Resources


Lessons from the Small Business Administration Learning Center

The following free online courses are offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration. For a detailed listing and searchable tools visit the SBA at http://www.sba.gov

Taking Your High-Tech Product to Market Your product or service is on the cutting edge of technology, a game changer. Now you need to find the best way to get your breakthrough to market. This course will introduce you to the product... Go to Course

Understanding Your Customer Knowing your customer is a vital part of effectively selling your product or service. This course will introduce you to tools and resources that will help you understand your customer and increase... Go to Course

Competitive Advantage What sets you apart from your competition? Learn how to get a competitive advantage with this course. Learn how to brand, study your competition, identify customers and their preferences, create... Go to Course

Contracting Opportunities for Veteran Entrepreneurs This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to Federal contracting opportunities for Veterans. Topics include basic information about Veteran-owned businesses and opportunities... Go to Course

Encore Entrepreneurship for Women This introduction to business planning is directed to women over the age of 50 who are interested in pursuing a second career and launching their own business. Go to Course

Establishing Values for Your Business The values and culture of your company have a direct effect on your employees, customers and ultimately your bottom line. What are you doing to establish, cultivate and grow this precious... Go to Course

Financing Options for Small Businesses This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business. Topics include; determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel... Go to Course

How to Prepare Government Contract Proposals This course explains the government’s contract-solicitation process and describes how to prepare a proposal in response.   See the Government Contracting... Go to Course

Market Research You have a great product or service, but who are your customers and how can you reach them? This course will give you an overview of how to identify your customer and how to market to them. Go to Course 

Market Research - A Guide for Contracting Officers This course is about market research. Specifically, understanding and using market research to find qualified small business vendors.   See the Government... Go to Course 

Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers This course is designed to provide a basic overview of marketing. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are... Go to Course

Non-Manufacturer Rule Primer This course is designed to provide an overview of the Non‐Manufacturer Rule, describing what it is, why it’s important and how it’s applied.   See the ...
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Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview of intellectual properties and explains how to protect them. Learn why you should protect your... Go to Course

Small Business Employee Recruitment and Retention The talent and expertise of your employees is one of your businesses’ greatest assets. This course reveals recruiting and retaining strategies to help you locate, recruit, and retain talented... Go to Course

Small Business Primer – Understanding Small Business Size Standards and Affiliation This training module describes what size standards are, how they are established, why they are important, how they are used, where to find them and how to determine if a specific business concern... Go to Course

Sales: A Guide for the Small Business Owner You have a great product or service. Now you have to sell it. This course will give you an overview of sales plans and other tools to get your product or service into your customer / consumer’s... Go to Course

Buying a Business This self-paced training provides an overview of the process of buying a business and provides resources to help you decide if buying a business is right for you. Topics include how and what to... Go to Course

Crime Prevention: A Guide for Small Businesses The course is directed to small business owners who are concerned about crimes within and around their businesses. This module will help you become aware of how crime can affect your firm and...

Counterfeit Parts – Prevention and Guidance This presentation is about the growing problem of counterfeit parts in federal procurement.  Specifically, it is about preventing the acquisition of counterfeit parts in government contracting.

How to Prepare a Loan Package This course is designed to provide a basic overview of loan packaging. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are... Go to Course

How to Write a Business Plan This course explains the importance of business planning, defines and describes the components of a business plan, and provides access to sample plans and resources that can help you develop a... Go to Course 

Introduction to Accounting This course is designed to provide an overview of accounting. Go to Course

Introduction to Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurship Education provides this self-paced training exercise as an overview... Go to Course  

Introduction to Pricing Learn about pricing and the impact that it has on the success of your business. From determining your price to implementing your pricing strategy this course will give you the resources to sound... Go to Course

Native American Business Primer This course is designed to assist Native peoples who're thinking about starting a business, or who're in the early stages of starting a business. Go to Course

Pricing Models for Successful Business This course explains pricing models your business might adopt. Learn how to set prices, calculate costs, assess competitors and much more. Go to Course

Savings Plans for Small Businesses This self-paced training exercise will give you an overview of savings plans and strategies for your small business. Learn about the contingency and long-term savings, tax breaks,... Go to Course

Selling Your Business This self-paced training exercise will give you an overview of how to sell or close a business. Topics covered include defining a business exit strategy, transferring ownership of a... Go to Course

Take Your Business Global - An Introduction to Exporting This course is intended to be a guide for small businesses to help determine if exporting, as a business strategy, makes sense and whether the basic ingredients for export readiness are in-place... Go to Course

The Recovery Through Retrofit Initiative: Creating Jobs and Saving Homeowners Money This course will provide an overview of the progress of the Recovery Through Retrofit initiative, the skills needed to make American. Go to Course

The WOSB Advantage This course is about increasing contract opportunities for women owned small businesses.   See the Government Contracting Classroom for more... Go to Course

Business Opportunities: A Guide to Winning Federal Contracts This course is designed to provide an overview of federal contract procedures and describe how to seell to the government.   See the Government Contracting... Go to Course

Business Development Growth for Native American Businesses This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to Business Development Growth for Native American Businesses. Go to Course

Customer Service This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to customer service and how it impacts your business. Topics include: Defining what good customer service is, implementing good customer... Go to Course

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to securing information in a small business. Topics include: Defining cybersecurity; Explaining the importance of securing... Go to Course

Encore Entrepreneurs: An Introduction to Starting Your Own Business This course is designed for individuals planning to start a business after earlier career endeavors. Go to Course

Finding and Attracting Investors This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to finding and attracting investors. Topics include determining the need for outside financing, defining what an investor is and... Go to Course

Growing an Established Company You have started your business and now you think you are ready to grow. How do you really know if you and your company are ready for the next step? This course will help you determine if a growth... Go to Course

Introduction to Franchising This self-paced training exercise presents an overview of franchising, as well as how to determine if franchising is right for you, and how to choose the right one. Go to Course 

Jóvenes Emprendedores (Young Entrepreneurs - Spanish) Este curso les presenta a los jóvenes empresarios a los fundamentos de la creación y financiación de un negocio exitoso. Usted aprenderá a evaluar sus ideas, elegir las mejores opciones de... Go to Course

Legal Requirements for Small Business As a small business owner, do you know what your federal, state and local legal obligations are? This course will give you an overview of the legal requirements of small business owners. Go to Course

Tribal Enterprise Business Guide: 8(a) Business Development Program Business Guide for tribal enterprises regarding the 8(a) Business Development Program. Go to Course

Veteran Owned Small Business - Contracting Programs This training module provides an overview of the key contracting programs that support veteran owned small businesses.  Specifically, it describes, explains and outlines the differences between... Go to Course

Women Owned Small Business Program - A Primer for Contracting Officers This course, for contracting officers, is about increasing contract opportunities for women owned small businesses.   See the Government Contracting... Go to Course

Young Entrepreneurs This course introduces young entrepreneurs to the basics of creating and financing a successful business.  You will learn to evaluate your ideas, choose the best financing options and legally...Go to Course

Strategic Planning Learn what Strategic Planning is and why it is a vital part of running your business. This course will explain why strategic planning is important and describe typical steps taken in the process.... Go to Course

Small Business Contracting Emergency Acquisition Procedures Guide for contracting officers and others to become more aware of emergency acquisition procedures. Go to Course