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


W1026 Lafferre Hall
416 S. 6th St.
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-9398


University of Missouri-Kansas City SBTDC
4747 Troost Building
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-235-2891 X2


St. Louis County Extension Center PTAC
132 E. Monroe Ave
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: 314-400-7378


405 N. Jefferson, Suite 1040F
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone: 417-837-2612


St. Charles PTAC
5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Suite 111
St. Charles, MO 63304
Phone: 636-229-5289


St. Joseph PTAC
4125 Mitchell Ave.
St. Joseph, MO 64507
Phone: 816-279-1691
Fax: 816-279-3982


St. Louis County Extension PTAC
10650 Gateway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132
Phone: 314-400-7378
Fax: 314-569-4199


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


Native American Development Corporation Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NADC PTAC)
2722 3rd Avenue North, Ste 250
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-294-7994
Fax: 406-259-4569


Montana State University
2310 University Way, Bldg. 2, Ste. 1
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 994-7739


Butte Local Development Corporation
65 East Broadway 5th Floor
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 496-3171


Great Falls Local Development Authority
300 Central Ave #406
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 771-9024


Ravalli County Economic Development Authority
274 Old Corvallis Rd.
Hamilton, MT 59840
Phone: (406) 375-9416


Montana West Economic Development
44 Second Avenue West
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-7711 ext 5


Snowy Mountain Development Corporation
613 N.E. Main
Lewistown, MT
Phone: (406) 535-2591


University of Montana
116 University Hall Office of Research and Creative Scholarship
Missoula, MT 59812


Lake County Development Corporation
407 Main Street SW
Ronan, MT 59864
Phone: (406) 261-3200


Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) - PTAC
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


Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development - PTAC
555 E. Washington Suite 5400
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-486-2716
Fax: 702-486-2701


Northern Nevada PTAC
808 West Nye Lane
Carson City, NV 89703


Rural Nevada PTAC
111 West Proctor Street Suite 38
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-222-0401

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Procurement Technical Assistance Program (NH-PTAP) - PTAC
172 Pembroke Road P.O. Box 1856
Concord, NH 03302
Phone: 603-271-7581
Fax: 603-271-7583

New Jersey

New Jersey Institute of Technology Defense Procurement Center - PTAC
323 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd Fenster Hall #490
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-596-3105
Fax: 973-596-5501

New Jersey

UCEDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center - PTAC
1085 Morris Avenue Suite 531
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 908-527-1166
Fax: 908-527-1207

New Mexico

New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NMPTAC)
5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Phone: 505-224-5965

New York

210 East Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: 585-343-7440
Fax: 585-343-7487

New York

555 Bergen Avenue 3rd Floor
Bronx, NY 10455
Phone: 718-732-7540
Fax: 718-292-6645

New York

Cattaraugus County PTAC
303 Court Street
Little Valley, NY 14755
Phone: 716-938-2331
Fax: 716-938-2779

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