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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Economic Development Foundation Certified
1345 MONROE Ave.NW SUITE 132
Phone: 888-330-1776
Fax: 616-458-5736


Michigan Certified Development Corp.-Greater Grand Rapids Office
2828 Kraft Ave S.E., Suite 165
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Phone: 616-884-0390


Lakeshore 504-Holland Office
272 East 8th Street
Holland, MI 49422-1888
Phone: 616-392-9633
Fax: 616-392-7379


Michigan Certified Development Corp.-Metro Detroit Office-West
340 N. Main St., Suite 306
Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: 734-222-4954


Michigan Certified Development Corp.-Metro Detroit Offic
1362 N. River Rd, Suite 1F
St. Clair, MI 48079
Phone: 810-329-4340


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


Central Minnesota Development Company
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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Central Ozarks Development, Inc.
115 West Highway 54
Camdenton, MO 65020
Phone: 573-346-5692
Fax: 573-346-2007


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


STL Partnership CDC
7733 Forsyth Boulevard Suite 2300
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: 314-615-7663
Fax: 314-615-7666


Green Hills Rural Development, Inc.
906 Main Street P.O. Box 28
Trenton, MO 64683


Big Sky Economic Development Corporation
222 North 32nd Street Suite 200
Billings, MT 59101-1948
Phone: 406-869-8403
Fax: 406-256-6877