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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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Ohio

300 Madison Avenue Enterprise Suite 200
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-243-8191
Fax: 419-241-8302
http://www.entrepreneurohio.org/

Ohio

One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44502
Phone: 330-941-2140
Fax: 330-746-3324
http://www.entrepreneurohio.org/

Oklahoma

E 12th Street & S Francis Street
Ada, OK 74820
Phone: 580-559-5920
Fax: 580-436-5616
http://www.osbdc.org

Oklahoma

1038 8th St Shockley Hall Rm 107
Alva, OK 73717
Phone: 580-327-8608
Fax: 419-241-8302
http://www.osbdc.org

Oklahoma

3100 E. New Orleans
Broken Arrow, OK 74014
Phone: 918-449-6280
http://www.osbdc.org

Oklahoma

301 West University Boulevard
Durant, OK 74701
Phone: 580-745-2954
Fax: 580-745-7471
http://www.osbdc.org

Oklahoma

2929 E. Randolph Rm 124
Enid, OK 73701
Phone: 580-213-3197
Fax: 580-213-3196
http://www.osbdc.org

Oklahoma

711 SW "D" Avenue Suite 203
Lawton, OK 73501
Phone: 580-248-4946
Fax: 580-745-7471
http://www.osbdc.org

Oklahoma

2400 West Shawnee Street Rm 146
Muskogee, OK 74401
Phone: 918-444-5412
Fax: 405-733-7495
http://www.osbdc.org

Oklahoma

One Santa Fe Plaza
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: 405-232-1968
Fax: 405-232-1967
http://www.osbdc.org

Oklahoma

4205 N. Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-530-7519
Fax: 405-962-1639
http://www.osbdc.org

Oklahoma

301 E. Davis Street
Weatherford, OK 73096
Phone: 580-774-7095
Fax: 580-774-7096
http://www.osbdc.org

Oregon

6500 SW Pacific Boulevard Room WH-120
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: 541-917-4929
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-383-7290
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

101 E 10th Ave Suite #304
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 541-463-6200
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

1445 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 541-463-5250
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

214 SW Fourth Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: 541-956-7494
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

501 NE Hood Avenue Suite 240
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: 503-491-7658
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

7390 S. 6th St
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: 541-880-2278
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

1607 Gekeler Lane Room 148
LaGrande, OR 97850
Phone: 541-962-1532
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

3788 SE High School Drive
Lincoln City, OR 97367
Phone: 541-994-4166
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

101 S. Bartlett Street
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541-552-8300
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

7736 SE Harmony Road
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Phone: 503-594-0738
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

2455 Maple Leaf Lane
North Bend, OR 97459
Phone: 541-756-6866
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: 541-881-5762
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

2411 NW Carden P.O. Box 100
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: 541-276-6233
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 971-722-5080
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

522 SE Washington Ave.
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541-440-7824
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

626 High Street NE Suite 210
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-399-5088
http://www.bizcenter.org

Oregon

1455 Roosevelt
Seaside, OR 97138
Phone: 503-338-2402
http://www.bizcenter.org

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