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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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West Virginia

264 Front Street
26292 Thomas, WV
Phone: 304-614-8839
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

150 Park Avenue SubCenter: Weirton Campus
26062 Weirton, WV
Phone: 304-932-3818
Fax: 304-748-0241
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

92 McDowell Street, Suite 100
24801 Welch, WV
Phone: 304-436-5295
Fax: 304-436-5293
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

1704 Market Street
26003-3699 Wheeling, WV
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

1704 Market Street
26003-3699 Wheeling, WV
Phone: 304-214-8972
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

Wisconsin

210 Water Street P.O. Box 4004
54702 Eau Claire, WI
Phone: 715-836-5811
http://www.uwec.edu/CE/cbs/aboutsbdc.htm

Wisconsin

2701 Larsen Road
54303 Green Bay, WI
Phone: 920-496-2114 or 920-496-2117
http://www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/index.asp

Wisconsin

900 Wood Road Molinaro Hall Room D127
53144 Kenosha, WI
Phone: 262-595-3363
http://www.parksidesbdc.com

Wisconsin

120 W. Carl Wimberly Hall 1725 State Street
54601 La Crosse, WI
Phone: 608-785-8782
Fax: 608-785-6319
http://www.uwlax.edu/sbdc

Wisconsin

432 N. Lake Street St. Rm 423
53706 Madison, WI
Phone: 608-263-7794
Fax: 608-263-7830
http://www.wisconsinsbdc.org/sbdc.htm

Wisconsin

975 University Avenue 3260 Grainger Hall
53706 Madison, WI
Phone: 608-263-7680
http://www.uwsbdc.org

Wisconsin

UW Stout, SSTI 278 Jarvis Hall, Tech Wing
54751 Menomonie, WI
Phone: 715-232-2397
Fax: 715-232-1105
http://www.uwstout.edu/discoverycenter/stti/cid.cfm

Wisconsin

161 W. Wisconsin Avenue Suite 6000
53203 Milwaukee, WI
Phone: 414-227-3240
http://www.sce-sbdc.uwm.edu/

Wisconsin

Sage Hall Room 1614 800 Algoma Blvd.
54901 Oshkosh, WI
Phone: 920-424-1453
http://www.uwosh.edu/sbdc

Wisconsin

1 University Plaza
53818 Platteville, WI
Phone: 608-342-1038
Fax: 608-342-1599
http://www.uwplatt.edu/swsbdc/

Wisconsin

410 S. Third Street 128SH 128 South Hall
54022 River Falls, WI
Phone: 715-425-0620
Fax: 715-425-0707
http://www.uwrf.edu/CBE/SBDC.cfm

Wisconsin

103 Old Main Building 2100 Main St.
54481 Stevens Point, WI
Phone: 800-898-9472
Fax: 715-346-4045
http://www.uwsp.edu/conted/sbdc

Wisconsin

305 Erlanson Belknap & Catlin P.O. Box 2000
54880 Superior, WI
Phone: 715-394-8351
Fax: 715-394-8532
http://www.uwsuper.edu/sbdc

Wisconsin

1200 Hyland Hall 809 West Starin Road
53190 Whitewater, WI
Phone: 262-472-1365
Fax: 262-474-1600
http://www.uww.edu/wisc/

Wisconsin

1200 Hyland Hall
53190 Whitewater, WI
Phone: 262-472-3217
Fax: 262-472-1600
http://www.uww.edu/sbdc/

Wyoming

300 South Wolcott Suite 300
82601 Casper, WY
Phone: 307-234-6683
Fax: 307-577-7014
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

Wyoming

1400 East College Drive
82007 Cheyenne, WY
Phone: 307-632-6141
Fax: 307-632-6061
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

Wyoming

2001 W. Lakeway Road Suite D
82718 Gillette, WY
Phone: 307-682-5232
Fax: 307-686-5792
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

Wyoming

1000 East University Avenue Dept. 3922
82071 Laramie, WY
Phone: 307-766-3405
Fax: 307-766-3406
http://www.uwyo.edu/sbdc/

Wyoming

1000 East University, Dept. 3922
82071 Laramie, WY
Phone: 307-766-3405
Fax: 307-766-3406
http://www.uwyo.edu/sbdc/

Wyoming

143 South Bent Street Suite A
82435 Powell, WY
Phone: 307-754-2139
Fax: 307-754-0368
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

Wyoming

213 West Main Street Suite C
82501 Riverton, WY
Phone: 307-857-1174
Fax: 307-857-0873
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

Wyoming

1400 Dewar Drive Suite 208
82901 Rock Springs, WY
Phone: 800-352-6894
Fax: 307-352-6876
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

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