SBA Partners with Microsoft to Deliver Technology e-Learning Series

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  • 30 Jul, 2015

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.

“We are excited to partner with Microsoft to offer online courses that will provide entrepreneurs with technology-focused tools and resources to build their businesses and create jobs,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “We know that technology-savvy small businesses can increase sales, expand their customer base and even attract new business opportunities through exporting.”

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.

“Microsoft is proud to partner with the SBA on the Business Technology Simplified e-learning course,” said Cindy Bates, vice president of Microsoft’s U.S. Small-and-Midsize Business group. “The Business Technology Simplified course is a valuable resource that guides entrepreneurs and business owners through technology considerations for business and highlights the importance of running a business on modern technology.”

Business Technology Simplified covers a range of technology related areas that are of vital significance to small business owners who want to have a competitive edge that allows them to run a business more resourcefully. The series features three online courses that cover basic technology tools from creating marketing materials and storing information to accounting upgrades and reducing hardware.

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
  • Reaching 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 Business Technology Simplified course for offline reading.

Course participants who finish the online series will earn a certificate of completion from the SBA. Business Technology Simplified adds to SBA’s growing interactive resource of digital learning courses offered by the SBA’s Online Learning Center at www.sba.gov/training .

Free courses also are offered on Starting a Business, Managing a Business, Financing, Marketing and Government Contracting.

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For more information, visit http://www.ksbdc.org/moving-forward-letcher-county or email Shawn Rogers at movingforwardletcher@ksbdc.org .

KSBDC, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

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LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 3, 2016) - Kentucky’s finest small businesses and the small-business community were celebrated in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during Kentucky Celebrates Small Business, an awards ceremony presented by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Kentucky District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration May 3.

Gov. Matt Bevin opened the awards ceremony by signing a proclamation recognizing National Small Business Week in the state.

"The vibrant entrepreneurial spirit in the commonwealth is a fundamental force driving Kentucky's economy and creating valuable jobs for our communities," Bevin said. "I understand, from personal experience, the sacrifice it takes for small business owners to survive. Every day they strive anew to secure a better life for their customers, their employees, their families and themselves. I am grateful to these men and women across Kentucky for taking the risk necessary to succeed."

WLEX-18 chief meteorologist Bill Meck served as emcee, along with his wife, Connie, whose small business, Sign Language Network of Kentucky, provided sign language interpretation for the event.

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center presented Kentucky Pacesetter awards to six businesses. Winners were chosen based on how they are changing Kentucky’s economic landscape by introducing innovative products, increasing sales and/or production, boosting employment and serving their communities.

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“We owe so much to the small businesses across the commonwealth that make our economy strong and diverse. It is a pleasure to recognize them and say thank you,” said Becky Naugle, KSBDC state director.

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The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. More information on KSBDC services can be found on their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .

 

Writer: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-0104

 

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