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Clusters Initiative

The U.S. Small Business Administration is investing in regional innovation clusters throughout the US that span a variety of industries, ranging from energy and manufacturing to advanced defense technologies.

Clusters are geographic concentrations of interconnected companies, specialized suppliers, academic institutions, service providers and associated organizations with a specific industry focus. They provide high-value, targeted connecting of small and large businesses, including networking with potential industry partners abroad.

“Clusters are public-private partnerships that are driving innovation and job creation in our most promising regional hubs for innovation. We’ve built a strategic infrastructure of financing and consulting networks in key cities to help new companies launch and small companies grow. We’re unleashing the full potential of entrepreneurs who are developing cutting-edge products and processes that will help ensure American global competiveness.”

--SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

  • SBA's Regional Innovation Clusters

    Clusters provide high-value, targeted connecting of small and large businesses, including networking with potential industry partners abroad.

  • Cluster Resources Page

    SBA’s work in supporting cluster initiatives across the United States is complemented by a host of Federal Agencies and other organizations.

  • History of SBA’s Involvement in Cluster...

    Listing ist of all 62 clusters which have been supported by the SBA, along with a brief description of each program.

  • Regional Innovation Clusters Map

    In the fall of 2010, through an open competition, SBA funded 10 pilot clusters through its Regional Innovation Clusters program. Today, the program includes 14 clusters located across the United...