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The OSDBU Training Resource Library includes links to interactive tools, webinars, videos, best practices and information from VA, other federal agencies, and commercial partners.

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Department of Veterans Affairs logo Procurement Readiness Part 1 of 3 The course is Part 1 of 3 in the procurement readiness series. It is designed to guide small businesses through the fundamentals of starting a business and becoming procurement ready to do business with VA.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Procurement Readiness Part 2 of 3 This course is Part 2 of 3 in the procurement readiness series. It is designed to guide small businesses through the process of identifying strategies; increasing competitiveness; and understanding differentiators.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Procurement Readiness Part 3 of 3 This course is Part 3 of 3 in the procurement readiness series. It is designed to help small businesses become familiar with the strucutre of VA and VA procurement and contracting strategies.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Building an effective Capabilities Statement This course defines a capabilities statement, why it is used, how to create one, and what information to include within its five sections to effectively market your business.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Validating VA Access To Your Website (BrightCloud) This course covers how to validate and reclassify your website using BrightCloud, an internet-based threat intelligence service. Ensuring that your small business website is accessible through VA’s firewall network is a crucial part of doing business with VA.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Introduction To VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (VA OSDBU) This course introduces Veteran-owned and other small businesses to VA OSDBU and its mission with highlights on services available through VA Small and Veteran Business Programs.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Module 1: Introduction to the Framework for Success Business Model This course provides an overview of the five process groups that make up the framework for success business model. It defines procurement readiness in terms of: Awareness; Risk Mitigation; Access; Procurement Mechanisms; and Performance.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Module 2: Framework for Success Business Model Process "Awareness" This course provides an overview of Awareness, process group 1 of 5 within the Framework of Success Business Model. Topics include System for Award Management; Websites; and FedBizOpps.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Module 3: Framework for Success Business Model "Risk Mitigation" This course provides an overview of Risk Mitigation, process group 2 of 5 within the Framework of Success Business Model. Topics include Capabilities Statement; Market Research; and Verification.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Module 4: Framework for Success Business Model "Access" This course provides an overview of Access, process group 3 of 5 within the Framework of Success Business Model. Topics include Direct Access Program; National Veterans Small Business Engagement; and Strategic Outreach and Communications Program.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Module 5: Framework for Success Business Model "Procurement Mechanisms" This course provides an overview of Procurement Mechanism, process group 4 of 5 within the Framework of Success Business Model. Topics include VA Federal Supply Schedule; Types of Contracts; and Contract Procedures and Techniques.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Module 6: Framework for Success Business Model "Performance" This course provides an overview of Performance, process group 5 of 5 within the Framework of Success Business Model. Topics include Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System, Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System; and Customer Service Strategies.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo VA Contracting Opportunities on FedBizOpps This course is designed to help small businesses navigate FedBizOpps when searching for VA opportunities. Participants will learn how to use advanced features to search for opportunities, save searches, set alerts, and many other functions.
Department of Veterans Affairs logo Navigating VA's Forecast of Contracting Opportunities (VA FCO) This course is designed to help small busineses navigate through VA's Forecast of Contracting Opportunities (VA FCO) website; VA's best estimate of potential opportunities. Postings are for planning purposes only.
Small Business Administration logo Business Development Growth for Native American Businesses This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to Business Development Growth for Native American Businesses.
Small Business Administration logo Buying a Business This self-paced training provides an overview of the process of buying a business and provides resources to help you decide if buying a business is right for you. Topics include how and what to...
Small Business Administration logo Encore Entrepreneurs: An Introduction to Starting Your Own Business This course is designed for individuals planning to start a business after earlier career endeavors.
Small Business Administration logo Encore Entrepreneurship for Women This introduction to business planning is directed to women over the age of 50 who are interested in pursuing a second career and launching their own business.
Small Business Administration logo How to Write a Business Plan This course explains the importance of business planning, defines and describes the components of a business plan, and provides access to sample plans and resources that can help you develop a...
Small Business Administration logo Introduction to Franchising This self-paced training exercise presents an overview of franchising, as well as how to determine if franchising is right for you, and how to choose the right one.
Small Business Administration logo Jóvenes Emprendedores (Young Entrepreneurs - Spanish) Este curso les presenta a los jóvenes empresarios a los fundamentos de la creación y financiación de un negocio exitoso. Usted aprenderá a evaluar sus ideas, elegir las mejores opciones de...
Small Business Administration logo Native American Business Primer This course is designed to assist Native peoples who're thinking about starting a business, or who're in the early stages of starting a business.
Small Business Administration logo Strategic Planning Learn what Strategic Planning is and why it is a vital part of running your business. This course will explain why strategic planning is important and describe typical steps taken in the process....
Small Business Administration logo Young Entrepreneurs This course introduces young entrepreneurs to the basics of creating and financing a successful business.  You will learn to evaluate your ideas, choose the best financing options and legally...
Small Business Administration logo Disaster Recovery: A guide to SBA's Disaster Assistance Programs This  video provides an overview of SBA’s Disaster Assistance programs, resources, tips, and...
Small Business Administration logo Crime Prevention: A Guide for Small Businesses The course is directed to small business owners who are concerned about crimes within and around their businesses. This module will help you become aware of how crime can affect your firm and...
Small Business Administration logo Customer Service This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to customer service and how it impacts your business
Small Business Administration logo Cybersecurity for Small Businesses Topics include: Defining cybersecurity; Explaining the importance of securing...
Small Business Administration logo Establishing Values for Your Business The values and culture of your company have a direct effect on your employees, customers and ultimately your bottom line. What are you doing to establish, cultivate and grow this precious...
Small Business Administration logo Growing an Established Company You have started your business and now you think you are ready to grow. How do you really know if you and your company are ready for the next step? This course will help you determine if a growth...
Small Business Administration logo Introduction to Human Resources Human resource management plays a critical role for small businesses, so as a small business owner it is important that you understand the main human resource management issues.  This course will...
Small Business Administration logo Introduction to Pricing Learn about pricing and the impact that it has on the success of your business. From determining your price to implementing your pricing strategy this course will give you the resources to sound...
Small Business Administration logo Legal Requirements for Small Business As a small business owner, do you know what your federal, state and local legal obligations are? This course will give you an overview of the legal requirements of small business owners.
Small Business Administration logo Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview of intellectual properties and explains how to protect them. Learn why you should protect your...
Small Business Administration logo Pricing Models for Successful Business This course explains pricing models your business might adopt. Learn how to set prices, calculate costs, assess competitors and much more. 
Small Business Administration logo Selling Your Business This self-paced training exercise will give you an overview of how to sell or close a business.
Small Business Administration logo Small Business Employee Recruitment and Retention The talent and expertise of your employees is one of your businesses’ greatest assets. This course reveals recruiting and retaining strategies to help you locate, recruit, and retain talented...
Small Business Administration logo Take Your Business Global - An Introduction to Exporting This course is  intended to be a guide for small businesses to help determine if exporting, as a business strategy, makes sense and whether the basic ingredients for export readiness are in-place...
Small Business Administration logo The Recovery Through Retrofit Initiative: Creating Jobs and Saving Homeowners Money This course will provide an overview of the progress of the Recovery Through Retrofit initiative, the skills needed to make American.
Small Business Administration logo SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protégé Program This tutorial is designed to help you answer the question, “Is SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protégé Program a good fit for my business?” You will be provided relevant details to inform the answer to...
Small Business Administration logo ANC Business Guide: 8(a) Business Development Program This module is designed to inform and educate ANCs (Alaska Native Corporations) about the 8(a) Program.
Small Business Administration logo Business Opportunities: A Guide to Winning Federal Contracts This course is designed to provide an overview of federal contract procedures and describe how to sell to the government.   See the Government Contracting...
Small Business Administration logo Certificate of Competency This training program has two key objectives: (1) provide a meaningful overview of the COC program, and (2) assist contracting officers and others to better understand and to more efficiently use...
Small Business Administration logo Contracting Opportunities for Veteran Entrepreneurs This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to Federal contracting opportunities for Veterans.
Small Business Administration logo Counterfeit Parts – Prevention and Guidance This presentation is about the growing problem of counterfeit parts in federal procurement.  Specifically, it is about preventing the acquisition of counterfeit parts in government contracting.
Small Business Administration logo How to Prepare Government Contract Proposals This course explains the government’s contract-solicitation process and describes how to prepare a proposal in response.   See the Government Contracting...
Small Business Administration logo HUBZone Mini-Primer #1 Understanding HUBZone DesignationsThis HUBZone Mini-Primer is about helping firms to better understand what HUBZone designations are, how they are determined, where they...
Small Business Administration logo HUBZone Mini-Primer #2 HUBZone Eligibility Requirements:This presentation is about HUBZone eligibility requirements, specifically principal office…
Small Business Administration logo HUBZone Mini-Primer #3 Understanding HUBZone ProtestsThis presentation is about understanding HUBZone status protests. It is the third module in a series of Mini-Primers about the HUBZone...
Small Business Administration logo Market Research - A Guide for Contracting Officers TThis course is about market research. Specifically, understanding and using market research to find qualified small business vendors.   See the Government...
Small Business Administration logo NHO Business Guide: 8(a) Business Development Program Provides an overview of the 8(a) Program for Hawaiian Native Corporations and NHO-owned businesses.
Small Business Administration logo Non-Manufacturer Rule Primer This course is designed to provide an overview of the Non‐Manufacturer Rule, describing what it is, why it’s important and how it’s applied.   See the ...
Small Business Administration logo Price Evaluation Preference - HUBZone Program Guide for Contracting Officers This course is about the price evaluation preference -- available for HUBZone firms.  It is intended for contracting officers and other contracting personnel, specific to the HUBZone program.  ...
Small Business Administration logo Small Business Contracting Emergency Acquisition Procedures Guide for contracting officers and others to become more aware of emergency acquisition procedures.
Small Business Administration logo Small Business Primer – Understanding Small Business Size Standards and Affiliation This training module describes what size standards are, how they are established, why they are important, how they are used, where to find them and how to determine if a specific business concern...
Small Business Administration logo The HUBZone Primer - Eligibility & Certification Requirements This course is about federal contract markets and participating in those markets as a HUBZone certified firm.  See the Government Contracting Classroom...
Small Business Administration logo The WOSB Advantage This course is about increasing contract opportunities for women owned small businesses.   See the Government Contracting Classroom for more...
Small Business Administration logo Tribal Enterprise Business Guide: 8(a) Business Development Program Business Guide for tribal enterprises regarding the 8(a) Business Development Program.
Small Business Administration logo Women Owned Small Business Program - A Primer for Contracting Officers This course, for contracting officers, is about increasing contract opportunities for women owned small businesses.   See the Government Contracting...
Small Business Administration logo Taking Your High-Tech Product to Market Your product or service is on the cutting edge of technology, a game changer. Now you need to find the best way to get your breakthrough to market. This course will introduce you to the product...
Small Business Administration logo Competitive Advantage What sets you apart from your competition? Learn how to get a competitive advantage with this course. Learn how to brand, study your competition, identify customers and their preferences, create...
Small Business Administration logo Market Research You have a great product or service, but who are your customers and how can you reach them? This course will give you an overview of how to identify your customer and how to market to them.
Small Business Administration logo Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers  This course provides a basic overview of marketing for small business owners who are looking to reach a broader customer base and expand their markets. Learn what marketing is and why it is vital...
Small Business Administration logo Sales: A Guide for the Small Business Owner You have a great product or service. Now you have to sell it. This course will give you an overview of sales plans and other tools to get your product or service into your customer/consumer’s...
Small Business Administration logo Social Media Marketing Are you using Social Media to help increase sales of your product or service? Do you lack the basic knowledge to take advantage of the incredible marketing reach that social media offers?  This...
Small Business Administration logo Understanding Your Customer Knowing your customer is a vital part of effectively selling your product or service. This course will introduce you to tools and resources that will help you understand your customer and increase...
Small Business Administration logo Financing Options for Small Businesses Knowing your customer is a vital part of effectively selling your product or service. This course will introduce you to tools and resources that will help you understand your customer and increase...
Small Business Administration logo Finding and Attracting Investors This self-paced training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business.
Small Business Administration logo How to Prepare a Loan Package This course is designed to provide a basic overview of loan packaging. It is a practical program with real-world examples and helpful tips. The course is directed to small business owners who are...
Small Business Administration logo Introduction to Accounting This course is designed to provide an overview of accounting.
Small Business Administration logo Savings Plans for Small Businesses This self-paced training exercise will give you an overview of savings plans and strategies for your small business.

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