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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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Nebraska

1320 Q Street #109
Lincoln, NE 68588
Phone: 402-472-5222
Fax: 402-472-3363
http://nbdc.unomaha.edu

Nebraska

300 E. Third Street Room 275
North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308-534-5115
Fax: 308-534-5117
http://nbdc.unomaha.edu

Nebraska

Mammel Hall Suite 200 6708 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68182
Phone: 402-554-6633
Fax: 402-554-3473
http://nbdc.unomaha.edu

Nebraska

4205 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: 308-635-7513
Fax: 308-635-6682
http://nbdc.unomaha.edu

Nebraska

1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-7575
Fax: 402-375-7574
http://nbdc.unomaha.edu

Nevada

Carson City Business Resource Innovation Center 108 E. Proctor Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-283-7122
Fax: 775-883-0494
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

1500 College Parkway Greenhaw Technical Arts Building, Room 101
Elko, NV 89801
Phone: 775-753-2245
Fax: 775-753-2242
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

Rural Nevada Development Corporation 1320 E Alultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
Phone: 775-289-8519
Fax: 775-289-8214
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

Churchill County Economic Development Authority 448 W. Williams Avenue, Suite 103
Fallon, NV 89406
Phone: 775-423-8587
Fax: 775-423-1759
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce 1477 U.S. Highway 395 Suite A
Gardnerville, NV 89410
Phone: 775-784-1717
Fax: 775-782-1025
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

P.O. Box 1635
Hawthorne, NV 89145
Phone: 775-945-5896
Fax: 775-945-1257
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 300
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1092
Phone: 702-895-0932
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

1585 S. Casino Drive
Laughlin, NV 89029
Phone: 702-298-2214
Fax: 702-298-5708
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

1301 South Highway 160 NSB Building, 2nd Floor
Pahrump, NV 89041
Phone: 775-751-1947
Fax: 775-751-1933
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

University of Nevada, Reno Ansari Business Building, Room 411
Reno, NV 89557
Phone: 775-784-1717
Fax: 775-784-4337
http://www.nsbdc.org

Nevada

90 West 4th Street
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Phone: 775-623-1064
Fax: 775-623-1664
http://www.nsbdc.org

New Hampshire

172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-227-0417
http://www.nhsbdc.org

New Hampshire

201 Paul Hall, 10 Garrison Avenue
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-2200
Fax: 603-862-4876
http://www.nhsbdc.org

New Hampshire

Keene State College Blake House
Keene, NH 03453
Phone: 603-358-2602
Fax: 603-358-2612
http://www.nhsbdc.org

New Hampshire

120 Main Street
Littleton , NH 03561
Phone: 603-444-1053
Fax: 603-444-5463
http://www.nhsbdc.org

New Hampshire

88 Commercial St. Room 109
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: 603-641-4370
Fax: 603-647-4410
http://www.nhsbdc.org

New Hampshire

200 Innovative Way
Nashua, NH 03062
Phone: 603-397-7001
http://www.nhsbdc.org

New Hampshire

18 South Main Street #2A
Rochester, NH 03867
Phone: 603-330-1929
Fax: 603-330-1948
http://www.nhsbdc.org

New Jersey

35 South Martin Luther King Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: 609-347-2174
Fax: 609-341-2177
http://www.njsbdc.com/

New Jersey

14 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: 908-526-1200 x8516
http://www.njsbdc.com/

New Jersey

419 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: 856-225-6221
http://www.njsbdc.com/

New Jersey

200 Penningtn Avenue, Forcina Hall 447
Ewing, NJ 08628
Phone: 609-771-2947
http://www.njsbdc.com/

New Jersey

355 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-489-8670
Fax: 207-489-8673
http://www.njsbdc.com/

New Jersey

207 Main Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Phone: 908-269-8475
http://www.njsbdc.com/

New Jersey

285 Westside Avenue Suites 189-191
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Phone: 201-200-2156
http://www.njsbdc.com/

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