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Local Assistance

SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.

Small Business Development 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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Alabama

114 Lowder Business Building
36849 Auburn, AL
http://www.sbdc.auburn.edu

Alabama

1500 1st Avenue North Suite R118
35203 Birmingham, AL
Phone: 205-348-1582
Fax: 205-307-6511

Alabama

135 Keller Hall One Harrison Plaza
35632 Florence, AL
http://www.una.edu/directory/Small_Business_Development_Center_%28SBDC%29.html

Alabama

301 Sparkman Drive ASB 126A
35899 Huntsville, AL
Phone: 256-824-6422
http://sbdc.uah.edu

Alabama

114 Merrill Hall 700 Pelham Road North
36265 Jacksonville, AL
http://www.jsusbdc.com/

Alabama

Guy Hunt Technical Complex R122
35470 Livingston, AL
Phone: 205-652-3665
Fax: 205-652-3516
http://www.uwa.edu/ossbdc.aspx

Alabama

307 University Boulevard 8 College of Business MCOB Room 118
36688 Mobile, AL
http://www.southalabama.edu/sbdc

Alabama

915 South Jackson Street
36104 Montgomery, AL
http://www.cobanetwork.com/sbdc

Alabama

4900 Meridian Street School of Business, Room 113
35762 Normal, AL
Phone: 205-348-1582

Alabama

100 Industrial Boulevard
36081 Troy, AL
http://cibed.troy.edu/sbdc

Alabama

Box 870396
35487 Tuscaloosa, AL
Phone: 205-348-1582

Alabama

Box 870396 201 Bidgood Hall, 500 Colonial Drive
35487 Tuscaloosa, AL
http://www.asbdc.org/

Alaska

430 West 7th Avenue Suite 110
99501 Anchorage, AK
Phone: 907-274-7232
Fax: 907-274-9524
http://www.aksbdc.org

Alaska

1797 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway Box 2968
99559 Bethel, AK
Phone: 907-543-0255
Fax: 907-456-7233
http://www.aksbdc.org

Alaska

3750 Bonita Street
99701 Fairbanks, AK
Phone: (907)456-7232
http://aksbdc.org

Alaska

9301 Glacier Highway Suite 110
99801 Juneau, AK
Phone: 907-463-3789
Fax: 907-463-3489
http://www.aksbdc.org

Alaska

1900 1st Avenue Ste. 223
99901 Ketchikan, AK
Phone: (907)225-1388
http://aksbdc.org

Alaska

43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road Suite 12
99669 Soldotna, AK
Phone: 907-260-5629
Fax: 907-262-6762
http://www.aksbdc.org

Alaska

201 North Lucille Street Suite 2A
99654 Wasilla, AK
Phone: 907-373-7232
Fax: 907-373-7234
http://www.aksbdc.org

American Samoa

P.O. Box 2609
96799 Pago Pago, AS
Phone: 684-699-4830
Fax: 684-699-6132
http://www.as-sbdc.org

Arizona

540 N. Camino Mercado Suite #1
85222 Casa Grande, AZ
Phone: 520-494-6610
Fax: 520-876-5966
http://www.centralaz.edu/biz

Arizona

3000 North 4th Street
86004 Flagstaff, AZ
Phone: 928-526-7653
Fax: 928-526-8693
http://www.coconino.edu/sbdc

Arizona

1971 Jagerson Avenue
86409 Kingman, AZ
Phone: 928-757-0894
Fax: 928-692-3087
http://www.mohave.edu/pages/284.asp

Arizona

108 N. 40th Street South Building
85034 Phoenix, AZ
Phone: 480-784-0590
Fax: 602-230-7989
http://www.maricopasbdc.com/

Arizona

240 South Montezuma Street Suite 105
86303 Prescott, AZ
Phone: 928-776-2008
Fax: 928-541-1406
http://www.yc.edu/content/sbdc/default.htm

Arizona

1001 Deuce of Clubs Room 107-109
85901 Show Low, AZ
Phone: 928-532-6170
Fax: 928-532-6171
http://www.npcsbdc.com/

Arizona

901 North Colombo Room 717
85635 Sierra Vista, AZ
Phone: 520-515-5478
Fax: 520-515-5437
http://www.cochise.edu/sbdc/

Arizona

2411 West 14th Street Suite 114
85281 Tempe, AZ
Phone: 480-731-8720
Fax: 480-731-8729
http://www.azsbdc.net

Arizona

615 N. Stadium Avenue
85552 Thatcher, AZ
Phone: 928-428-8590
Fax: 928-428-8591
http://www.eac.edu/sbdc

Arizona

330 N. Commerce Park Loop Suite 160
85745 Tucson, AZ
Phone: 520-620-1241 Ext. 112
Fax: 631-370-8895
http://www.mac-sa.org/about/sbdc

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