SBA Offices and Resource Partners

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

Procurement Technical 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.

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Procurement Technical Assistance Program of Alabama - PTAC
500 Colonial Drive Room 201, Bidgood Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone: 205-348-1687
Fax: 205-348-6974


Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Alaska - PTAC
430 West 7th Avenue, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-274-7232
Fax: 907-274-9524


Alaska PTAC - Anchorage
1901 Bragaw St Ste. 199
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 907-786-7258


Alaska PTAC - Fairbanks
3750 Bonita Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: 907-456-7232


Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
Glendale Community College 6000 W. Olive Avenue, Bldg. I-2, Room 105
Glendale, AZ 85302
Phone: 623-845-4700
Fax: 623-845-4705


Northwest Arkansas Community College - PTAC
One College Drive, SCGBD Rm. 1022A Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center (APAC) - Satellite Office
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: 501-650-6180


University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service - PTAC
2301 S University Ave,
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: 501-671-2390
Fax: 501-671-2394


Norcal PTAC
1 Harpst Street House 71
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: 707.826.3922
Fax: 707.826.3912


Riverside Community College District - PTAC
152 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
Phone: 951-571-6442
Fax: 951-898-7946


American Indian Chamber Education Fund - PTAC
555 W. Fifth Street 31st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-440-3232
Fax: 213-996-8304


Los Angeles County Office of Small Business - PTAC
1100 N. Eastern Avenue, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90063
Phone: 323-881-3964
Fax: 323-881-1871


Monterey Bay PTAC
3180 Imijin Road, Suite 102
Marina, CA 93933
Phone: 831-216-3000
Fax: 831-582-3240


San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center - PTAC
880 National City Blvd. Suite 7100
National City, CA 92108
Phone: 619-216-6671
Fax: 619-285-7030


California Capital Financial Development Corporation/Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
1792 Tribute Rd Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: (916) 442-1729
Fax: (916) 476-6820


Colorado PTAC
1675 Garden of the Gods Rd Suite 1107
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: 719-667-3845


Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program - PTAC
19 B Thames St
Groton, CT 06340
Phone: 860-437-4659 x208
Fax: 860-437-4662


University of Delaware PTAC
1 Innovation Way Suite 301
Newark, DE 19711
Phone: 302-831-0780
Fax: 302-831-0771


13805 58th Street, North
Clearwater, FL 33760
Phone: 727-453-7200


University of Central Florida
1519 Clearlake Road Building 1/Room 113
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-433-7386


University of Central Florida
601 Innovation Way
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: 386-872-3100


PTAC at Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Ave, Room Y101
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5541
Phone: 772-462-4942


Fort Walton Beach
815 Beal Parkway NW Coastal Bank & Trust Bldg., Suite A
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Phone: 850-586-7809 or 815-229-7500


University of West Florida
409 Racetrack Road NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Phone: 850-301-3514


Higher Education Complex
111 Las Olas Blvd. 10th Floor, Suite 1010
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-762-5235


PTAC at Florida Atlantic University
111 E. Las Olas Blvd Higher Education Complex, Ste 1010
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-762-5235


PTAC at Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. South CLI, Lutgert COB Unit 2320
Ft. Myers, FL 33965-6502
Phone: 239-745-3708