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 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


Texas Tech University Procurement Assistance Center - PTAC
2579 S. Loop 289 Suite 114
Lubbock, TX 79423
Phone: 806-745-3973
Fax: 806-745-6207


Angelina College Procurement Assistance Center - PTAC
3500 S. First Street P.O Box 1768
Lufkin, TX 75902
Phone: 936-633-5432
Fax: 936-633-5478


The University of Texas at San Antonio
501 W César E. Chávez Blvd
San Antonio, , TX 78207
Phone: 210-458-2458


Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development - PTAC
324 S. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 801-538-8733
Fax: 801-538-8888


State of Vermont Department of Economic Development - PTAC
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05609
Phone: 802-828-5240
Fax: 802-828-3258


Southwest Virginia Community College PTAC
724 Community College Road
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
Phone: 276-964-7334
Fax: 276-964-7361


George Mason University Procurement Technical Assistance Program - PTAC
Mason Enterprise Center 4031 University Drive, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-277-7750
Fax: 703-352-8195


State of Virginia Crater Planning District Commission Regional PTAC
1964 Wakefield Street P.O. Box 1808
Petersburg, VA 23805
Phone: 804-861-1667


1221 D St NE, Suite 210 C
Auburn, WA 98002
Phone: (253) 520-6267


Native American PTAC
5205 S. 2nd Ave Suite A
Everett, WA 98203
Phone: 206-816-6596
Fax: 206-838-3725


Washington State PTAC at the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County
808 134th St SW, Suite 101
Everett, WA 98204
Phone: (425) 248-4223
Fax: (425) 743-5726


7130 W Grandridge Blvd, Suite C
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 491-3231
Fax: (509) 783-1733


Building MS 99-101 23835 Pacific Highway S.
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: (206) 592-4146
Fax: (206) 870-5929


4220 6th Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98053
Phone: (360) 754-6320
Fax: (360) 407-3980


700 5th Ave, 41st floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 684-8594


2021 NW Myhre Rd, Suite 100
Silverdale, WA 98383
Phone: (306) 377-9499
Fax: (360) 479-4653


801 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 100
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 747-0077
Fax: (509) 747-0077


1101 South Yakima Ave, Room M123B
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: (253) 680-7054
Fax: (253) 680-7771


1101 Broadway, Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: (360) 567-1051

West Virginia

Regional Contracting Assistance Center, Inc. - PTAC
1116 Smith Street Suite 202
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-344-2546
Fax: 304-344-2574


Wisconsin Procurement Institute, Appleton - PTAC
5 Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-842-3771


Wisconsin Procurement Institute - PTAC
122 Main Street
Camp Douglas, WI 54618
Phone: 608-338-8018


Wisconsin Procurement Institute, Eau Claire - PTAC
418 Wisconsin Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 608-338-8018