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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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Michigan

3110 Schneider Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: 269-387-6004
Fax: 616-337-7352
http://www.misbtdc.org/southwestmichigan

Michigan

309 N. Washington Square, Suite 115
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-483-1921
Fax: 517-483-1675
http://www.misbtdc.org/capitol

Michigan

6633 18 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Phone: 586-254-3551
http://misbtdc.org/

Michigan

1209 South Garfield Ave Suite C
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: 231-922-3780
Fax: 231-929 5042
http://www.misbtdc.org/northwestmichigan

Michigan

1961 Delta Road H Wing
University Center, MI 48710
Phone: 989-686-9597
Fax: 989-667-2222
http://www.misbtdc.org/greatlakesbay

Michigan

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

Michigan

300 W. Michigan Avenue 306 Gary M. Owen Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 734-487-0355
Fax: 734-481 3354
http://www.misbtdc.org/southeastmichigan

Minnesota

201 3rd Street NW, 203
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-755-4255
Fax: 218-755-2718
http://www.nwsbdc.com

Minnesota

501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-855-8140
Fax: 218-855-8141
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Minnesota

11 East Superior Street Suite 210
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-726-7298
Fax: 218-726-6338
http://www.umdced.com

Minnesota

120 Alumni Foundation Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-8875
Fax: 507-389-8868
http://www.myminnesotabusiness.com

Minnesota

1501 State Street ST 201
Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: 507-537-7386
Fax: 507-537-6094
http://www.smsu.edu/sbdc

Minnesota

1000 La Salle Avenue TMH 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 651-962-4500
Fax: 612-962-4508
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Minnesota

901 8th Street South
Moorhead, MN 56562
Phone: 218-299-3037
Fax: 218-236-2280
http://www.cord.edu/sbdc/

Minnesota

1926 College View Road SE Heintz Center
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-285-7436
Fax: 507-280-5502
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Minnesota

355 5th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-308-4842
Fax: 320-255-4957
http://www.stcloudstate.edu/sbdc

Minnesota

332 Minnesota Street Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-259-7423
Fax: 651-296-5287
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Mississippi

1636 Popps Ferry Road Suite 227
Biloxi, MS 39532
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

2759 South Harper Road
Corinth, MS 38834
Phone: 662-915-1291
Fax: 662-915-5650
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

52 9th Street P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Phone: 601-635-6296
Fax: 601-635-4031
http://www.eccc.edu/sbdc/

Mississippi

72 Technology Blvd.
Ellisville, MS 39437
Phone: 601-477-4235
Fax: 601-477-4239
http://www.sba.gov/tools/www.jcjc/edu/depts/sbdc

Mississippi

1230 Raymond Road Box 500
Jackson, MS 39204
Phone: 601-979-2795
Fax: 601-914-0833
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

1910 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39302
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

190 North Bost, Suite 405A P.O. Drawer 5288
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-8684
Fax: 662-325-4016
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

3805 Highway 80E Rankin Campus
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: 601-936-1817
Fax: 601-857-3474
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

1500 Raymond Lake Road, 3rd Floor
Raymond, MS 39154
Phone: 601-857-3536
Fax: 601-857-3474
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

1036 College Drive
Summit, MS 39666
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

398 East Main Street
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: 662-915-1291
Fax: 622-915-5650
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

122 Jeanette Phillips Drive P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
Phone: 662-915-5001
Fax: 662-915-5650
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

1028 Redd Drive
Wesson, MS 39191
Phone: 601-643-8712
Fax: 662-915-5650
http://www.mssbdc.org

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