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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 chapters 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 nearly 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 Program (VBOP) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. The SBA has 15 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Read more about Veterans Business Outreach Centers and their areas of coverage.

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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Michigan

301 W. Michigan Avenue Suite 101
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Washtenaw Community College

Michigan

300 West Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: 313-487-0490
Michigan SBTDC ~ Wayne County SBDC

Michigan

300 West Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Downriver Community Conference

Minnesota

201 3rd Street NW, 203
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-755-4255
http://www.nwsbdc.com

Minnesota

501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-855-8142
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Minnesota

11 East Superior Street Suite 210
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-726-7298
http://www.umdced.com

Minnesota

120 Alumni & Foundation Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-8875
http://www.myminnesotabusiness.com

Minnesota

1501 State Street ST 201
Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: 507-537-7386
http://www.smsu.edu/sbdc

Minnesota

1000 LaSalle Ave TMH 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 651-962-4500
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Minnesota

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

Minnesota

1926 College View Drive SE Heintz Center
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-285-7436
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Minnesota

355 5th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-308-4842
http://www.stcloudstate.edu/sbdc

Minnesota

332 Minnesota Street Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-259-7423
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Mississippi

1636 Popps Ferry Rd., Ste 227 The Innovation Center
Biloxi, MS 39532
Mississippi Small Business Development Center ~University of Mississippi

Mississippi

52 9th St. P. O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327-0129
Mississippi Small Business Development Center ~East Central Community College

Mississippi

900 S. Court Street 72 Technology Blvd.
Ellisville, MS 39437-3901
Mississippi Small Business Development Center ~Jones County Junior College

Mississippi

Trent Lott National Center 118 College Drive #5021
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Phone: 800-725-7352
University of Southern Mississippi SBDC

Mississippi

1230 Raymond Road Box 500
Jackson, MS 39204
Mississippi Small Business Development Center ~Jackson State University

Mississippi

190 North Bost, Suite 405A P. O. Drawer 5288
MS State, MS 39762-5288
Mississippi Small Business Development Center ~Mississippi State University

Mississippi

1500 Raymond Lake Rd., 3rd Floor PMB 11263, P. O. Box 1100
Raymond, MS 39154-1100
Mississippi Small Business Development Center ~Hinds Community College/International Trade

Mississippi

398 East Main Street The Renasant Center for Ideas
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: 662-680-6988
Mississippi Small Business Development Center ~University of Mississippi- Tupelo

Mississippi

112 Jeanette Phillips Drive
University, MS 38677
Phone: 662-915-1291
Mississippi SBDC ~University of Mississippi ~Desoto County

Mississippi

122 Jeanette Phillips Drive P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
Mississippi Small Business Development Center ~ University of Mississippi

Mississippi

122 Jeanette Phillips Dr.
University, MS 38677-1848
Phone: 662-915-8754
Mississippi SBDC ~ Small Business Jobs Act Center

Missouri

1600 NE Colorado Dr. Suite 114
Blue Springs, MO 64014
Missouri Small Business Development Center ~MO PTAC - Blue Springs / Mizzou Center

Missouri

920 Broadway Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4799
Phone: (573) 986-6084
Missouri Small Business Development Center ~Southeast Missouri State University

Missouri

715 Washington Street
Chillicothe, MO 64601-2229
Phone: (660) 646-6920
Missouri Small Business Development Center ~Chillicothe Satellite Center

Missouri

410 S 6th St
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-882-4321
Missouri Small Business Development Center ~ University of Missouri

Missouri

410 S 6th Street 200 Engineering North
Columbia, MO 65211
Missouri Small Business Development Center ~MU Extension Center ~ SBTDC

Missouri

500 East Walnut Suite 103
Columbia, MO 65211-7946
Phone: 573-882-9953
Missouri Small Business Development Center ~University of Missouri-Columbia

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