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

Texas

1150 South Freeway Suite 229
76104 Fort Worth, TX
Phone: 817-515-2603
Fax: 817-515-0539
http://www.tarrantsbdc.org/

Texas

7300 Jack Newell Boulevard, South
76118 Fort Worth, TX
Phone: 817-272-5930
Fax: 817-272-5998
http://www.sbdcexcellence.org/

Texas

1525 West California
76240 Gainesville, TX
Phone: 940-668-4220
Fax: 940-668-6049
http://www.nctc.edu/SmallBusiness.aspx

Texas

105 N. Stockton, Suite A
76048 Granbury, TX
Phone: 817-573-7181
Fax: 254-968-3929
http://www.tsusbdc.org/

Texas

2302 Fannin, Suite 200
77002 Houston, TX
Phone: 713-752-8444
Fax: 713-756-1500
http://www.sbdcnetwork.uh.edu

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2424 Sam Houston Avenue, Bldg. A
77340 Huntsville, TX
Phone: 936-294-3737
Fax: 936-294-3738
http://www.samhoustonstateuniversity.sbdcnetwork.net

Texas

500 College Drive
77566 Lake Jackson, TX
Phone: 979-230-3380
Fax: 979-230-3482
http://www.brazosportcollege.sbdcnetwork.net

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5201 University Blvd.
78041 Laredo, TX
Phone: 956-326-2827
Fax: 956-722-6247
http://sbdc.tamiu.edu

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911 NW Loop 281 Suite 209
75604 Longview, TX
Phone: 903-757-5857
Fax: 903-753-7920
http://www.kilgoresbdc.com/

Texas

2579 South Loop 289 Suite 210
79423 Lubbock, TX
Phone: 806-745-1637
Fax: 806-745-6207
http://www.ttusbdc.org/lubbock

Texas

3500 South First St
75904 Lufkin, TX
Phone: 936-633-5400
Fax: 936-633-5478
http://www.angelina.sbdcnetwork.net

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2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 220
77489 Missouri City, TX
Phone: 281-499-9787
Fax: 281-499-6513
http://www.fortbend.sbdcnetwork.net

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2886 FM 1735
75455 Mt. Pleasant, TX
Phone: 903-897-2956
Fax: 903-897-1106
http://northeasttxsbdc.org

Texas

4901 East University
79762 Odessa, TX
Phone: 432-552-2455
Fax: 915-552-2433
http://www.nwtsbdc.org

Texas

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

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

Texas

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

Texas

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

Texas

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

Texas

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

Texas

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

Texas

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

Texas

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

Texas

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

Texas

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

Texas

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

Utah

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

Utah

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

Utah

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

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