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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 Central Contractor Registration (CCR), 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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Hawaii

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

Idaho

1607 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-336-6722
META - MicroEnterprise Training & Assistance

Illinois

8 South Michigan Avenue Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-853-3477 x104
http://www.wbdc.org

Illinois

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

Indiana

111Monument Circle. Suite 2450
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Phone: 317-464-2245
http://www.businessownership.org

Iowa

1111 Ninth Street Suite 380
Des Moines, IA 50314
Phone: 515-283-0940 x30
http://www.isediowa.org

Kansas

8527 Bluejacket Street
Shawnee Mission, KS 66214
Phone: 913-492-5922
http://www.kansaswbc.com

Kentucky

811 South Second Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-566-6076 x104
http://www.cvcky.org/womensbusinesscenter.html

Louisiana

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

Louisiana

3308 Tulane Avenue Suite 301
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: 504-620-9647
http://www.urbanleagueneworleans.org/programphilosphy/community-and-economic-development/womens-business-resource-center

Maine

2 Portland Fish Pier Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-772-5356
Fax: 207-772-5503
http://www.ceimaine.org

Maine

36 Water Street
Wiscasset, ME 04578
Phone: 207-882-7552
Fax: 207-882-7308
http://www.wbcmaine.org

Maryland

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

Maryland

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

Massachusetts

24 School Street Suite 700
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-536-0257
http://www.cweonline.org

Massachusetts

50 Elm Street 2nd Floor
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: 508-363-2300
http://www.cweonline.org

Michigan

2002 Hogback Road Suite 17-18
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: 734-695-1411
http://www.miwomen.com

Michigan

38 West Wall Street
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: 269-757-0211 x211
http://www.cornerstonewbc.com

Michigan

25 Sheldon Blvd SE Suite 210
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-458-3404
http://www.growbusiness.org

Minnesota

202 W. Superior Street Suite 311
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-623-5729
Fax: 218-749-5213
http://www.entrepreneurfund.org/womens-business/

Minnesota

2021 East Hennepin Ave. Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone: 651-646-3808
http://www.womenventure.org

Mississippi

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

Missouri

2125 Bissell Street
Saint Louis, MO 63107
Phone: 314-584-6841
http://www.gracehill.org/content/GraceHillWomensBusinessCenter.php

Montana

2015 Charlotte Street Suite 1
Bozeman, MT 59718
Phone: 406-587-3113
http://ProsperaBusinessNetwork.org

Nebraska

145 Main Street
Lyons, NE 68038
Phone: 402-643-2673
http://www.cfra.org/reap/wbc

Nevada

112 S Water Street Suite 120
Henderson, NV 89015
Phone: 702-734-3555
Fax: 702-734-3530
http://www.4microbiz.org

New Hampshire

2500 North River Road
Hooksett, NH 03106
Phone: 603-629-4697
http://www.snhu.edu

New Jersey

Peapack-Gladstone Bank 311 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Chatham, NJ 07928
Phone: 973-507-9700
http://www.ncecnj.org

New Mexico

609 Broadway Boulevard, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-246-6900
http://www.wesst.org

New Mexico

5101 College Boulevard
Farmington, NM 87402
Phone: 505-566-3715
http://www.wesst.org

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