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Local Assistance

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

Procurement & Technical 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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Alabama

500 Colonial Drive Room 201, Bidgood Hall
35487 Tuscaloosa, AL
Phone: 205-348-1687
Fax: 205-348-6974
http://www.al-ptac.org

Alaska

430 West 7th Avenue, Suite 110
99501 Anchorage, AK
Phone: 907-274-7232
Fax: 907-274-9524
http://www.ptacalaska.org/

Arizona

Glendale Community College 6000 W. Olive Avenue, Bldg. I-2, Room 105
85302 Glendale, AZ
Phone: 623-845-4700
Fax: 623-845-4705
http://www.azptac.com

Arkansas

127 W. Fifth Street
72104 Malvern, AR
Phone: 501-337-5355
Fax: 501-337-5045
http://www.arcommunities.org/apac.htm

California

152 East Sixth Street
92879 Corona, CA
Phone: 951-571-6442
Fax: 951-898-7946
http://www.rccpac.com/

California

555 W. Fifth Street 31st Floor
90013 Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-440-3232
Fax: 213-996-8304
http://www.aicccal.org/PTACWEBSITEs/PTACHome3.htm

California

1100 N. Eastern Avenue, 1st Floor
90063 Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 323-881-3964
Fax: 323-881-1871
http://laosb.org

California

4007 Camino del Rio South Suite 210
92108 San Diego, CA
Phone: 619-285-7020
Fax: 619-285-7030
http://www.ptac-sandiego.org

California

Inter-Garrison Rd. and 6th Ave. Bldg. 201, Suite 209
93955 Seaside, CA
Phone: 831-582-3234/3236/3237
Fax: 831-582-3240
http://montereybayptac.org/

Colorado

6 S. Tejon Street Suite 850
80903 Colorado Springs, CO
Phone: 719-434-3470
http://www.ColoradoPTAC.org

Connecticut

190 Governor Winthrop Blvd. 4th Floor
06320 New London, CT
Phone: 860-437-4659 x207
Fax: 860-437-4662
http://www.ctptap.org/

Delaware

1 Innovation Way Suite 301
19711 Newark, DE
Phone: 302-831-0780
Fax: 302-831-0771
http://www.delawarecontracts.com

Florida

3000 Saint Lucie Ave., Bldg. AD, Rm. 308
33431 Boca Raton, FL
Phone: 561-862-4782
http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/smallbusiness/ptac.aspx

Florida

1519 Clearlake Road, Bldg. 3, Rm. 113
32922 Cocoa, FL
Phone: 321-433-7386
http://www.bus.ucf.edu/sbdc/page/ptac.aspx

Florida

601 Innovation Way
32114 Daytona Beach, FL
Phone: 386-872-3100
http://www.bus.ucf.edu/sbdc/page/ptac.aspx

Florida

409 Racetrack Road NE
32547 Fort Walton Beach, FL
Phone: 850-301-3514
http://www.sbdc.uwf.edu/ptac.cfm

Florida

111 Las Olas Blvd. 10th Floor, Suite 1010
33301 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Phone: 954-762-5235
http://sbdcfortlauderdale.org/

Florida

10501 FGCU Blvd. South Lutger Hall, 2nd Floor
33965 Ft. Myers, FL
Phone: 239-745-3708
http://www.sbdc.fgcu.edu/services/ptac.asp

Florida

12000 Alumni Drive
32224 Jacksonville, FL
Phone: 904-620-2476
http://www.ptacnefl.org/

Florida

1101 Brickell Ave. South Tower, 11th Floor
33131 Miami, FL
Phone: 866-737-7232
http://business.fiu.edu/sbdc/index.cfm

Florida

3201 E. Colonial Dr., Suite A-20
32803 Orlando, FL
Phone: 407-420-4850
http://www.bus.ucf.edu/sbdc/page/ptac.aspx

Florida

9999 University Parkway
32514 Pensacola, FL
Phone: 850-474-2528
Fax: 850-473-7813
http://www.fptac.org

Florida

11000 University Pkwy., Bldg. 38
32514 Pensacola, FL
Phone: 850-473-7806
http://floridasbdc.org/

Florida

1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 210
33602 Tampa, FL
Phone: 813-905-5800
http://sbdctampabay.com/

Georgia

75 5th Street, NW Suite 300
30308 Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-894-0932
Fax: 404-894-0267
http://www.gtpac.org

Georgia

86 South Cobb Drive MZ 0510
30063 Marietta, GA
Phone: 770-494-0431
Fax: 770-494-1236
http://www.ncaied.org/programs/ptac

Guam

University of Guam School of Business & Public Administration, Room 116 UOG Station
96923 Mangilao, GU
Phone: 671-735-2552
Fax: 671-735-5717
http://www.guamptac.com

Hawaii

711 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1430
96813 Honolulu, HI
Phone: 808-596-8990 x1009
Fax: 808-594-0255
http://www.hiptac.org

Idaho

Idaho Department of Commerce, 2nd floor 700 W. State Street
83720 Boise, ID
Phone: 208-334-2470
Fax: 208-334-2631
http://www.ptac.idaho.gov

Illinois

500 East Monroe
62701 Springfield, IL
Phone: 217-557-7808
Fax: 217-524-0171
http://www.ienconnect.com/PTAC

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