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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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Vermont

VtSBDC - Grand Isle County
PO Box 213
North Hero, VT 05474
Phone: 802-372-8400
http://www.vtsbdc.org/

Vermont

VtSBDC Lead Center Office
1540 VT Route 66
Randolph, VT 05060
http://www.vtsbdc.org

Vermont

VtSBDC - Rutland
"City Center" 67 Merchants Row Suite 6
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: 802-773-9147
http://www.vtsbdc.org/

Vermont

VtSBDC - Southern Windsor County
14 Clinton Square, Suite 7
Springfield, VT 05156
Phone: 802-885-2071
http://www.vtsbdc.org/

Vermont

VtSBDC - Franklin County
PO Box 1099 2 North Main Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
Phone: 802-524-2194
http://www.vtsbdc.org/

Vermont

VtSBDC - Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans County
PO Box 630 36 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: 802-748-1014
http://www.vtsbdc.org/

Vermont

VtSBDC - Northern Windsor County
35 Railroad Row, Ste. 101
White River Junction, VT 05001
Phone: 802-295-3710
http://www.vtsbdc.org/

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands SBDC ~ University of the Virgin Islands ~ St. Croix SBDC
4100 Sion Farm Shopping Center Bay 16 & 17
Christiansted, VI 00820
Phone: 340-692-5270

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands SBDC ~ University of the Virgin Islands ~ St Johns
5000 Enighed, The Marketplace, Suite 304
St. Johns, VI 00830

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands SBDC ~ Lead Center
8000 Nisky Center, Suite 720
St. Thomas , VI 00802
Phone: 340-776-3206

Virginia

Virginia Highlands SBDC
100 VHCC Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210
Phone: 276-739-2474
http://www.vhcc.edu/sbdc

Virginia

Virginia SBDC ~ George Mason University
4031 University Drive Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-277-7703
https://www.virginiasbdc.org

Virginia

University of Mary Washington SBDC - Fredericksburg
1125 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Suite 400
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-654-1383
http://www.umw.edu/sbdc

Virginia

University of Mary Washington SBDC - Warsaw Warsaw, VA 22572
Phone: 540-654-1383
http://www.umw.edu/sbdc

Virginia

Williamsburg SBDC of Hampton Roads
249 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: 757-221-2172
http://www.hrsbdc.org

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Washington State University/Grays Harbor SBDC
1620 Edward P Smith Drive, Bldg 800
Aberdeen, WA 98520

Washington

Washington SBDC Cle Elum center
216 N Pennsylvania Ave
Cle Elum, WA 98922
https://wsbdc.org/contact-an-advisor/

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Highline Community College SBDC
23835 Pacific Highway South, Suite 102
Des Moines, WA 98198

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Snohomish County
808 134th Street SW, Suite 101
Everett, WA 98204

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~TriDEC SBDC
7130 W Grandridge, Suite A
Kennewick, WA 99336

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~South Puget Sound Community College
4220 6TH AVE SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~WSU- Moses Lake
6594 Patton Blvd NE
Moses Lake, WA 98837

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Washington State University/Port Townsend SBDC
338 W. First Street, Suite 104-B
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Washington State University/Pullman SBDC
1615 NE Eastgate Blvd. Section G, Suite 5, 6W
Pullman, WA 99163
https://wsbdc.org/contact-an-advisor/

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Puyallup/Pierce County
400 E. Pioneer Suite 103
Puyallup, WA 98372

Washington

Western Washington Export Center
901 Fifth Avenue Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98164

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Washington State University/South Seattle
13925 Interurban Ave South, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98168

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Washington State University/Spokane
901 East 2nd Ave Suite 210
Spokane, WA 99202

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~ Washington State University
901 East 2nd Ave Suite 210
Spokane, WA 99202
Phone: 833-492-7232
https://wsbdc.org/

Washington

Washington State University/Vancouver ~ Small Business Development Center
915 Broadway
Vancouver, WA 98661

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