Small Business Management Specialist

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Business Growth and Development Courses

Your Pathway to the
Small Business Management Specialist Designation

Take six courses

As a designated specialist, provide high level advice with deep knowledge and top skills in your field. Study time is flexible—take up to 18 months to finish.

Take one course

A Great Way to Start. Earn a respected Certificate of Achievement in a course of your choice and up to 30 CE/CPD Credits. Take up to three months.


Achieve Your Small Business Management Designation

Formerly MFA™-Business Growth Program.

The numbers tell the story: The “Gig Economy” is here to stay: there are just over a million employer businesses in Canada and of these 97.9% are small businesses. In fact, Finance Canada tells us that our economy is undergoing significant economic structural changes, away from a goods-producing to a services environment. That brings new opportunities to a qualified Business Growth Specialist.

Who Should Take It? Advisors who want to tap into the multiplicity of financial news new business owners require, especially those who have recently acquired a business from a retiring owner. Truly valuable advice for these clients takes more time, is broader and deeper. To do it well requires the skills and talents of a highly trained business
growth specialist. Any advisor who wants to build their own business with scalability, and help other business owners do the same should take this program.

Custom-Design Your Own Flexible Study Plan

Complete six certificate courses:


Leading Teams

Building Business Plans

Privacy Principles in Business (new!)


Scaling Business Operations

Understanding Employment and Contract Law

Building and Communicating Your Brand

Add on option: Integrated Solutions in Practice Management


Earn a Professional Certificate

Sharpen your skills and fill knowledge gaps in your studies. Shore up your professional development with a single certificate course from the list above. It’s a great way to fulfill professional development requirements and start on your pathway towards a diploma or designation. Every online course provides up to 30 CE/CPD credit hours.

“I vow to continually get better. This topic is near and dear to me. If I know ... I can share.”

- Paul T. Vaneyk, Business Builder Retreat Graduate

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Please read the Standards of Conduct. Designates of Knowledge Bureau require 15 CE/CPD credits before June 30 to re-license their registered marks for the next 12 months.

Please contact us to stay onside with your re-licensing requirements and to receive your VIP designate rates on your tuition fees.

Your Tuition Includes
These All-Inclusive Resources

• Personal course selection consultation
• Virtual campus orientation
• Lesson and study plans
• Personal instructor email support
• Comprehensive Knowledge Journal
• EverGreen Online Research Library
• Knowledge Bureau calculators
• Testing and certification
• CE/CPD accreditation
• Examination, certification and designation

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Every course you take with Knowledge Bureau counts on your academic pathway. Qualify for tuition rebates by taking a certificate course, diploma program or designation program.


Complement your online education with CE Summits. Held in November, January and May, these one-day, instructor-led workshops offer peer-to-peer learning experiences to students who prefer studying in groups.


Annual three-day Distinguished Advisor Conferences focus on finding solutions for the challenges faced by businesses in a global marketplace.

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