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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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200 Peachtree St. NE Suite 206
30303 Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-596-4071


1000 Chastain Road #3305
30144 Kennesaw, GA
Phone: 770-499-3228
Fax: 770-499-3636


1040 Richards Street Suite 305
96813 Honolulu, HI
Phone: 808-538-7061
Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership


1607 W. Jefferson Street
83702 Boise, ID
Phone: 208-336-6722


8 South Michigan Avenue Suite 400
60603 Chicago, IL
Phone: 312-853-3477 x104


111Monument Circle. Suite 2450
46205 Indianapolis, IN
Phone: 317-464-2245


1111 Ninth Street Suite 380
50314 Des Moines, IA
Phone: 515-283-0940 x30


8527 Bluejacket Street
66214 Shawnee Mission, KS
Phone: 913-492-5922


811 South Second Street
40203 Louisville, KY
Phone: 502-566-6076 x104


2028 Aretha Castle Haley Boulevard
70113 New Orleans, LA
Good Work Network


3308 Tulane Avenue Suite 301
70119 New Orleans, LA
Phone: 504-620-9647


2 Portland Fish Pier Suite 201
04101 Portland, ME
Phone: 207-772-5356
Fax: 207-772-5503


36 Water Street
04578 Wiscasset, ME
Phone: 207-882-7552
Fax: 207-882-7308


95 Monroe Street
20850 Rockville, MD
Rockville Economic Development, Inc.


51 Monroe Street
20850 Rockville , MD
Phone: 301-315-8096


144 East Street Post Office Box 213
21801 Salisbury, MD
Maryland Capital Enterprise, Inc.


24 School Street Suite 700
02108 Boston, MA
Phone: 617-536-0257


50 Elm Street 2nd Floor
01609 Worcester, MA
Phone: 508-363-2300


38 West Wall Street
49022 Benton Harbor, MI
Phone: 269-757-0211 x211


25 Sheldon Blvd SE Suite 210
49503 Grand Rapids, MI
Phone: 616-458-3404


33109 Schoolcraft Rd
48150 Livonia, MI
Phone: 734-677-1400


202 W. Superior Street Suite 311
55802 Duluth, MN
Phone: 218-623-5729
Fax: 218-749-5213


2021 East Hennepin Ave. Suite 200
55413 Minneapolis, MN
Phone: 651-646-3808


1223 30th Avenue Suite A
39501 Gulfport, MS
Climb Community Development Corporation


2125 Bissell Street
63107 Saint Louis, MO
Phone: 314-584-6841


2015 Charlotte Street Suite 1
59718 Bozeman, MT
Phone: 406-587-3113


145 Main Street
68038 Lyons, NE
Phone: 402-643-2673


112 S Water Street Suite 120
89015 Henderson, NV
Phone: 702-734-3555
Fax: 702-734-3530

New Hampshire

2500 North River Road
03106 Hooksett, NH
Phone: 603-629-4697

New Jersey

Peapack-Gladstone Bank 311 Main Street, 2nd Floor
07928 Chatham, NJ
Phone: 973-507-9700