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SBA Offices and Resource Partners

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

Small Business Development 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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Colorado

Central Mountain SBDC
142 Crestone Avenue
Salida, CO 81201

Connecticut

Waterbury
Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce 83 Bank Street
Waterbury, CT 06721

District Of Columbia

Washington DC SBDC~ DC Chamber of Commerce
506 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-624-0606

District Of Columbia

Washington, D.C. Small Business Development Center ~Anacostia Economic Development Corporation
2021 M.L.K. Jr. Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-889-5090

District Of Columbia

Washington, D.C. Small Business Development Center ~ Howard University School of Business
2600 6th Street, N. W. Room 128
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: 202-806-1550
https://dcsbdc.org/

Federated States of Micronesia

Yap SBDC
Colonia P.O. Box 1171
Colonia, Yap, FM 96943
Phone: 691-350-4801
http://www.pacificsbdc.com/sbdc-locations/yap/index.html

Florida

Florida SBDC at Florida International University (Key West)
1101 Brickell Avenue South Tower Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-779-9230
https://business.fiu.edu/centers/sbdc/index.cfm

Georgia

Georgia SBDC ~ The UGA SBDC at Morehouse
830 Westview Dr SW Morehouse Entrepreneurship Center
Atlanta, GA 30314

Hawaii

Hawaii Small Business Development Center ~ West Hawaii
75-5722 Kuakini Highway Kuakini Tower, Suite 209
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Illinois

Waubonsee Community College
18 S. River St Room 268
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-906-4143

Illinois

Illinois SBDC @ ESDC
1843 South Carpenter Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Illinois

Illinois SBDC @ Build Bronzeville
5016 S. Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773-891-4688
https://buildbronzeville.com/sbdc/

Illinois

Illinois SBDC at Puerto Rican Cultural Center Humb
2606 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 773-698-7233

Illinois

Illinois SBDC @ Rogers Park Business Alliance
1448 W. Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773-508-5885
http://www.rpba.org

Illinois

YWCA Metro Chicago
6600 South Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-496-5659

Illinois

Illinois SBDC at Chinese Mutual Aid
1016 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-784-2900

Illinois

Illinois SBDC at South Shore Chamber of Commerce
1750 E 71st St
Chicago, IL 60649
Phone: 773-955-9508

Illinois

WIU-Quad Cities
3300 River Dr. Complex C, Rm 1420F
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309-762-3999

Illinois

Illinois Small Business Development Center ~Lincoln Land Community College Springfield, IL 62701

Indiana

West Central Indiana SBDC
ISU Scott College of Business, Room 510 30 N. 7th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Phone: 800-227-7232
http://www.isbdc.org/

Iowa

University of Northern Iowa SBDC
8120 Jennings Dr, Ste 13
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Phone: 319-273-4328

Iowa

Western Iowa Tech SBDC
4647 Stone Ave., PO Box 5199
Sioux City, IA 51102

Kentucky

Berea SBDC
212 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor
Berea, KY 40403
Phone: 859-221-2122

Kentucky

Covington Center
20 West Pike Street
Covington, KY 41011
Phone: 859-257-7668

Maryland

University of Maryland College Park - SBDC Lead Center
7761 Diamondback Drive
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-403-8300
https://www.marylandsbdc.org/

Minnesota

West Central Minnesota SBDC
901 8th Street South
Moorhead, MN 56562
Phone: 218-299-3037

Mississippi

City of Jackson SBDC
200 South President Street Ste. 223
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-960-1638
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

MDA SBDC
501 N. West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-857-3581
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

MELP SBDC
122 Jeanette Phillips Drive,
University, MS 38677
Phone: 662-915-5001
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

Co-Lin CC SBDC
1084 Lake Rd
Wesson, MS 39191
Phone: 662-832-3643
http://www.mssbdc.org

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