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The Micro-MBA Course

The Workbooks “Brilliantly Simple & Simply Brilliant!”

The Workbooks “Brilliantly Simple & Simply Brilliant!”

The Workbooks “Brilliantly Simple & Simply Brilliant!”


These workbooks are based on what works at grassroots level. Starting in 1987, they were initially developed over a period of 6 years and have been updated at regular intervals since then. They focus on "need-to-know," rather than "nice-to-know."

The course comprises 8 workbooks, for either Traders, Producers or Service Providers, as follows:

  1. Market Investigation
  2. Using a Calculator
  3. Buying
  4. Costing and Pricing
  5. Selling
  6. Writing a Business Plan
  7. Money Management
  8. Stock Control

The workbooks are currently available in English, French, Spanish, Chichewa and Portuguese.

"The Money Management system is Brilliantly Simple and Simply Brilliant"  (The London Financial Times)


The Workbooks “Brilliantly Simple & Simply Brilliant!”

The Workbooks “Brilliantly Simple & Simply Brilliant!”


The Micro-MBA course meets all the requirements for Unit Standard 14444 "Demonstrate an understanding of a general business plan and adapt it to a selected business idea," at NQF Level 1 with 7 Credits. If your organisation is accredited with one of the SETAs and you wish to add this Unit Standard to your portfolio, then you should download the alignment matrix file below, under "Downloads."

Micro-MBA diplomas are awarded to all graduates of the program, provided that they demonstrate during the 3 moths of follow-up mentoring, that they are applying what they have learned during the basic 5-day course.

"On the trainers' course, I learned to assess the viability of a business before people come on the course." Noziphiwo (Swaziland)

"We did world-wide research, before deciding on Micro-MBA for Latin-America." Andres P (Argentina)

What the Graduates have to Say

The Workbooks “Brilliantly Simple & Simply Brilliant!”

What the Graduates have to Say


The picture above shows the very first group of graduates who were awarded Certificates by the Services SETA, for meeting the requirements of Unit Standard 14444 by completing the Micro-MBA course at The Business Place in Cape Town. Here they are showing off their Micro-MBA diplomas which are awarded to all learners who complete the basic course and participate in 3 months of mentorship meetings.

"I learned more about community development at the Micro-MBA Trainer-Mentor course, than I did while qualifying for my MBA in Canada." Frank C (Cape Town).

"Excellent! These days you have truly left a legacy on my life, my vision and my purpose." Eva G (Guatemala City)

"This course has changed the way I look at life and the way I understand business." Mluleki T (Empangeni)

Take the Gap

"If you don't have a Gap, you don't have a business!" Hear some Micro-MBA graduates telling of their experiences and listen to "Mama" Albertina Sisulu encouraging us all to let our lights shine.