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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Northeastern Economic Development Company of PA-CDC, Inc.
4000-4th Street Suite 3
Moosic, PA 18507
Phone: 570-457-6726
Fax: 570-457-3395


Regional Development Funding Corporation
3856 South Water Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone: 412-246-4840
Fax: 412-471-3902


NEPA Business Alliance Finance Corporation
1151 Oak St.
Pittston, PA 18640
Phone: 570-655-5581


The Pennsylvania Community Development and Finance Corporation
2561 Bernville Road
Reading, PA 19605
Phone: 610-898-6045
Fax: 610-370-3770

Puerto Rico

PYMES Financial Partners, Inc.
250 Ave. Luis Munoz Rivera #1122
San Juan, PR 00918
Phone: 787-765-1677
Fax: 787-761-7712

Puerto Rico

Marketing Small Business Finance Corporation
P.O. Box 193824
San Juan, PR 00919
Phone: 787-765-0801
Fax: 787-765-0861

Puerto Rico

P.O. Box 191791
San Juan, PR 00919
Phone: 787-756-5080, ext. 228
Fax: 787-758-7570

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Business Development Corporation
Capitan Espada #406 Esq. Padre L:as Casas, Urb. El Vedado
San Juan, PR 00936
Phone: 787-753-5786
Fax: 787-753-0855

Rhode Island

Ocean State Business Development Authority
155 South Main Street Suite 301
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-454-4560
Fax: 401-454-4890

South Carolina

Certified Development Corporation of South Carolina
P.O. Box 21823
Columbia, SC 29221
Phone: 803-798-4064
Fax: 803-744-0611

South Carolina

Appalachian Development Corporation
880 S. Pleasantburg Dr.
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: 864-382-2350
Fax: 864-382-2370

South Carolina

Catawba Regional Development Corporation
215 Hampton Street
Rock Hill, SC 29731
Phone: 803-327-9041
Fax: 803-327-1912

South Carolina

Provident Business Financial Services, Inc.
3937 Sunset Blvd. Suite D
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: 803-791-0071
Fax: 803-233-7589

South Dakota

South Dakota Development Corp.
711 E. Wells Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-8373
Fax: 605-773-3256

South Dakota

Dakota Business Finance
500 N. Western Avenue Suite 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605-367-5353
Fax: 605-367-5394

South Dakota

Black Hills Community Economic Development, Inc.
P.O. Box 218
Sturgis, SD 57785
Phone: 605-384-1706
Fax: 605-394-6140

South Dakota

First District Development Company
124 First Avenue, NW
Watertown, SD 57201
Phone: 605-882-5115
Fax: 605-882-5049


Areawide Development Corporation
P. O. Box 249
Alcoa, TN 37701-0249
Phone: 865-273-6008
Fax: 865-273-6010


Brightbridge, Inc.
535 Chestnut Street Suite 161
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: 423-424-4220


South Central Tennessee Development Corp.
101 Sam Watkins Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, TN 38474
Phone: 931-379-2640
Fax: 931-379-2640


Mid-Cumberland Area Development Corporation
501 Union Street 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37219-1705
Phone: 615-862-8606
Fax: 615-862-8862


Tennessee Business Development Corp.
1301 East Wood St. Suite 2
Paris, TN 38242
Phone: 731-644-1335
Fax: 731-644-7019


Big Country Development Corporation
3702 Loop 322
Abilene, TX 79602
Phone: 325-672-8544
Fax: 325-675-5214


Texas Panhandle Regional Development Corporation
801 South Fillmore Suite 205
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-379-6411
Fax: 806-373-3268


PeopleFund CDC
2921 E. 17th ST Bldg. D, Suite 1
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 888-222-0017


Cen-Tex Certified Development Corporation
2212 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-912-9884
Fax: 512-912-9869


Capital Certified Development Corporation
1250 South Capital of Texas Hwy. Building One, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512-327-9229
Fax: 866-712-8046


Texas Certified Development Company, Inc.
P. O. Box 6370
Austin, TX 78762
Phone: 512-433-1175
Fax: 512-433-1821


Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation
1110 Park Street P.O. Box 3150
Beaumont, TX 77701
Phone: 409-838-6581
Fax: 409-833-6718


Business Development Fund of Texas
2335 Central Blvd
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956-546-4020
Fax: 956-548-6134