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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Louisiana

New Orleans Regional Business Development Loan Corporation
3801 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: 504-524-6172
Fax: 504-524-0002

Louisiana

Ark-La-Tex Investment & Dev Co.
P.O. Box 37005
Shreveport, LA 71133
Phone: 318-632-2022
Fax: 318-632-2099

Maine

Eastern Maine Development Corporation
40 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-942-6389
Fax: 207-942-3548

Maine

Pine Tree State Certified Development Corporation
120 Exchange St. Suite 205
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-773-3104

Maryland

Prince George's County Financial Services Corporation
1801 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774
Phone: 301-883-6900
Fax: 301-883-6160

Massachusetts

Cape and Islands Community Development, Inc.
5 Patti Page Way
Centerville, MA 02632
Phone: 508-362-3755
Fax: 508-362-3698
http://www.coastalcommunitycapital.org

Massachusetts

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
594 Columbia Rd. Suite 302
Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: 617-825-4200, ext. 216

Massachusetts

South Eastern Economic Development Corporation
80 Dean Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: 508-822-1020
Fax: 508-880-7869
http://seedcorp.com/

Massachusetts

New England Certified Development Corporation
500 Edgewater Dr. Suite 555
Wakefield, MA 01880
Phone: 781-928-1100
Fax: 781-928-1101

Massachusetts

Bay Colony Development Corporation
City Point
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-891-3594
Fax: 781-647-4950
http://www.baycolony.org

Massachusetts

Worcester Business Development Corporation
89 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 508-755-5734
Fax: 508-755-9639

Michigan

Michigan Certified Development Corporation
3737 Coolidge Road 2nd Floor
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 517-886-6612
Fax: 517-886-6619

Michigan

Economic Development Foundation - Certified
1345 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-459-4825
Fax: 616-458-5736

Michigan

Lakeshore 504
272 East 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-392-9633
Fax: 616-392-7379

Michigan

Oakland County Business Finance Corporation
2100 Pontiac Lake Road Bldg. 41 West
Waterford, MI 48328
Phone: 248-858-0765
Fax: 248-975-9555

Minnesota

Central Minnesota Development Company
1885 Station Parkway
Andover, MN 55304
Phone: 763-784-3337
Fax: 763-784-3338

Minnesota

SPEDCO
3900 Northwoods Drive Suite 225
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Phone: 651-631-4900
Fax: 651-631-9498

Minnesota

Southeastern Minnesota 504 Development Corporation
220 South Broadway Suite 100
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-288-6442
Fax: 507-282-8960

Minnesota

Prairieland Economic Development Corporation
1 Prairie Drive
Slayton, MN 56172
Phone: 507-836-6656
Fax: 507-836-6309

Minnesota

Minnesota Business Finance Corporation
616 Roosevelt Road Suite 200
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-255-5000
http://www.mbfc.org/

Minnesota

Twin Cities-Metro Certified Development Company
3495 Vadnais Center Drive
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
Phone: 651-481-8081
Fax: 651-481-8280

Minnesota

Twin Cities-Metro Certified Development Company
3495 Vadnais Center Drive
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
Phone: 651-481-8081

Mississippi

Central Mississippi Development Company, Inc.
1170 Lakeland Drive P.O. Box 4935
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: 601-981-1625
Fax: 601-981-1515

Mississippi

Three Rivers Local Development Company, Inc.
75 South Main Street
Pontotoc, MS 38863
Phone: 662-489-2415
Fax: 662-488-6985

Missouri

Enterprise Development Corporation
910 East Broadway Suite A
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-875-8117
Fax: 573-443-2319

Missouri

Economic Development Corp. of Jefferson County, MO
5217 Hwy. B
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Phone: 636-797-5336
Fax: 636-797-5080

Missouri

Rural Missouri, Inc.
3324 Emerald Lane
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-635-0136
Fax: 573-635-5636

Missouri

Rural Missouri, Inc.
3324 Emerald Lane
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-635-0136
Fax: 573-635-5836

Missouri

EDC Loan Corporation
1100 Walnut Suite 1700
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-691-2108
Fax: 816-221-0189

Missouri

Clay-Platte Development Corporation
1251 NW Briarcliff Parkway Suite 25
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: 816-468-4989
Fax: 816-587-1996

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