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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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Massachusetts

10 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02222
Phone: 617-565-5591
Fax: 617-565-5597
http://boston.score.org

Massachusetts

60 School Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-587-2673
Fax: 508-587-1340
http://sema.score.org

Massachusetts

270 Communications Way Suite 5A
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: 508-775-4884
Fax: 508-790-2540
http://capecod.score.org

Massachusetts

1 Federal Square Scibelli Enterprise Center
Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: 413-785-0314
http://westernmassachusetts.score.org

Massachusetts

446 Main Street Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508-753-2929
Fax: 508-754-8560
http://worcester.score.org

Michigan

3601 Plymouth Road Cleary University
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: 734-981-1835
Fax: 734-665-4191
http://annarborarea.score.org

Michigan

477 Michigan Avenue Room 515
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-226-7947
Fax: 313-226-3448
http://detroit.score.org

Michigan

111 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-771-0305
Fax: 616-771-0318
http://grandrapids.score.org

Michigan

272 E. 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-392-2389
Fax: 616-392-7379
http://holland.score.org

Michigan

346 West Michigan Avenue # 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 269-381-5382
Fax: 269-384-0096
http://kalamazoo.score.org

Michigan

5300 W. US Highway 10
Ludington, MI 49437

Michigan

380 W. Western
Muskegon, MI 49440
Phone: 231-722-3751
Fax: 231-728-7251
http://muskegon.score.org

Michigan

401 E. Mitchell
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: 231-347-4150
Fax: 231-348-1810
http://tipofthemitt.score.org

Michigan

202 East Grandview Parkway
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231-947-5075
Fax: 231-946-2565
http://traversecity.score.org

Minnesota

525 Florence Avenue
Owatonna,, MN 55060
Phone: 507-455-3215 x124
http://southcentralminnesota.score.org/

Minnesota

101 W. Burnsville Parkway Suite 152
Burnsville, MN 55337
Phone: 952-890-7020
Fax: 952-890-7019
http://southmetro.score.org

Minnesota

439 Main Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
Phone: 651-388-4719
http://redwingarea.score.org

Minnesota

Rochester Chamber of Commerce 220 S. Broadway Suite 100
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-288-8103
http://seminnesota.score.org

Minnesota

616 Roosevelt Road
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-240-1332
Fax: 320-255-9050
http://centralminnesota.score.org

Minnesota

8700 W 36th Street Room 125
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 952-938-4570
Fax: 952-938-2651
http://minneapolis.score.org

Minnesota

176 Snelling Avenue, N #300
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 651-632-8937
Fax: 651-632-8938
http://stpaul.score.org

Mississippi

2510 14th Street Hancock Bank, Suite 105
Gulfport, MS 39501
Phone: 228-875-0691
http://gulfcoast.score.org

Missouri

739 West US Highway 54
Camdenton, MO 65020
Phone: 573-346-5441
Fax: 573-346-2694
http://lakeoftheozarks.score.org

Missouri

Columbia Chamber of Commerce 300 South Providence Road
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: 573-874-1132
http://midmissouri.score.org

Missouri

Business Resource Center, Suite 128 4747 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-235-6675
Fax: 816-235-6590
http://kansascity.score.org

Missouri

830 E. Primrose, Suite 101
Springfield, MO 65807
Phone: 417-890-8501 x218
Fax: 417-889-0074
http://springfieldmo.score.org

Missouri

1222 Spruce Street Suite 10.103
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 314-539-6600 x242
Fax: 314-539-6200
http://stlouis.score.org

Montana

2000 Commerce Way
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406-586-5421
Fax: 406-586-8286
http://bozeman.score.org

Montana

601 10th Avenue North
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: 406-761-4434
http://greatfalls.score.org

Montana

Federal Office Building 10 W. 15th Street, Suite 1100
Helena, MT 59626
Phone: 406-441-1081
http://helena.score.org

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