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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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South Dakota

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

South Dakota

525 University Loop Suite 102
Sturgis, SD 57701
Phone: 605-381-2591
Fax: 605-394-6140

South Dakota

124 First Avenue, NW
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: 605-882-5115
Fax: 605-882-5049

Tennessee

P. O. Box 249
Alcoa, TN 37701-0249
Phone: 865-273-6008
Fax: 865-273-6010

Tennessee

535 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Phone: 423-424-4227
http://www.brightbridgeinc.org/

Tennessee

101 Sam Watkins Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474
Phone: 931-379-2918
Fax: 931-379-2640
http://www.sctdd.org

Tennessee

501 Union Street 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37219-1705
Phone: 615-862-8866
Fax: 615-862-8862

Tennessee

1301 Eastwood Street
Paris, TN 38242
Phone: 731-644-1335
Fax: 731-644-7019

Texas

3702 Loop 322
Abilene, TX 79602
Phone: 325-672-8544
Fax: 325-675-5214

Texas

415 West Eighth Avenue
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-372-3381
Fax: 806-373-3268

Texas

2212 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-912-9884
Fax: 512-912-9869

Texas

1250 Capital of Texas Hwy. South Building One, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512-615-0362
Fax: 866-712-8046

Texas

P. O. Box 6370
Austin, TX 78762
Phone: 512-433-1175
Fax: 512-433-1821

Texas

1110 Park Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
Phone: 409-838-6581
Fax: 409-833-6718

Texas

2335 Central Blvd
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956-546-4020
Fax: 956-548-6134

Texas

2908 Finfeather Road
Bryan, TX 77801
Phone: 409-775-3699
Fax: 409-775-4393

Texas

351 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75208
Phone: 214-948-7800
Fax: 214-948-8104
http://www.dbfcloans.com/

Texas

1100 North Stanton Suite 610
El Paso, TX 79902

Texas

610 South Industrial Blvd. Suite 200
Euless, TX 76040
Phone: 972-639-6911
Fax: 972-767-4400
http://cdcsw.org/

Texas

James E. Guinn School Complex 1150 South Freeway, Suite 215
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: 817-871-6444
Fax: 817-332-6456
http://www.alliancecdc.com/

Texas

5330 Griggs Road
Houston, TX 77021
Phone: 713-845-2418
Fax: 713-645-2830
http://www.hbdinc.org

Texas

3555 Timmons Lane Suite 120
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-499-6675
Fax: 832-681-2543

Texas

2223 West Loop Suite 400
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-840-8804

Texas

8590 Highway 6 North
Houston, TX 77095
Phone: 713-457-1650
Fax: 713-457-0652

Texas

3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, TX 75662
Phone: 903-984-8641
Fax: 903-983-1440

Texas

1323 58th Street
Lubbock, TX 79412
Phone: 806-762-8721
Fax: 806-765-9544

Texas

900 Lakeview Dr.
McAllen, TX 78501
Phone: 956-928-0641

Texas

311 N. 15th Street
McAllen, TX 78501-4705
Phone: 956-682-1109
Fax: 956-631-4670

Texas

600 North Central Expressway Suite 600
Plano, TX 75074
Phone: 972-516-0514
Fax: 972-424-7479
http://sbacdc.com/

Texas

5002 Knickerbocker Road
San Angelo, TX 76904

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