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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Northern Mariana Islands

Capitol Hill Caller Box 10007, CK
Saipan, MP 96950
Phone: 670-664-3018


Ohio SBDC at Summit Medina Business Alliance
526 South Main Street Suite 813
Akron, OH 44311


Ohio SBDC at Ashland County Economic Development Council
211 Claremont Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805


Ohio Small Business Development Center ~ at Ohio University
19 East Circle Drive Suite 110
Athens, OH 45701


Ohio SBDC at Ohio University Cambridge
9900 Brick Church Road
Cambridge, OH 43725


Ohio SBDC ~Clermont County Chamber of Commerce
4355 Ferguson Drive Suite 150
Cincinnati, OH 45245


Ohio SBDC at Cincinnati Urban League
440 E. McMillan St
Cincinnatti, OH 45206
Phone: (513) 556-2072


Ohio SBDC at Hispanic Business Center
2511 Clark Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44109
Phone: 216-281-4422


Ohio SBDC at The Urban League of Greater Cleveland
2930 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216-622-0999


Ohio Export Assistance Network Cleveland State University
1860 E. 18th St, BU401
Cleveland, OH 44115


Ohio Export Assistance Network - Cleveland State University
1860 E. 18th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 419-243-8191


Ohio SBDC at Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University 2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Phone: 216-523-7347


Ohio SBDC at Columbus State Community College
939 Goodale Blvd. PO Box 1609
Columbus, OH 43212


Ohio Export Assistance Network at Columbus State Community College
550 E. Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215


Ohio Small Business Development Center ~ Ohio Development Services Agency
77 South High Street 28th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-2711


Ohio SBDC at the Entrepreneurs Center
714 E. Monument Ave.
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-281-0118


Ohio SBDC at Wright State University College of Business
120 Rike Hall
Dayton, OH 45435


Ohio Export Assistance Network - Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway 120 Rike Hall
Dayton, OH 45435


Ohio SBDC at Maumee Valley Planning Org
1300 East Second St. Suite 201
Defiance, OH 43512


Ohio SBDC at Lorain County Community College
151 Innovation Drive
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: 440-366-4370


Ohio SBDC at Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420


Ohio SBDC at Hamilton Mill
20 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011


Ohio SBDC at Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242


Administrative Services Building Kent State
Kent, OH 44242


Ohio SBDC at Lake County Port Authority
7700 Clocktower Dr.
Kirtland, OH 44094
Phone: (440) 357-2290


Ohio SBDC at Warren County Port Authority
406 Justice Drive
Lebanon, OH 45036


Ohio SBDC at Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804


Ohio SBDC at Ohio University Marietta
2163 SR 821 Building 6A
Marietta, OH 45750


Ohio SBDC ~Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus
1776 Tech Park Drive, N.E. Suite 103
New Philadelphia, OH 44663


Ohio SBDC at Kent State University/Stark Campus
6000 Frank Avenue N.W.
North Canton, OH 44720