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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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Illinois

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce 100 SW Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: 309-676-0755
Fax: 309-676-7534
http://peoria.score.org

Illinois

Chamber of Commerce 300 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 245
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone: 217-222-8093
Fax: 217-222-3033
http://quincytristate.score.org

Illinois

EIGERlab 605 Fulton Avenue
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 815-962-0122
Fax: 815-962-0806
http://northernillinois.score.org

Illinois

3330 Ginger Creek Drive Suite B South
Springfield, IL 62711
Phone: 217-793-5020
Fax: 217-793-5025
http://springfieldil.score.org

Indiana

2701 Enterprise Drive Suite 202
Anderson, IN 46013
Phone: 765-642-0264
http://anderson.score.org

Indiana

216 W. Allen Street Star Center
Bloomington, IN 47403
Phone: 812-334-2392
http://bloomington.score.org

Indiana

Chamber of Commerce 500 Franklin Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Phone: 812-379-4457
http://southeastindiana.score.org

Indiana

418 S. Main Street
Elkhart, IN 46516
Phone: 574-293-1531
Fax: 219-294-1859
http://elkhart.score.org

Indiana

318 Main Street Suite 223
Evansville, IN 47708
Phone: 812-426-6144
Fax: 812-426-6138
http://evansville.score.org

Indiana

110 W. Berry Street Suite LL101
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-422-2601
Fax: 260-422-2601
http://fortwayne.score.org

Indiana

8500 Keystone Crossing Suite 401
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: 317-226-7264
Fax: 317-226-7259
http://indianapolis.score.org

Indiana

217 S. Adams Street
Marion, IN 46952
Phone: 765-664-5107
http://mariongrantcounty.score.org

Indiana

217 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: 574-310-8097
Fax: 574-236-1056
http://michiana.score.org

Indiana

CINERGY Service Bldg 301 Home Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803-
Phone: 812-231-6763
Fax: 812-231-6777
http://greaterwabashvalley.score.org

Indiana

162 W. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone: 219-462-1105
http://northwestindiana.score.org

Iowa

Corporate Center East 2750 1st Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: 319-362-6405 x2005
Fax: 319-362-7861
http://eastcentraliowa.score.org

Iowa

418 W Cedar St., Ste. B Cherokee Area EDC
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: 712-225-5739
http://westerniowa.score.org/

Iowa

507 W. Water Street
Decorah, IA 52101
Phone: 563-382-3990
http://northeastiowa.score.org

Iowa

300 Main Street, Suite 200
Dubuque, IA 52001
http://dubuquearea.score.org

Iowa

217 South 25th Street Suite C12
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Phone: 515-955-2622
http://fortdodge.score.org

Iowa

Fisher Community Center 709 South Center Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Phone: 641-753-6645
http://centraliowa.score.org

Iowa

102 Walnut Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
Phone: 563-263-8895
Fax: 563-263-7662
http://muscatine.score.org

Iowa

121 Richland Avenue E
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Phone: 641-683-5127
http://southcentralia.score.org

Iowa

Federal Building Room 186 320 6th Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: 712-277-2324
Fax: 712-277-2325
http://siouxcity.score.org

Iowa

6600 University Avenue Ste. 157
Windsor Heights, IA 50324
Phone: 515-274-8593
http://desmoines.score.org

Kansas

1400 Main, Room 107
Great Bend, KS 67530
Phone: 620-793-3420
Fax: 620-793-5994
http://goldenbelt.score.org

Kansas

Quest Center Quest CenterOne East 9th Avenue
Hutchison, KS 67501
Phone: 620-665-8468
Fax: 620-665-7619
http://hutchinson.score.org

Kansas

120 SE 6th, Suite 110
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: 785-234-3049
http://topeka.score.org

Kansas

220 W. Douglas Ave Suite 450
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316-269-6273
Fax: 316-269-6499
http://wichita.score.org

Kentucky

389 Waller Avenue, Suite 130
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone: 859-231-9902
Fax: 859-253-3190
http://lexington.score.org

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