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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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New York

303 Court Street
14755 Little Valley, NY
Phone: 716-938-2331
Fax: 716-938-2779

New York

30-10 Thomson Avenue Room B309
11101 Long Island City, NY
Phone: 718-482-5306
Fax: 718-609-2091

New York

110 William Street 2nd Floor
10038 New York, NY
Phone: 212-513-6444
Fax: 212-618-8899

New York

2 Blue Hill Plaza P.O. Box 1575
10965 Pearl River, NY
Phone: 845-735-7040
Fax: 845-735-5736

New York

50 W. Main Street Suite 8100
14614 Rochester, NY
Phone: 585-753-2015
Fax: 585-753-2028

New York

1241 Coffeen Street
13601 Watertown, NY
Phone: 315-788-4400
Fax: 315-788-3369

North Carolina

5 West Hargett Street Suite 600
27601 Raleigh, NC
Phone: 828-345-1115
Fax: 828-326-9117


77 S. High Street, 26th Floor P.O. Box 1001
43215 Columbus, OH
Phone: 614-644-1637
Fax: 614-466-4172


216 Collins Avenue P.O. Box 488
45680 South Point, OH
Phone: 740-377-4550
Fax: 740-377-2091


111 North Peters Ave
73069 Norman, OK
Phone: 405-329-5542
Fax: 405-329-5543


1500 W. Seventh Avenue
74074 Stillwater, OK
Phone: 405-612-7386
Fax: 405-743-6858


1144 Gateway Loop Suite 203
97477 Springfield, OR
Phone: 541-736-1088
Fax: 541-736-1090


#3 Sheraton Drive
16601 Altoona, PA
Phone: 814-949-6528
Fax: 814-949-6505


250 University Avenue Box 20
15419 California, PA
Phone: 724-938-5881
Fax: 724-938-4575


650 S. Thirteenth Street Robert Shaw Building, Room 5
15705 Indiana, PA
Phone: 724-357-7824
Fax: 724-357-3082


245 Market Street Suite 200
15901 Johnstown, PA
Phone: 814-539-4951
Fax: 814-535-8677


201 Furnace Road
17837 Lewisburg, PA
Phone: 570-524-4491
Fax: 570-524-9190


395 Seneca Street
16301 Oil City, PA
Phone: 814-677-4800 x121
Fax: 814-677-7663


3819-33 Chestnut Street Suite 325
19104 Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215-898-1219
Fax: 215-573-2135


1151 Oak Street
18640 Pittston, PA
Phone: 570-655-5581 x244
Fax: 570-654-5137

Puerto Rico

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

Rhode Island

315 Iron Horse Way Suite 101
02908 Providence, RI
Phone: 401-270-8896
Fax: 401-273-8270

South Carolina

USC Technology Incubator 1225 Laurel Street
29201 Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-777-7877
Fax: 803-777-4403

South Dakota

414 East Clark Street
57069 Vermillion, SD
Phone: 605-367-5252
Fax: 605-367-5755


Center for Industrial Services (CIS) 193 Polk Avenue, Suite C
37210 Nashville, TN
Phone: 615-532-8657
Fax: 615-532-4937


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


202 E. Border St. Suite 323
76010 Arlington, TX
Phone: 817-272-5978
Fax: 817-272-5977


3209 S. Staples Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, Room 146
78404 Corpus Christi, TX
Phone: 361-698-1025
Fax: 361-698-1024


1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive Rm. 1.200
78539 Edinburg, TX
Phone: 956-665-7535


9050 Viscount Building B, Room B543
79998 El Paso, TX
Phone: 915-831-7751
Fax: 915-831-7755