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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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North Carolina

1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: 828-322-9191 ext. 272
Fax: 828-322-5991

North Carolina

1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive
Kernersville, NC 27284
Phone: 336-904-0300
Fax: 336-761-2112

North Carolina

233 Middle Street Suite 206
New Bern, NC 28563
Phone: 252-638-6724
Fax: 252-638-1819

North Carolina

111 West Court Street
Rutherford, NC 28139-0841

North Carolina

144 Industrial Park Drive
Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: 828-452-1967
Fax: 828-452-2920

North Carolina

347 Barnardsville Hwy.
Weaverville, NC 28787
Phone: 828-645-0439
Fax: 828-658-2935

North Carolina

1739 Hewlett Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
Phone: 910-763-8414
Fax: 910-763-0106

North Dakota

417 Main Avenue
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone: 701-235-1197
Fax: 701-235-6706

North Dakota

4133 30th Avenue, South Suite 100
Fargo, ND 58104
Phone: 701-293-8892
Fax: 701-364-1940

North Dakota

200 1st Avenue NW
Mandan, ND 58554
Phone: 701-667-7600

North Dakota

925 20th Avenue SW P.O. Box 2024
Minot, ND 58702-2024
Phone: 701-839-6641
Fax: 701-838-8955


One Cascade Place 18th Floor
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 330-379-3160
Fax: 330-761-0307


116 Cleveland Avenue, NW Suite 600
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: 330-453-5900
Fax: 330-453-1793


1776 Mentor Avneue MB 110
Cincinnati, OH 45212
Phone: 513-631-8292
Fax: 513-631-1192


Two Centennial Plaza, 805 Central Ave. Suite 710
Cinncinnati, OH 45202


1360 East Ninth Street - Suite 350 IMG Center
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-592-2343
Fax: 216-394-0285


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


900 Michigan Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215-1165
Phone: 614-645-0387
Fax: 614-645-8588


8 North Main Street Gem Plaza Building
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-226-0457
Fax: 937-853-2564


130 W. Second St. Suite 1420
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-531-7022
Fax: 937-531-7023


7370 Liberty One Drive
Liberty Township, OH 45044
Phone: 513-777-2225
Fax: 513-777-5711


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


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


One Victoria Place Suite 265A
Painesville, OH 44077
Phone: 440-357-2290
Fax: 440-357-2296


300 E. Auburn Avenue
Springfield, OH 45505
Phone: 937-322-8685
Fax: 937-322-7874


One Maritime Plaza 7th Floor
Toledo, OH 43604


One Maritime Plaza
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-243-8251
Fax: 419-243-1835


4319 Belmont Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44505
Phone: 330-759-3668
Fax: 330-759-3686


P.O. Box 1335
Durant, OK 74702
Phone: 1-800-658-2823


6412 N. Santa Fe Ave. Suite C
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Phone: 405-424-5181
Fax: 405-424-1781