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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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California

1810 K Street
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-386-1008
Fax: 209-381-6552
http://www.alliancesbdc.com

California

1020 10th Street Suite 102
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-567-4910
Fax: 209-567-4955
http://www.alliancesbdc.com

California

1556 First Street Suite 103
Napa, CA 94559
Phone: 707-253-3210
Fax: 707-253-3068
http://www.napasbdc.org

California

880 National City Boulevard Suite 103
National City, CA 91950
Phone: 619-482-6391
Fax: 619-216-6692
http://www.growmybiz.org

California

475 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-208-0410
Fax: 510-208-0413
http://acsbdc.org

California

1823 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: 760-795-8740
Fax: 760-795-8728
http://www.sandiegosmallbiz.com

California

3111 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-340-1575
Fax: 760-864-1319
http://www.cvsbdc.com

California

3035 Foothill Blvd., Room 122
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: 626-585-3106
http://pccsbdc.org/

California

300 Ellinwood Way #300
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: 925-602-6840
Fax: 925-646-5299
http://www.contracostasbdc.com

California

2990 Innsbruck Drive
Redding, CA 96003
Phone: 530-242-7630
Fax: 530-225-2769
http://www.sbdcsc.org

California

1650 Spruce Street Suite 500
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: 951-781-2345
Fax: 909-781-2353
http://www.iesmallbusiness.com

California

1410 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: 916-563-3210
Fax: 916-563-3226
http://sbdc.net/sierra-sbdc-website/

California

106 Lincoln Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: 831-422-6232
http://www.csumb.edu/sbdc

California

San Francisco, CA

California

25 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-937-7232
Fax: 415-974-6035
http://sf.norcalsbdc.org/

California

100 East Santa Clara Street First Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
http://www.sbdchc.org

California

100 East Santa Clara Street 1st Floor
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-351-3600
Fax: 408-351-3602
http://www.svsbdc.org

California

955 Morro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-756-5171
http://www.sbdc.calpoly.edu

California

1115 Third Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: 415-755-1100
http://marinsbdc.org

California

2323 N. Broadway Suite 201
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: 714-564-5200
Fax: 714-647-1168
http://www.ocsbdc.com

California

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-362-5900
Fax: 661-294-5203
http://cocsbdc.org/

California

3400 Airport Avenue Suite 76
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310-434-3404
Fax: 310-434-3891
http://www.smcsbdc.org

California

1377 Corporate Center Parkway
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Phone: 707-595-0060
http://sonomasbdc.org

California

56 South Lincoln Street, Second Floor
Stockton, CA 95203
Phone: 209-954-5089
Fax: 209-943-8325
http://www.sbdc.deltacollege.edu

California

220 North Santa Fe Street
Visalia, CA 93292
Phone: 559-625-3051
Fax: 559-624-3053
http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/sbdc/

California

1227 Bridge Street, Suite C
Yuba City, CA 95991
Phone: 530-822-0140
Fax: 559-624-3053
http://www.yubasbdc.org

Colorado

610 State Street Suite 120
Alamosa, CO 81101
Phone: 719-589-3682
Fax: 719-587-7603
http://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Colorado

15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., #2300
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: (303) 326-8690
Fax: (303) 739-7136
http://www.aurorasbdc.com

Colorado

2440 Pearl Street P.O. Box 7150
Boulder, CO 80304
Phone: 303-442-1475
Fax: 303-938-8837
http://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Colorado

2154 E. Commons Avenue Suite 342
Centennial, CO 80122
Phone: 303-795-0142
Fax: 303-795-7520
http://www.smallbusinessdenver.com/

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