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National Distance Learning Week November 10 – 14, 2014

National Distance Learning Week November 10 – 14, 2014

By CeceliaT, SBA Official
Published: November 5, 2014

In celebration of National Distance Learning Week, the Small Business Administration is promoting a 5-day crash course in Entrepreneurship Education. Each course offers lessons about small business topics, and some courses provide worksheets to help you apply skills immediately. At the end of the week, you should have more insight about your business and you’ll be better-prepared to meet with your local business development specialist for one-on-one guidance. 

The courses below are based on your business’ stage of development. Whether you’re a Start-up searching for ideas, in the Growth Stage, an Expanding Business, or a Mature Business, the SBA Learning Center can guide you towards success. If you’d rather browse the courses yourself, please join us in celebrating National Distance Learning Week by visiting  http://www.sba.gov/learning

Start-Up Stage

Have a great small business idea, but don’t know where to start? Or still in the planning stages? No problem! The courses below will provide general information to help you make informed decisions about your future.

Monday: Young Entrepreneurs: Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Business OR
Encore Entrepreneurs: An Introduction to Starting Your Own Business
Tuesday: How To Write A Business Plan
Wednesday: Financing Options for Small Businesses
Thursday: Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers
Friday: Introduction to Accounting

Growth Stage

So, you’re actually in business and searching for more knowledge to help you increase your customers and revenue. The courses below will help you make informed decisions about your business’s future. As your business grows, organizational management is important. Your role as Owner will change from “Jack of all Trades” to Leader.

Monday: Strategic Planning
Tuesday: Competitive Advantage
Wednesday: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights
Thursday: Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs
Friday: How to Prepare a Loan Package

Expansion Stage

Congratulations, you survived the new business stage. Your business is more mature, and you have stable presence in your market. What’s next? Growing an established business has unique challenges from the first growth stage. The courses below will provide more information to help address your unique challenges.

Monday: Take Your Business Global
Tuesday: Finding and Attracting Investors
Wednesday: Customer Service
Thursday: How to Prepare Government Contract Proposals
Friday: Small Business Employee Recruitment and Retention

Maturity Stage

You’ve expanded, you’re comfortable, your business is where you want it to be.  Don’t get complacent!  The following courses will help you address issues you may not have ever thought were important but now have time to consider.

Monday: Cybersecurity for Small Business
Tuesday: Crime Prevention: A Guide for Small Business
Wednesday: Establishing Values for Your Business
Thursday: Savings Plans for Small Businesses
Friday: Selling Your Business

Distance Learning doesn’t mean you’re alone! If you’d rather talk to someone, the SBA has a broad network of skilled counselors and business development specialists waiting to help you. Find your local resource using our handy zip-code tool: www.SBA.gov/local-assistance 

Below is a short description of our resource partners:

  • There are more than 1,000 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) located around the country. SBDCs provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners.
  • SCORE is a powerful source of free and confidential small business advice to help build your business. More than 10,000 SCORE volunteers are available to share their experience in lessons learned in small business.
  • Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) assist women and men in achieving their dreams by helping them start and run successful businesses. Some 90 WBCs are located around the country.
  • The SBA has over 60 District Offices located throughout the country to help you start and grow your business.
  • The SBA Learning Center is a powerful virtual campus with online training, videos, tools and links to local resources.

About the Author:

Cecelia Taylor

SBA Official

CeceliaT is a moderator for the SBA Community. We appreciate your participation and feedback on how we can continually improve the community to meet your small business needs.