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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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Illinois

8 South State Capitol Plaza C/O Greater Springfield COC
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-544-7232
Fax: 217-789-9838
http://www.ilsbdc.biz

Illinois

8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992
Phone: 618-634-3371
Fax: 618-634-2347
http://www.ilsbdc.biz

Illinois

College of Business Room 3300
University Park, IL 60466
Phone: 708-534-4928
Fax: 708-534-1646
http://www.ilsbdc.biz

Indiana

1504 I Street
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: 317-695-7261
Fax: 317-232-8872
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

2356 W Industrial Park Dr. Suite 1186
Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: 888-758-2678 x702
http://www.isbdc.org/

Indiana

9800 Connecticut Drive
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: 219-644-3513
Fax: 219-644-3514
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

318 Main Street Suite 401
Evansville, IN 47708
Phone: 812-425-7232
Fax: 812-421-5883
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

2101 E. Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

One North Capitol Avenue Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-234-2082
Fax: 317-232-8872
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

9301 East 59th Street Room 147
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Phone: 317-233-7232
Fax: 317-917-7101
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

700 E. Firmin Street Suite 106
Kokomo, IN 46902
Phone: 866-961-7232
Fax: 765-854-0438
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

1208 W. White River Blvd. Ste. 126
Muncie, IN 47303
Phone: 765-282-9950
Fax: 765-282-9959
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

117 E. Spring St., Ste. 200 Elsby Bldg.
New Albany, IN 47150
Phone: 812-952-9765
Fax: 812-206-8291
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

401 East Colfax Avenue, Suite 310
South Bend, IN 46617
Phone: 866-508-7232
Fax: 574-236-1056
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

ISU Scott College of Business 30 N. 7th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Phone: 800-227-7232
Fax: 812-237-7675
http://www.isbdc.org

Indiana

Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship 1201 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 866-961-7232
Fax: 765-496-9676
http://www.isbdc.org

Iowa

2625 North Loop Drive Building 2, Suite 2610
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-296-7828
Fax: 515-296-6714
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

2321 North Loop Drive Suite 202
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-294-2030
Fax: 515-294-6522
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

610 N. 4th Street Suite 209
Burlington, IA 52601
Phone: 319-208-5381
Fax: 319-752-3407
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

8120 Jennings Dr. Ste. 13
Ceder Falls, IA 50613
Phone: 319-273-4322
http://www.iowasbdc.org/

Iowa

2500 Crosspark Rd. E114 BioVentures Center
Coralville, IA 52241
Phone: 319-335-3742
Fax: 319-335-2445
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

2700 College Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Phone: 712-325-4322
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

1501 W Townline
Creston, IA 50801
Phone: 641-782-1483
Fax: 641-782-1334
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

326 W. 3rd Street Suite 715
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: 563-336-3401
Fax: 563-336-3479
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

400 Locust St., Suite 160
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-331-8954
Fax: 515-252-7828
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

680 Main Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563-588-3350
Fax: 563-558-8033
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

217 South 25th Street Suite C12
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: 515-576-6242
Fax: 515-576-6447
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

3375 Armar Drive
Marion, IA 52302
Phone: 319-377-8256
Fax: 319-335-4486
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401
Phone: 641-422-4342
Fax: 641-422-4129
http://www.iowasbdc.org

Iowa

626 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Phone: 641-683-5127
Fax: 641-683-5296
http://www.iowasbdc.org

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