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Local Assistance

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

Procurement & Technical 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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5209 Hohman Ave
Hammond, IN 46320
Phone: 219-750-1200
Fax: 219-750-1211


2829 Westown Parkway Ste. 220
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: 515-509-7814
Fax: 515-289-0282


Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development 300 West Broadway Old Capitol Annex, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-564-2064
Fax: 502-564-3256


635 Cajundome Blvd. Room 127
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-482-6422
Fax: 337-482-5837


400 Edwards Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: 318-677-2530
Fax: 318-677-2534


40 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-942-6389
Fax: 207-942-3548


7100 Baltimore Avenue Suite 402
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-403-2740
Fax: 301-403-2743


227 Isenberg School of Management University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 413-545-6303
Fax: 415-545-1273


519 S. Saginaw Street Ste. 200
Flint, MI 48502
Phone: 810-600-1437


1 Jackson Square Suite 1100
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517-788-4680
Fax: 517-782-0061


346 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 269-381-2977
Fax: 269-343-0430


18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: 734-462-4438
Fax: 734-462-4673


380 W. Western Avenue Suite 202
Muskegon, MI 49440
Phone: 231-722-3751
Fax: 231-728-7251


20709 State Street
Onaway, MI 49765
Phone: 989-733-8548
Fax: 989-733-8069


15100 Northline Road Suite 179
Southgate, MI 48105
Phone: 734-362-7070
Fax: 734-281-0265


1209 S. Garfield Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone: 231-929-5036
Fax: 231-922-3737


7900 Tank Avenue
Warren, MI 48092
Phone: 586-498-4122
Fax: 586-498-4165


250 S. Second Avenue Suite 106 H75
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-332-6332
Fax: 612-317-1002


501 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-359-3448
Fax: 601-359-5290


410 S. Sixth Street 200 Engineering North
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-3597
Fax: 573-884-4297


615 Olive St. Suite 1300
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-621-3888


222 N. 32nd Street
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-256-6871
Fax: 406-256-6877


2722 3rd Avenue North, Ste 250
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-294-7994
Fax: 406-259-4569


University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), College of Business Administration 67th & Pine Streets, Room 200U, 2nd Floor, Mammel Hall
Omaha, NE 68106
Phone: 402-554-6253
Fax: 402-554-6260


555 E. Washington Suite 5400
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-486-2716
Fax: 702-486-2701


808 West Nye Lane
Carson City, NV 89703


448 West Williams Ave., Ste. 102
Fallon, NV 89406

New Hampshire

172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856
Concord, NH 03302
Phone: 603-271-7581
Fax: 603-271-7583

New Jersey

323 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd Fenster Hall #490
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-596-3105
Fax: 973-596-5501

New Jersey

1085 Morris Avenue Suite 531
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 908-527-1166
Fax: 908-527-1207