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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 Central Contractor Registration (CCR), 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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California

1801 Oakland Boulevard Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 925-926-1020
Fax: 925-926-1021

Colorado

322 S. Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-471-2044
Fax: 719-471-2042

Colorado

518 17th Street Suite 1800
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-657-0010
Fax: 303-657-0140

Colorado

140 East 19th Avenue Suite 202
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-861-4100
Fax: 303-861-9456

Colorado

1175 Osage Street Suite 110
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-893-8989
Fax: 303-892-8398

Colorado

Physical: 480 Rainbow Dr. Mail: P.O. Box 2392
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970-264-0496

Colorado

1104 North Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: 719-545-8680
Fax: 719-545-9908

Connecticut

57 North Street Suite 407
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-743-0306
Fax: 203-744-0915

Connecticut

2315 Whitney Avenue Suite 2B
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: 203-776-6172
Fax: 203-776-6837

Connecticut

999 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Phone: 203-258-7800
Fax: 860-257-7582

Delaware

100 West 10th Street Suite 706
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-571-9088
Fax: 302-652-5679

District Of Columbia

5 Thomas Circle
Washington, DC 20005

District Of Columbia

1101 30th St NW #500
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-625-4373
Fax: 202-625-4363

Florida

8280 College Parkway Suite 204
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Phone: 239-652-5588
Fax: 239-652-9988
http://www.idscorp.org

Florida

2009 NW 67 Place Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32653

Florida

644 Cesery Blvd. Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Phone: 904-724-7455
Fax: 904-724-7457

Florida

8659 BayPine Road Suite 304
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 904-398-9411
Fax: 904-398-4995

Florida

6801 Lake Worth Road Suite 209
Lake Worth, FL 33467
Phone: 561-433-0233
Fax: 561-433-8545

Florida

227 Second Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-895-2504
Fax: 727-822-2504

Florida

1351 N. Gadsden
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Phone: 850-681-3601
Fax: 850-681-3699

Florida

7402 N. 56th Street Suite 425
Tampa, FL 33617
Phone: 813-984-8100
Fax: 813-914-8810

Georgia

141 Pryor Street Suite 5001
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-730-8078
Fax: 404-224-0477

Georgia

86 Pryor Street, SW Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30303

Georgia

One Atlanta Plaza Suite 3250
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-240-1719
Fax: 404-240-1725

Georgia

6445 Powers Ferry Road Suite 210
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 404-475-6002
Fax: 404-475-6014

Georgia

3023 Riverwatch Parkway Suite A
Augusta, GA 30907
Phone: 706-210-2000
Fax: 706-210-2031
http://www.csrardc.org

Georgia

501 Gloucester St. Suite 201
Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone: 912-261-2500
Fax: 912-261-0032
http://www.cadda.com

Georgia

14 West 10th Street
Columbus, GA 31901

Georgia

503 West Waugh Street
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: 706-226-1110
Fax: 706-272-2253

Georgia

460 South Enota Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
Phone: 770-536-7839
Fax: 770-536-9026

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