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MBArts - International Independent Business University

As of June 8th, 2011 The State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has granted the International Independent Business University (IIBU) full status of an advanced educational institution offering degree programs.

This is quite a victory for all of us as IIB Associates because this action speaks volume to the credibility and the quality of practical advice that works.

The IIB has successfully evolved from a professional institute to a full university credentialing Master level educational programs in consulting and executive coaching. The MBArts Program is also a trademark protected in the United States.

Click here for more information about the IIB University MBArts programme


The Institute for Independent Business (IIB) was founded in 1984 initially as the Institute for Independent British Business to provide practical advice that works™ – useful information and hands on help for the independent business sector.

The Institute was conceived as a single reference point for independent business to access a diverse range of expertise and impartial advice on the key aspects of management required to maintain and grow successful businesses.

A monthly publication, Small Business Today, initially provided the information for the independent sector, then in 1985 a system called the Hot Line Advisor Scheme was launched. The Institute developed this to support businesses with free telephone advice on almost any business topic from accountancy to warehousing, from experts within the Institute network.

Research into the changing needs of independent businesses led in 1991 to the introduction of the Consultancy Business Development Programme™ (CBDP). This unique educational training provides suitable executives having extensive business experience, with a framework and methodology (the IIB Business Support Programme™) for advising and supporting independent businesses.

To date thousands of executives operating in over 40 countries have graduated from one of the IIB Residential Business Schools, part of the Consultancy Business Development Programme™, to become accredited Associates of the Institute for Independent Business. The Institute also facilitates Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Associates through ongoing regional, national and international workshops, forums, webinars and conferences.



MBArts - International Independent Business University

IIB Continuous Business Development Programme

IIB Executive Coaching Business Development Programme - Build your coaching practice with the Institute's evidence-based coaching framework.

IIB research

Please follow this link to see the results of the survey taken in late 2011by IIB Associates worldwide where the following questions were addressed

  • Do SME’s have an exit plan
  • How many MDO’s discuss exit plans
  • How many SME’s are family run?
  • How many SME’s are left to family members

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