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Free online course series can benefit small businesses
WASHINGTON -- The newest resource to help small-business owners more efficiently use technology to run their businesses is being provided to help grow their businesses and create jobs. The Business Technology Simplified online course series teaches the benefits of using modern technology that can take businesses to the next level of success.
The U.S. Small Business Administration and Microsoft developed this free online course series, available at http://www.sba.gov/sba-learning-center/series/business-technology-simplified, as a guide to using technology to improve business productivity and creativity.
Each module of the Business Technology Simplified online course series provides tips on how to use modern technology and innovation in the day-to-day operation of a business. Business owners will learn practical, relevant, and easy-to-use approaches to save time and money, reach more customers, and take advantage of the current business software.
Some of the topics covered in the series include: Desktop Technology Benefits, Saving Time Using Technology, Using Web-Based Services, Reach-ing More Customers by Extending Your Business Online, and Managing Your Sales Pipeline.
The course series is self-paced and offers practical guidance on how to apply technology to help small companies build and grow. Each course offers quick access and features audio-guided lessons that are indexed by topic.
Course participants can test their tech know-how through quizzes after each course, and also can download an e-book of each course for offline reading.
Course participants who finish the online series will earn a certificate of completion from the SBA.
Free courses also are offered on Starting a Business, Managing a Business, Financing, Marketing, and Government Contracting. Visit www.sba.gov/training.
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