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 over 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 Center (VBOC) program isprogram is a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. Located nationwide, VBOCs provide transition assistance programs, including Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot, as well as business development assistance such as training, counseling and mentoring, and resource referrals.

Learn more about what Veterans Business Outreach Centers can offer you.

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.

Refine by State*

New York

Buffalo U.S. Export Assistance Center
130 S. Elmwood Avenue Suite 530
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: 716-551-4191
Fax: 716-551-5290

New York

Syracuse Associate U.S. Export Assistance Center
4455 Electronica Pkwy Suite 207
Liverpool, NY 13088
Phone: 315-453-4070
Fax: 817-310-3757

New York

New York U.S. Export Assistance Center
290 Broadway Rm 1312
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-809-2675
Fax: 212-809-2687

New York

Harlem U.S. Export Assistance Center
163 W. 125th Street Suite 901
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-860-6200
Fax: 212-860-6203

New York

Long Island U.S. Export Assistance Center
College at Old Westbury, POB 210 Academic Village - Marshall Hallam Bldg 10 - 223 Store Hill Road
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Phone: 516-876-3418
Fax: 516-876-7563

New York

Rochester U.S. Export Assistance Center
400 Andrews Street Suite 300
Rochester, NY 14604
Phone: 585-399-7065
Fax: 585-423-7570

New York

Westchester U.S. Export Assistance Center
707 Westchester Avenue Suite 209
White Plains, NY 10604
Phone: 914-682-6712
Fax: 914-682-6698

North Carolina

Charlotte U.S. Export Assistance Center
521 East Morehead Street Suite 435
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-333-4886
Fax: 704-332-2681

North Carolina

Greensboro U.S. Export Assistance Center
342 North Elm Street 1st Floor
Greensboro, NC 27401
Phone: 336-333-5345
Fax: 336-333-5158

North Carolina

Raleigh U.S. Export Assistance Center
10900 World Trade Blvd Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27617
Phone: 919-281-2751
Fax: 919-281-2754

North Dakota

Fargo U.S. Export Assistance Center
811 2nd Avenue North Suite 436
Fargo, ND 58108
Fax: 701- 237-9734


Cincinnati U.S. Export Assistance Center
36 E. 7th Street Suite 2650
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-684-2944
Fax: 513-684-3227


Cleveland U.S. Export Assistance Center
600 Superior Avenue E. Suite 700
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-522-4731
Fax: 216-522-2235


Columbus U.S. Export Assistance Center
U.S. Department of Commerce 401 North Front Street, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-365-9510
Fax: 614-365-9598


Kent U.S. Export Assistance Center
Kent State University Administrative Services Bldg.
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: 330-678-0695
Fax: 330-678-0646


Oklahoma City U.S. Export Assistance Center
301 NW 63rd Street Suite 330
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Phone: 405-608-5302
Fax: 405-608-4211


Tulsa U.S. Export Assistance Center
700 N. Greenwood Avenue Suite 1400
Tulsa, OK 74106
Phone: 918-581-7650
Fax: 918-581-6263


Portland U.S. Export Assistance Center
One World Trade Center 121 SW Salmon Street, Suite 242
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-326-3001
Fax: 503-326-6351


Philadelphia U.S. Export Assistance Center
The Curtis Center - Independence Square West 601 Walnut Street, Suite 580 West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-597-6101
Fax: 215-597-6123


Pittsburgh U.S. Export Assistance Center
425 6th Avenue Suite 2950
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-644-2800
Fax: 412-644-2803

Puerto Rico

San Juan U.S. Export Assistance Center
Centro Internacional de Mercadeo Tower II Suite 702 Street 165
Guaynabo, PR 00968
Phone: 787-775-1992
Fax: 787-781-7178

Rhode Island

Providence U.S. Export Assistance Center
315 Iron Horse Way Suite 101
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-528-5104
Fax: 401-528-5067

South Carolina

Columbia U.S. Export Assistance Center
USC Moore School of Business 705 College Street, Suite 600
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-2571
Fax: 803-777-2615

South Carolina

Greenville U.S. Export Assistance Center
Buck Mickel Center at Greenville Technical College 216 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Suite 243
Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: 864-250-8429
Fax: 864-250-6729

South Carolina

Charleston U.S. Export Assistance Center
1362 McMillan Avenue Suite 100
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-746-3404
Fax: 843-529-0305

South Dakota

South Dakota U.S. Export Assistance Center
Augustana College / Madsen Center 2001 S. Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
Phone: 605-330-4265
Fax: 605-330-4266


Knoxville U.S. Export Assistance Center
17 Market Square Suite 201
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-545-4637
Fax: 865-545-4435


Memphis U.S. Export Assistance Center
22 North Front Street Suite 200
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-544-0930
Fax: 901-543-3510


Nashville U.S. Export Assistance Center
312 Rosa Parks Blvd. 10th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-736-2222
Fax: 615-736-2226


Austin U.S. Export Assistance Center
P.O. Box 12428 - 78711 221 E. 11th Street - 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
Fax: 512-916-5940