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Local Assistance

SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.

Certified Development Companies

The SCORE Association, supported by SBA, is a nonprofit association of thousands of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories.

SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors, advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. Here are some of the ways you can connect with SCORE and get free business advice:

  • Email a mentor: Choose a mentor online and get answers to your business questions virtually
  • Visit Your Local SCORE Office: Make an appointment with a mentor for in-person advice or attend a business workshop
  • Online Workshops: Participate in free, online workshops or register for small business webinars
  • E-Newsletters: Subscribe to SCORE’s e-Newsletters and get free business tips and read interviews with small business experts

 

More about SCORE

  • There are hundreds of SCORE chapters in urban, suburban and rural communities
  • SCORE was formed in 1964 and millions of Americans have used SCORE services
  • SCORE can help if you are trying to start a business or if you need help with your existing business

 

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.

SBDC advisors provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.

With dozens of host networks branching out with hundreds of service delivery points throughout the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands, SBDC assistance is available virtually anywhere.

Women's Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.

SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network, which provides entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in several languages.

Doing business with the government is a big step to growing your business. Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) provide local, in-person counseling and training services for you, the small business owner. They are designed to provide technical assistance to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state, and/or local governments. PTAC services are available either free of charge, or at a nominal cost. PTACs are part of the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, which is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency.

What can a PTAC do for you?

Determine if your business is ready for government contracting Pursuing government contracts is a challenge, and can be burden for your company if you do not have the resources to handle a contract. A PTAC representative can sit with you one-on-one and determine if your business is ready, and help position you for success.

Help you register in the proper places There are numerous databases to register with to get involved with the government marketplace, including the Department of Defense’s System for Award Management (SAM), GSA Schedules, and other government vendor sites. A PTAC representative can help you determine where and how to register.

See if you are eligible in any small business certifications Some government contracts are set aside for certain businesses with special certifications, such as woman-owned, small disadvantaged businesses and HUBZone. A PTAC representative can help you obtain these certifications.

Research past contract opportunities A PTAC representative can look into past contracts to see what types of contracts have been awarded to businesses like yours.

In addition, a PTAC can help you identify and bid on a contract, and if you are awarded the contract, measure your performance and help with contract audits.

The Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training; counseling and mentoring; and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Services Provided by the Centers

Pre-Business Plan Workshops VBOCs conduct entrepreneurial development workshops dealing specifically with the major issues of self-employment, which include using the Internet to develop and expand businesses. Each client has the opportunity to work directly with a business counselor.

Concept Assessments VBOCs assist clients in assessing their entrepreneurial needs and requirements.

Business Plan Preparations VBOCs assist clients in developing and maintaining a business plan. The business plan includes such elements as the legal and organizational structure of the business; equipment requirements and costs; strategic and financial plans; and market research.

Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis VBOCs help identify and analyze strengths and weaknesses of the business plan to increase the probability of success. Analysis results are used to revise the strategic planning portion of the business plan.

Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling VBOCs, working with other SBA resource partners, conduct entrepreneurial training and counseling sessions specifically for service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs.

Mentorship When needed, VBOCs conduct on-site visits with clients to ensure they are following their business plans. Additionally, VBOCs review monthly financial statements to determine if the business plan needs to be changed to achieve targeted goals.

Other Business Developmental Related Services VBOCs also provide assistance and training in topics such as exporting, franchising, marketing, accounting and more.

VBOC Locations and Areas of Coverage

Exporting can enable small businesses to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuations. If you're ready to explore exporting, Export Assistance Centers, located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, can help.

Each U.S. Export Assistance Center is staffed by professionals from SBA, Department of Commerce, Export-Import Bank and other public and private organizations. Together, their mission is to help small and medium sized businesses compete in today's global marketplace by providing export assistance.

These U.S. Export Assistance Centers have SBA representatives who are available to help you with all of your SBA export financing needs: Atlanta, GA; Arlington, VA; Boston, MA; Irvine, CA; Sacramento, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO

Certified Development Companies (CDCs) are nonprofit corporations certified and regulated by the SBA, that work with participating lenders to provide financing to small businesses. There are 270 CDCs nationwide, each covering a specific geographic area.

To find your nearest CDC, enter your zip code in our Local Asssistance tool and select "Certified Development Company" in the "Refine by Partner" section on the left.

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Alabama

1500 1st Avenue North Suite B108
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-250-6380
Fax: 205-250-6384

Alabama

117 Southcrest Drive Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: 205-942-3360
Fax: 205-942-5984

Alabama

1301 Azalea Road
Mobile, AL 36693
Phone: 251-650-0826
Fax: 251-650-0827

Alabama

8132 Old Federal Rd.
Montgomery, AL 36117-8007
Phone: 334-244-1801
Fax: 334-344-1421

Arizona

3200 N. Central Ave. Suite 1550
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-495-6495
Fax: 602-230-0945

Arizona

335 N. Wilmot Road Suite 420
Tuscon, AZ 85711
Phone: 520-623-3377
Fax: 520-624-1728

Arkansas

835 Central Avenue Suite 201
Hot Springs, AR 71903
Phone: 501-525-7577
Fax: 501-525-7677

Arkansas

200 South Commerce Street Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-374-9247
Fax: 501-374-9425

California

Jenny McNulty 1083 Mission Street
2nd Floor, CA 94103
Phone: 415-553-4433
Fax: 415-553-4434
http://www.urbansolutionssf.org

California

100 Ericson Court Suite 100
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: 707-822-4616
Fax: 707-822-8982

California

5555 California Ave. Suite 105
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Phone: 661-322-4241
Fax: 661-322-0536

California

6055 E. Washington Blvd. Suite 530
Commerce, CA 90040
Phone: 323-278-9600
Fax: 323-278-4898

California

426 D Street
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-297-2140
Fax: 530-756-6678
http://www.calstatewide.com/

California

5094 N. Fruit Avenue Suite 103
Fresno, CA 93711
Phone: 559-227-1158
Fax: 559-227-7926

California

22365 Barton Suite 210
Grand Terrace, CA 92313
Phone: 909-387-0800
Fax: 909-387-0810
http://www.ampac.com

California

441 East Whittier Boulevard Suite C
La Habra, CA 90631
Phone: 562-690-6400
Fax: 562-690-6300
http://www.landmarkcdc.org

California

11 Golden Shore Suite 630
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: 532-983-7450
Fax: 562-983-7453
http://www.advantagecdc.org

California

1100 14th St. Suite B.
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-521-9372
Fax: 209-521-9373
http://www.successcapitalsba.com

California

5428 Watt Avenue Suite 200
North Highlands, CA 95660-4945
Phone: 916-339-1096
Fax: 916-339-2369

California

415 Railroad Avenue
Pittsburgh, CA 94565
Phone: 925-439-1200
Fax: 925-439-0831

California

499 Hemsted Drive Suite A
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: 530-225-2760
Fax: 530-225-2769

California

300 East State Street, Suite 230
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 909-792-3803
Fax: 909-792-3813

California

221 Main Street, Suite 301
Salinas, CA 93901

California

2448 Historic Decatur Drive Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 619-291-3594
Fax: 619-291-6954
http://www.cdcloans.com

California

150 California Street Suite 250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-217-7600
Fax: 415-217-7610
http://www.capitalaccess.com

California

611 Front Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-989-8855
Fax: 415-989-3382

California

400 N. Tustin Avenue Suite 375
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714-647-1143
Fax: 714-953-0944
http://southlandedc.com/

California

930 South Broadway, Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: 805-739-1665
Fax: 805-739-9257

California

161 North M Street
Tulare, CA 93274
Phone: 559-688-6666
Fax: 559-688-6899
http://www.cdctulare.com/

California

27201 Tourney Rd. Suite 201
Valencia, CA 91355
http://www.socalcdc.com

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