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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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Colorado

333 Fiedler Avenue
Dillon, CO 80435
Phone: 303-892-3809
http://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Colorado

1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: 970-247-7009
Fax: 970-247-7205
http://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Colorado

125 South Howes Street Suite 150
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: 970-498-9295
Fax: 970-498-8924
http://www.larimersbdc.org

Colorado

300 Main Street
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone: 970-542-3263
Fax: 970-867-3352
http://www.neeccosbdc.org

Colorado

2591 Legacy Way
Grand Junction, CO 81503
Phone: 970-243-5242
Fax: 970-241-0771
http://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Colorado

902 Seventh Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: 970-352-3661
Fax: 970-352-3572
http://www.neeccosbdc.org

Colorado

211 Savage Library
Gunnison, CO 81231
Phone: 970-943-3157
Fax: 970-384-8525
http://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Colorado

1802 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
Phone: 719-384-6959
Fax: 719-384-6960
http://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Colorado

301 North Main Street Suite 205
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: 719-549-3224
Fax: 719-549-3139
http://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Colorado

3645 West 112th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80030
Phone: 303-460-1032
Fax: 303-469-7143
http://www.coloradosbdc.org/

Connecticut

2131 Hillside Road, Suite 3026, Tasker Building
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: 1-855-428-7232
http://www.ctsbdc.org

Connecticut

2131 Hillside Road, Suite 3026, Tasker Building
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: 1-855-428-7232
http://www.ctsbdc.org

Delaware

1200 N. Dupont Highway Suite 108
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302-678-1555
Fax: 302-857-6950
http://www.dsbtdc.org

Delaware

103 West Pine Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: 302-856-1555
Fax: 302-856-5779
http://www.dsbtdc.org

Delaware

1 Innovation Way, Suite 301
Newark, DE 19711
Phone: 302-831-1555
Fax: 302-831-1423
http://www.dsbtdc.org

District Of Columbia

506 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-624-0603
Fax: 202-274-7105
http://www.dcsbdc.org

District Of Columbia

1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-889-5090
Fax: 202-889-5089
http://www.dcsbdc.org

District Of Columbia

2600 6th Street NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: 202-319-1393
Fax: 202-806-1777
http://www.dcsbdc.org

Federated States of Micronesia

P.O. Box 1171
Colonia, Yap, FM 96943
Phone: 691-350-4801
Fax: 691-350-4803
http://www.pacificsbdc.com/sbdc-locations/yap/index.html

Federated States of Micronesia

P.O. Box 1604
Weno, Chuuk, FM 96942
Phone: 691-330-5846
Fax: 691-330-5847
http://www.pacificsbdc.com/sbdc-locations/chuuk/index.html

Florida

3000 Saint Lucie Ave Suite AD303
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561-862-4726

Florida

1020 Cultural Park Blvd Unit 3
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Phone: 239-573-2737
Fax: 239-573-2797
http://cli.fgcu.edu/sbdc

Florida

1200 W International Speedway Blvd. Bldg 110 Room 236
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: 386-506-4723
Fax: 386-254-4465
http://www.sbdcdaytona.com

Florida

111 E. Las Olas Blvd. HEC Building, Room 1010
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-762-5235
http://www.fausbdc.com

Florida

10501 FGCU Blvd S CLI, Lutgert College of Business, Unit 2320
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Phone: 239-745-3700
Fax: 239-225-4221
http://cli.fgcu.edu/sbdc

Florida

3209 Virginia Ave. Building Y, Room 123
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Phone: 772-462-7296

Florida

1170 Martin Luther King Drive Building 2 Suite 250
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Phone: 850-863-6552
Fax: 850-833-9405
http://www.sbdc.uwf.edu

Florida

2153 SE Hawthorne Road Unit 12, Suite 126
Gainesville, FL 32641
Phone: 352-334-7230
Fax: 352-334-7233
http://www.sbdc.unf.edu

Florida

12000 Alumni Drive University Center, Coggin COB
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Phone: 904-620-2476
Fax: 904-620-2567
http://www.sbdc.unf.edu

Florida

5901 College Road Room C-218
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-809-3156
Fax: 305-292-7114
http://www.floridasbdc.org/key-west

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