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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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Texas

2014 South Hackberry
San Antonio, TX 78210
Phone: 210-226-3664
Fax: 210-533-2940
http://www.acciontexas.org

Texas

3000 S. 31st Street Suite 501
Temple, TX 76502-1802
Phone: 254-899-8546
Fax: 254-899-8333

Texas

4808 Elizabeth Street
Texarkana, TX 75503
Phone: 903-832-8636
Fax: 903-792-3012

Texas

3600 Old Bullard Rd. #403
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 888-923-2504
Fax: 903-535-9232
http://getcdc.org/

Utah

5333 South Adams Ave. Suite B
Ogden, UT 84405
Phone: 801-627-1333
Fax: 801-627-6687

Utah

2595 E 3300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Phone: 801-474-3232

Utah

2595 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Phone: 801-474-3232
Fax: 801-493-0111

Vermont

1 National Life Drive 5th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05601

Vermont

58 East State Street Suite 5
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: 802-828-5627
Fax: 802-828-5474

Vermont

347 Portland Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: 802-748-5101
Fax: 802-748-1884

Virgin Islands

P.O. Box 1128, Christiansted
St. Croix, VI 00821-1128

Virginia

3930 Pender Drive Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-352-0504
Fax: 703-352-9100

Virginia

406 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-373-2897
Fax: 540-899-4808

Virginia

500 East Main Street Suite 403
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-623-2691
Fax: 757-623-0660

Virginia

1964 Wakefield Street
Petersburg, VA 23805
Phone: 804-861-1668
Fax: 804-732-8972

Virginia

411 East Franklin St. Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-780-3012
Fax: 804-788-4310
http://www.redcfinance.org

Washington

11050 5th Ave. NE Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: 425-787-6100
Fax: 206-299-3028
http://www.ameritrustcdc.com/

Washington

13925 Interurban Ave. S Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98168
Phone: 206-622-3731
Fax: 206-623-6613
http://www.evergreen504.com

Washington

9019 E. Appleway Blvd. Suite 200
Spokane Valley, WA 99212
Phone: 509-458-8555
Fax: 509-458-8553

West Virginia

NorthGate Business Park 160 Association Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: 304-558-3650
Fax: 304-558-0206

West Virginia

1310 Market Street 3rd Floor
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: 304-232-7722
Fax: 304-232-7727

Wisconsin

147 Lake Almena Dr.
Almena, WI 54805
Phone: 715-357-6282
Fax: 715-357-6233

Wisconsin

1317 Lombardi Access Road Suite 103
Green Bay, WI 54304
Phone: 920-499-6444
Fax: 920-499-7331

Wisconsin

809 North Broadway 2nd Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-286-5853
Fax: 414-286-5778

Wisconsin

100 River Place
Monona, WI 53716
Phone: 608-819-0390
Fax: 608-819-0393

Wisconsin

2320 Renaissance Blvd.
Sturtevant, WI 53177
Phone: 262-898-7400
Fax: 262-898-7401

Wyoming

232 East Second Street Suite 300
Casper, WY 82601
Phone: 307-234-5351
Fax: 307-234-0501

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