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 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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New York

LaGuardia Community College Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
30-10 Thomson Avenue Room B309
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 718-482-5306
Fax: 718-609-2091

New York

New York City Department of Small Business - PTAC
110 William Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-513-6444
Fax: 212-618-8899

New York

Rockland Economic Development Corporation - PTAC
2 Blue Hill Plaza P.O. Box 1575
Pearl River, NY 10965
Phone: 845-735-7040
Fax: 845-735-5736

New York

Monroe County Finger Lakes - PTAC
50 W. Main Street Suite 8100
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-753-2015
Fax: 585-753-2028

New York

North Country PTAC
1241 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: 315-788-4400
Fax: 315-788-3369

North Carolina

North Carolina SBTDC - PTAC
5 West Hargett Street Suite 600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 828-345-1115
Fax: 828-326-9117


Ohio Department of Development - PTACs of Ohio
77 S. High Street, 26th Floor P.O. Box 1001
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-644-1637
Fax: 614-466-4172


Southern Ohio Procurement Outreach Center - PTAC
216 Collins Avenue P.O. Box 488
South Point, OH 45680
Phone: 740-377-4550
Fax: 740-377-2091


Tribal Government Institute - PTAC
111 North Peters Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Phone: 405-329-5542
Fax: 405-329-5543


Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network - PTAC
1500 W. Seventh Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074
Phone: 405-612-7386
Fax: 405-743-6858


The Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP) - PTAC
1144 Gateway Loop Suite 203
Springfield, OR 97477
Phone: 541-736-1088
Fax: 541-736-1090


The Southern Alleghenies Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
#3 Sheraton Drive
Altoona, PA 16601
Phone: 814-949-6528
Fax: 814-949-6505


California University of Pennsylvania, Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO) - PTAC
250 University Avenue Box 20
California, PA 15419
Phone: 724-938-5881
Fax: 724-938-4575


IUP Government Contracting Assistance Program - PTAC
650 S. Thirteenth Street Robert Shaw Building, Room 5
Indiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724-357-7824
Fax: 724-357-3082


Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) PTAC
245 Market Street Suite 200
Johnstown, PA 15901
Phone: 814-539-4951
Fax: 814-535-8677


SEDA Council of Governments - PTAC
201 Furnace Road
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570-524-4491
Fax: 570-524-9190


Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Commission PTAC
395 Seneca Street
Oil City, PA 16301
Phone: 814-677-4800 x121
Fax: 814-677-7663


Southeast Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
3819-33 Chestnut Street Suite 325
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-898-1219
Fax: 215-573-2135


Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance PTAC
1151 Oak Street
Pittston, PA 18640
Phone: 570-655-5581 x244
Fax: 570-654-5137

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Federal Contracting Center - PTAC
355 F.D. Roosevelt Avenue
Hato Rey, PR 00914
Phone: 787-758-4747 x2234
Fax: 787-751-6239

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
315 Iron Horse Way Suite 101
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-270-8896
Fax: 401-273-8270

South Carolina

South Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
USC Technology Incubator 1225 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-777-7877
Fax: 803-777-4403

South Dakota

South Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-367-5252
Fax: 605-367-5755


University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
Center for Industrial Services (CIS) 193 Polk Avenue, Suite C
Nashville, TN 37210
Phone: 615-532-8657
Fax: 615-532-4937


West Texas A&M Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
701 S. Taylor Suite 118
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-372-5151
Fax: 806-373-3268


University of Texas at Arlington, Cross Timbers Procurement Center - PTAC
202 E. Border St. Suite 323
Arlington, TX 76010
Phone: 817-272-5978
Fax: 817-272-5977


Del Mar College PTAC
3209 S. Staples Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, Room 146
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Phone: 361-698-1025
Fax: 361-698-1024


Rio South Texas Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive Rm. 1.200
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: 956-665-7535


Contract Opportunities Center - PTAC
9050 Viscount Building B, Room B543
El Paso, TX 79998
Phone: 915-831-7751
Fax: 915-831-7755


University of Houston Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
2302 Fannin Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-752-8477
Fax: 713-756-1515