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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.

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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Oregon

1144 Gateway Loop Suite 203
Springfield, OR 97477
Phone: 541-736-1088
Fax: 541-736-1090
http://www.gcap.org

Pennsylvania

#3 Sheraton Drive
Altoona, PA 16601
Phone: 814-949-6528
Fax: 814-949-6505
http://www.sapdc.org/

Pennsylvania

250 University Avenue Box 20
California, PA 15419
Phone: 724-938-5881
Fax: 724-938-4575
http://www.calu.edu/business-community

Pennsylvania

650 S. Thirteenth Street Robert Shaw Building, Room 5
Indiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724-357-7824
Fax: 724-357-3082
http://www.iup.edu/ptac

Pennsylvania

245 Market Street Suite 200
Johnstown, PA 15901
Phone: 814-539-4951
Fax: 814-535-8677
http://www.jari.com

Pennsylvania

201 Furnace Road
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570-524-4491
Fax: 570-524-9190
http://www.seda-cog.org/ptac

Pennsylvania

395 Seneca Street
Oil City, PA 16301
Phone: 814-677-4800 x121
Fax: 814-677-7663
http://www.nwcommission.org/gov.html

Pennsylvania

3819-33 Chestnut Street Suite 325
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-898-1219
Fax: 215-573-2135
http://www.pasbdc.org/government

Pennsylvania

1151 Oak Street
Pittston, PA 18640
Phone: 570-655-5581 x244
Fax: 570-654-5137
http://www.nepa-alliance.org/ptac/index.htm

Puerto Rico

355 F.D. Roosevelt Avenue
Hato Rey, PR 00914
Phone: 787-758-4747 x2234
Fax: 787-751-6239
http://www.federalcontractingpr.com

Rhode Island

315 Iron Horse Way Suite 101
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-270-8896
Fax: 401-273-8270
http://www.riptac.org

South Carolina

USC Technology Incubator 1225 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-777-7877
Fax: 803-777-4403
http://www.scsbdc.com/ptac.php

South Dakota

414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-367-5252
Fax: 605-367-5755
http://www.usd.edu/sdptac/

Tennessee

Center for Industrial Services (CIS) 193 Polk Avenue, Suite C
Nashville, TN 37210
Phone: 615-532-8657
Fax: 615-532-4937
http://www.ptac.tennessee.edu

Texas

701 S. Taylor Suite 118
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-372-5151
Fax: 806-373-3268

Texas

3209 S. Staples Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, Room 146
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Phone: 361-698-1025
Fax: 361-698-1024
http://dmc122011.delmar.edu/sbdc/ptac.html

Texas

1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive Rm. 1.200
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: 956-665-7535
http://www.utpa.edu/ptac

Texas

9050 Viscount Building B, Room B543
El Paso, TX 79998
Phone: 915-831-7751
Fax: 915-831-7755
http://www.elpasococ.org

Texas

7300 Jack Newell Blvd., S
Fort Worth, TX 76118
Phone: 817-272-5905
Fax: 817-272-5992
http://arri.uta.edu/crosstimbers

Texas

2302 Fannin Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-752-8477
Fax: 713-756-1515
http://www.ptac.uh.edu

Texas

2579 S. Loop 289 Suite 114
Lubbock, TX 79423
Phone: 806-745-3973
Fax: 806-745-6207

Texas

3500 S. First Street P.O Box 1768
Lufkin, TX 75902
Phone: 936-633-5432
Fax: 936-633-5478
http://www.acpactx.org

Utah

324 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 801-538-8733
Fax: 801-538-8888
http://business.utah.gov/contracting/PTAC/

Vermont

One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05609
Phone: 802-828-5240
Fax: 802-828-3258
http://accd.vermont.gov/business/start/vtptac

Virginia

724 Community College Road
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
Phone: 276-964-7334
Fax: 276-964-7361
http://ptac.sw.edu

Virginia

Mason Enterprise Center 4031 University Drive, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-277-7757
Fax: 703-352-8195
http://www.vaptap.org

Virginia

1964 Wakefield Street P.O. Box 1808
Petersburg, VA 23805
Phone: 804-861-1667
http://www.craterptac.org

Washington

4312 Kitsap Way, Suite 103
Bremerton, WA 98312
Phone: (877) 465-4872
Fax: (360) 479-4653
http://www.kitsapeda.org/

Washington

728 134th Street, SW Suite 128
Everett, WA 98204
Phone: (425) 248-4223
Fax: (425) 743-5726
http://www.snoedc.org/

Washington

7130 W Grandridge Blvd, Suite C
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 736-0510
Fax: (509) 783-1733
http://www.tcrchamber.com/

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