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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Georgia Small Business Lender, Inc.
175-C Emory Highway
Macon, GA 31201
Phone: 478-751-6160
Fax: 478-751-6517


Georgia Resource Capital, Inc.
2000 First Drive Suite 220
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 678-560-2656
Fax: 678-815-0869


Small Business Assistance Corporation
111 E. Liberty 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., Ste. #220
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-383-3473
Fax: 208-383-9404


Panhandle Area Council, Inc.
11100 North Airport Drive
Hayden, 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 Development Company
299 East 4th North Street
Rexburg, ID 83440
Phone: 208-356-4525
Fax: 208-356-4544


Region IV Development Corporation
315 Falls Avenue
Twin Falls, ID 83303
Phone: 208-732-5730
Fax: 208-732-5454


SomerCor 504, Inc.
601 S. LaSalle Street Suite 510
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-360-3317
Fax: 312-360-3333


Wessex 504 Corp
445 E. North Water St., Ste. 2703
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 527-4927


Lake County Partnership for Economic Development, Inc.
28055 Ashley Circle Suite 212
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: 847-247-0137
Fax: 847-247-0423


Illinois Business Financial Services
124 Southwest Adams Street Suite 190
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: 309-495-5981
Fax: 309-674-0279


Rockford Local Development Corporation
120 West State Street Suite 306
Rockford, IL 61101-4157
Phone: 815-987-8675
Fax: 815-968-4157


South Central Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission
120 Delmar Avenue Suite A
Salem, IL 62881
Phone: 618-548-4234
Fax: 618-548-4236


Small Business Growth Corporation
2401 W. White Oaks Dr.
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: 217-787-7557


Small Business Growth Corporation
2401 W. White Oaks Dr.
Springfield, IL 62704-7423
Phone: 217-787-7557
Fax: 217-787-2872


CenterPoint 504, Inc.
Governor's State University University Parkway - Suite C3300
University Park, IL 60466
Phone: 708-534-4928
Fax: 708-534-1646


Community Development Corporation of Fort Wayne
One East Main St. Room 840
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-427-1127
Fax: 260-427-1375


Premier Capital
151 N. Delaware St Ste. 175
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-613-3502


Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corporation
4181 East 96th Street Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46240-4300
Phone: 317-844-9810
Fax: 317-844-9815


Regional Development Corporation
5997 Carlson Avenue Suite B
Portgage, IN 46368
Phone: 219-764-2700
Fax: 219-764-2890


Business Development Corporation (BDC)
211 West Washington Suite 1710
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: 574-288-5758
Fax: 574-288-5759


Corporation for Economic Development in Des Moines
400 Robert D Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-283-4017
Fax: 515-237-1667


E.C.I.A. Business Growth, Inc.
7600 Commerce Park
Dubuque, IA 52002
Phone: 563-556-4166
Fax: 563-556-0348


Iowa Business Growth Company
5409 NW 88th Street Suite 100
Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: 515-223-4511
Fax: 515-223-5017


Siouxland Economic Development Corporation
1106 Historic Fourth Street, Suite 201
Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: 712-279-6430
Fax: 712-224-2510


Black Hawk County Economic Development Committee, Inc.
3835 W. 9th Street
Waterloo, IA 50702
Phone: 319-235-2960
Fax: 319-235-9171


Great Plains Development, Inc.
100 Military Plaza Suite 128
Dodge City, KS 67801
Phone: 620-227-6406
Fax: 620-225-6051