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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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Oregon

4660 NE Belknap Court Suite 101
97124 Hillsboro, OR
Phone: 503-629-9662
Fax: 877-568-2443

Oregon

2455 Maple Leaf
97459 North Bend, OR
Phone: 541-756-4101
Fax: 541-756-1167

Oregon

2016 Airport Road P.O. Box 1041
97801 Pendleton, OR
Phone: 541-276-6745
Fax: 541-276-6071

Oregon

2363 SW Glacier Place
97756 Redmond, OR
Phone: 541-548-9538
Fax: 541-504-3302

Oregon

494 State St. SE Suite 270
97301 Salem, OR
Phone: 503-990-6868
Fax: 503-990-6865

Pennsylvania

718 Hamilton Street Portland Place - 7th Floor
18101 Allentown, PA

Pennsylvania

3900 Industrial Park Dr.
16602 Altoona, PA
Phone: 814-944-6113
Fax: 814-946-0157

Pennsylvania

2158 Avenue C Suite 200
18017 Bethlehem, PA
Phone: 610-266-6775
Fax: 610-266-7623
http://www.lehighvalley.org

Pennsylvania

737 Constitution Drive
19341 Exton, PA
Phone: 610-458-5700
Fax: 610-458-7770

Pennsylvania

Southern Market Center 100 South Queen St.
17608 Lancaster, PA
Phone: 717-397-4046
Fax: 717-293-3159

Pennsylvania

201 Furnace Road
17837 Lewisburg, PA
Phone: 570-524-4491
Fax: 570-524-9190

Pennsylvania

4000-4th Street Suite 3
18507 Moosic, PA
Phone: 570-457-6726
Fax: 570-457-3395

Pennsylvania

2600 Centre Square West 1500 Market Street
19109-2126 Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania

6100 City Ave., Suite P-218
19131 Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215-871-3770
Fax: 215-871-3776

Pennsylvania

3856 South Water Street
15203 Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-471-1030
Fax: 412-471-3902

Pennsylvania

200 Ross Street
15219 Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-255-6553
Fax: 412-255-6542

Pennsylvania

707 Grant Street Suite 1920
15219 Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-201-2449
Fax: 412-201-2451

Pennsylvania

2561 Bernville Road
19605 Reading, PA
Phone: 610-898-6045
Fax: 610-370-3770

Puerto Rico

P.O. Box 9023835
00902-3835 San Juan, PR
Phone: 787-765-1677
Fax: 787-761-7712

Puerto Rico

Capitan Espada Street #406 El Bedado
00918 San Juan, PR
Phone: 787-753-8484
Fax: 787-753-0855

Puerto Rico

Citibank Tower Suite 301 252 Ponce de Leon Avenue
00918 San Juan, PR
Phone: 787-620-7642
Fax: 787-474-5446

Puerto Rico

239 Arterial Hostos Avenue Capital Center Bldg.-South Tower, S-305
00918-1475 San Juan, PR
Phone: 787-765-0801
Fax: 787-765-0861

Puerto Rico

1103 Munoz Rivera Ave.
00926 San Juan, PR
Phone: 787-756-5080
Fax: 787-758-7570

Rhode Island

155 South Main Street Suite 301
02903 Providence, RI
Phone: 401-454-4560
Fax: 401-454-4890

South Carolina

3937 Sunset Blvd. Suite D
29169 Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-791-0071
Fax: 803-233-7589
http://www.providentbfs.com

South Carolina

111 Executive Center Drive Enoree Building, Suite 225
29210 Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-744-0311
Fax: 803-744-0611

South Carolina

3531 Pelham Road, Suite 100
29615 Greenville, SC
Phone: 864-382-2350
Fax: 864-382-2370
http://www.appalachiandevelopmentcorp.com

South Carolina

215 Hampton Street
29731 Rock Hill, SC
Phone: 803-327-9041
Fax: 803-327-1912

South Dakota

711 E. Wells Avenue
57501 Pierre, SD
Phone: 605-773-5196
Fax: 605-773-3256

South Dakota

500 N. Western Avenue Suite 100
57104 Sioux Falls, SD
Phone: 605-367-5390
Fax: 605-367-5394
http://www.secog.org

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