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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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California

550 West C Street Suite 550
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-557-7272
http://sandiego.score.org/

California

455 Market Street 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-744-6827
Fax: 415-744-6750
http://sanfrancisco.score.org

California

234 East Gish Road Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408-453-6237
Fax: 408-494-0214
http://siliconvalley.score.org

California

711 Tank Farm Road Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-547-0779
http://sanluisobispo.score.org

California

200 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Suite 700
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: 714-550-7369
Fax: 714-550-0191
http://orangecounty.score.org

California

Santa Barbara Regional Chamber of Commerce 924 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 805-563-0084
http://santabarbara.score.org

California

777 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: 707-571-8342
Fax: 707-541-0331
http://northcoast.score.org

California

Tuolumme Chamber of Commerce 222 South Shepherd Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: 209-532-4316
Fax: 209-588-0673
http://tuolumnecounty.score.org

Colorado

3595 East Fountain Blvd Suite E-1
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: 719-636-3074
Fax: 719-635-1571
http://coloradosprings.score.org

Colorado

721 19th Street US Customs House & SBA, Suite 426
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-844-3985
Fax: 303-844-6490
http://denver.score.org

Colorado

Chamber of Commerce 302 N. Santa Fe Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: 719-542-1704
Fax: 719-542-1624
http://pueblo.score.org

Connecticut

230 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: 203-450-9484
Fax: 203-576-4388
http://greaterbridgeport.score.org

Connecticut

City Hall 155 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-794-1404
http://westernconnecticut.score.org

Connecticut

330 Main Street 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-240-4700
Fax: 860-240-4659
http://greaterhartford.score.org

Connecticut

Gateway Community College 60 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-865-7645
http://newhaven.score.org

Connecticut

111 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
Phone: 203-847-7348
Fax: 203-849-9308
http://fairfieldcounty.score.org

Connecticut

665 Boston Post Rd Old Saybrook Shopping Center
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: 860-388-9508
http://southeasternconnecticut.score.org

Connecticut

Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce 333 Kennedy Drive
Torrington, CT 06790
Phone: 560-482-6586
http://northwestconnecticut.score.org

Delaware

The Nemours Building 1007 Orange Street, Suite 1120
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-573-6552
Fax: 302-573-6092
http://delaware.score.org

District Of Columbia

740 15th Street NW American Bar Association Building
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-272-0390
Fax: 202-638-7670
http://washingtondc.score.org

Florida

7999 N. Federal Hwy Suite 201
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Phone: 561-981-5180
Fax: 561-981-5391
http://southpalmbeach.score.org

Florida

Airport Business Center, #311 4707 140th Avenue North
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: 727-532-6800
Fax: 727-532-6800
http://pinellascounty.score.org

Florida

149 S. Ridgewood Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: 386-255-6889
Fax: 386-255-0229
http://volusiaflaglercounties.score.org

Florida

Lake Technical Center 2001 Kurt Street
Eustis, FL 32726
Phone: 352-589-2250
http://lakesumter.score.org

Florida

3650 Colonial Blvd. Suite 231
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: 239-489-2935
Fax: 239-489-1170
http://southwestflorida.score.org

Florida

299 East Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-356-7263
Fax: 954-356-7145
http://broward.score.org

Florida

3220 S. US Highway 1 Suite #2
Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
Phone: 772-489-0548
Fax: 772-489-0548
http://treasurecoast.score.org

Florida

101 SE 2nd Place Suite #104
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: 352-375-8278
Fax: 352-375-5340
http://gainesville.score.org

Florida

6565 Taft Street Suite 403
Hollywood, FL 33024
Phone: 954-966-8415
Fax: 954-966-2313
http://southbroward.score.org

Florida

7825 Baymeadows Way
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 904-443-1900
Fax: 904-443-1980
http://jacksonville.score.org

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