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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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Florida

1389 Highway 90 West Suite 170
32025 Lake City, FL
Phone: 386-752-2000
http://suwanneevalley.score.org

Florida

5410 S. Florida Avenue, #3
33813 Lakeland, FL
Phone: 863-619-5783
http://centralflorida.score.org

Florida

3810 S. Lecanto Highway
34461 Lecanto, FL
Phone: 352-249-1236
http://citruscounty.score.org

Florida

Melbourne Professional Complex 1600 Sarno Road, Suite 205
32935 Melbourne, FL
Phone: 321-254-2288
Fax: 321-254-2288
http://spacecoast.score.org

Florida

111 NW 1st Street #1941
33130 Miami, FL
Phone: 786-425-9119
Fax: 305-536-5058
http://miamidade.score.org

Florida

900 Goodlette Road North
34102 Naples, FL
Phone: 239-430-0081
Fax: 239-430-0082
http://naples.score.org

Florida

6014 US Highway 19 Suite 302
34652 New Port Richey, FL
Phone: 727-842-4638
Fax: 727-841-7266
http://pascohernando.score.org

Florida

Fashion Square Mall, Suite A-20 3201 E. Colonial Drive
32803 Orlando, FL
Phone: 407-420-4844
Fax: 407-420-4849
http://orlando.score.org

Florida

1777 Tamiami Trail Suite 411
33948 Port Charlotte, FL
Phone: 941-743-6179
http://portcharlotte.score.org

Florida

2801 Fruitville Road Suite 280
34237 Sarasota, FL
Phone: 941-955-1029
Fax: 941-955-5581
http://manasota.score.org

Florida

7402 N. 56th Street Suite 465
33617 Tampa, FL
Phone: 813-988-1435
Fax: 813-914-4027
http://hillsborough.score.org

Florida

11962 CR 101 Suite 302, # 259
32162 The Villages, FL
Phone: 352-399-0050
http://thevillagesocala.score.org/

Florida

500 Australian Avenue South Suite 115
33401 West Palm Beach, FL
Phone: 561-833-1672
Fax: 561-833-1470
http://palmbeach.score.org

Georgia

233 Peachtree Road NE Harris Tower, Suite 1900
30303 Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-331-0121
Fax: 404-331-0108
http://atlanta.score.org

Georgia

3140 Augusta Tech Drive
30906 Augusta, GA
Phone: 706-793-9998
http://augustaga.score.org

Georgia

101 13th Street Wachovia Bank Building
31901 Columbus, GA
Phone: 706-596-8331
http://columbusga.score.org

Georgia

111 E. Liberty Street Suite 103
31401 Savannah, GA
Phone: 912-652-4335
Fax: 912-652-4184
http://savannah.score.org

Hawaii

500 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1-306A
96813 Honolulu, HI
Phone: 808-547-2700
Fax: 808-541-2950
http://hawaii.score.org

Idaho

380 E. Parkcenter Blvd. Suite 330
83706 Boise, ID
Phone: 208-334-1696 x338
Fax: 208-334-9353
http://treasurevalley.score.org

Idaho

2300 N. Yellowstone Highway Suite 119
83401 Idaho Falls, ID
Phone: 208-523-1022
Fax: 208-528-7127
http://easternidaho.score.org

Illinois

1444 N. Farnsworth Avenue
60505 Aurora, IL
Phone: 630-375-6026
Fax: 630-852-3127
http://foxvalley.score.org

Illinois

402 N. Hershey Road
61704 Bloomington, IL
Phone: 309-664-0549
Fax: 309-663-8270
http://centralillinois.score.org

Illinois

303 W. Kirby Avenue
61820 Champaign, IL
Phone: 217-359-1791
Fax: 217-359-1809
http://eci.score.org

Illinois

Eastern Illinois Univ., 3106 Lumpkin Hall 600 Lincoln Avenue
61920 Charleston, IL
http://southeasternillinois.score.org

Illinois

Citigroup Center 500 W. Madison Street, #1150
60661 Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-353-7724
Fax: 312-886-4879
http://chicago.score.org

Illinois

Milliken University 1184 W. Main Street
62522 Decatur, IL
Phone: 217-424-6297
Fax: 217-424-3523
http://decatur.score.org

Illinois

Alden Hall 5800 Godfrey Road
62035 Godfrey, IL
Phone: 618-467-2280
Fax: 618-466-8289
http://swillinois.score.org

Illinois

1690 Newtowne Drive
60901 Kankakee, IL
Phone: 815-427-9818
Fax: 815-427-9818
http://kankakeevalley.score.org

Illinois

3000 W. DeYoung Street #586
62959 Marion, IL
Phone: 618-453-6654
Fax: 618-453-5040
http://southernillinois.score.org

Illinois

622 19th Street
61265 Moline, IL
Phone: 309-797-0082
Fax: 309-757-5435
http://quadcities.score.org

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