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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Meramec Regional Development Corporation
4 Industrial Drive
St. James, MO 65559
Phone: 573-265-2993
Fax: 573-265-3550


Mo-Kan Development, Inc.
224 North 7th Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501
Phone: 816-233-3144
Fax: 816-233-8498


St. Louis Local Development Company
1520 Market Street Suite 2000
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 314-657-3700
Fax: 314-622-3413


STL Partnership
7733 Forsyth Boulevard Suite 2300
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314-615-7667
Fax: 314-615-7666


Big Sky EDC
222 North 32nd Street Suite 200
Billings, MT 59101-1948
Phone: 406-256-6871
Fax: 406-256-6877


High Plains Financial, Inc.
P.O. Box 949
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: 406-771-9020
Fax: 406-454-2995


Community Development Resources
285 S. 68th Street Place Suite 520
Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: 402-436-2386


Nebraska Economic Development Corporation
4445 S. 86th St.
Lincoln, NE 68526
Phone: 402-483-4651
Fax: 402-483-4623


Nevada State Development Corporation
1551 Desert Crossing Ct.
Las Vegas, NV 89144
Phone: 702-877-9111

New Hampshire

Capital Regional Development Council
P.O. Box 664
Concord, NH 03302-0664
Phone: 603-228-1872
Fax: 603-226-3588

New Hampshire

Granite State Economic Development Corporation
One Cate Street 3rd Floor
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-436-0009
Fax: 603-436-5547

New Jersey

Union County Economic Development Corporation
75 Chestnut Street
Cranford, NJ 07016
Phone: 908-527-1166
Fax: 908-527-1207

New Jersey

Eastern American CDC
15 Engle Street Suite 107
Englewood, NJ 07631
Phone: 201-541-4101
Fax: 201-541-4130

New Jersey

Trenton Business Assistance Corporation
3111 Quakerbridge Road 2nd Floor
Mercerville, NJ 08619
Phone: 609-587-1133
Fax: 609-587-1313

New Mexico

Enchantment Land Certified Development Company
6500 Jefferson NE Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505-843-9232
Fax: 505-764-9153

New York

Empire State Certified Development Corporation
50 Beaver Street 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-694-8458
Fax: 518-463-0240

New York

Business Initiative Corporation of New York
851 Grand Concourse Room 123
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: 718-590-3980
Fax: 718-537-5262

New York

Operation Oswego County, Inc.
44 West Bridge Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315-343-1545
Fax: 315-343-1546

New York

Rochester Economic Development Corporation
30 Church Street Suite 005A
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-428-6817
Fax: 585-428-6042

New York

Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation
50 West Main Street Suite 8100
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-753-2000
Fax: 585-753-2028

New York

Greater Syracuse Business Development Corporation
101 S. Salina Street # 10
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-373-0348
Fax: 315-373-0921

North Carolina

Carolina Business Capital
1307 W. Morehead St. #201
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone: 704-373-1233
Fax: 704-372-1280

North Carolina

Carolina Business Capital, Inc.
1307 West Morehead St.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Phone: 704-373-1233

North Carolina

Business Expansion Funding Corporation
5970 Fairview Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-414-3000

North Carolina

Business Expansion Funding Corporation
5970 Fairview Road Suite 218
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-442-8145
Fax: 704-442-0429

North Carolina

Self-Help Ventures Fund
301 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-956-4629
Fax: 919-956-4608

North Carolina

Piedmont Triad Regional Council
1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive
Kernersville, NC 27284
Phone: 336-904-0300
Fax: 336-761-2112

North Carolina

Business Expansion Funding Corporation
233 Middle Street Suite 206
New Bern, NC 28563
Phone: 252-638-6724
Fax: 252-638-1819

North Dakota

Lake Agassiz Certified Development Company
417 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone: 701-235-1197
Fax: 701-235-6706

North Dakota

Dakota Certified Development Company
4133 30th Avenue, South Suite 100
Fargo, ND 58104
Phone: 701-293-8892
Fax: 701-364-1940