The newest resource to help small business owners more efficiently use technology to run their companies is the online course, The Business Technology Simplified series. This self-paced, online course teaches the benefits of using modern technology that can take businesses to the next level of success.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Microsoft developed this free online course series, available at www.sba.gov/sba-learning-center/series/business-technology-simplified.

Business Technology Simplified imparts skills that are of vital significance to small business owners who want to have a competitive edge that allows them to run a company more resourcefully. It also offers practical guidance that covers a range of technology-related areas.

The series consists of three online courses that cover such basic technology tools as creating marketing materials, storing information to accounting upgrades and reducing hardware.

Each module of the Business Technology Simplified online course series provides tips on how to use modern technology and innovation in the day-to-day operation of a business and teaches practical, relevant and easy-to-use approaches to save time and money, reach more customers, and take advantage of the current business software.

Some of the topics covered in the series include desktop technology benefits, saving time using technology, using web-based services, reaching more customers by extending your business online, and managing your sales pipeline.

Each course offers quick access and features audio guided lessons that are indexed by topic.

Participants can test their tech know-how through quizzes after each course, and also can download an e-book of each Business Technology Simplified course for offline reading.

Those who finish the online series will earn a certificate of completion from the SBA. Business Technology Simplified adds to SBA’s growing interactive resource of digital learning courses offered by the SBA’s Online Learning Center at www.sba.gov/training.

Free courses also are offered on starting a business, managing a business, financing, marketing and government contracting.