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Local Assistance

SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.

SCORE Chapters

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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Alabama

Alabama Entrepreneurial System 1400 Commerce Blvd Northeast
36207 Anniston, AL
Phone: 256-241-6111 x117
Fax: 256-327-4338
http://anniston.score.org

Alabama

Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, Suite 200 1731 1st Avenue North
35203 Birmingham, AL
Phone: 205-264-8425
Fax: 205-934-0538
http://birmingham.score.org

Alabama

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce 327 Fairhope Avenue
36532 Fairhope, AL
Phone: 251-928-6387
Fax: 251-928-6389
http://baldwincounty.score.org

Alabama

University of Alabama 550 Sparkman Dr NW
35805 Huntsville, AL
http://huntsville.score.org

Alabama

Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce 451 Government Street
36652 Mobile, AL
Phone: 251-431-8614
Fax: 251-431-8646
http://mobile.score.org

Alabama

600 South Court Street
36104 Montgomery, AL
Phone: 334-240-6868
Fax: 334-240-6869
http://alabamacapitol.score.org

Alabama

Chamber of Commerce W Alabama 2200 University Boulevard
35402 Tuscaloosa, AL
Phone: 205-758-7588
Fax: 205-391-0565
http://tuscaloosa.score.org

Alaska

420 L Street, Suite 300
99501 Anchorage, AK
Phone: 907-271-4022
Fax: 907-271-4545
http://anchorage.score.org

Arizona

2828 N. Central Avenue, #800
85004 Phoenix, AZ
Phone: 602-745-7250
Fax: 602-745-7210
http://greaterphoenix.score.org

Arizona

2828 N. Central Avenue, #800
85004 Phoenix, AZ
Phone: 602-745-7250
Fax: 602-745-7210
http://greaterphoenix.score.org

Arizona

1228 Willow Creek Road Suite 2
86301 Prescott, AZ
Phone: 928-778-7438
Fax: 928-778-7438
http://northernarizona.score.org

Arizona

1400 W Speedway Blvd
85745 Tucson, AZ
Phone: 520-505-3636
Fax: 520-670-5011
http://southernarizona.score.org

Arkansas

201 N. Jackson Avenue
71730-5803 El Dorado, AR
Phone: 870-863-6113
Fax: 870-863-6115

Arkansas

2120 Riverfront Drive Suite 250
72202 Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-324-7379 x302
Fax: 501-324-5199
http://littlerock.score.org

Arkansas

P.O. Box 5069
71611-5069 Pine Bluff, AR
Phone: 870-535-0110
Fax: 870-535-1643

Arkansas

614 E. Emma Street Room M412
72764 Springdale, AR
Phone: 479-725-1809
http://northwestarkansas.score.org

California

P.O. Box 2426
93303 Bakersfield, CA
Phone: 661-861-9249
Fax: 661-395-4134
http://bakersfield.score.org

California

716 G Capitola Avenue
95010 Capitola, CA
Phone: 831-621-3735
Fax: 831-475-6530
http://santacruzcounty.score.org

California

1324 Mangrove Street Suite 114
95926 Chico, CA
Phone: 530-342-8932
Fax: 530-342-8932
http://greaterchicoarea.score.org

California

1850 W. Main Street Suite C
92243 El Centro, CA
Phone: 760-337-2692
http://sandiego.score.org/

California

801 R Street Suite 201
93721 Fresno, CA
Phone: 559-487-5605 x2718
Fax: 559-487-5636
http://centralvalley.score.org

California

330 North Brand Boulevard Suite 190
91203 Glendale, CA
Phone: 818-552-3206
Fax: 818-547-1220
http://greaterlosangeles.score.org

California

1880 West Wardrobe Avenue
95340 Merced, CA
Phone: 209-724-2033
Fax: 209-577-2673
http://modestomerced.score.org

California

Monterey Chamber of Commerce 30 Ragsdale Drive
93940 Monterey, CA
Phone: 831-648-5360
http://montereybay.score.org

California

492 9th Street Suite 350
94607 Oakland, CA
Phone: 510-273-6611
Fax: 510-273-6015
http://eastbay.score.org

California

400 E. Esplanade Drive Suite 301
93036 Oxnard, CA
Phone: 805-204-6022
Fax: 805-650-1414
http://ventura.score.org

California

43100 Cook Street Suite 104
92211 Palm Desert, CA
Phone: 760-773-6507
Fax: 760-773-6514
http://coachellavalley.score.org

California

1212 East Avenue, S Ste A3
93550 Palmdale, CA
Phone: 661-947-7679
http://antelopevalley.score.org

California

11801 Pierce Street 2nd Floor
92505 Riverside, CA
Phone: 951-652-4390
Fax: 951-929-8543
http://inlandempire.score.org

California

4990 Stockton Blvd
95820 Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-635-9085
Fax: 916-635-9089
http://sacramento.score.org

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