LMS for Small Business: 3 Successful Case Studies

Learning management systems (LMSs) can be used by small businesses for reoccurring training programs.

With an LMS, employees are able to access training resources and easily learn business standards. Documents and lessons are streamlined and saved each time for the next batch of new hires.

LMS solutions come in many varieties for consistently training new employees, or recertifying current employees. Some small businesses use LMS to earn profits by offering their own specialized courses to others outside the company.

Traditionally, LMS solutions were reserved for enterprise businesses with large learner pools. This is no longer the case today, as many LMS vendors have moved to cloud hosting. Cloud technology allows more learners to access LMS solutions at lower costs.

We’ve gathered three case studies to exemplify successful LMS implementations in small business. For a more comprehensive look into your LMS options, check out our LMS Comparison Guide where we’ve compared the features, services and shortcomings for over 30 top LMS solutions.

 3 Small Business Case Studies

Vendor: Accord

Client: IMARC Research

Location: Ohio

IMARC, a small clinical research and regulations company, had never before considered an LMS solution for training specialized job roles. IMARC needed a way to provide training to its clinical teams across the country, starting with 200 learners.

Thanks to Accord LMS, IMARC found an affordable and scalable solution that could grow with its number of learners. Through Accord, IMARC repurposed its own training materials into SCORM-certified lessons delivered through an e-commerce platform for clinical teams to purchase.

Content is quickly delivered to clinical teams with Accord LMS and IMARC can track each client’s training to ensure regulations are met.

In our review of Accord LMS and we’ve noted it’s a robust LMS solution that’s simple to set up and easy to maintain. Pricing is publicly available as well.


Vendor: Litmos

Client: 1-800-Got-Junk

Location: Virginia

1-800-Got-Junk is a franchise business that offers full-service junk removal. Since the franchise’s corporate offices didn’t provide training material, one franchise owner in Virginia needed a solution for training the 15 employees who operated the business’s six trucks.

Thanks to Litmos, the franchise owner found a solution that could also be used by the other 167 franchises across the country. The owner was able to cost-effectively upload content, build courses and distribute them to the employees.

Eventually the entire 1-800-Got-Junk franchise adopted Litmos, which expanded the number of learners to over 1,000 and saved the franchise $2,000 per year in workers compensation insurance.

We’ve reviewed Litmos and found it to be user-friendly with an intuitive interface. Pricing packages are publicly available, and they include special pricing for clients in the healthcare industry.


Vendor: Moodle, Lambda Solutions

Client: Ecole Chocolat

Location: Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Ecole Chocolat is a small chocolatier business that educates entrepreneur chocolatiers. After training 4,000 total students, Ecole was unhappy with its current learning management solution and sought an affordable replacement.

Ecole found Moodle’s open source solution to be a great fit. With the help of Lambda Solutions, Ecole’s data was hosted and supported as a service so that Lambda Solutions provides 99.99% uptime. All of Ecole’s learners now have consistent access.

The LMS solution’s high uptime has given Ecole a reputation of reliability in its niche industry, which has lead to increased learner enrollment.

Moodle is a free open source solution, and clients can use third party hosting services such as Lambda Solutions to maintain it. However, Moodle recently started offering its own cloud services as well. Our review of Moodle found that one of the top benefits is how teachers can choose their own content and activities through the Moodle mobile app.


Bottom Line

Small businesses aren’t typically showcased by LMS vendors because the nature of LMS solutions calls for large learner pools. Vendors tend to highlight clients where the solution can successfully service thousands of users at once, but LMS solutions can also scale down for small learner pool.

Small businesses also have a need for consistent training, and LMS can equally fit this need.

If you’d like to compare more than just these select case studies, we’ve also compiled top LMS solutions  into an easily downloadable spreadsheet. The target market of each vendor specifies if it’s a fit for small business. You can also view features, implementation procedures and more through our LMS Comparison Guide.


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