The U.S. Small Business Administration has introduced an online training course to help more small businesses get federal contracts.

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 the 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,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills in a statement. “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.”

Federal agency procurement officers are participating in more than 200 events over the next several weeks to help connect small businesses with contracting opportunities. In addition, the SBA and the Commerce Department are expanding their outreach to contracting officials across the federal government to 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 online course uses both audio and text to provide information about the federal marketplace, contracting rules, how to sell to the government and where to find contract and Recovery Act opportunities. The free online training course is designed to assist entrepreneurs during the economic recovery and includes a self-paced instructional guide that provides an overview of the federal procurement process. The course is indexed by subject matter, and it includes multiple direct links to additional contracting resources.

The course is available at www.sba.gov/fedcontractingtraining.

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