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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University of West Florida PTAC
9999 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: 850-474-2528
Fax: 850-473-7813


University of South Florida
1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 210
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-905-5800


Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center - PTAC
75 5th Street, NW Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: 404-894-0932
Fax: 404-894-0267


National Center American Indian PTAC
86 South Cobb Drive MZ 0510
Marietta, GA 30063
Phone: 770-494-0431
Fax: 770-494-1236


Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
University of Guam School of Business & Public Administration, Room 116 UOG Station
Mangilao, GU 96923
Phone: 671-735-2552
Fax: 671-735-5717


Hawaii Procurement Technical Assistance Center (HI-PTAC)
711 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1430
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-596-8990 x1009
Fax: 808-594-0255


Boise State University
2360 W. University Dr. Suite 1213
Boise, ID 83725
Phone: 208-334-2470
Fax: 208-334-2631


Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Program - PTAC
500 East Monroe
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-524-4146
Fax: 217-524-0171


South Central PTAC
101 W. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: 812-340-4342


Northwest PTAC
9800 Connecticut Drive
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: 219-644-3516


Southwest PTAC
318 Main Street , IN
Evansville, IN 47708
Phone: 812-492-4320


Northeast PTAC
4312 Hobson Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Phone: 260-481-0491


Central PTAC
111 Monument Circle Suite 1950
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-464-2265


Iowa State University Extension, CIRAS IOWA - PTAC
2829 Westown Parkway Ste. 220
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: 515-509-7814
Fax: 515-289-0282


Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center
1845 Fairmount, Box 215
Wichita, KS 67260-0215
Phone: 316-978-6788


Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center
200 West Vine Street Suite 420
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-251-6019
Fax: 502-564-3256


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


Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center - PTAC
400 Edwards Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: 318-677-2530
Fax: 318-677-2534


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


Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Program - PTAC
7100 Baltimore Avenue Suite 402
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-403-2740
Fax: 301-403-2743


Massachusetts MSBDC Network PTAC
23 Tillson Farm Road Tillson House University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9346
Phone: 413-545-6303
Fax: 415-545-1273


The PTAC of South Central Michigan
1 Jackson Square Suite 1100
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: 517-788-4680
Fax: 517-782-0061


Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
346 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 269-381-2977
Fax: 269-343-0430


PTAC of Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: 734-462-4438
Fax: 734-462-4673


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


Northeast Michigan Consortium PTAC
20709 State Street
Onaway, MI 49765
Phone: 989-733-8548
Fax: 989-733-8069


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


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


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


Minnesota PTAC
50 Sherburne Avenue 200 Administration Building
Saint Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-201-2629
Fax: 612-317-1002