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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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906 Main Street P.O. Box 28
Trenton, MO 64683


TW I, #109 404 N. 31st
Billings, MT 59101


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


300 Central Ave Suite 406
Great Falls, MT 59403
Phone: 406-454-1934
Fax: 406-454-2995


7 West Sixth Avenue 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59624
Phone: 406-443-3261
Fax: 406-449-5678


1610 S. 70th Street Suite 201
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: 402-483-4600
Fax: 402-483-4623


285 S. 68th Street Place Suite 520
Lincoln, NE 68510


626 South 9th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-382-9522
Fax: 702-382-0375


2770 South Maryland Parkway Suite 216
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: 702-732-3998
Fax: 702-441-0431


6572 South McCarran Blvd.
Reno, NV 89509
Phone: 775-826-6172
Fax: 775-826-6398

New Hampshire

91 North State Street Suite 103
Concord, NH 03302-0664
Phone: 603-228-1872
Fax: 603-226-3588

New Hampshire

One Cate Street 3rd Floor
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-436-0009
Fax: 603-436-5547

New Jersey

75 Chestnut Street
Cranford, NJ 07016
Phone: 908-527-1166
Fax: 908-527-1207

New Jersey

15 Engle Street Suite 107
Englewood, NJ 07631
Phone: 201-541-4101
Fax: 201-541-4130

New Jersey

2050 Center Avenue Suite 375
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Phone: 201-346-0300
Fax: 201-346-1336

New Jersey

3111 Quakerbridge Road 2nd Floor
Mercerville, NJ 08619
Phone: 609-587-1133
Fax: 609-587-1313

New Jersey

161 Main Road
Montville, NJ 07005

New Mexico

6500 Jefferson NE Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505-843-9232
Fax: 505-764-9153

New York

50 Beaver Street 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-463-2268
Fax: 518-463-0240

New York

851 Grand Concourse Room 123
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: 718-590-3980
Fax: 718-537-5262

New York

26 West Main Street
Mohawk, NY 13407
Phone: 315-866-4671
Fax: 315-866-9862

New York

44 West Bridge Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315-343-1545
Fax: 315-343-1546

New York

16 James Street
Port Jervis, NY 12771
Phone: 845-346-4148
Fax: 845-343-2009

New York

30 Church Street Suite 005A
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-428-6815
Fax: 585-428-6042

New York

50 West Main Street Suite 8100
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-753-2022
Fax: 585-753-2028

New York

101 S. Salina Street # 10 Suite 1030
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-373-0468
Fax: 315-373-0921

North Carolina

Executive Arts Bldg. - Furman Road P.O. Box 1820
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-265-5434
Fax: 828-265-5439

North Carolina

1300 Baxter Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-373-1233
Fax: 704-372-1280

North Carolina

5970 Fairview Road Suite 218
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-442-8145
Fax: 704-442-0429

North Carolina

301 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-956-4629
Fax: 919-956-4608