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Government Contracting Classroom - New Online Training Resource

By John Shoraka, SBA Official
Published: February 6, 2012 Updated: February 6, 2012

As a former government contractor, I know how hard it can be to succeed in federal government procurement.  You face challenges every day as a business owner, an employer, and a service provider.

That’s why as the Acting Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development at the SBA it is a priority of mine to make sure that we provide as much information to you as possible about our efforts to support small business government contracting.  We want to provide you, the small business owner, pertinent and relevant information in an understandable format.  That’s why today, SBA is pleased to spotlight three new online training courses meant to help small businesses interested in government contracting learn about the process - the Government Contracting Classroom.

The GC Classroom is an online training destination where small businesses can acquire the confidence and know-how to participate in the federal contracting space.  The new online contracting series is called Government Contracting 101, Parts 1-3Part 1 provides an overview of the small business contracting programs so you know what is available to you as a small business owner.  Part 2 is designed to help small firms understand how the government buys goods and services.   Part 3 is about how to sell to the government.  All three modules include a “resources and tools” section with links, materials and more that could be useful. 

These three new modules add to the five existing, free self-paced training modules, all designed to help small firms benefit from the more than $500 billion in federal contracts that are awarded each year.  We have big plans to add more information in the coming months, so keep checking the GC Classroom, and, for more updates and information.

John Shoraka is the Acting Associate Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development.

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John Shoraka
John Shoraka

SBA Official

John Shoraka is the Associate Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration.


I high appreciate this post. It’s hard to find the good from the bad sometimes, but I think you’ve nailed it ! would you mind updating your blog with more information? Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.
My husband has worked as a government contractor before and trust me, its not easy to get the first contract. The key is to price yourself right and maybe team up with someone else so that you can be seen as being more trustworthy. It might seem like getting a contract is trouble but its definitely worth it.
A great idea to access this online and I would more online learning opportunities like this.
The classroom is a great idea and I thank you for sharing this with us. Knowledge such as this should be shared more often within the small business community as we can all benefit from sharing with each other.
Is John teaching the Government Contracting 101, Parts 1-3. Part 1?
I have worked as a government contractor before. It is not easy to get the first contract but it can be done. The key is to start right here through the SBA an take advantage of the small business opportunities. Team up with a larger contractor. That is what is intended with the program. Help larger contractors and learn from them! At dmvCramCourses we don't have any suitable products for government purchasing but plan Traffic Safety courses in the future. Once we get them, we will be back watching the lists. It is worth the trouble. A government contract is a HUGE plus if you ever need to apply for financing.
Yes I like the others feel that this a great resource, most helpfull in more ways than one,two,three and I will not only look for it but will remind you if you there seems a lingering in its continous updates , Lets Get America Back To America, Great Work Fellas.
Good resources on the GC classroom, I'm going to check it out. Thanks for this great information.
Wow, this is some great information. The replay classes are very comprehensive. Thanks for posting! s.

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