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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 Mexico

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

New York

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

New York

303 Court Street
Little Valley, NY 14755
Phone: 716-938-2331
Fax: 716-938-2779
http://www.ccptac.org

New York

30-10 Thomson Avenue Room B309
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 718-482-5306
Fax: 718-609-2091
http://www.laguardiaptac.com

New York

110 William Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-513-6444
Fax: 212-618-8899
http://www.nyc.gov/getcertified

New York

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

New York

50 W. Main Street Suite 8100
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-753-2015
Fax: 585-753-2028
http://www.monroecountyfingerlakesptac.org/

New York

1241 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: 315-788-4400
Fax: 315-788-3369
http://www.northcountryptac.com

North Carolina

5 West Hargett Street Suite 600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 828-345-1115
Fax: 828-326-9117
http://www.sbtdc.org/services/gov_procurement.asp

Ohio

77 S. High Street, 26th Floor P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-644-1637
Fax: 614-466-4172
http://www.ptac.development.ohio.gov

Ohio

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

Oklahoma

111 North Peters Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Phone: 405-329-5542
Fax: 405-329-5543
http://www.tgiok.com/

Oklahoma

1500 W. Seventh Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074
Phone: 405-612-7386
Fax: 405-743-6858
http://www.okbid.org

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

202 E. Border St. Suite 323
Arlington, TX 76010
Phone: 817-272-5978
Fax: 817-272-5977
http://www.uta.edu/crosstimbers

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

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