SBA Offices and Resource Partners

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

U.S. Export Assistance Center

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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Georgia

South Georgia U.S. Export Assistance Center
111 East Liberty Street, Suite 202
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-652-4204
Fax: 912-652-4241
http://export.gov/georgia/

Hawaii

Hawaii U.S. Export Assistance Center
Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone #9 521 Ala Moana Blvd. #214
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-522-8040
Fax: 808-522-8045
http://export.gov/hawaii

Idaho

Boise U.S. Export Assistance Center
700 West State Street 2nd Floor
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: 208-364-7791
Fax: 208-334-2783
http://export.gov/idaho/

Illinois

Chicago U.S. Export Assistance Center
200 West Adams Street Suite 2450
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-353-8040
Fax: 312-353-8120
http://export.gov/illinois

Illinois

Peoria U.S. Export Assistance Center
Jobst Hall, Rm. 141 1501 West Bradley Avenue
Peoria, IL 61625
Phone: 309-671-7815
Fax: 309-671-7818
http://export.gov/illinois

Illinois

Rockford U.S. Export Assistance Center
EIGERlab 605 Fulton Avenue, Suite E103
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 815-316-2380
Fax: 888-628-2571
http://export.gov/illinois

Indiana

Indianapolis U.S. Export Assistance Center
U.S. Department of Commerce 11405 N. Pennsylvania, Suite 106
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-582-2300
Fax: 317-582-2301
http://export.gov/indiana/

Iowa

Des Moines U.S. Export Assistance Center
749 Federal Building 210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4590
Fax: 515-288-1437
http://export.gov/iowa/

Kansas

Wichita U.S. Export Assistance Center
150 N. Main Street Suite 200
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316-263-4067
Fax: 316-263-8306
http://export.gov/kansas

Kentucky

Lexington U.S. Export Assistance Center
World Trade Center, 333 W. Vine Street Suite 1600
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-225-7001
Fax: 859-201-1139
http://export.gov/kentucky

Kentucky

Louisville U.S. Export Assistance Center
601 W. Broadway Room 634B
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-582-5066
Fax: 502-582-6573
http://export.gov/kentucky

Louisiana

New Orleans U.S. Export Assistance Center
423 Canal Street Suite 419
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-589-6546
Fax: 504-589-2339
http://export.gov/louisiana

Maine

Portland U.S. Export Assistance Center
c/o Maine International Trade Center 511 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-541-7430
Fax: 207-541-7420
http://export.gov/maine

Maryland

Baltimore U.S. Export Assistance Center
300 West Pratt Street Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-962-4539
Fax: 410-962-4529
http://export.gov/maryland/

Massachusetts

Boston U.S. Export Assistance Center
JFK Federal Building 55 New Sudbury Street, Suite 1826A
Boston, MA 02203
Phone: 617-565-4301
Fax: 617-565-4313
http://export.gov/massachusetts

Michigan

Detroit U.S. Export Assistance Center
211 West Fort Street, Suite 1310
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: 313-872-6794
Fax: 313-872-6795
http://export.gov/michigan

Michigan

Grand Rapids U.S. Export Assistance Center
50 Front Ave. SW Suite 1119
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616-458-3564
Fax: 616-458-3872
http://export.gov/michigan

Michigan

Pontiac U.S. Export Assistance Center
1200 N Telegraph Rd 1025 Campus Drive South, Bldg. 47 West
Waterford, MI 48328
Phone: 248-975-9600
Fax: 248-975-9606
http://export.gov/michigan

Minnesota

Minnesota U.S. Export Assistance Center
100 North 6th Street Suite 210-C, Butler Square Building
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-348-1638
Fax: 612-348-1650
http://export.gov/minnesota

Mississippi

Jackson U.S. Export Assistance Center
1230 Raymond Road Box 600
Jackson, MS 39204
Phone: 601-373-0773
Fax: 601-373-0959
http://export.gov/mississippi/

Missouri

Kansas City U.S. Export Assistance Center
U.S. Commercial Service- Kansas City 1000 Walnut Street, Suite 500
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-421-1876
Fax: 816-471-7839
http://export.gov/missouri/kansascity/

Missouri

St. Louis U.S. Export Assistance Center
4300 Goodfellow Blvd. Bldg. 110 Suite 1100A
St. Louis, MO 63120
Phone: 314-260-3780
Fax: http://www.buyusa.gov/stlouis/
http://export.gov/missouri/st.louis/

Montana

Missoula U.S. Export Assistance Center
The University of Montana Gallagher Business Building, Suite 257
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: 406-370-0097
Fax: 503-326-6351
http://export.gov/montana

Nebraska

Omaha U.S. Export Assistance Center
UNO Mammel Hall Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68182
Phone: 402-597-0193
Fax: 402-595-1194
http://export.gov/nebraska/

Nevada

Las Vegas U.S. Export Assistance Center
400 South Fourth Street Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-388-6694
Fax: 702-388-6469
http://export.gov/nevada

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Export Assistance Center at UNH-IOL
121 Technology Drive, Suite 2
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-953-0212
Fax: 603-953-0213
http://export.gov/newhampshire/

New Jersey

Central Southern NJ Export Assistance Center
997 Lenox Drive Bldg. 3 Suite 111
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: 609-896-2732
Fax: 609-896-4294
http://export.gov/newjersey/

New Jersey

Trenton U.S. Export Assistance Center
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
http://export.gov/newjersey/

New Jersey

Northern New Jersey US Export Assistance Center
The National Newark Building 744 Broad Street Suite 1505
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-645-4682
Fax: 973-645-4783
http://export.gov/newjersey/

New Jersey

Trenton U.S. Export Assistance Center
20 West State Street P.O. Box 820
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 609-989-2100
Fax: 609-989-2395
http://export.gov/newjersey/

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