher and brings to life the detailed information covered in the training book. AASBC also offers impressive ongoing member support via newsletters, weekly tips, power points, checklists and more. I am now an accredited member of AASBC and look forward to helping small businesses and start-ups guide their companies to greater efficiency and profits utilizing my personal business experience and the structured approached provided by AASBC. "
- Les Dutka, ASBC - Dutka International

It is no doubt that the AASBC program is a 'ground breaker.’ It is worth more than every amount paid. The video lectures coming from an experienced consultant were broken down to teach everyone in very understandable terms. All of the content available to members is extremely valuable. My consulting business will surely get a lift by attaining the ASMEC certification."
- Oluniyi Olasunkanmi, ASMEC, CEA, CPB - Visionary and Head Advisor at Nikuncept Consulting -www.nikuncept.com - Lagos, Nigeria

Throughout my career, I have obtained licenses and designations to further my knowledge and improve skills. When I started my own consulting business, I knew that I wanted to make sure I persisted in continuing education programs, which is why I joined the AASBC® and became an Accredited Small Business Consultant®. The program materials include the SEMP Approach training book and an on-demand video lecture series that provides a wealth of information pertaining to small businesses and how to help owners increase operational efficiencies and maximize profit. Additionally, there are consulting checklists and tools contained in the book and available for download. "
- Mollie Watkins, ASBC - Founder of Comprehensive Consulting Solutions for Small Businesses

I work with an investment fund dedicated to support SMEs through finance solutions and technical assistance. My experience with AASBC started when my employer decided to register me to the ASMEC program. At the start, I was skeptical about the benefit of attending this training as I have already attended many training sessions in the field of SMEs finance in the past.

Upon starting, I very soon realized that the ASMEC program was different both at the delivery methodology (SEMP approach is very original and concrete) and the practical application of tools learned to SMEs. I learnt many new concepts, tools, etc. that sharpened my consulting practice and really helped me for my daily job requirement in the SMEs finance market.  In addition, the permanent information available on the association website remains a good fit to stay ahead in a competitive market. I can only say thank you to AASBC team for these wonderful resources. Do keep up the momentum! "
- Malan Alexis Kouame, ASMEC - Investment Manager - GroFin - Côte d'Ivoire - www.grofin.com

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 - filamentequity.com

While I have taken many courses online, I must admit that the SEMP Approach program is second to none. The video and book combination simplify the learning process and the module summaries make sure one fully grasps all the important and pertinent information. This program helped me detect many errors that I was committing in my own professional path and opened my eyes to much valuable information that I am sure my customers are going to love. The different modules touch base on everything a consulting firm needs to look for and if one follows the process, the results will be amazing. I would like to thank Dr. Richard Weinberger and the staff for giving me the knowledge I much needed to further expand my consulting capabilities and to properly attend all my customer’s needs."
- Edgar Danilo Diaz, ASMEC - Diaz Logistics & Consulting EIRL – Lima, Peru - www.dlcperu.net

I am very satisfied with The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants and the SEMP Approach process (Simplified Examination to Maximize Profit). It has been a successful endeavor for my firm to follow this process. First of all, the Association provides a great deal of education and marketing material that is all focused on making the consultant successful. Secondly, becoming a certified member of AASBC has had an immediate and positive effect on my business. I have been more successful in obtaining new clients and further serving existing clients since becoming certified. Following the SEMP Approach process has aided us in delivering a consistent and positive experience to our clients leading to positive reviews for us. Anyone wanting to consult with business owners would be wise to join AASBC and become a certified member."
- Karl R. Carter, ASBC®, FIC - www.tbaygroup.com

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

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

I am a big fan of the AASBC program!  The material, both written and video, was well conceived, organized, and presented. Each of the modules held valuable information and perspective that is beneficial as a consultant but, also, as a business owner in building my firm. I have  certifications in other fields but the AASBC program was by far the most meaningful program and the best presented that I have experienced. I’m looking forward to blending what I have learned through the AASBC program into my consulting practice and helping the hundreds of business owners that need help to maximize their profits!"
- Dennis Leininger, CEPA, ASBC, CPC - President - Business Transition Solutions - www.btsplan.com

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

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

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 pursued accreditation with the AASBC as a way to bring more value to my existing clients and to be able to offer additional insight to future clients. As a bookkeeper/accountant, I am very familiar with numbers, but the SEMP Approach coursework encouraged an expansion of scope, so to speak, so that instead of just spreadsheets and reports I now view marketing, sales funnels, and other parts of my clients' business in order to help them Scale Gracefully (our slogan). As technology continues to evolve, being able to provide perspectives on an entire business from business plan to marketing strategy to accounting and so on is a great value add for my clients."
- Katherine (Katie) Bunschoten, ASBC - Founder, KHBOffice LLC - https://khboffice.com

I'm excited to be an accredited member of the AASBC. The training is one of the best for learning how to consult with and meet the needs of small businesses. Dr. Weinberger does an amazing job of keeping it simple to increase your knowledge and understanding of the material. I've continued to read and study the SEMP Approach training book and watch the video lecture series even after passing the exam. Both are filled with consulting tips and recommendations to offer small business owners that are second to none. Every consultant whose goal is to help small businesses succeed should go through the course, pass the exam, and become an Accredited Small Business Consultant. "
- Paula Gordon, ASBC

Dr. Weinberger, I recently completed the ASBC certification (ASMEC since I’m in Canada) and wanted to let you know how useful I have found the program to be. My own personal path to consulting may be a little different than most members. After having worked in high tech for 20+ years, the dot.com bust decimated the industry, and I fell into consulting because no jobs were available. Fortunately, I had worked at some excellent companies where I had gained good experience and previously gone to business school for an MBA. However, I soon found that being a consultant and being an employee are two very different things. The “SEMP Approach” provides a good overview of small business challenges, diagnostic tools, and potential solutions, but even more important is your advice about how to effectively promote and operate a consulting business. I enjoyed watching the videos and frequently found you saying things that mirrored the same lessons I had learned the hard way. It was enlightening to find that many of the issues I have faced in the real world are common to the consulting industry -- things such as the need for advances, strict confidentiality, and effective long-term client relations. I would recommend the ASBC program to anyone thinking of becoming a consultant, participating in the gig economy, or even just starting their career and wanting to gain a solid understanding of small businesses practices. "
- Greg Graham, CMC, ASMEC, MBA, B.Eng - Honour Roll Member, Canadian Association of Management Consultants - Market Metrics Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - www.marketmetrics.ca

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

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)

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 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® - Business Attraction Manager, Montana Department of Commerce - https://www.commerce.mt.gov

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 -

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