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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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New Mexico

221 N. Main Suite 104 A
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: 575-541-1583
Fax: 575-647-5524
http://www.wesst.org/

New Mexico

4001 Southern Blvd SE Suite B
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Phone: 505-892-1238
Fax: 505-892-6157
WESST - Rio Rancho

New Mexico

500 N Main Street Suite 700
Roswell, NM 88201
Phone: 505-624-9850
http://www.wesst.org

New Mexico

3900 Paseo del Sol Suite 322A
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: 505-988-5030
http://www.wesst.org

New York

2488 Grand Concourse Suite 321
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-933-7466 or 7479
http://bronxwbc.org/

New York

80 Jamaica Avenue 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Phone: 718-385-6700 x24
http://www.ldceny.org/ldceny/women.htm

New York

85 South Oxford Street 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-624-9115
http://www.bocnet.or/boc/boc_services_women's_business_ctr.asp

New York

2365 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-888-8285
Fax:
http://www.canisius.edu/wbc

New York

120-55 Queens Blvd. Suite 309
Jamaica, NY 11424
Phone: 718-263-0546
http://www.queensny.org/qedc/business/programs/wbc/

New York

235 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-443-8634 or 8693
http://www.wisecenter.org

New York

200 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315-733-9848
http://www.nywbc.org

New York

1133 Westchester Avenue Suite N220
West Harrison, NY 10604
Phone: 914-948-6098
http://www.wedc.westchester.org

North Carolina

114 West Parrish Street 4th Floor
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-956-8889
http://www.ncimed.com/index.php/business-development/women-business-center

North Carolina

230 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: 910-323-3377 x30
Fax: 910-483-4914
http://www.ncceed.org

North Dakota

3333 East Broadway Suite 1219
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-223-0707
http://www.trainingND.com

Ohio

1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219-2541
Phone: 614-559-0106
http://www.ecdi.org

Oklahoma

2912 Enterprise Blvd
Durant, OK 74701
Phone: 580-924-5094
http://www.ruralenterprises.com

Oklahoma

800 Research Parkway Suite 305
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: 405-319-8190
http://www.ruralenterprises.com

Oregon

43 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-896-5087
http://www.mercycorpsnw.org

Oregon

43 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-896-5087
http://www.mercycorpsnw.org

Pennsylvania

1 Seton Hill Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: 724-830-4625
http://www.e-magnify.com

Pennsylvania

30 West Orange Street Post Office Box 524
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-393-2351
http://www.commfirstfund.org

Pennsylvania

1315 Walnut Street Suite 1116
Philadelphia, PA 19107
http://www.womensbdc.org

Pennsylvania

1227 N. 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 484-253-6877
http://www.empowerment-group.org

Puerto Rico

Avenida Ponce de Leon, Parada 26 1/2 Calle Los Rosales Esquina San Antonio
San Juan, PR 00914-0383
Phone: 787-726-7045
Fax: 787-726-6550
http://www.mujeryempresas.org

Rhode Island

132 George M. Cohan Blvd 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-277 0800 X308
http://www.cweonline.org

South Carolina

129 Cannon St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: 843-763-7333
http://www.c4women.org

South Dakota

1200 University Unit 9511
Spearfish, SD 57799
Phone: 602-642-6435
http://www.bhsu.edu/sdceo

Tennessee

1105 East 10th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-648-9251
http://www.sewbc.org

Texas

5407 N. IH35 Suite 200
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 512-928-8010 x102
http://www.bigaustin.org

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