COVID-19 relief options and additional resources

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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Hannibal EDC
3817 McMasters Ave
Hannibal, MO 63401
Phone: 573-221-1033


Black Fire Innovation at the UNLV Harry Reid Resea
8400 West Sunset Road 4th Floor
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Phone: 800-240-7094


Nevada Small Business Development Center ~ Laughlin SBDC
1585 S. Casino Drive
Laughlin, NV 89029
Phone: 800-240-7094

New Mexico

University of New Mexico/Gallup SBDC
106 West Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301
Phone: 505-722-2220

New Mexico

University of New Mexico/Los Alamos SBDC
4000 University Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone: 505-662-0337

New Mexico

University of New Mexico/Valencia SBDC
280 La Entrada
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Phone: 505-925-8980

New Mexico

Western New Mexico University SBDC
500 18th Street
Silver City, NM 88062
Phone: 575-538-6320

New Mexico

University of New Mexico/Taos SBDC
115 Civic Plaza Drive
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: 575-737-6214

New York

New York State Small Business Development Center ~ Jamestown Community College
Jamestown Community College 525 Falconer Street
Jamestown, NY 14702

North Dakota

University of North Dakota - ND SBDC Lead Center
University of North Dakota 293 Centennial Drive, Stop 7308, Gamble Hall Room 140
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Phone: 833-463-7232

North Dakota

Williston SBDC Regional Center
113 4th Street East
Williston, ND 58801
Phone: 701-713-3839

Northern Mariana Islands

Pohnpei SBDC
PO Box 159
Kolonia, Pohnpei, MP 96941
Phone: 691-320-2480


Tech Launch Center
301 W. University Blvd, Durant
Durant, OK 74701
Phone: 580-745-2877


Robert M Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Cente
148 FAPC
Stillwater, OK 74078


Pennsylvania SBDC ~ Lock Haven University ~ Lock Haven SBDC


Pennsylvania SBDC ~ Penn State ~ Penn State SBDC

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Inter American University - Barranquitas Service Center
1 Calle Villa Universitaria #89
Barranquitas, PR 00794
Phone: 787-857-3600

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers ~ Inter American University ~ International Trade Center
268 Ponce De Leon Avenue Hato Rey Center Building Suite 1400
San Juan, PR 00918

Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island
University of RI 75 Lower College Rd, 2nd Floor
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-7232


Volunteer State Community College SBDC
1480 Nashville Pike 300 Building, Office 103C
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: 615-230-4780


UT-Martin Reed Center SBDC
240 S. Lindell Street
Martin, TN 38237
Phone: 731-587-7333


Texas SBDC ~ Houston ~ Brazosport College
500 College Drive
Lake Jackson, TX 77566


SBDC COVID-19 Business Recovery Accelerator
501 W. Cesar E Chavez Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: 210-458-2272


Vernal SBDC - Utah State University Extension Office
320 North Aggie Blvd.
Vernal, UT 84078
Phone: 435-789-6100


VtSBDC - Bennington County
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-8975


VtSBDC - Windham County
76 Cotton Mill Hill, C-1
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Phone: 802-257-7731


VtSBDC - Chittenden County
60 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05402
Phone: 802-658-9228


VtSBDC - Addison County
1590 Rte 7 South, Suite 8
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: 802-388-7953


VtSBDC - Washington County
PO Box 1439
Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: 802-223-4654


VtSBDC - Lamoille County
PO Box 455
Morrisville, VT 05661
Phone: 802-888-4542