MORRISVILLE, N.C. – Lenovo is teaming up with Best Buy to offer laptop PCs for sale at some 300 Best Buy For Business retail outlets, the companies announced Thursday.

The move is part of Lenovo’s recently disclosed plans to increase its market share in the U.S.

Lenovo, the world’s third largest PC manufacturer which operates its headquarters in Morrisville, said ThinkPad T60 widescreen and Lenovo 3000 N100 notebooks will be made available at the Best Buy locations. The two companies first started working together in April of last year.

Lenovo is working with Best Buy to train sales people about its PCs. Previously, customers have been able to order Lenovo laptops by telephone or through the Best Bet business Web site.

"Best Buy For Business is dedicated to offering small business owners convenient and affordable access to business-class technology," said David Hemler, vice president of sales and operations for Best Buy For Business. "Lenovo, through its ThinkPad brand, has a long history of offering award-winning business PCs to large enterprises. Through this agreement, Best Buy For Business technology specialists are able to offer that same experience to local small business owners, further enhancing our suite of business-grade technology solutions."

The Lenovo laptops are loaded with Microsoft Windows Vista Business.

"Lenovo is effectively reaching small and medium business customers through our relationship with the Best Buy For Business locations," said Steve Mungall, vice president of Worldwide and Americas Channels at Lenovo. "This new agreement takes our relationship one step further. By bringing Lenovo PCs to the retail shelves of the Best Buy For Business stores, customers have hands-on access to our products and can immediately begin using their Lenovo PC."