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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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Texas

10 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915-534-0585
Fax: 915-534-0513
http://elpaso.score.org

Texas

1150 S. Freeway, Suite 108
Ft. Worth, TX 76104
Phone: 817-871-6002
Fax: 817-871-0531
http://fortworth.score.org

Texas

2422 E Tyler Ave Suite E
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: 956-427-8623
Fax: 956-427-8537
http://riograndevalley.score.org

Texas

8701 S. Gessner, #1200
Houston, TX 77074
Phone: 713-773-6565
Fax: 713-773-6550
http://houston.score.org

Texas

1205 Texas Avenue, Room 411 D
Lubbock, TX 79401
Phone: 806-472-7462 x118
Fax: 806-472-7487
http://lubbock.score.org

Texas

615 E. Houston St. Rm 293
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-403-5931
http://sanantonio.score.org

Texas

1530 S Southwest Loop 323 RTDC, Suite 101
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 903-510-2975
Fax: 903-510-2978
http://easttexas.score.org

Utah

Bridgerland Applied Technology College West Campus 1410 North 100 West, Room 1901
Logan, UT 84321
Phone: 435-213-8713
http://northernutah.score.org

Utah

The Ogden Business Information Center (BIC), Suite 105 2036 Lincoln Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: 801-629-8613
Fax: 801-392-0604
http://ogden.score.org

Utah

310 South Main Street, N. Mezzanine
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: 801-746-2269
Fax: 801-746-2273
http://saltlake.score.org

Utah

1075 E 100 South
Springville, UT 84663
Phone: 801-373-8660
Fax: 801-798-0273
http://centralutah.score.org

Utah

1071 E 100 S University Plaza, Bldg C
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-652-7791
http://southernutah.score.org

Vermont

11 Lincoln Street, Room 106
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Phone: 802-951-6762
http://champlainvalley.score.org

Vermont

87 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: 802-828-4422
Fax: 802-828-4485
http://montpelier.score.org

Virginia

Market Street E & 5th Street NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-295-6712
Fax: 434-295-3144
http://centralvirginia.score.org

Virginia

Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Suite 100 21 Enterprise Parkway
Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: 757-262-2000
Fax: 757-262-2009
http://peninsula.score.org

Virginia

147 Mill Ridge Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502-4341
Phone: 434-582-4560
http://greaterlynchburg.score.org

Virginia

115 Broad Street
Martinsville, VA 24112
Phone: 276-632-6401
Fax: 276-632-5059
http://martinsville.score.org

Virginia

838 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-455-9338
Fax: 757-441-3733
http://hamptonroads.score.org

Virginia

400 N. 8th Street Federal Building
Richmond, VA 23240
Phone: 804-771-2400
Fax: 804-771-2764
http://richmond.score.org

Virginia

105 Franklin Road SW Suite 150
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: 540-857-2834
Fax: 540-857-2043
http://roanoke.score.org

Virginia

301 W. Main Street
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Phone: 540-949-4423
Fax: 540-942-6755
http://shenandoahvly.score.org

Virginia

421 North Boundary Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: 757-229-6511
Fax: 757-229-2047
http://williamsburg.score.org

Washington

1313 E. Maple Street #591
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-685-4259
http://bellingham.score.org

Washington

7130 W. Grandridge Blvd Suite C
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: 509-736-9962 x3139
http://midcolumbiatricities.score.org

Washington

2401 4th Avenue Suite 450
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-553-7320
Fax: 206-553-7044
http://seattle.score.org

Washington

801 W. Riverside Avenue, #444
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-353-2821
Fax: 509-353-2829
http://spokane.score.org

Washington

Bates Technical School, Room M-123 1101 S. Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-680-7770
Fax: 253-680-7771
http://tacoma.score.org

Washington

1933 Fort Vancouver Way Clark College
Vancouver, WA 98663
Phone: 360-699-1079
Fax: 360-699-1079
http://ftvancouver.score.org

Washington

300 S. Columbia Street 3rd Floor
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: 509-662-2116
Fax: 509-663-2022
http://centralwashington.score.org

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