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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. SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Services Provided by the Centers

Pre-Business Plan Workshops VBOCs conduct entrepreneurial development workshops dealing specifically with the major issues of self-employment, which include using the Internet to develop and expand businesses. Each client has the opportunity to work directly with a business counselor.

Concept Assessments VBOCs assist clients in assessing their entrepreneurial needs and requirements.

Business Plan Preparations VBOCs assist clients in developing and maintaining a business plan. The business plan includes such elements as the legal and organizational structure of the business; equipment requirements and costs; strategic and financial plans; and market research.

Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis VBOCs help identify and analyze strengths and weaknesses of the business plan to increase the probability of success. Analysis results are used to revise the strategic planning portion of the business plan.

Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling VBOCs, working with other SBA resource partners, conduct entrepreneurial training and counseling sessions specifically for service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs.

Mentorship When needed, VBOCs conduct on-site visits with clients to ensure they are following their business plans. Additionally, VBOCs review monthly financial statements to determine if the business plan needs to be changed to achieve targeted goals.

Other Business Developmental Related Services VBOCs also provide assistance and training in topics such as exporting, franchising, marketing, accounting and more.

VBOC Locations and Areas of Coverage

Region I Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center

Region II The Research Foundation of the State University of
New York SUNY @ Farmingdale SBDC
The New Jersey Veterans Business Outreach Center - Rutgers Business School

Region III Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center/Old Dominion University

Region IV The University of West Florida in Pensacola The Veterans Business Outreach Center
@Fayetteville State University

Region V VetBiz Central, Inc

Region VI The University of Texas - Pan American Veterans Enterprise Training Program Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region VII Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Region VIII Rocky Boys Veteran’s Association

Region IX Vietnam Veterans of California – VBOC Guam Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region X Seattle Business Assistance Center


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 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: Atlanta, GA; Arlington, VA; Boston, MA; Irvine, CA; Sacramento, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; 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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460 South Enota Drive
Gainesville, GA 30501
Phone: 770-536-7839
Fax: 770-536-9026


175-C Emory Highway
Macon, GA 31201
Phone: 478-751-6160
Fax: 478-751-6517


2000 First Drive Suite 220
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 678-560-2656
Fax: 678-815-0869


111 E. Liberty Suite 100
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-232-4700
Fax: 912-232-0385


327 W. Savannah Avenue
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: 229-333-5277
Fax: 229-333-5312


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


1471 Shoreline Drive Suite 123
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-383-3473
Fax: 208-383-9404


11100 North Airport Drive
Hayden, ID 83835
Phone: 208-772-0584
Fax: 208-772-6196


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


299 East 4th North Street
Rexburg, ID 83440
Phone: 208-356-4525
Fax: 208-356-4544


315 Falls Avenue
Twin Falls, ID 83303
Phone: 208-732-5730
Fax: 208-732-5454


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


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


28055 Ashley Circle Suite 212
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: 847-247-0137
Fax: 847-247-0423


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


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


120 Delmar Avenue Suite A
Salem, IL 62881
Phone: 618-548-4234
Fax: 618-548-4236


2401 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, IL 62704-7423
Phone: 800-577-2772
Fax: 217-787-2872


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


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


151 N. Delaware Suite 750
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-613-3500
Fax: 317-974-0510


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


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


211 West Washington Suite 1710
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: 574-288-5758
Fax: 574-288-5759


400 Robert D Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-283-4017
Fax: 515-237-1667


7600 Commerce Park
Dubuque, IA 52002
Phone: 563-556-4166
Fax: 563-556-0348


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


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


3835 W. 9th Street
Waterloo, IA 50702
Phone: 319-235-2960
Fax: 319-235-9171


100 Military Plaza Suite 128
Dodge City, KS 67801
Phone: 620-227-6406
Fax: 620-225-6051