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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 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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Florida

5901 College Road Room C-218
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-809-3156
Fax: 305-292-7114
http://www.floridasbdc.org/key-west

Florida

1425 East Vine Street Kissimmee/Osceola County CoC
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Phone: 407-847-2452
Fax: 407-870-8607
http://www.sbdcorlando.com

Florida

2500 Minnesota Avenue
Lynn Haven, FL 32444
Phone: 850-271-1108
Fax: 850-271-1109
http://www.northfloridabiz.com

Florida

3865 North Wickham Road Building 10, Rm 117
Melbourne, FL 32935
Phone: 321-433-5570
Fax: 321-433-5708
http://www.brevardcc.edu/workforce

Florida

3003 SW College Road Suite 105
Ocala, FL 34474
Phone: 866-998-8332
Fax: 352-351-1031
http://www.sbdc.unf.edu

Florida

3201 East Colonial Drive Suite A-20
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-420-4850
Fax: 407-420-4862
http://www.sbdcorlando.com

Florida

University of West Florida, Office of Economic Development and Engagement 11000 University Parkway, Building 38
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: 850-473-7800
Fax: 850-473-7831
http://www.FloridaSBDC.org

Florida

9999 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: 850-474-2528
Fax: 850-473-7831
http://www.sbdc.uwf.edu

Florida

428 North Jefferson Street Perry-Taylor County CoC
Perry, FL 32347
Phone: 850-584-5366
Fax: 850-584-8030
http://www.sbdcfamu.org

Florida

2702 Tamiami Trail S.
Port Charlotte, FL 33592
Phone: 941-627-2222
Fax: 941-639-6330
http://cli.fgcu.edu/sbdc

Florida

1445 Dolgner Place
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: 407-321-3495
Fax: 407-321-4184
http://www.seminolesbdc.org

Florida

7131 Professional Parkway East
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone: 941-363-7219
Fax: 941-373-7795
http://www.scf.edu/sbdc

Florida

2035 E. Paul Dirac Drive Morgan Building, Innovation Park, Suite 130
Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: 850-599-3407
Fax: 850-561-2049
http://www.sbdcfamu.org

Florida

1101 Channelside Drive Suite 210
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-905-5800
Fax: 813-905-5801
http://www.SBDCtampabay.com

Florida

8000 Tamiami Trail South Business Resource Center
Venice, FL 34293
Phone: 941-408-1412
Fax: 941-486-2799
http://www.scf.edu/sbdc

Georgia

125 Pine Avenue Suite 222
Albany, GA 31701
Phone: 229-420-1144
Fax: 229-430-3933
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

Chicopee Complex 1180 East Broad Street
Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706-542-7436
Fax: 706-542-6776
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

10 Park Place South Suite 450
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-413-7830
Fax: 404-651-1035
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

2296 Henderson Mill Road Suite 404B
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: 770-414-3110
Fax: 770-414-3109
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

1450 Greene Street Suite 3500
Augusta, GA 30907
Phone: 806-721-4545
Fax: 706-731-7937
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

501 Gloucester Street Suite 200
Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone: 912-264-7343
Fax: 912-262-3095
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

105 Adamson Hall
Carrollton, GA 30118
Phone: 678-839-5082
Fax: 770-838-3083
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

3100 Genetian Blvd Suite 119
Columbus, GA 31907
Phone: 706-569-2651
Fax: 706-569-2657
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

999 Chestnut Street
Gainesville, GA 30501
Phone: 770-531-5681
Fax: 770-531-5684
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

3333 Busbee Drive KSU Center Suite 500
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: 770-423-6450
Fax: 770-423-6564
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

2530 Sever Road Suite 202
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: 678-985-6820
Fax: 678-985-6819
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

4875 Riverside Drive Suite 202
Macon, GA 31210
Phone: 478-757-3609
Fax: 478-751-6607
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

2000 Clayton State Blvd
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: 678-466-5100
Fax: 770-961-3428
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

901 N. Broad Street Suite 320
Rome, GA 30161
Phone: 706-272-2700
Fax: 706-295-6732
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

Georgia

111 East Liberty Street Suite 200
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-651-3200
Fax: 912-651-3209
http://www.georgiasbdc.org

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