MMM comes to East Africa!  MM Inc. is pleased to announce Making Markets Matter, scheduled for October 8-13, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.  We welcome agribusiness SMEs from across Africa to this exciting week-long executive education program.  Registration is now open.  Group discounts and limited bursaries are available; please visit the program website and contact us directly if you are interested. 

Overview

MM Inc. offers all-encompassing business training, including marketing, strategy, financial analysis and supply-chain management. Our ultimate goal is to identify a set of strategies that will help entrepreneurs recognize market demand and meet their customers’ needs, in the process offering employment and promoting economic opportunities in their communities and the region. As such, we customize our training programs to meet the exact needs of the participants, taking into consideration their level of existing training, business experience, industry, and geographic location. MM Inc. has organized and facilitated large-scale programs (75+ participants) as well as smaller training events including mentorship programs available for individuals businesses. To date Market Matters Inc. has trained over 2,000 individuals/businesses.

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What is Making Markets Matter (MMM)?
In 2001 Market Matters Inc. recognized the need for a high-quality and comprehensive agribusiness training program targeting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets, particularly in Africa. This recognition led to the creation of Making Markets Matter – an annual program that provides agribusiness executives an introduction to the key building blocks of business management, along with the opportunity to network with industry stakeholders, fellow business leaders, and other agribusiness practitioners. To date, MMM has been offered in Africa, and has trained close to 2,000 businesses in its 15 years of operation. What started with a small initiative with about 30 participants has grown into a well-known, selective agribusiness training program that trains over 75 businesses at a time. Since 2013, MM Inc. has also been involved in business training programs in other emerging markets in Asia.


Who is MMM for?
Over the fifteen-year span of the program, we have provided business management training to SME agribusiness owners and managers as well as representatives of the public sector working in the area of SME development from across the African continent. We have worked with individuals along the agribusiness supply-chain, from farmers to business owners producing value-added food products. Every year we strive to increase the participation of women business owners, still underrepresented in the African agribusiness sectors.


What makes MMM unique?
We have worked hard to build a unique program that offers benefits that are not readily available to SMEs in Africa today.

  • High caliber facilitators: The program is facilitated by an international group of development practitioners, all recognized leaders in their fields of agribusiness management, food technology, biotechnology, and finance, among others.
  • Emphasis on hard and soft skills: While we start with the fundamentals of business management (marketing, strategy, financial analysis, and human resource management), we enhance these by adding sessions on soft skills such as leadership and business negotiations.
  • Leveraging relationships to help businesses: MM Inc. staff and facilitators have a wealth of knowledge about and linkages to research institutions, financial service providers, multinational corporations, and development agencies.
  • Business-to-businesses networking: Our program presents a rare opportunity for African SMEs to network with each other.

FACILITATOR PROFILES

The MMM education program draws on the experience and talents of Facilitators who represent a wide range of professional and geographic backgrounds, who are leaders in their fields and offer the "best in business thinking" to program participants. The availability of a large Facilitator pool enables us to design a program that best meets the needs of participants. Below we list the MMM Facilitators, along with their area of expertise and county (countries) represented.

Michael Brown
Michael Brown

International Development
USA

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Joyce Cacho
Joyce Cacho

Agribusiness Finance
USA

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Linley Chiwona-Karltun
Linley Chiwona-Karltun

Nutrition/International Health
Sweden/Malawi

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Dr. Ralph D. Christy
Dr. Ralph D. Christy

International Development/Business Strategy
USA

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Njeri Gakonyo
Njeri Gakonyo

International Development/Family Business
USA

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Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

Corporate Safety
USA

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Dean Mohammad Karaan
Dean Mohammad Karaan

Agricultural Economics/Supply Chain Management
South Africa

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Dr. Ndunge Kiiti
Dr. Ndunge Kiiti

Business Communication/International Health
Kenya/USA

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Dr. Edward Mabaya
Dr. Edward Mabaya

International Development/Marketing
Zimbabwe/USA

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Dr. Jose Jackson Malete
Dr. Jose Jackson Malete

Food Science
Botswana/USA

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Mainza Mugoya
Mainza Mugoya

Regional Coordinator, TASAI
Uganda/Kenya

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Pete Ondeng
Pete Ondeng

Leadership
Kenya

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Dr. Onkutlwile Othata
Dr. Onkutlwile Othata

Financial Management
Botswana

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Dr. Quinetta M. Roberson
Dr. Quinetta M. Roberson

Human Resource Management
USA

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Professor Robert Rugimbana
Professor Robert Rugimbana

Marketing
Tanzania/South Africa

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Dr. Krisztina Tihanyi
Dr. Krisztina Tihanyi

Anthropology
Hungary/USA

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Dr. Norbert Wilson
Dr. Norbert Wilson

Agribusiness Management
USA

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INVITED SPEAKERS AND GUEST LECTURERS

Besides the Facilitators, invited speakers also enrich participants’ experience at our training programs. The invited speakers represent a wide range of backgrounds from CEOs of multinational companies to academics who offer fresh perspectives and inspiration for participants. Previous speakers include:

Dr. Akin Adesina
Dr. Akin Adesina

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Sarah Bimbona
Sarah Bimbona

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Dr. Sebastian Chakeredza
Dr. Sebastian Chakeredza

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Gracian Chimwaza
Gracian Chimwaza

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Joyce Chitja
Joyce Chitja

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Ceiwyn Craig-Moore
Ceiwyn Craig-Moore

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Dr. Johan van Deventer
Dr. Johan van Deventer

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Professor Joseph Diescho
Professor Joseph Diescho

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Rechi Dlamini
Rechi Dlamini

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Dr. Dilip Gokhale
Dr. Dilip Gokhale

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Stephen Hobson
Stephen Hobson

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Cecilia Khupe
Cecilia Khupe

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Mr. Han Kim
Mr. Han Kim

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Ms. Venete Klein
Ms. Venete Klein

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Moshisi Lehlongwane
Moshisi Lehlongwane

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Professor Leapetswe Malete
Professor Leapetswe Malete

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George Marechera
George Marechera

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Mr. Strive Masiyiva
Mr. Strive Masiyiva

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Dr. Margaret Matanda
Dr. Margaret Matanda

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Mr. Zhann Meyer
Mr. Zhann Meyer

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Thulasizwe Mkhabela
Thulasizwe Mkhabela

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Emelda Dikeledi Mosime
Emelda Dikeledi Mosime

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Dr. Emelly Mutambatsere
Dr. Emelly Mutambatsere

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Eunice K. Mwongera
Eunice K. Mwongera

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Mr. Christo Nel
Mr. Christo Nel

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Dr. Rosa Rolle
Dr. Rosa Rolle

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Mr. Shepherd Shoniwa
Mr. Shepherd Shoniwa

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Lulama Ndibongo-Traub
Lulama Ndibongo-Traub

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Dr Aissetou Drame Yaye
Dr. Aissétou Dramé Yayé

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