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35+ Free Online Business Education Sites

My previous post, To Learn, To Lead, highlighted McGill professor Henry Mintzberg’s criticism of traditional MBA programs. That inspired me to go through the archives of the Free Learning Monitor to dig up all of the free self-learning options for business education that I have published in the past year. So, here they are. I may come back and add to them, as they don’t currently include selections from the Human Resources and some other categories in the Monitor.

Comment or contact me to let me know if there are others you would like to see here. Categories here include (anchored links coming soon!):

  • General Collections and Libraries
  • Planning & Starting
  • Nonprofit Sector
  • Marketing
  • Green Business
  • Strategy
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Odds & Ends

General Collections & Libraries

Small Business Administration – New Courses

New courses include:* Finance Primer: Guide to SBA’s Guaranty Programs

* Technology 101: A Small Business Guide
* Marketing 101: A Guide to Winning Customers
* Global Enterprise: A Primer on Exporting
* How to Prepare a Business Plan
* How to Prepare a Loan Proposal

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OPEN Forum by American Express OPEN

A wealth of resources for business owners — videos, articles, blogs, and expert advice to boost your business, sponsored by American Express OPEN.

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Management Methods | Management Models | Management Theories

Management portal explaining 250+ methods, models and theories on strategy, performance management, finance, valuation, change, corporate governance, communication, marketing, leadership and responsibility. Value Based Management.

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Free Management Library

The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or small for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Over the past 10 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world’s largest well-organized collections of these types of resources.

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American Management Association
Free Learning Resources

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IRS Small Business Video and Audio Presentations

These short presentations are dedicated to helping your small business. In addition to these video and audio presentations, please visit the Small Business Tax Workshop Video page for instructional lessons.

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Free Business Training

Keep your employees up to date on today’s important skills & requirements.Test out the best business training system available online by taking one of our free business training courses. Simple course authoring, student administration & branded for your company.

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Businessballs

Free online learning for careers, work, management, business training and education.

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How to Get a Valuable Education Without Mortgaging Your Life

From The Personal MBA – Skip business school: get a world-class business education by reading the 77 best business books available. (Visit your local library to make this one free!)

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read it for (dot) me

A growing collection of business book video summaries.

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5 Minute Management Course

6 lessons with morals. Tongue-in-cheek, but with a dose of wisdom as well.

Planning & Starting

Free Business Plan – Start a Business
Free business plan to download. Read basic core knowledge about how to start business and how to run a business. Be an entrepreneur.

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Learn Online | SCORE

Learn your way. Take these courses anytime. Try these useful & interesting courses to help your business get started and grow.

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Learn how to Start A Business, how to Write A Business Plan, and all about Business Start Up

The Internets Top Free Start A Business Course. Learn how to write a business plan, pick a business, sign a lease, do small business accounting and much much more!

Nonprofit Sector

Wild Apricot Blog : Social Media for Non-Profits: 26 Great Slideshare Presentations You Can Use

Great new presentations on social media are coming out almost daily, and many are directed specifically to the needs of non-profits. But it can be time-consuming to search out those that are up-to-date, actionable, and appropriate to nonprofits. Here’s a list.

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The Free Nonprofit Micro-eMBA

Free Management Library’s Free, Online Nonprofit Organization and Management Development Program

Marketing

Free Marketing Courses | IttyBiz

Starting a Home Business | Home Business Ideas | Work From Home, Starting a home business? Legitimate home based business advice, tips, and ways to work from home. (Note: Some readers may take offense at Naomi’s language, but she knows what she’s talking about!)

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ShoeMoney Xtreme Internet Marketing Guides

(Registration Required.)

I’m Jeremy “ShoeMoney” Schoemaker and for 13 years I’ve been building successful online businesses. For the past five years I’ve been working hard writing a book to help others get started online. I recently decided that there is just too much great information in my book to exclude people from reading it. I have now backed out of my major book deal and turned it into a completely FREE 12 week guide to Internet marketing. No strings attached. Enter your email and start receiving the weekly guides directly in your inbox!

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The Word of Mouth Manual: Volume II (eBook)

The creator of BzzAgent, co-founder of WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Association) and author of THE GRAPEVINE, Dave has a new book out. It is entitled THE WORD OF MOUTH MANUAL: VOLUME II, and in an rather unorthodox move, he has decided to self-publish it. The physical edition costs $45.00, but he is offering a digital edition to you free of charge.

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System Seminar TV: Internet Marketing Education (Videos)

The world’s greatest Internet marketing seminar presents the world’s greatest TV channel for entrepreneurs

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Marketing Webinars from HubSpot

Download free on-demand Internet marketing webinars / videos about blogging, SEO, social media and more.

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J.S. Gilbert : Referral Marketing Tips for Voice Actors

Join Voice Over Expert J.S. Gilbert in his lecture, “Referral Marketing Tips for Voice Actors”. J.S. discusses the importance of referral marketing and how some strategic planning can prepare you for success, both in the realm of business and artistry. Learn how to get business and referrals from people you already know, develop an elevator pitch and get in touch with your prospects. (Podcast)

Green Business

EcoSector Method: Free Online Course for Green Startups

Steps to a successful green enterprise – a short online course!

Strategy

Corporate Strategy

A video lecture of corporate strategy from the Life ning.

Accounting & Finance

Simple Studies – Best Free Online Accounting Lessons

Free online accounting lessons on simplestudies.com explain accounting principles in a simple way. They include accounting tutorials on introduction to accounting and accounting exercises with solutions. Intro to accounting is presented in simple accounting terms!

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Free Accounting Course – Bean Counting 101

Bean Counting 101 is a free accounting course for non-accountants that covers debits, credits, general ledger, payroll, inventory, depreciation, accrual accounting, double-entry bookkeeping, etc.

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SMExcellence :: OFFICIAL WEBSITE

SMExcellence is a free online learning system that helps you improve your small business and financial management skills.

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Financial Management Training Center

“Fast Free Learning in Business Finance”

Odds & Ends

Trump University
(The Donald throws a bone to free learning with this one promo course.)

Real Estate Investment Strategies, Foreclosures Investing and How to Buy and Sell Investment Properties – Learn from Donald Trump’s experts.

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Improve your personal networking skills

This basic networking tutorial will show you the advantages of networking, how adult social networking can help your business and how to use social networking sites to your advantage.

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IRS Small Business Video and Audio Presentations

These short presentations are dedicated to helping your small business. In addition to these video and audio presentations, please visit the Small Business Tax Workshop Video page for instructional lessons.

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Free Business Training

Keep your employees up to date on today’s important skills & requirements.Test out the best business training system available online by taking one of our free business training courses. Simple course authoring, student administration & branded for your company.

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Business Change Management Library

Check out our sample video covering The Change Agent. You’ll find it to be a lively presentation that gives cutting-edge insight, and pragmatic tools – all proven methods that have produced world class results in organizations all over the planet.

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Play Kebab Van sim game free online. No download. Serve kebabs in busy area make big profit. Kebab Van game review hints. tips, cheats.

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Free Online Courses Open to Business Professionals Affected by Down Economy
SmartDraw.com, maker of SmartDraw, the software that helps you work smarter by communicating visually, has announced a free, three-part series of e-Courses entitled, “Recession Proof Your Business.” This timely series, accessible through SmartDraw’s Working Smarter blog at http://blog.smartdraw.com/ or through the series overview at http://www.smartdraw.com/Recession-Proof-Overview-PDF, is divided into three 20-minute online e-Courses that include printed materials and video instruction.

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Strictly Business

The American Society of Media Photographers provides this forum to encourage the development of critical skills and to foster new ideas. Our goal is an informed and savvy professional photography community.

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Thanks for the list. Perhaps you could add Business Law. MIT offers an OCW course here: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Sloan-School-of-Management/15-615Law-for-the-Entrepreneur-and-ManagerSpring2003/CourseHome/index.htm

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