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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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Iowa

4647 Stone Avenue P.O. Box 5199
Sioux City, IA 51102
Phone: 712-274-6454
Fax: 712-274-6455
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

1900 N. Grand Avenue Suite B-1
Spencer, IA 51301
Phone: 712-262-4213
Fax: 712-262-4047
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Kansas

606 Washington Street Suite C
Concordia, KS 66901
Phone: 785-243-9913
Fax: 785-243-9321
http://www.ncksbdc.com

Kansas

1200 Commercial Street Cremer Hall, Rm 130
Emporia, KS 66801
Phone: 620-341-5308
Fax: 620-341-5418
http://www.emporia.edu/sbdc

Kansas

801 Campus Drive
Garden City, KS 67846
Phone: 620-276-9632
Fax: 620-275-3249
http://www.swksbdc.com

Kansas

105 Custer Hall, 600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785-628-5615
Fax: 785-628-0533
http://www.fhsu.edu/ksbdc

Kansas

646 Vermont, Suite 200
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-843-8844
Fax: 785-843-8878
http://www.kusbdc.net

Kansas

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce 501 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-587-9917
Fax: 785-776-0679
http://www.washburn.edu/sbdc

Kansas

Regnier Center, Room 240 12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: 913-469-3878
Fax: 913-469-2547
http://www.jccc.edu/ksbdc

Kansas

Shirk Hall, 1501 S. Joplin
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-235-4920
Fax: 620-235-4919
http://www.pittstate.edu/bti/sbdc

Kansas

214 SW 6th Street, Suite 301
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: 785-296-6514
Fax: 785-291-3261
http://www.kansas.gov/ksbdc

Kansas

120 SE 6th Street Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: 785-234-3235
Fax: 785-234-8656
http://www.washburn.edu/sbdc

Kansas

1845 Fairmount, Campus Box 148
Wichita, KS 67260
Phone: 316-978-3193
Fax: 316-978-3647
http://www.wichita.edu/ksbdc

Kentucky

1645 Winchester Avenue 2nd Floor
Ashland, KY 41101
Phone: 606-329-8011
Fax: 606-324-4570
http://www.ksbdc.org/

Kentucky

2413 Nashville Road Suite 218
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Phone: 270-745-1905
Fax: 270-745-1931
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

1105 Juliana Court #6
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: 270-765-6737
Fax: 270-769-5095
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

305 Johns Hill Road
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: 859-448-8801
Fax: 859-442-4285
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

2800 Fort Campbell Blvd.
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Phone: 270-886-8666
Fax: 270-881-9366
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

1 Quality Street Suite 635
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-257-7668
Fax: 859-323-1907
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

330 East Main Street Suite 210
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-257-7666
Fax: 859-257-1751
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

2900 West Broadway Box 315
Louisville, KY 40211
Phone: 502-574-1378
Fax: 502-625-1181
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

1300 Chichester Avenue
Middlesboro, KY 40965
Phone: 606-248-0563
Fax: 606-242-4514
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

150 East First Street
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2895
Fax: 606-783-5020
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

926 North 16th Street Suite 105
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: 270-809-2856
Fax: 270-762-3049
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

200 East 3rd Street Suite 302
Owensboro, KY 42303
Phone: 270-926-8085
Fax: 270-684-0714
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

224 Main Street
Paintsville, KY 41240
Phone: 606-788-7272
Fax: 606-789-5623
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

3455 N. Mayo Trail #4
Pikeville, KY 41501
Phone: 606-432-5848
Fax: 606-432-8924
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

Business and Technology Center Rm 145
Richmond, KY 42475
Phone: 859 622-1384
Fax: 919-715-7777
http://www.ksbdc.org

Kentucky

675 Monticello Street Suite A
Somerset, KY 42501
Phone: 606-678-3042
Fax: 606-677-1413
http://www.ksbdc.org

Louisiana

3600 Jackson Street Ext. Suite 114C
Alexandria, LA 71303
Phone: 318-484-2123
Fax: 318-357-6810
http://www.lsbdc.org

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