Whether a business is referred to as a micro business, small business, SME, or SMB (small to medium-sized business), the goal is the same for any owner — improve operational efficiency, maximize profit, and take the business from "stagnation to elevation." But, they usually can't do it alone. They need someone to help shape the future of their business. They need an Accredited SME Consultant (ASMEC).
This designation is awarded exclusively to AASBC's international members who do consulting work across country borders or physically located outside of the United States. The ASMEC® must pass the same rigorous exam as members located in the United States. The title of the certification, however, better describes how "small businesses" are referred to outside of the U.S. Just as cultural differences exist across country borders, so do descriptions of how businesses are generally referred to — small business or SME — one and the same.
While the AASBC name utilizes the words "small business" in its title, the association with its uniqueness and training encompasses far more than just "small business." The certification of Accredited SME Consultant allows members working with international clients or located outside of the U.S. to show the world that they are unique among consultants having a distinct designation from a globally recognized association.
The SEMP Approach is a simplified guide segmented into easy, manageable units structured by a plan and checklists. It is summarized in a 40-hour video lecture series/exam review complemented with a comprehensive 400-page training book encompassing all aspects of small business and SME consulting.Learn More
"The AASBC has done a fantastic job of tying in the SEMP Approach training book to a very professional video series. Like many of my fellow consulting colleagues, I have a multi-year professional 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. 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
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. 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® Senior Consultant, 19Seventeen, LLC
“The amount of material included in the SEMP Approach training book is incredible considering the reasonable cost. It’s a full-fledged consulting business curriculum. I regularly refer to it, as well as use it as a reference manual, during my client engagements.”- Denis Sweeney, ASBC® Owner, Sweeney Enterprises
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 which was a hands-on program to both tie together and help me expand my business consulting skills. 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 training book and videos 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
"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.- Mollie Watkins, ASBC® Founder, Comprehensive Consulting Solutions for Small Businesses
"I joined the AASBC® because of the wealth of information available to members. The program, the resources, and the SEMP Approach are excellent! 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
"Before joining the AASBC, I was already doing internal consulting for a major corporation and consulting small businesses on the side. Since I had not heard of the AASBC the question was, “Is this for me?” After completing the certification, it became instantly obvious that the answer was yes. The training filled gaps in my knowledge and gave me a complete playbook."- La Juana Whitmore, ASBC® Small Business Strategist www.LaJuanaWhitmore.com
"If you’re a small business consultant or want to be, joining the 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 will encounter. The training book is your ticket to passing the certification exam."- Helal Al-Helal, PhD, ASMEC® Owner of Mac Market Access, Kuwait
"During the three years since the sale of my company, I have coached and mentored small businesses and start-ups but did not feel that I had the structure or confidence to help with a thorough and comprehensive examination. This changed when I discovered the AASBC and began studying their comprehensive training book, the SEMP Approach, backed up with video lectures that bring to life the detailed information covered in the training book. The AASBC also offers impressive ongoing member support via newsletters, weekly tips, power points, checklists and more."- Les Dutka, ASBC® Owner, Dutka International
"Being an independent consultant, certification helps marketability. It broadened my service offering and increased my projects just as a result of being able to promote my AASBC certification. The feature I liked best was that there were two different ways to learn the material...reading which is great and the addition of the video lecture series to plug some of the gaps in my understanding."- Dennis Leininger, CEPA, ASBC®, CPC Owner, Business Transition Solutions