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Local Assistance

SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.

Women's Business Centers

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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1500 1st Avenue North
35203 Birmingham, AL
Phone: 205-453-0249


225 Church St.
35801 Huntsville, AL
Phone: 256-535-2038


1301 Azalea Road Suite 201A
36693 Mobile, AL
Phone: 251-867-5600


1301 Azalea Road Suite 201A
36693 Mobile, AL
Phone: 251-363-0213

American Samoa

6849 Tafuna Road The Haleck Building
96799 Pago Pago, AS
Phone: 011-684-699-8739


330 North Commerce Park Loop Suite 160
85745 Tucson, AZ
Phone: 520-620-1241


330 N. Commerce Park Loop, Ste 160
85745 Tucson, AZ
Phone: 520.620.1241


404 South West Avenue
71730 El Dorado, AR
Phone: 501-280-3079


1918 University Avenue, Suite 3A
94704 Berkeley, CA
Phone: 510-540-7785 x301


760 B Stewart Street
95437 Fort Bragg, CA
Phone: 707-964-7571


231 East 3rd Street G106
90013 Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-473-1605


1055 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 900B
90017 Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 213-353-9400


77-806 Flora Road Suite C
92211 Palm Desert, CA
Phone: 760-345-9200


3780 Market Street
92501 Riverside, CA
Phone: 909-890-1242


2000 O Street Suite 250
95811 Sacramento, CA
Phone: 916-442-1729
Fax: 916-442-7852


202 E. Airport Drive Suite 100
92408 San Bernardino, CA
Phone: 909-890-1242


202 E. Airport Drive Suite 100
92408 San Bernardino, CA
Phone: 909-890-1242


275 Fifth Street
94103-4120 San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-348-6248


71 Zaca Lane, Suite 130
93401 San Luis Obispo, CA
Phone: 805-595-1357
Fax: 805-595-1358


333 S. Salinas Street
93103 Santa Barbara, CA
Phone: 805-965-6073 x106


5121 Van Nuys Boulevard Suite300
91403 Sherman Oaks, CA
Phone: 818-907-9922


360 Acoma Street
80223 Denver, CO
Phone: 303-539-5625


Butterworth Hall 1265 Asylum Avenue
06105 Hartford, CT
Phone: 860-768-5681


184 Bedford Street Suite 201
06901 Stamford, CT
Phone: 203-353-1750


Naugatuck Valley Community College Founders 309A 750 Chase Parkway
06708 Waterbury, CT
Phone: 203-513-8003
Fax: 203-353-1750


153 E. Chestnut Hill Road Suite 102
19801 Wilmington, DE
Phone: 302-224-4060

District Of Columbia

727 15th Street, NW 10th Floor
20002 Washington, DC
Phone: 202-464-2710


401 W. Atlantic Avenue Suite 09
33444 Delray Beach, FL
Phone: 561-265-3790
Fax: 561-265-0806


3 Independent Drive
32208 Jacksonville, FL
Phone: 904-366-6640


150 University Blvd
32901 Melbourne, FL
Phone: 321-674-7007