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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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Tennessee

1480 Nashville Pike, 300 Building Office 103C
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: 615-230-4780
Fax: 615-230-3362
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

197 Auditorium Street
Jackson, TN 38301
Phone: 731-424-5389
Fax: 901-427-3942
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

2109 West Market Street
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: 423-439-8505
Fax: 423-439-7080
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

400 Clinchfield Street Suite 100
Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone: 423-392-8825
Fax: 901-678-4072
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

17 Market Square Suite 201
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-246-2663
Fax: 865-971-4439
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

406 S. Lindell Street
Martin, TN 38237
Phone: 731-587-7333
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

201 S. Washington Street
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: 865-983-2241
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

8800 East Shelby Drive Maxine A. Smith Center
Memphis, TN 38125
Phone: 901-333-5085
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

3050 Medical Center Parkway Suite 232
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: 615-898-2745
Fax: 615-893-7089
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

3050 Medical Center Parkway Suite 204
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Phone: 615-849-9999
Fax: 615-366-3939
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

330 Tenth Avenue North Suite G-400
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-963-7179
Fax: 615-963-7160
http://www.tsbdc.org

Tennessee

1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Phone: 865-483-2668
Fax: 865-483-1678
http://www.tsbdc.org

Texas

500 Chestnut Street Suite 601
Abilene, TX 79602
Phone: 915-670-0300
Fax: 915-670-0311
http://www.ttusbdc.org/abilene

Texas

500 West Avenue H
Alpine, TX 79832
Phone: 432-837-8694
Fax: 210-831-8104
http://www.sulross.edu/~sbdc

Texas

701 South Taylor Suite 118
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-372-5151
Fax: 806-372-5261
http://smallbusinessdevelopmentcenter.com

Texas

201 West Corsicana Street Suite 6
Athens, TX 76751
Phone: 903-675-7403
Fax: 903-675-5199
http://www.tvcc.edu/sbdc/

Texas

7719 Wood Hollow Dr Suite 211
Austin, TX 78731
Phone: 512-610-0996
http://sbdc.mccoy.txstate.edu/

Texas

1900 Fifth Street
Bay City, TX 77414
Phone: 979-244-8466
Fax: 979-244-8463
http://www.coastalplains.sbdcnetwork.net

Texas

1496 San Jacinto Mall Suite 1100
Baytown, TX 77521
Phone: 281-425-6309
Fax: 281-425-6307
http://www.leecollegesbdc.sbdcnetwork.net

Texas

801 Pearl Street
Beaumont, TX 77705
Phone: 409-880-2367
Fax: 409-880-2201
http://www.lamarbmt.sbdcnetwork.net

Texas

108 Blinn Boulevard
Brenham, TX 77833
Phone: 979-830-4137
Fax: 979-830-4135
http://www.blinncollege.sbdcnetwork.net

Texas

4001 East 29th Street Suite 175
Bryan, TX 77802
Phone: 979-260-5222
Fax: 979-260-5222
http://www.brazosvalley.sbdcnetwork.net

Texas

207 N. Cannady Dr.
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Phone: 972-860-7894
Fax: 972-291-1320
http://www.cedarvalleycollege.edu/ContinuingEducation/CVCCenteratCedarHill/SmallBusinessDevelopmentCenter/default.aspx

Texas

3209 S. Staples
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Phone: 361-698-1021
Fax: 361-698-1024
http://www.delmar.edu/sbdc

Texas

3200 West 7th Avenue
Corsicana, TX 75110
Phone: 903-875-7667
Fax: 903-874-4187
http://www.ncsbdc.org/

Texas

1402 Corinth Street Suite 1520
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: 214-860-5865
Fax: 214-860-5813
http://www.ntsbdc.org

Texas

6101 Grayson Drive
Denison, TX 75020
Phone: 903-463-8787
Fax: 903-463-5437
http://www.graysonsbdc.org/

Texas

Route 3, Box 1200
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
Phone: 830-758-5025
Fax: 830-758-5001
http://rgc.sulross.edu/pages/106.asp

Texas

1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: 956-665-7535
Fax: 956-316-2612
http://utpa.edu/sbdc

Texas

9050 Viscount Blvd B-520
El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: 915-831-7743
Fax: 915-831-7734
http://www.elpasosbdc.net

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