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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.

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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Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration Thaxton Hall - Room 100
Valdosta, GA 31698
Phone: 229-245-3738
Fax: 229-245-3741


UOG Station P.O. Box 5014
Mangilao, GU 96923
Phone: 671-735-2590
Fax: 671-734-2002


P.O. Box 577
Tofol Kosrae, GU 96944
Phone: 691-370-2751
Fax: 691-370-2066


891 Ululani St.
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-974-7515
Fax: 808-974-7683


100 Pauahi Street Suite 109
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: 808-933-0776
Fax: 808-933-0778


2800 Woodlawn Drive. Suite 299
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: 808 945-1430
Fax: 808 945-1432


75-5722 Kuakini HWY
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: 808-327-3680
Fax: 808-875-2452


1300 N. Holopono Street Suite 213
Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: 808-875-5990
Fax: 808-875-2452


2970 Kele Street Suite 101
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 808-241-3148
Fax: 808-245-5102


1021 Manitou Avenue
Boise, ID 83706
Phone: 208-426-3875
Fax: 208-426-3877


2300 North Yellowstone
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
Phone: 208-523-1087
Fax: 208-523-1087


500 Eighth Avenue Sam Glenn Complex, Room 202
Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: 208-792-2465
Fax: 208-799-2878


1651 Alvin Ricken Drive
Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: 208-232-4921
Fax: 208-233-0268


525 West Clearwater Loop
Post Falls, ID 83854
Phone: 208-769-3333
Fax: 208-769-3223


315 Falls Avenue
Twin Falls, ID 83301
Phone: 208-732-6450
Fax: 208-733-9316


18 S. River Street, Room 268
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-906-4143
Fax: 630-892-4668


Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-536-2424
Fax: 618-453-5040


325 S. Poplar
Centralia, IL 62801
Phone: 618-545-3260
Fax: 217-875-8288


1817 South Neil Street Suite 201
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-378-8535
Fax: 815-288-5958


200 E. Randolph Street Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-494-6742
Fax: 773-955-8028


8 South Michigan, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-853-3477
Fax: 312-853-0145


216 West Jackson Blvd. Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-673-3429
Fax: 312-553-5544


815 West Van Buren Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-4057
Fax: 312-355-3604


855 West Adams Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-492-9960
Fax: 312-229-1918


320 N. Damen Avenue Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-433-2373
Fax: 312-421-1871


3333 W. Arthington Street Suite 232
Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773-265-1301


9501 South King Drive, BHS 601
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 773-995-3938
Fax: 773-821-2841


8430 West Bryn Mawr Avenue Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: 773-594-9292
Fax: 773-594-9416


2917 N. Vermilion Street
Danville, IL 61832
Phone: 217-442-7232
Fax: 217-442-6228


601 James R. Thompson Blvd Bldg D, Room 2009
East St. Louis, IL 62201
Phone: 618-482-8330
Fax: 618-482-8341