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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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Arizona

1351 S. Redondo Center Drive #101
85365 Yuma, AZ
Phone: 928-317-6151
Fax: 928-726-2636
http://awc.azsbdc.net/

Arkansas

1100 Henderson Street P.O Box 7624
71999 Arkadelphia, AR
Phone: 870-230-5184
Fax: 870-230-5236
http://asbtdc.org

Arkansas

145 North Buchanan Street 210 Reynolds Business Center
72701 Fayetteville, AR
Phone: 479-575-5148
Fax: 479-575-4013
http://sbtdc.uark.edu/

Arkansas

2801 South University Avenue
72204 Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-683-7700
Fax: 501-683-7720
http://asbtdc.org

Arkansas

100 E. University Avenue P.O. Box 9192
71754 Magnolia, AR
Phone: 870-235-5033
Fax: 870-235-1110
http://asbtdc.org

Arkansas

1514 Scogin Drive Harris Hall
71656 Monticello, AR
Phone: 870-460-1910
Fax: 870-222-4900
http://www.uamont.edu/sbtdc

Arkansas

106 West O Street Rothwell Hall
72801 Russellville, AR
Phone: 479-356-2077
Fax: 479-356-2089
http://asbtdc.org

Arkansas

Aggie Rd University Loope West P.O. Box 2650
72467 State University, AR
Phone: 870-972-3517
Fax: 870-972-3678
http://www2.astate.edu/a/business/sbtdc/

California

65 Enterprise
92656 Aliso Vejo, CA
Phone: 949-330-6565
http://www.leadsbdc.org

California

6500 Soquel Drive
95003 Aptos, CA
Phone: 831-479-6136
Fax: 831-479-6166
http://www.centralcoastsbdc.org

California

1 Harpst Street House 71
95521 Arcata, CA
Phone: 707-826-3919
http://www.norcalsbdc.org

California

1631 17th Street Suite 200
93301 Bakersfield, CA
Phone: 661-654-2856
Fax: 530-898-4734
https://www.csub.edu/sbdc/

California

1601 Carmen Drive, #215
93010 Camarillo, CA
Phone: 805-384-1800
http://www.edcsbdc.org

California

2480 Notre Dame Blvd.
95928 Chico, CA
Phone: 530-895-9017
Fax: 530-566-9851
http://www.bcsbdc.org

California

35 Main Street Ste. 203
95929 Chico, CA
http://www.necsbdc.org

California

152 East 6th Street
92879 Corona, CA
Phone: 951-571-6480
Fax: 949-476-0443
http://www.tritechsbdc.com

California

1850 West Main Street Suite C
92243 El Centro, CA
Phone: 760-312-9800
http://www.ivsbdc.org/

California

520 E Street
95503 Eureka, CA
Phone: 707-445-9720
Fax: 707-445-9652
http://www.northcoastsbdc.org

California

360 Campus Lane Suite 102
94534 Fairfield, CA
Phone: 707-864-3382
Fax: 707-864-8025
http://www.solanosbdc.org/

California

760B Stewart Street
95437 Fort Bragg, CA
Phone: 707-964-7571
http://www.mendosbdc.org

California

550 East Shaw Avenue Suite 100
93710 Fresno, CA
Phone: 559-241-6590
Fax: 559-241-7422
http://sbdc.ucmerced.edu

California

Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 5010 N. Woodrow Avenue M/S WC142
93740 Fresno, CA
Phone: 559-347-3903
Fax: 559-230-4045
http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/sbdc/

California

800 North State College Boulevard SGMH 5313
92834 Fullerton, CA
Phone: 657-278-2719
Fax: 714-278-7858
http://www.leadsbdc.org

California

13430 Hawthorne Boulevard
90250 Hawthorne, CA
Phone: 310-973-3177
Fax: 310-973-3132
http://www.southbaysbdc.org

California

1950 3rd Street
91750 La Verne, CA
Phone: 909-448-1556

California

4900 E. Conant Street Building O2, Suite 108
90808 Long Beach, CA
Phone: 562-938-5100
Fax: 562-938-5030
http://www.longbeachsbdc.org

California

4900 E. Conant St., Bldg. 0-2, Ste. 108
90808 Long Beach, CA
http://smallbizla.org/

California

4900 E. Conant St., Bldg. 0-2, Ste. 108
90808 Long Beach, CA
Phone: 562-938-5018
http://smallbizla.org/center-for-international-trade-development/

California

3255 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 1501
90010 Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-739-2999
Fax: 213-739-0639
http://pcrsbdc.org/

California

350 S. Bixel St.
90017 Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-580-7584
http://www.bixelexchange.com/

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