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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North Dakota

Lewis & Clark Certified Development Company
200 1st Avenue NW
Mandan, ND 58554
Phone: 701-667-7624


Cascade Capital Corporation
One Cascade Place 7th Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 330-379-3169
Fax: 330-761-0307


HCDC, Inc.
1776 Mentor Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45212
Phone: 513-631-8292


Growth Capital Corp.
1360 East 9thSt. Suite 950
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-592-2343
Fax: 216-394-0285


Ohio Statewide Development Corporation
1650 Lake Shore Dr. Suite 380
Columbus, OH 43204
Phone: 614-481-3214
Fax: 614-481-3215


Citywide Small Business Development Corporation
8 North Main Street Gem Plaza Building
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-853-2541
Fax: 937-853-2564


County Corp Development
130 W. Second St. Suite 1420
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-225-6328
Fax: 937-531-7023


Community Capital Development Corporation
5475 Rings Rd.
Dublin, OH 43215-1165
Phone: 614-645-6171
Fax: 614-645-8588


Small Business Capital Corp of Ohio
7700 Clocktower Dr. Room A2112
Kirtland, OH 44094
Phone: 440-525-7705


Access Business Development & Finance Inc.
7370 Liberty One Dr.
Liberty Township, OH 45044
Phone: 513-777-2225


West Central Partnership, Inc.
915 West Market Street Suite C
Lima, OH 45805
Phone: 419-222-0130
Fax: 419-222-8211


Mentor Economic Assistance Corporation
8500 Civic Center Boulevard
Mentor, OH 44060
Phone: 440-974-5739
Fax: 440-205-3605


Clark County Development Corporation
300 E. Auburn Avenue
Springfield, OH 45505
Phone: 937-322-7821
Fax: 937-322-7874


Northwest Ohio Development Assistance Corporation
One Maritime Plaza
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-243-8251
Fax: 419-243-1835


Northwest Ohio Development Assistance Corporation
One Maritime Plaza 7th Floor
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-243-8251


Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation
4319 Belmont Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44505
Phone: 330-759-3668
Fax: 330-759-3686


Rural Enterprises Inc.
P.O. Box 1335
Durant, OK 74702
Phone: 580-924-5094


Metro Area Development Corporation
4200 N. Lindsey Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-424-5181
Fax: 405-424-1781


Tulsa Economic Development Corporation
125 West 3rd St.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone: 918-585-8332
Fax: 918-585-2473


Small Business Capital Corporation
15 W. Sixth St. Suite 1214
Tulsa, OK 74119-5406
Phone: 918-584-7888
Fax: 918-599-8339


Oregon Business Development Corporation
334 NE Hawthorne
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-548-9538
Fax: 541-504-3302


C.C.D. Business Development Corporation
P.O. Box 444
North Bend, OR 97459
Phone: 541-672-6728
Fax: 541-756-1167


Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation
2016 Airport Road
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: 541-276-6745
Fax: 541-276-6071


Cascade Capital Funding
698 12th Street SE Suite 210
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-990-6868
Fax: 503-990-6865


Allentown Economic Development Corporation
718 Hamilton Street Portland Place - 7th Floor
Allentown, PA 18101


Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation
3900 Industrial Park Dr.
Altoona, PA 16602
Phone: 814-944-6113
Fax: 814-946-0157


South Eastern Economic Development Company of Penn
737 Constitution Drive
Exton, PA 19341
Phone: 610-458-5700
Fax: 610-458-7770


DelVal Business Finance Corp.
344 Baltimore St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 570-524-4491


EDC Finance Corporation
Southern Market Center 100 South Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17608
Phone: 717-397-4046
Fax: 717-293-3159


SEDA-COG Local Development Corporation
201 Furnace Road
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570-524-4491
Fax: 570-524-9190