The U.S. Small Business Administration today launched a new online training course to help strengthen access to contracting opportunities for small businesses, including those owned by women, minorities, disadvantaged individuals and veterans.
The training course, "Recovery Act Opportunities: How to Win Federal Contracts," is part of a federal government-wide initiative announced last month by President Obama and being led by SBA and the Department of Commerce.
"Government contracts can play a key role in helping small businesses turn the corner in terms of expansion and job creation," SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills said. "But make no mistake, the benefits the government receives are equally as impressive -- working with small businesses allows the federal government to work with some of the most innovative companies in America, often with direct contact with the CEO."
"The SBA online training course can help businesses access the federal purchasing system and position themselves to compete for the commercial opportunities offered by government contracting," Mills continued.
In announcing the government-wide initiative, President Obama reiterated his Administration's commitment to providing "our Nation's small businesses with maximum practicable opportunity to participate in federal government contracting." As part of the initiative, federal agency procurement officers are participating in more than 200 events over the next several weeks to help connect small businesses with contracting opportunities. Additionally, SBA and Commerce are expanding their outreach to contracting officials across the federal government to ensure they have the tools to meet their annual contracting goals and increase opportunities to small businesses, including those owned by veterans, women and minorities, as well as those in designated HUBZones.
As part of the outreach to small businesses, the comprehensive online course uses both audio and script to provide information about the federal marketplace, contract rules and, most importantly, how to sell to the government and where to find contract and Recovery Act opportunities. The new training portal is a free online training course designed to assist entrepreneurs during this period of economic recovery. This self-paced, instructional guide provides an overview of the federal procurement process.
The Recovery Act Opportunities course is available on SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov or directly at www.sba.gov/fedcontractingtraining. The course is indexed by subject matter to allow ease of use, and it includes multiple direct links to additional contracting resources.
The Recovery Act Opportunities course includes direct links that highlight the best contracting resources and engages small business owners in the contracting process. The course also includes practical and fundamental steps to engage business owners in the federal contracting arena.
It is one of more than 24 online tutorials offered by the SBA, and is available 24/7.
For more information please visit www.sba.gov.
Release Number: 09-63
SOURCE: U.S. Small Business Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration
Cecelia Taylor, 202-401-3059
Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news