SBAB

SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY BUREAU

The NWU Business School Specialised Units

South Africa faces numerous challenges, which relate in large part to the poor economic growth in the country and widespread corruption, which has in turn led to the degradation of infrastructure and a lack of ethical leadership. Within this context, business education is undoubtedly a key constituency in the political economy of South Africa, as its constructive participation can deliver essential gains and development to the economy.

The NWU Business School is guided by the need to be relevant to our continent and the belief that we have an obligation to use our expertise to address issues such as water shortages, food security, lack of leadership, health and safety, unemployment, corruption, and political instability, to name but a few. By hearing first-hand, the voices of Africa—their concerns, their needs—we are able to provide innovative ideas to change Africa for the better.

Based on our strategic direction and to incorporate responsible management, THE NWU BUSINESS SCHOOL AND ITS SPECIALIZED UNITS PLACE A FOCUS ON:

 

  • Reducing poverty and inequalities and focusing on sectors for job creation, for example, mining and agriculture.
  • Focusing on the fight against corruption and poor governance.
  • Promoting awareness about the sustainability of the environment, whether it is sustainable food, water, biodiversity, or renewable energy.

All the above is addressed within the extension of our African footprint.

OUR SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY BUREAU (SBAB) SPECIALISED UNIT

The SBAB is a non-profit, service organisation for all small, medium, and micro-enterprises.

The NWU Business School embraces the various needs of the small business sector through an entrepreneurial focus in a developing country context; therefore, we have the Small Business Advisory Bureau (or SBAB), a non-profit service organisation for small, medium, and micro-enterprises, as part of the Business School.

The SBAB, established in 1970, is the oldest and largest tertiary small business institute in Southern Africa, with the primary aim of promoting the establishment of new small businesses and improving the efficiency of existing SMMEs in Southern Africa.

The SBAB operates countrywide from its head office in Potchefstroom with a staff of management consultants and trainers. It is a prerequisite that the SBAB consultant, apart from being academically qualified, have practical small business experience, consequently offering authoritative advice and training to almost any SMME.

SERVICES

All the SBAB’s services are interdependent and complementary to one another and can be divided into three main categories:

  • TRAINING MANAGEMENT
  • CONSULTATIONS AND ADVISORY SERVICES
  • RESEARCH AND INFORMATION