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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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Salisbury University, East Campus Complex 215 (Corner of Wayne St & Power St )
21801 Salisbury, MD
Phone: 800-999-7232
Fax: 410-548-5389


227 Isenberg School of Management 121 Presidents Drive
01003 Amherst, MA
Phone: 413-545-6301
Fax: 413-545-1273


100 Morrissey Boulevard Wheatley Building, 3rd Floor, Suite 154, Room 10
02125 Boston, MA
Phone: 617-287-7750
Fax: 617-287-7767


200 Pocasset Street
02721 Fall River, MA
Phone: 508-673-9783
Fax: 508-674-1929


33 Dunham Mall Suite 103
01201 Pittsfield, MA


121 Loring Avenue Suite 310
01970 Salem, MA
Phone: 978-542-6343
Fax: 508-542-6345


One Federal Street Building 101R
01105 Springfield, MA
Phone: 413-737-6712
Fax: 413-737-2312


125 Woodland Street Carriage House, First Floor
01610 Worcester, MA
Phone: 508-793-7615
Fax: 508-793-8890


665 Johnson Street
49707 Alpena, MI
Phone: 800-562-4808
Fax: 989-358-7554


2950 College Avenue
49829 Escanaba, MI
Phone: 906-789-0558
Fax: 906-789-9952


1700 West University Avenue
48504 Flint, MI
Phone: 810-762-9660
Fax: 810-767-9661


1020 L. William Seidman Center 50 Front Ave. SW
49504 Grand Rapids, MI
Phone: 616-331-7480
Fax: 616-331-7485


50 Front Ave. SW
49504 Grand Rapids, MI
Phone: 616-331-7486
Fax: 616-331-7195


1375 S. Clare Avenue
48625 Harrison, MI
Phone: 989-386-6630
Fax: 989 802 0971


3110 Schneider Hall
49008 Kalamazoo, MI
Phone: 269-387-6004
Fax: 616-337-7352


309 N. Washington Square, Suite 115
48933 Lansing, MI
Phone: 517-483-1921
Fax: 517-483-1675


6633 18 Mile Road
48314 Sterling Heights, MI
Phone: 586-254-3551


1209 South Garfield Ave Suite C
49686 Traverse City, MI
Phone: 231-922-3780
Fax: 231-929 5042


1961 Delta Road H Wing
48710 University Center, MI
Phone: 989-686-9597
Fax: 989-667-2222


301 W. Michigan Avenue Suite 101
48197 Ypsilanti, MI
Phone: 734-547-9170
Fax: 734-547-9178


300 W. Michigan Avenue 306 Gary M. Owen Building
48197 Ypsilanti, MI
Phone: 734-487-0355
Fax: 734-481 3354


201 3rd Street NW, 203
56601 Bemidji, MN
Phone: 218-755-4255
Fax: 218-755-2718


501 West College Drive
56401 Brainerd, MN
Phone: 218-855-8140
Fax: 218-855-8141


11 East Superior Street Suite 210
55802 Duluth, MN
Phone: 218-726-7298
Fax: 218-726-6338


120 Alumni Foundation Center
56001 Mankato, MN
Phone: 507-389-8875
Fax: 507-389-8868


1501 State Street ST 201
56258 Marshall, MN
Phone: 507-537-7386
Fax: 507-537-6094


1000 La Salle Avenue TMH 100
55403 Minneapolis, MN
Phone: 651-962-4500
Fax: 612-962-4508


901 8th Street South
56562 Moorhead, MN
Phone: 218-299-3037
Fax: 218-236-2280


1926 College View Road SE Heintz Center
55904 Rochester, MN
Phone: 507-285-7436
Fax: 507-280-5502


355 5th Avenue South
56301 St. Cloud, MN
Phone: 320-308-4842
Fax: 320-255-4957