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 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.

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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Pioneer Country Development, Inc.
317 North Pomeroy Ave.
Hill City, KS 67642
Phone: 785-421-3488
Fax: 785-421-3496


Citywide Development Corporation of Kansas City, KS, Inc.
7628 State Ave Suite 3
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: 913-788-9884
Fax: 913-788-2741


Wakarusa Valley Development, Inc.
P.O. Box 367
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-749-7600
Fax: 785-749-7601


Heartland Business Capital, Inc.
12345 W. 95th Street Suite 200
Lenexa, KS 66215
Phone: 913-599-1717
Fax: 913-636-6430


Mid-America, Inc.
1701 S. Broadway 128 Shirk Hall
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-235-4924
Fax: 620-235-4919


South Central Kansas Economic Development District, Inc.
209 E. William Suite 300
Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: 316-262-7035
Fax: 316-262-7062


Commonwealth Small Business Development Corporatio
111 St. James Court Suite 504
Frankfort, KY 40601


Urban County Community Development Corporation
200 East Main Street 12th Floor
Lexington, KY 40507


Capital Access Corporation
401 W. Main St. 2010 #1 Riverfront Plaza
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-584-2175
Fax: 502-584-2173


Community Ventures Corporation
811 South Second Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-566-6076


Purchase Area Development District
1002 Medical Drive
Mayfield, KY 42066-0588
Phone: 270-247-7171
Fax: 270-247-9000


Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation, Inc.
2292 South Highway 27 Suite 340
Somerset, KY 42501
Phone: 502-677-6100


Kisatchie Delta Regional Planning & Development District, Inc.
3516 Parliament Court
Alexandria, LA 71303-3135
Phone: 318-487-5454
Fax: 318-487-5451


Louisiana Capital Certified Development Company, Inc.
307 LaRue France
Lafayette, LA 70508
Phone: 337-234-2977
Fax: 337-234-5535


JEDCO Development Corporation
3445 North Causeway Boulevard Suite 300
Meairie, LA 70002
Phone: 504-833-1881
Fax: 504-833-7676


Louisiana Business Loans, Inc.
1810 Auburn Avenue Suite 101
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: 318-323-0878
Fax: 318-323-9492


New Orleans Regional Business Development Loan Corporation
330 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-524-6172
Fax: 504-524-0002


Ark-La-Tex Investment & Development Corporation
5210 Hollywood Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71133
Phone: 318-632-2022
Fax: 318-632-2099


Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
125 Manley Road
Auburn, ME 04210


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


Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Two Portland Fish Pier Suite 206
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-772-5356
Fax: 207-772-5503


Mid-Atlantic Business Finance Company
1410 N. Crain Highway Suite 5B
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Fax: 410-863-7446


Prince George's County, Financial Services Corporation
1100 Mercantile Lane Suite 115-A
Largo, MD 20776
Phone: 301-883-6903
Fax: 301-883-6160


Cape & Islands Community Development, Inc.
5 Shoot Flying Hill Road
Centerville, MA 02632
Phone: 508-790-2921
Fax: 508-362-3698


South Shore Economic Development Corporation
36 Miller Stile Road
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-479-1111
Fax: 617-479-9274


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


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


Bay Colony Development Corporation
230 Third Avenue, First Floor
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-891-3594
Fax: 781-647-4950


Worcester Business Development Corporation
89 Shrewsbury Street Suite 300
Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 508-755-5734
Fax: 508-755-9639


Michigan Certified Development Corp.-Northern Michigan Office
401 Marble St.
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: 231-878-1302