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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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Alaska SBDC Rural Outreach Program
1901 Bragaw Street Suite 199
Anchorage, AK 99508


Alaska SBDC Rural Center
1901 Bragaw Street Suite 199
Anchorage, AK 99508


Arkansas SBTDC - ASU Mid-South
2000 West Broadway Marion Berry Renewable Energy Center, Room 139
West Memphis, AR 72301
Phone: 870-508-6185


Santa Cruz SBDC - Cabrillo Community College
6500 Soquel Drive Building 2100C
Aptos, CA 95003


Butte College SBDC
2480 Notre Dame Boulevard
Chico, CA 95928


Valley Community SBDC (Fresno/Madera)
390B West Fir Avenue Suite 300
Clovis, CA 93611
Phone: 559-324-6401


Valley Community SBDC (Tulare/Kings)
390B West Fir Avenue Suite 300
Clovis, CA 93611
Phone: 559-324-6403


Contra Costa SBDC
Concord, CA 94520


UC-Davis Tech
1850 Research Park Drive Suite 300
Davis, CA 95618
Phone: 530-752-8639


Northern California SBDC - Arcata
416 3rd Street
Eureka, CA 95501


North Coast SBDC - Prosperity Center
520 E Street
Eureka, CA 95501


Solano SBDC - Workforce Development Board
500 Chadbourne Road
Fairfield, CA 94534


Mendocino SBDC - West Business Development Center
345 N. Franklin Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437


CSUF North
800 N State College Blvd SGMH 5313
Fullerton, CA 92831


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
1 Banting Suite A
Irvine, CA 92618


University of La Verne SBDC
University of La Verne SBDC 2180 3rd Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Phone: 909-448-1567


California SBDC ~ Los Angeles ~ Los Angeles Regional SBDC ~ Pacific Coast Regional (PCR)
3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1501
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 213-674-2696


Valley Sierra SBDC
1625 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-422-6416


Napa-Sonoma SBDC - Napa Valley Community College
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway Building 3300
Napa, CA 94558


Alameda County SBDC - Ohlone College
39399 Cherry Street
Newark, CA 94560


Shasta-Cascade SBDC
1305 Sacramento Street
Redding, CA 96001


Capital Region SBDC
1007 7th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network (Connect SBDC)
9605 Scranton Road #110
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: 858-964-1300


SanFrancisco SBDC - Economic Workforce Dev Office
1650 Mission St. Suite 101
San Francisco, CA 94103


Silicon Valley SBDC - Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
1887 Monterey Road 2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112


San Mateo SBDC
San Mateo, CA 94402


Marin SBDC - Dominican University
79 Acacia Avenue 104 Bertrand Hall
San Rafael, CA 94901


San Joaquin Delta College SBDC
56 South Lincoln Street 2nd Floor
Stockton, CA 95203


Sierra SBDC
10183 Truckee Airport Road Suite 202
Truckee, CA 96161


Siskiyou SBDC
1512 South Oregon Street
Yreka, CA 96097