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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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Texas

2400 Clarksville Street
Paris, TX 75460
Phone: 903-782-0224
Fax: 903-782-0219
http://www.sbdcparis.org

Texas

6117 Broadway
Pearland, TX 77581
Phone: 281-485-5214
Fax: 281-485-6978
http://www.sjcd.sbdcnetwork.net/sanjacinto/default.asp

Texas

4800 Preston Park Boulevard Suite 114
Plano, TX 75093
Phone: 972-985-3770
Fax: 972-985-3775
http://www.collinsbdc.com/

Texas

1401 Procter Street
Port Arthur, TX 77640
Phone: 409--984-6531
Fax: 409-983-1546
http://www.lamarpa.edu/dept/sbdc/

Texas

2601 West Avenue N ASU Station #10910
San Angelo, TX 76909
Phone: 915-942-2098
Fax: 915-942-2096
http://www.angelo.edu/services/sbdc

Texas

501 West Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: 210-458-2020
Fax: 210-458-2464
http://sasbdc.org

Texas

8419 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, TX 77591
Phone: 409-933-1414
Fax: 409-933-3365
http://www.galvestoncounty.sbdcnetwork.net/galveston/default.asp

Texas

5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Phone: 832-813-6674
Fax: 281-260-3162
http://www.lonestar.sbdcnetwork.net

Texas

1530 South SW Loop 323 Suite 100
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 903-510-2975
Fax: 903-510-2972
http://www.tylersbdc.com

Texas

3402 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 79901
Phone: 361-485-4485
Fax: 512-575-8852
http://sbdc.uhv.edu/

Texas

1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708
Phone: 254-299-8141
Fax: 254-299-8054
http://www.mccsbdc.com/

Texas

3410 Taft Boulevard
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: 940-397-4372
Fax: 940-397-4374
http://www.msusbdc.org

Utah

715 West 200 South
Blanding, UT 84511
Phone: 435-678-8102
Fax: 435-678-2220
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

265 West 1100 South Room 203
Brigham City, UT 84302
Phone: 435-919-1235
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

77 North Main Street
Cedar City, UT 84720
Phone: 435-865-7707
Fax: 435-586-5493
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

151 South Main Street Room 159
Ephraim, UT 84627
Phone: 435-283-7376
Fax: 435-283-6913
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

450 S Simmons Way, Suite 202
Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: 801-593-2202
Fax: 801-957-3488
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

1770 North Research Parkway #140
Logan, UT 84341
Phone: 435-797-2277
Fax: 435-797-3317
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

3806 University Circle Wattis Bldg. Room 218
Ogden, UT 84408
Phone: 801-626-7232
Fax: 801-626-7423
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

812 West 1250 South Room 110
Orem, UT 84058
Phone: 801-863-8230
Fax: 801-863-7071
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

451 East 400 North
Price, UT 84501
Phone: 435-613-5443
Fax: 435-637-5448
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

800 West 200 South Portable 2-A
Richfield, UT 84701
Phone: 435-893-2252
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

Miller Campus, MPDC #110L 9750 South 300 West
Sandy, UT 84070
Phone: 801-957-5441
Fax: 801-957-2007
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

Miller Campus – MCPC 202 9750 South 300 West
Sandy , UT 84070
Phone: 201-957-5441
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

1071 East 100 South Bldg C, Suite C7
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-652-7741
Fax: 435-652-7870
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

1021 West Vine Street Rm. 178
Tooele, UT 84074
Phone: 435-843-6611
Fax: 801-957-2007
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Utah

320 North Aggie Blvd.
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: 435-789-6100
Fax: 435-789-3188
http://www.utahsbdc.org

Vermont

215 South Street P.O. Box 923
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-8975
Fax: 802-447-1101
http://www.vtsbdc.org

Vermont

76 Cotton Mill Hill, C-1
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: 802-257-7731
Fax: 802-257-0294
http://www.vtsbdc.org

Vermont

60 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05402
Phone: 802-658-9228
Fax: 802-860-1899
http://www.vtsbdc.org

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