New SBA Government Contracting Online Courses

Government contracting provides the leg-up small businesses need to meet their bottom line and become sustainable.  At the U.S. Small Business Administration we see government contracting as a win-win. The federal government gets to work with some of the most innovative, forward-thinking companies. And small firms get tapped into the supply chain of one of the largest buyers in the world.

The 8(a) Business Development program is one of the best tools the government has to ensure that more small disadvantaged businesses can compete and win contracts in federal, state and local procurement markets The focus of the program is to provide business development support including: mentoring, procurement assistance, business counseling, training, financial assistance, surety bonding and other management and technical assistance.

Another tool is a new training series for potential 8(a) firms. The four-part training program aims to inform, educate and engage qualified small contractors in the 8(a) program. The first two courses are available at SBA’s Government Contracting Classroom at

The first, called Setting Expectations, sets the tone for the course and provides an overview of the 8(a) program.  The second, called Introduction to Federal Contracting, is a 40-minute course that outlines SBA resources that can help more small firms win contracts.

Small business contracting is a top priority at the SBA and across the federal government and the SBA is building on that progress to increase participation and eliminate barriers for small disadvantaged businesses.

Helping small businesses succeed is critical to our economy, our communities and our society. And here at the SBA we’re committed to ensuring that more small business owners have the access and opportunity they need to grow, build their operations and do what they do best—create jobs.

For more information on SBA programs and services, please contact the Rhode Island District Office by calling (401) 528-4561 or by e-mail to

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