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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 Central Contractor Registration (CCR), 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.

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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500 Colonial Drive Room 201, Bidgood Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone: 205-348-1687
Fax: 205-348-6974


430 West 7th Avenue, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-274-7232
Fax: 907-274-9524


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


127 W. Fifth Street
Malvern, AR 72104
Phone: 501-337-5355
Fax: 501-337-5045


152 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
Phone: 951-571-6442
Fax: 951-898-7946


555 W. Fifth Street 31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-440-3232
Fax: 213-996-8304


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


4007 Camino del Rio South Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: 619-285-7020
Fax: 619-285-7030


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


6 S. Tejon Street Suite 850
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-434-3470


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


1 Innovation Way Suite 301
Newark, DE 19711
Phone: 302-831-0780
Fax: 302-831-0771


9999 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: 850-474-2528
Fax: 850-473-7813


75 5th Street, NW Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-894-0932
Fax: 404-894-0267


86 South Cobb Drive MZ 0510
Marietta, GA 30063
Phone: 770-494-0431
Fax: 770-494-1236


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


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


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


500 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-557-7808
Fax: 217-524-0171


5209 Hohman Ave
Hammond, IN 46320
Phone: 219-750-1200
Fax: 219-750-1211


2701 SE. Convenience Blvd. Suite13
Ankeny, IA 50021
Phone: 515-422-6313
Fax: 515-289-0282


Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development 300 West Broadway Old Capitol Annex, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-564-2064
Fax: 502-564-3256


635 Cajundome Blvd. Room 127
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-482-6422
Fax: 337-482-5837


400 Edwards Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: 318-677-2530
Fax: 318-677-2534


40 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-942-6389
Fax: 207-942-3548


7100 Baltimore Avenue Suite 402
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-403-2740
Fax: 301-403-2743


227 Isenberg School of Management University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 413-545-6303
Fax: 415-545-1273


519 S. Saginaw Street Ste. 200
Flint, MI 48502
Phone: 810-600-1437


1 Jackson Square Suite 1100
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517-788-4680
Fax: 517-782-0061


346 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 269-381-2977
Fax: 269-343-0430