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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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Kansas

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

Kansas

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

Kansas

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

Kentucky

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

Kentucky

240 Bennett Circle
40741 London, KY
Phone: 606-877-2673
Fax: 606-877-1964
http://london.score.org

Kentucky

Federal Office Bldg - Room 188 600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Place
40202 Louisville, KY
Phone: 502-582-5976
Fax: 502-582-5819
http://louisville.score.org

Kentucky

200 E. 3rd Street Suite 302
42303 Owensboro, KY
Phone: 270-281-4950
Fax: 270-926-3364
http://owensboro.score.org

Kentucky

301 Broadway Suite B36
42001 Paducah, KY
Phone: 270-442-5685
Fax: 270-251-6110
http://purchasearea.score.org

Louisiana

7117 Florida Blvd. Louisiana Technology Park Suite 313
70806 Baton Rouge, LA
Phone: 225-381-7130
Fax: 225-336-4306
http://batonrougearea.score.org

Louisiana

110 Travis Street Travis Technology Center, Room 89
70503 Lafayette, LA
Phone: 337-889-0214
Fax: 337-262-5520
http://acadiana.score.org

Louisiana

Magnolia Bldg, 7th Floor 1011 Lake Shore Drive
70601 Lake Charles, LA
Phone: 337-433-3632 x217
http://southwestlouisiana.score.org

Louisiana

3505 Highway 190 St. Tammany Parish Library Resource Center
70471 Mandeville, LA
http://northshore.score.org

Louisiana

1810 Auburn Avenue, Suite 104
71201 Monroe, LA
Phone: 318-323-0878
Fax: 318-323-9492
http://northeastlouisiana.score.org

Louisiana

365 Canal Street Suite 2820
70130 New Orleans, LA
Phone: 504-589-2356
Fax: 504-589-2339
http://neworleans.score.org

Louisiana

400 Edwards Street
71101 Shreveport, LA
Phone: 318-677-2500
Fax: 318-677-2548
http://northwestlouisiana.score.org

Maine

68 Sewall Street, Room 512
04330 Augusta, ME
Phone: 207-622-8509
http://augustame.score.org

Maine

202 Harlow Street, Room 230
04401 Bangor, ME
Phone: 207-942-0103
http://bangor.score.org

Maine

P.O. Box 1507
04605 Ellsworth, ME
Phone: 207-667-5800
http://scoredowneastmaine.org/

Maine

415 Lisbon Street
04240 Lewiston, ME
Phone: 207-782-3708
Fax: 207-783-7745
http://centralmaine.score.org

Maine

100 Middle Street East Tower, 2nd Floor
04101 Portland, ME
Phone: 207-772-1147
Fax: 207-772-5581
http://portlandme.score.org

Maine

2 Market Square
04281 South Paris, ME
Phone: 207-743-0499
http://oxfordhills.score.org

Maryland

49 Old Solomons Island Road Suite 204
21401 Annapolis, MD
Phone: 410-266-9553
Fax: 410-573-0981
http://southernmaryland.score.org

Maryland

The City Crescent Bldg., 6th Floor 10 South Howard Street
21201 Baltimore, MD
Phone: 410-962-2233
Fax: 410-962-1805
http://greaterbaltimore.score.org

Maryland

Kent County Chamber of Commerce 122 N. Cross Street
21620 Chestertown, MD
Phone: 410-810-2969
http://uppershore.score.org

Maryland

60 Pershing Street
21502 Cumberland, MD
Phone: 240-979-3049
Fax: 307-777-3393
http://westernmaryland.score.org

Maryland

Talbot County Chamber of Commerce 101 Marlboro Avenue
21601 Easton, MD
Phone: 410-822-4606
Fax: 410-822-7922
http://midshore.score.org

Maryland

4539 Metropolitan Court
21704 Frederick, MD
Phone: 240-215-4757
Fax: 301-846-4427
http://frederick.score.org

Maryland

14 North Potomac Street Suite 200 B
21740 Hagerstown, MD
Phone: 301-766-2043
Fax: 301-739-1278
http://hagerstown.score.org

Maryland

Chamber of Commerce 144 East Main Street
21801 Salisbury, MD
Phone: 410-749-0185
Fax: 410-860-9925
http://salisbury.score.org

Massachusetts

39 Dodge Street Suite 318
01915 Beverly, MA
Phone: 978-922-9441
http://nemassachusetts.score.org

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