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

U.S. Export Assistance Centers

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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New Mexico

1100 St. Francis Drive
87504 Santa Fe, NM
Phone: 505-231-0075
Fax: 505-827-0211
http://export.gov/newmexico/

New York

130 S. Elmwood Avenue Suite 530
14202 Buffalo, NY
Phone: 716-551-4191
Fax: 716-551-5290
http://export.gov/newyork/bflorochsyr/

New York

4455 Electronica Pkwy Suite 207
13088 Liverpool, NY
Phone: 315-453-4070
Fax: 817-310-3757
http://export.gov/newyork/bflorochsyr/

New York

290 Broadway Rm 1312
10007 New York, NY
Phone: 212-809-2675
Fax: 212-809-2687
http://export.gov/newyork/newyorkcityexportassistancecenter/

New York

163 W. 125th Street Suite 901
10027 New York, NY
Phone: 212-860-6200
Fax: 212-860-6203
http://export.gov/newyork/harlem

New York

College at Old Westbury, POB 210 Academic Village - Marshall Hallam Bldg 10 - 223 Store Hill Road
11568 Old Westbury, NY
Phone: 516-876-3418
Fax: 516-876-7563
http://export.gov/newyork/longisland/

New York

400 Andrews Street Suite 300
14604 Rochester, NY
Phone: 585-399-7065
Fax: 585-423-7570
http://export.gov/newyork/bflorochsyr/

New York

707 Westchester Avenue Suite 209
10604 White Plains, NY
Phone: 914-682-6712
Fax: 914-682-6698
http://export.gov/newyork/westchester/

North Carolina

521 East Morehead Street Suite 435
28202 Charlotte, NC
Phone: 704-333-4886
Fax: 704-332-2681
http://export.gov/northcarolina

North Carolina

342 North Elm Street 1st Floor
27401 Greensboro, NC
Phone: 336-333-5345
Fax: 336-333-5158
http://export.gov/northcarolina/

North Carolina

10900 World Trade Blvd Suite 110
27617 Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-281-2751
Fax: 919-281-2754
http://export.gov/northcarolina/

North Dakota

51 Broadway Suite 505
58102 Fargo, ND
Fax: 701- 237-9734
http://export.gov/northdakota/

Ohio

36 E. 7th Street Suite 2650
45202 Cincinnati, OH
Phone: 513-684-2944
Fax: 513-684-3227
http://export.gov/ohio/southernohio/

Ohio

600 Superior Avenue E. Suite 700
44114 Cleveland, OH
Phone: 216-522-4750
Fax: 216-522-2235
http://export.gov/ohio/northernohio/

Ohio

U.S. Department of Commerce 401 North Front Street, Suite 200
43215 Columbus, OH
Phone: 614-365-9510
Fax: 614-365-9598
http://export.gov/ohio/centralohio/

Ohio

Kent State University Administrative Services Bldg.
44242 Kent, OH
Phone: 330-678-0695
Fax: 330-678-0646
http://export.gov/ohio/northernohio/

Oklahoma

301 NW 63rd Street Suite 330
73116 Oklahoma City, OK
Phone: 405-608-5302
Fax: 405-608-4211
http://export.gov/california/oakland/

Oklahoma

700 N. Greenwood Avenue Suite 1400
74106 Tulsa, OK
Phone: 918-581-7650
Fax: 918-581-6263
http://export.gov/oklahoma/

Oregon

One World Trade Center 121 SW Salmon Street, Suite 242
97204 Portland, OR
Phone: 503-326-3001
Fax: 503-326-6351
http://export.gov/oregon

Pennsylvania

The Curtis Center - Independence Square West 601 Walnut Street, Suite 580 West
19106 Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215-597-6101
Fax: 215-597-6123
http://export.gov/pennsylvania/philadelphia/

Pennsylvania

425 6th Avenue Suite 2950
15219 Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-644-2800
Fax: 412-644-2803
http://export.gov/pennsylvania/pittsburgh

Puerto Rico

Centro Internacional de Mercadeo Tower II Suite 702 Street 165
00968 Guaynabo, PR
Phone: 787-775-1992
Fax: 787-781-7178
http://export.gov/puertorico/

Rhode Island

315 Iron Horse Way Suite 101
02908 Providence, RI
Phone: 401-528-5104
Fax: 401-528-5067
http://export.gov/rhodeisland/

South Carolina

USC Moore School of Business 705 College Street, Suite 600
29208 Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-777-2571
Fax: 803-777-2615
http://export.gov/southcarolina

South Carolina

Buck Mickel Center at Greenville Technical College 216 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Suite 243
29607 Greenville, SC
Phone: 864-250-8429
Fax: 864-250-6729
http://export.gov/southcarolina

South Carolina

1362 McMillan Avenue Suite 100
29405 North Charleston, SC
Phone: 843-746-3404
Fax: 843-529-0305
http://export.gov/southcarolina

South Dakota

Augustana College / Madsen Center 2001 S. Summit Avenue
57197 Sioux Falls, SD
Phone: 605-330-4265
Fax: 605-330-4266
http://export.gov/southdakota/

Tennessee

17 Market Square Suite 201
37902 Knoxville, TN
Phone: 865-545-4637
Fax: 865-545-4435
http://export.gov/tennessee/

Tennessee

22 North Front Street Suite 200
38103 Memphis, TN
Phone: 901-544-0930
Fax: 901-543-3510
http://export.gov/tennessee/

Tennessee

312 Rosa Parks Blvd. 10th Floor
37243 Nashville, TN
Phone: 615-736-2222
Fax: 615-736-2226
http://export.gov/tennessee

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