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

Certified Development Company

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 business mentors 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. The SBA has 15 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Read more about Veterans Business Outreach Centers and their 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 one or more of the following: 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: Arlington, VA, Atlanta, GA; ; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC, Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Irvine, CA; ; Los Angeles, CA; ; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA, 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.

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.

The Regional Innovation Clusters serve a diverse group of sectors and geographies. Three of the initial pilot clusters, termed Advanced Defense Technology clusters, are specifically focused on meeting the needs of the defense industry. The Wood Products Cluster, debuted in 2015, supports the White House’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative for coal communities. All of the clusters support small businesses by fostering a synergistic network of small and large businesses, university researchers, regional economic organizations, stakeholders, and investors, while providing matchmaking, business training, counseling, mentoring, and other services to help small businesses expand and grow.

Read more about the Clusters Initiative

The SBA’s new ScaleUp America Initiative is designed to help small firms with high potential “scale up” and grow their businesses so that they will provide more jobs and have a greater economic impact, both locally and nationally. The SBA has structured this community-focused initiative with local entrepreneurial ecosystems in mind: a key emphasis of the program is building and strengthening entrepreneurial networks within a particular community, so that firms can grow by leveraging and complimenting the existing resources and expertise in their areas.

The ScaleUp initiative functions by supporting communities’ efforts to deliver cohort-based intensive assistance to established high-potential small businesses and entrepreneurs that are primed for growth beyond the start-up or early stages. The initiative provides funds to organizing entities in local communities to do the following:

  • deliver a proven entrepreneurship education curriculum for growth-oriented entrepreneurs and small businesses; provide on-going one-on-one support,
  • provide mentoring and technical assistance;
  • facilitate connections to growth capital; and
  • identify opportunities to build and strengthen connections and networks in their community.

Read more about the ScaleUp Initiative.

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Birmingham Citywide Local Development Company
1500 1st Avenue North Suite B108
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-250-6380
Fax: 205-250-6384


Alabama Community Development Corporation
117 Southcrest Drive Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: 205-942-3360
Fax: 205-942-5984


Greater Mobile Development Corporation
1301 Azalea Road
Mobile, AL 36693
Phone: 251-650-0826
Fax: 251-650-0827


Southern Development Council
8132 Old Federal Rd.
Montgomery, AL 36117-8007
Phone: 334-244-1801
Fax: 334-344-1421


Southwestern Business Finance Corporation
3200 N. Central Ave. Suite 1550
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-495-6495
Fax: 602-230-0945


Business Development Finance Corporation
335 N. Wilmot Road Suite 420
Tuscon, AZ 85711
Phone: 520-623-3377
Fax: 520-624-1728


West Central Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc.
835 Central Avenue Suite 201
Hot Springs, AR 71903
Phone: 501-525-7577
Fax: 501-525-7677


Six Bridges Capital Corporation
200 South Commerce Street Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-374-9247
Fax: 501-374-9425


South of Market Foundation DBA Urban Solutions
Jenny McNulty 1083 Mission Street
2nd Floor, CA 94103
Phone: 415-553-4433
Fax: 415-553-4434


Arcata Economic Development Corporation
100 Ericson Court Suite 100
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: 707-822-4616
Fax: 707-822-8982


Mid State Development Corp
1631 17th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-322-4241
Fax: 661-322-0536


California Statewide Certified Development Corporation
426 D Street
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: 530-297-2140
Fax: 530-756-6678


Cen Cal Business Finance Group
5094 N. Fruit Avenue Suite 103
Fresno, CA 93711
Phone: 559-227-1158
Fax: 559-227-7926


22365 Barton Suite 210
Grand Terrace, CA 92313
Phone: 909-387-0800
Fax: 909-387-0810


Landmark Certified Development Corporation
441 East Whittier Boulevard Suite C
La Habra, CA 90631
Phone: 562-690-6400
Fax: 562-690-6300


Advantage Certified Development Corporation
11 Golden Shore Suite 630
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: 532-983-7450
Fax: 562-983-7453


Business Finance Capital Certified Development Company
1055 West 7th Street, Suite 2250
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 800-722-7325
Fax: 323-278-4898


Success Capital Expansion & Development Corporation
1100 14th St. Suite B.
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-521-9372
Fax: 209-521-9373


Greater Sacramento Certified Development Corporation
5428 Watt Avenue Suite 200
North Highlands, CA 95660-4945
Phone: 916-339-1096
Fax: 916-339-2369


Los Meandos Fund, A Local Development Company
415 Railroad Avenue
Pittsburgh, CA 94565
Phone: 925-439-1200
Fax: 925-439-0831


Superior California Economic Development, Inc.
350 Hartnell Avenue Suite A
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: 530-225-2760
Fax: 530-225-2769


Enterprise Funding Corporation
300 East State Street, Suite 230
Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: 909-792-3803
Fax: 909-792-3813


California Coastal Rural Development Corporation
221 Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: 831-424-1099


CDC Small Business Finance Corporation
2448 Historic Decatur Drive Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 619-291-3594
Fax: 619-291-6954


Capital Access Group, Inc.
150 California Street Suite 250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-217-7600
Fax: 415-217-7610


TMC Financing
440 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-989-8855
Fax: 415-989-3382


Southland Economic Development Corporation
400 N. Tustin Avenue Suite 375
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714-647-1143
Fax: 714-953-0944


Coastal Business Finance
930 South Broadway, Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: 805-739-1665
Fax: 805-739-9257


CDC of Tulare County
161 North M Street
Tulare, CA 93274
Phone: 559-688-6666
Fax: 559-688-6899