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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Tennessee

Tennessee Business Development Corporation
1301 Eastwood Street
Paris, TN 38242
Phone: 731-644-1335
Fax: 731-644-7019

Texas

Big Country Development Corporation
3702 Loop 322
Abilene, TX 79602
Phone: 325-672-8544
Fax: 325-675-5214

Texas

Texas Panhandle Regional Development Corporation
415 West Eighth Avenue
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-372-3381
Fax: 806-373-3268

Texas

Cen-Tex Certified Development Corporation
2212 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-912-9884
Fax: 512-912-9869

Texas

Capital Certified Development Corporation
1250 Capital of Texas Hwy. South Building One, Suite 600
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512-615-0362
Fax: 866-712-8046

Texas

Texas Certified Development Company, Inc.
P. O. Box 6370
Austin, TX 78762
Phone: 512-433-1175
Fax: 512-433-1821

Texas

Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation
1110 Park Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
Phone: 409-838-6581
Fax: 409-833-6718

Texas

Business Development Fund of Texas
2335 Central Blvd
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956-546-4020
Fax: 956-548-6134

Texas

Bryan-College Station CDC
2908 Finfeather Road
Bryan, TX 77801
Phone: 409-775-3699
Fax: 409-775-4393

Texas

Dallas Business Finance Corporation
351 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75208
Phone: 214-948-7800
Fax: 214-948-8104
http://www.dbfcloans.com/

Texas

Upper Rio Grande Development Company
1100 North Stanton Suite 610
El Paso, TX 79902

Texas

Certified Development Corporation of the Southwest
610 South Industrial Blvd. Suite 200
Euless, TX 76040
Phone: 972-639-6911
Fax: 972-767-4400
http://cdcsw.org/

Texas

Alliance Lending
James E. Guinn School Complex 1150 South Freeway, Suite 215
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: 817-871-6444
Fax: 817-332-6456
http://www.alliancecdc.com/

Texas

Lone Star State Capital Corporation
5330 Griggs Road
Houston, TX 77021
Phone: 713-845-2418
Fax: 713-645-2830
http://www.hbdinc.org

Texas

Houston-Galveston Area Local Development Corporation
3555 Timmons Lane Suite 120
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-499-6675
Fax: 832-681-2543

Texas

Multi-County Small Business Finance Corporation
2223 West Loop Suite 400
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-840-8804

Texas

Community Certified Development Corporation
8590 Highway 6 North
Houston, TX 77095
Phone: 713-457-1650
Fax: 713-457-0652

Texas

East Texas Regional Development Company, Inc.
3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, TX 75662
Phone: 903-984-8641
Fax: 903-983-1440

Texas

Caprock Business Finance Corporation, Inc.
1323 58th Street
Lubbock, TX 79412
Phone: 806-762-8721
Fax: 806-765-9544

Texas

900 Lakeview Dr.
McAllen, TX 78501
Phone: 956-928-0641

Texas

Lower Rio Grande Valley Certified Development Corporation
311 N. 15th Street
McAllen, TX 78501-4705
Phone: 956-682-1109
Fax: 956-631-4670

Texas

North Texas Certified Development Corporation
600 North Central Expressway Suite 600
Plano, TX 75074
Phone: 972-516-0514
Fax: 972-424-7479
http://sbacdc.com/

Texas

Concho Valley Business Finance Corporation
5002 Knickerbocker Road
San Angelo, TX 76904

Texas

LiftFund
2007 W. Martin Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: 888.215.2373
Fax: 210-533-2940
http://www.liftfund.com/

Texas

Central Texas Certified Development Company
3000 S. 31st Street Suite 501
Temple, TX 76502-1802
Phone: 254-899-8546
Fax: 254-899-8333

Texas

Ark-Tex Regional Development Company, Inc.
4808 Elizabeth Street
Texarkana, TX 75503
Phone: 903-832-8636
Fax: 903-792-3012

Texas

Greater East Texas Certified Development Company
3600 Old Bullard Rd. #403
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 888-923-2504
Fax: 903-535-9232
http://getcdc.org/

Utah

Utah CDC
5333 South Adams Ave. Suite B
Ogden, UT 84405
Phone: 801-627-1333
Fax: 801-627-6687

Utah

Mountain West Small Business Finance
2595 East 3300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
Phone: 801-474-3232
Fax: 801-493-0111

Vermont

Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation
1 National Life Drive 5th Floor
Montpelier, VT 05601

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