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SBA Offices and Resource Partners

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 more than 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.

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111 East Liberty Street, Suite 202
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-652-4204
Fax: 912-652-4241


Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone #9 521 Ala Moana Blvd. #214
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-522-8040
Fax: 808-522-8045


700 West State Street 2nd Floor
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: 208-364-7791
Fax: 208-334-2783


200 West Adams Street Suite 2450
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-353-8040
Fax: 312-353-8120


Jobst Hall, Rm. 141 1501 West Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL 61625
Phone: 309-671-7815
Fax: 309-671-7818


EIGERlab 605 Fulton Avenue, Suite E103
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 815-316-2380
Fax: 888-628-2571


U.S. Department of Commerce 11405 N. Pennsylvania, Suite 106
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-582-2300
Fax: 317-582-2301


749 Federal Building 210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4590
Fax: 515-288-1437


150 N. Main Street Suite 200
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316-263-4067
Fax: 316-263-8306


World Trade Center, 333 W. Vine Street Suite 1600
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-225-7001
Fax: 859-201-1139


601 W. Broadway Room 634B
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-582-5066
Fax: 502-582-6573


423 Canal Street Suite 419
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-589-6546
Fax: 504-589-2339


c/o Maine International Trade Center 511 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-541-7430
Fax: 207-541-7420


300 West Pratt Street Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-962-4539
Fax: 410-962-4529


JFK Federal Building 55 New Sudbury Street, Suite 1826A
Boston, MA 02203
Phone: 617-565-4301
Fax: 617-565-4313


211 West Fort Street, Suite 1310
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-872-6794
Fax: 313-872-6795


401 W. Fulton Street Suite 349C
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616-458-3564
Fax: 616-458-3872


1200 N Telegraph Rd 1025 Campus Drive South, Bldg. 47 West
Waterford, MI 48328
Phone: 248-975-9600
Fax: 248-975-9606


100 North 6th Street Suite 210-C, Butler Square Building
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-348-1638
Fax: 612-348-1650


1230 Raymond Road Box 600
Jackson, MS 39204
Phone: 601-373-0773
Fax: 601-373-0959


U.S. Commercial Service- Kansas City 1000 Walnut Street, Suite 500
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-421-1876
Fax: 816-471-7839


4300 Goodfellow Blvd. Bldg. 110 Suite 1100A
St. Louis, MO 63120
Phone: 314-260-3780
Fax: http://www.buyusa.gov/stlouis/


The University of Montana Gallagher Business Building, Suite 257
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: 406-370-0097
Fax: 503-326-6351


UNO Mammel Hall Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68182
Phone: 402-597-0193
Fax: 402-595-1194


400 South Fourth Street Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-388-6694
Fax: 702-388-6469

New Hampshire

121 Technology Drive, Suite 2
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-953-0212
Fax: 603-953-0213

New Jersey

997 Lenox Drive Bldg. 3 Suite 111
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: 609-896-2732
Fax: 609-896-4294

New Jersey

C/O Burlington County College Small Business Incubator 900 Briggs Road, Room 208
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: 856-722-0958
Fax: 856-722-0716

New Jersey

The National Newark Building 744 Broad Street Suite 1505
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-645-4682
Fax: 973-645-4783

New Jersey

20 West State Street P.O. Box 820
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 609-989-2100
Fax: 609-989-2395