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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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600 Randolph, Room 323 Wayne County Building
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-224-0820
Fax: 313-224-8458


211 W. Fort Street Suite 900
Detroit, MI 48226


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


1345 MONROE Ave.NW SUITE 132
Phone: 616-459-4825
Fax: 616-458-5736


272 East 8th Street
Holland, MI 49422-1888
Phone: 616-392-9633
Fax: 616-392-7379


19499 W. HC-Edmore Road P.O. Box 501
Howard City, MI 49329-7429


17199 N. Laurel Pk. Dr. Suite 300
Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: 734-464-4418
Fax: 734-464-4419


2100 Pontiac Lake Road Ex. Off. Bldg. - Building 41 West
Waterford, MI 48328
Phone: 248-858-0765
Fax: 248-975-9555


1885 Station Parkway
Andover, MN 55304
Phone: 763-784-3337
Fax: 763-784-3338


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


1710 Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest Suite 105
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-759-8481


100 South Fifth Street Suite 2400
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-746-6905


220 South Broadway Suite 100
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-288-6442
Fax: 507-282-8960


1 Prairie Drive
Slayton, MN 56172
Phone: 507-836-6656
Fax: 507-836-6309


616 Roosevelt Road Suite 200
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-258-5000


3495 Vadnais Center Drive
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
Phone: 651-481-8081
Fax: 651-481-8280


1170 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: 601-981-1625
Fax: 601-981-1515


75 South Main Street
Pontotoc, MS 38863
Phone: 662-489-2415
Fax: 662-488-6985


115 West Highway 54
Camdenton, MO 65020
Phone: 573-346-5692
Fax: 573-346-2007


121 South Meramec Suite 900
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: 314-615-7667
Fax: 314-615-7666


910 East Broadway Suite 201
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-875-8117
Fax: 573-443-2319


5217 Hwy. B
Hillsboro, MO 63050
Phone: 636-797-5336
Fax: 636-797-5080


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


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


1100 Walnut Suite 1700
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-221-0636
Fax: 816-221-0189


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


5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
St. Charles, MO 63304
Phone: 636-441-6880
Fax: 636-441-6881


4 Industrial Drive
St. James, MO 65559
Phone: 573-265-2993
Fax: 573-265-3550


224 North 7th Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501
Phone: 816-233-3144
Fax: 816-233-8498


1015 Locust Suite 1200
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-622-3400
Fax: 314-622-3413