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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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Indiana

5209 Hohman Ave
46320 Hammond, IN
Phone: 219-750-1200
Fax: 219-750-1211
http://www.piccorp.org

Iowa

2701 SE. Convenience Blvd. Suite13
50021 Ankeny, IA
Phone: 515-422-6313
Fax: 515-289-0282
http://www.ciras.iastate.edu/procurement/

Kentucky

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development 300 West Broadway Old Capitol Annex, 3rd Floor
40601 Frankfort, KY
Phone: 502-564-2064
Fax: 502-564-3256
http://www.thinkkentucky.com/KPAP

Louisiana

635 Cajundome Blvd. Room 127
70506 Lafayette, LA
Phone: 337-482-6422
Fax: 337-482-5837
http://www.la-ptac.org

Louisiana

400 Edwards Street
71101 Shreveport, LA
Phone: 318-677-2530
Fax: 318-677-2534
http://www.nwlagpc.org/

Maine

40 Harlow Street
04401 Bangor, ME
Phone: 207-942-6389
Fax: 207-942-3548
http://www.maineptac.org

Maryland

7100 Baltimore Avenue Suite 402
20740 College Park, MD
Phone: 301-403-2740
Fax: 301-403-2743
http://www.mdptap.umd.edu

Massachusetts

227 Isenberg School of Management University of Massachusetts
01003 Amherst, MA
Phone: 413-545-6303
Fax: 415-545-1273
http://www.msbdc.org/ptac/

Michigan

519 S. Saginaw Street Ste. 200
48502 Flint, MI
Phone: 810-600-1437
http://www.ptacsofmichigan.org/

Michigan

1 Jackson Square Suite 1100
49201 Jackson, MI
Phone: 517-788-4680
Fax: 517-782-0061
http://www.ptacsofmichigan.org/

Michigan

346 W. Michigan Avenue
49007 Kalamazoo, MI
Phone: 269-381-2977
Fax: 269-343-0430
http://www.ptacsofmichigan.org

Michigan

18600 Haggerty Road
48152 Livonia, MI
Phone: 734-462-4438
Fax: 734-462-4673
http://www.schoolcraft.edu/bdc/ptac.asp

Michigan

380 W. Western Avenue Suite 202
49440 Muskegon, MI
Phone: 231-722-3751
Fax: 231-728-7251
http://muskegonareafirst.org/ptac

Michigan

20709 State Street
49765 Onaway, MI
Phone: 989-733-8548
Fax: 989-733-8069
http://www.nemcworks.org

Michigan

15100 Northline Road Suite 179
48105 Southgate, MI
Phone: 734-362-7070
Fax: 734-281-0265
http://www.dccwf.org

Michigan

1209 S. Garfield Street
49686 Traverse City, MI
Phone: 231-929-5036
Fax: 231-922-3737
http://www.nwm.org/business/ptac/

Michigan

7900 Tank Avenue
48092 Warren, MI
Phone: 586-498-4122
Fax: 586-498-4165
http://www.ptacsofmichigan.org

Minnesota

250 S. Second Avenue Suite 106 H75
55401 Minneapolis, MN
Phone: 612-332-6332
Fax: 612-317-1002
http://www.mnptac.org

Mississippi

501 North West Street
39201 Jackson, MS
Phone: 601-359-3448
Fax: 601-359-5290
http://www.mississippi.org/mptap

Missouri

410 S. Sixth Street 200 Engineering North
65211 Columbia, MO
Phone: 573-882-3597
Fax: 573-884-4297
http://www.missouribusiness.net/ptac

Missouri

615 Olive St. Suite 1300
63101 St. Louis, MO
Phone: 314-621-3888

Montana

2722 3rd Avenue North, Ste 250
59101 Billings, MT
Phone: 406-294-7994
Fax: 406-259-4569
http://www.nadc-nabn.org/

Montana

222 N. 32nd Street
59101 Billings, MT
Phone: 406-256-6871
Fax: 406-256-6877
http://www.bigskyeda-edc.org/

Nebraska

University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), College of Business Administration 67th & Pine Streets, Room 200U, 2nd Floor, Mammel Hall
68106 Omaha, NE
Phone: 402-554-6253
Fax: 402-554-6260
http://ptac.unomaha.edu

Nevada

555 E. Washington Suite 5400
89101 Las Vegas, NV
Phone: 702-486-2716
Fax: 702-486-2701
http://www.diversifynevada.com/programs-resources/procurement-outreach

New Hampshire

172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856
03302 Concord, NH
Phone: 603-271-7581
Fax: 603-271-7583
http://www.nheconomy.com/sell-to-the-government

New Jersey

323 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd Fenster Hall #490
07102 Newark, NJ
Phone: 973-596-3105
Fax: 973-596-5501
http://www.njit.edu/ptac/

New Jersey

1085 Morris Avenue Suite 531
07083 Union, NJ
Phone: 908-527-1166
Fax: 908-527-1207
http://www.ucedc.com

New Mexico

6401 Richards Avenue
87508 Santa Fe, NM
Phone: 505-428-1343
http://www.nmsbdc.org/ptap-government.html

New York

555 Bergen Avenue 3rd Floor
10455 Bronx, NY
Phone: 718-732-7540
Fax: 718-292-6645
http://www.sobro.org

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