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Local Assistance

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

Certified Development Companies

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 chapters 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.

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907 South Detroit Suite 1001
Tulsa, OK 74120-4225
Phone: 918-585-8332
Fax: 918-585-2473


4660 NE Belknap Court Suite 101
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Phone: 503-629-9662
Fax: 877-568-2443


2455 Maple Leaf
North Bend, OR 97459
Phone: 541-756-4101
Fax: 541-756-1167


2016 Airport Road P.O. Box 1041
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: 541-276-6745
Fax: 541-276-6071


2363 SW Glacier Place
Redmond, OR 97756
Phone: 541-548-9538
Fax: 541-504-3302


494 State St. SE Suite 270
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-990-6868
Fax: 503-990-6865


718 Hamilton Street Portland Place - 7th Floor
Allentown, PA 18101


3900 Industrial Park Dr.
Altoona, PA 16602
Phone: 814-944-6113
Fax: 814-946-0157


2158 Avenue C Suite 200
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Phone: 610-266-6775
Fax: 610-266-7623


737 Constitution Drive
Exton, PA 19341
Phone: 610-458-5700
Fax: 610-458-7770


Southern Market Center 100 South Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17608
Phone: 717-397-4046
Fax: 717-293-3159


201 Furnace Road
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570-524-4491
Fax: 570-524-9190


4000-4th Street Suite 3
Moosic, PA 18507
Phone: 570-457-6726
Fax: 570-457-3395


2600 Centre Square West 1500 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19109-2126


6100 City Ave., Suite P-218
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-871-3770
Fax: 215-871-3776


3856 South Water Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone: 412-471-1030
Fax: 412-471-3902


707 Grant Street Suite 1920
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-201-2449
Fax: 412-201-2451


200 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-6553
Fax: 412-255-6542


2561 Bernville Road
Reading, PA 19605
Phone: 610-898-6045
Fax: 610-370-3770

Puerto Rico

P.O. Box 9023835
San Juan, PR 00902-3835
Phone: 787-765-1677
Fax: 787-761-7712

Puerto Rico

Citibank Tower Suite 301 252 Ponce de Leon Avenue
San Juan, PR 00918
Phone: 787-620-7642
Fax: 787-474-5446

Puerto Rico

Capitan Espada Street #406 El Bedado
San Juan, PR 00918
Phone: 787-753-8484
Fax: 787-753-0855

Puerto Rico

239 Arterial Hostos Avenue Capital Center Bldg.-South Tower, S-305
San Juan, PR 00918-1475
Phone: 787-765-0801
Fax: 787-765-0861

Puerto Rico

1103 Munoz Rivera Ave.
San Juan, PR 00926
Phone: 787-756-5080
Fax: 787-758-7570

Rhode Island

155 South Main Street Suite 301
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-454-4560
Fax: 401-454-4890

South Carolina

3937 Sunset Blvd. Suite D
Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: 803-791-0071
Fax: 803-233-7589

South Carolina

111 Executive Center Drive Enoree Building, Suite 225
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-744-0311
Fax: 803-744-0611

South Carolina

3531 Pelham Road, Suite 100
Greenville, SC 29615
Phone: 864-382-2350
Fax: 864-382-2370

South Carolina

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

South Dakota

711 E. Wells Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-5196
Fax: 605-773-3256