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SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.

U.S. Export Assistance Centers

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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950 22nd Street North Suite 773
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-731-1331
Fax: 205-731-0076


431 West 7th Avenue Suite 108
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-271-6237
Fax: 907-278-2982


2828 North Central Avenue Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004


1475 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 200
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Phone: 602-640-2513
Fax: 717-871-2132


300 West Congress Street Suite 7N1
Tucson, AZ 85701


425 West Capitol Avenue Suite 425
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-324-5794
Fax: 501-324-7380


2100 Chester Avenue 1st Floor Suite 110
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-637-0136
Fax: 661-637-0156


5245 N. Backer Avenue M/S PB5
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559-348-9859
Fax: 661-637-0156


44-199 Monroe St., Suite B #308
Indio, CA 92201
Phone: 760-342-1310
Fax: 760-342-1565


2302 Martin Court Suite 315
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 949-660-1688
Fax: 949-660-1338


11150 West Olympic Boulevard Suite 975
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310-235-7206
Fax: 310-235-7220


444 S. Flower 37th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-894-8784
Fax: 213-894-5432


411 Pacific St Suite 316A
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 408-535-2757 x108
Fax: 831-641-9849


1301 Clay Street, Suite 630 N Oakland Federal Building - North Tower
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-273-7350
Fax: 510-273-7352


2940 Inland Empire Blvd. Suite 121
Ontario, CA 91764
Phone: 909-466-4134
Fax: 909-466-4140


333 Ponoma Street
Port Hueneme, CA 93041
Phone: 805-488-4844
Fax: 805-488-7801


U.S Commercial Service Sacramento 1410 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: 916-566-7170
Fax: 916-566-7123


9449 Balboa Avenue Suite 111
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-467-7043


50 Fremont Street Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-705-2300
Fax: 415-705-2299


55 South Market Street Suite 1040
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-535-2757
Fax: 408-535-2758


Dominican University of California 50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: 415-485-6200
Fax: 415-485-6219


1625 Broadway Suite 680
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-844-6623
Fax: 303-844-5651


213 Court Street Suite 903
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: 860-638-6950
Fax: 860-638-6970 


13805 58 Street N. Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760
Phone: 727-893-3738
Fax: 727-893-3839


1850 Eller Drive, Suite 401
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: 954-356-6640
Fax: 954-356-6644


3 Independent Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-232-1270
Fax: 904-232-1271


5835 Blue Lagoon Drive Suite 203
Miami, FL 33126
Phone: 305-526-7425
Fax: 305-526-7434


3201 East Colonial Drive, Suite A-20
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-648-6170
Fax: 407-487-1909


325 John Knox Road The Atrium Building Suite 201
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: 850-942-9635
Fax: 850-298-6659


75 Fifth Street NW Suite 1060
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-815-1496
Fax: 404-897-6085