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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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North Dakota

51 Broadway, Suite 505
Fargo, ND 58108
Phone: 701-239-5677
Fax: 701-237-9734
http://fargo.score.org

North Dakota

1501 28th Avenue South
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-746-5851
Fax: 701-746-5748
http://upperredriver.score.org

North Dakota

1925 S. Broadway, Suite 2
Minot, ND 58701
Phone: 701-852-6883
Fax: 701-852-6905
http://minot.score.org

Ohio

175 S. Main Street, Summit County Bldg Suite 204
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 330-379-3163
Fax: 330-379-3164
http://akron.score.org

Ohio

514 Washington Street
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone: 740-779-0845
Fax: 580-213-3196
http://southcentraloh.score.org

Ohio

525 Vine Street Suite 1030
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-684-2812
Fax: 513-684-6355
http://greatercincinnati.score.org

Ohio

1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 216
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216-522-4194
Fax: 216-522-4844
http://cleveland.score.org

Ohio

401 North Front Street Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-469-2357
Fax: 614-469-5848
http://columbusoh.score.org

Ohio

Federal Building, Room 104 200 W. 2nd Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-225-2887
Fax: 937-225-7667
http://dayton.score.org/

Ohio

Chamber of Commerce 55 N. Mulberry Street
Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: 419-522-3211 x226
http://northcentralohio.score.org

Ohio

25 Walnut Street P.O. Box 692
Newark, OH 43058
Phone: 740-345-7458
http://eastcentralohio.score.org

Ohio

Kent State University - Stark Campus 6000 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-244-3280
Fax: 330-494-5280
http://cantonregional.score.org

Ohio

2200 Jefferson Avenue Mercy Healthcare Center, 1st Floor
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-259-7598
Fax: 419-259-6460
http://northwestohio.score.org

Ohio

1 University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
Phone: 330-941-2948
http://youngstown.score.org

Oklahoma

410 W. Main Street
Ardmore, OK 73401
Phone: 580-226-2620
Fax: 580-226-2620
http://ardmore.score.org

Oklahoma

301 N. 6th Street Suite 116
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: 405-609-8004
Fax: 405-609-8986
http://oklahomacity.score.org

Oklahoma

907 S. Detroit, Suite 1012
Tulsa, OK 74120
Phone: 918-581-7462
Fax: 918-581-6908
http://tulsa.score.org

Oregon

1401 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 541-465-6600
Fax: 541-484-4942
http://willamette.score.org

Oregon

ODS Tower 601 SW Second Avenue, Suite 950
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-326-3441
Fax: 503-326-2808
http://portlandor.score.org

Oregon

P.O. Box 1843
Redmond, OR 97756
http://centraloregon.score.org

Oregon

445 Union Street Suite 204
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-370-2896
http://salem.score.org

Pennsylvania

3900 Industrial Park Drive #6
Altoona, PA 16602
Phone: 814-942-9054
http://alleghenies.score.org

Pennsylvania

2158 Avenue C #200
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Phone: 610-758-4496
Fax: 610-758-5205
http://lehighvalley.score.org

Pennsylvania

120 West 9th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: 814-871-5650
Fax: 814-871-7530
http://erie.score.org

Pennsylvania

Chamber of Commerce 409 Hood Boulevard
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Phone: 215-943-8850
Fax: 215-943-7404
http://buckscounty.score.org

Pennsylvania

349 Wiconisco Street 3 Penn Center, Room 3-145
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-213-0435
http://harrisburg.score.org

Pennsylvania

Baederwood Office Plaza, Suite 204 Baederwood Office Plaza, Suite 2041653 The Fairway
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: 215-885-3027
Fax: 215-885-3029
http://montgomerycountypa.score.org

Pennsylvania

313 W. Liberty Street, Suite 231
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-397-3092
Fax: 717-481-7637
http://lancaster.score.org

Pennsylvania

St. Vincent College 300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650
Phone: 724-539-7505
Fax: 724-539-1850
http://westmoreland.score.org

Pennsylvania

105 N. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-231-9880
Fax: 215-790-5020
http://philadelphia.score.org

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