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December 11, 2012

The ASU-SBDC offers free online training in English and Español. Take advantage of the many small business management topics including Starting Your Business, Foundations of Marketing, Government Contracting, and much more! 

SAN ANGELO, Texas — We are all busy.

It seems like there is no avoiding it these days, especially during the holidays. Luckily, we are all in the same boat and are able to make life a little easier on each other. In an effort to help, the Small Business Development Center provides free online business training. These interactive modules provide a powerful tool to our community to help more people successfully start and manage their businesses.

Most people have heard about our traditional classroom-style training events covering various business topics that usually take place in the evenings. But for many, they simply cannot find the time to go. Don’t worry, we understand.

Thankfully, there is a great option to learning quality business information, on your own schedule, wherever you have access to a computer and Internet. Through a partnership with the San Antonio Institute for Economic Development, the ASU-SBDC is proud to provide valuable online training modules covering an assortment of business topics to help you start a new business or better manage your existing business. And did I mention they are free? Furthermore, most of these online training modules are available in English or Spanish.

Topics include:

Starting Your Business

  • Analyzing Your Competition (English | Español)
  • Business Planning (English | Español)
  • Creating a Competitive Advantage (English | Español)
  • Identifying Your Target Market (English | Español)
  • Legal Structure (English)
  • Maintaining an Agile Company (English | Español)
  • Market Analysis (English | Español)
  • Patent Copy Trade (English)
  • Strategic Plan (English | Español)

Emergency Preparedness

  • Emergency Preparedness (English)
  • Emergency Preparedness - Fire (English)
  • Emergency Preparedness - Flood (English)
  • Emergency Preparedness - Pandemic Flu (English)
  • Emergency Preparedness - Technology Loss (English)

Government Contracting

  • Get Started in Government Contracting (English)
  • Technical Proposals (English)
  • Cost Proposals (English)

Managing Your Finances

  • Assessing Financial Needs (English | Español)
  • Balance Sheet (English | Español)
  • Cash Budget (English | Español)
  • Cash Flow (English | Español)
  • Contracts (English)
  • Partners and Investors (English | Español)
  • Pricing (English | Español)
  • Profit and Loss (English | Español)
  • Profitability (English | Español)
  • Ratios (English | Español)
  • Valuing a Business (English | Español)

Foundations of Marketing

  • Advertising Your Business (English | Español)
  • Building Your Brand (English | Español)
  • Building Your Website (English | Español)
  • Personalization (English | Español)
  • Promoting Your Business (English | Español)
  • Sales Strategy (English | Español)

Information in each module has been carefully selected and is managed by the San Antonio IED to help make complex business topics straightforward and easy to understand. They are designed to help you learn critical information, in a short amount of time, so you can learn what you need and get on with your busy day.

We know there are lots of options out there when it comes to business management and business startup information. And often it feels like the more you learn, the more you need to learn. These modules are designed to help you find the most important information for each topic instead of getting overwhelmed with too much information.

So how do you begin? Where can you find these training modules? First, visit our website at From that website, on the top right hand corner, follow the link that says free online training. Once there, register your free account. Then, pick your first topic and get started. We hope these modules can serve as a valuable source of quality business information for the Concho Valley. If you ever have any questions or problems with the online modules, please contact us. We are happy to help.

“Business Tips” was written by Jessica Lambert, business development training coordinator and certified training coordinator of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center. Contact her at

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