If you’re like most small business owners, probably not a day that goes by when you don’t have some type of question related to how to run your business. When you’re not trying to make sense of the latest tax laws, you’re likely trying to improve your bookkeeping system or jump-start a new marketing initiative. Getting help with these undertakings usually involves combing the Internet for answers to your questions, a time-consuming process that doesn’t always even yield good results.

Fortunately, a new resource exists to help small business decision makers easily find answers to many of their questions.

Business Technology Simplified,” a free online guide developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Microsoft, contains straightforward advice on technology-related issues, including cloud computing, communication solutions, marketing and time management. Not only is the guide available online and in print, but it’s also accessible as a self-paced online course that offers audio-guided lessons on ways to use technology to be more productive, better manage your business, select the right mobile solutions and expand your customer base.

The SBA website itself is loaded with many more resources to help small business owners and is a great place to begin any Internet search for answers to your business questions. “Business Technology Simplified” is one of nearly 30 tutorials offered by the SBA and is available 24/7. To access the free guide, go to​. For the SBA training modules, visit, and then click on “Business Technology Simplified” in the Featured Tasks sidebar.

About the Author(s)

Cindy Bates

Cindy Bates is the vice president of the U.S. Small- and Mid-Sized Business (SMB) Organization at Microsoft. Cindy and her team serve millions of SMB's in the U.S., helping them start, grow and thrive by utilizing today’s powerful and affordable technologies.

Vice President, Microsoft SMB

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