SBA Offices and Resource Partners

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 over 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 Center (VBOC) program isprogram is a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. Located nationwide, VBOCs provide transition assistance programs, including Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot, as well as business development assistance such as training, counseling and mentoring, and resource referrals.

Learn more about what Veterans Business Outreach Centers can offer you.

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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Community Economic Development Company of Colorado
800 W. 8th Ave. Suite 103
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-893-8989
Fax: 303-892-8398


Housatonic Industrial Development Corporation
57 North Street Suite 407
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-743-0306
Fax: 203-744-0915


Community Investment Corporation
2315 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: 203-776-6172, ext. 125
Fax: 203-776-6837


Delaware Community Development Corporation
100 West 10th Street Suite 214
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-571-9088
Fax: 302-652-5679


First State Community Loan Fund
100 W. 10th St. Suite 1005
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-652-6774

District Of Columbia

Chesapeake Business Finance Corporation
1101 30th St NW #500
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-625-4373
Fax: 202-625-4363


Sunshine State Economic Development Corporation
14141 46th St. N. Suite 1206
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: 800-850-2504


Independent Development Services Corporation
8280 College Parkway Suite 204
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Phone: 239-652-5588
Fax: 239-652-9988


Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, Inc.
1351 N. Gadsden St.
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Phone: 850-681-3601
Fax: 850-681-3699


Florida Business Development Corp.
2203 N. Lois Ave. Suite 775
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813-348-0660


Georgia Certified Development Corp.
3405 Piedmont Road Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-442-2480
Fax: 404-240-1725


Capital Partners Certified Development Company
6445 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 404-475-6002
Fax: 404-475-6014


CSRA Local Development Corporation
3626 Walton Way Ext. Suite 300
Augusta, GA 30909
Phone: 706-210-2010
Fax: 706-210-2031


Coastal Area District Development Authority, Inc.
501 Gloucester St.
Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone: 912-261-2500
Fax: 912-261-0032


North Georgia Certified Development Company
503 West Waugh Street
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: 706-226-1110
Fax: 706-272-2253


Small Business Access Partners Inc.
460 South Enota Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
Phone: 770-536-7839
Fax: 770-536-9026


Small Business Assistance Corporation
111 E. Liberty St. Suite 100
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-232-4700
Fax: 912-232-0385


South Georgia Area Development Corporation
327 W. Savannah Avenue
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: 229-333-5277
Fax: 229-333-5312


HEDCO Local Development Corporation
222 South Vineyard Street Penthouse 1
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-521-6502
Fax: 808-521-6541


Capital Matrix, Inc.
1161 W. River St.
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-789-2605
Fax: 208-383-9404


Panhandle Area Council, Inc.
11100 North Airport Drive
Hayden Lake, ID 83835
Phone: 208-772-0584
Fax: 208-772-6196


Eastern Idaho Development Corporation
1651 Alvin Ricken Drive
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: 208-234-7541
Fax: 208-282-4813


East-Central Idaho Planning & Development Association Inc
299 East 4th North St.
Rexburg, ID 83440
Phone: 208-356-4525, ext. 318
Fax: 208-356-4544


Region IV Development Corporation
P.O. BOX 5079
Twin Falls, ID 83303
Phone: 208-732-5730


Region IV Development Corporation
315 Falls Ave., College of Southern Idaho Campus College of Southern Idaho Campus, Evergreen Building #C77
Twin Falls, ID 83303
Phone: 208-732-5730
Fax: 208-732-5454


SomerCor 504, Inc.
601 S. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-360-3300
Fax: 312-360-3333


Wessex 504 Corporation
445 E. North Water St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-527-4927


CenterPoint 504, Inc.
9500 Bormet Drive Suite 105
Mokena, IL 60448
Phone: 708-995-7136
Fax: 708-534-1646


Illinois Business Financial Services
411 Hamilton Blvd.
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: 309-495-5976
Fax: 309-674-0279


Rockford Local Development Corporation
120 West State Street
Rockford, IL 61101
Phone: 815-987-8675
Fax: 815-968-4157