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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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Rochester, NY 14626
Phone: 585-395-8410
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New York

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Rome, NY 13441
Phone: 315-338-0393
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New York

Key Bank 21 Congress Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone: 518-380-5077
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Southampton, NY 11968
Phone: 631-632-5067
Fax: 631-287-5713
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2800 Victory Blvd. Bldg. 3A- Room105
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 718-982-2560
Fax: 718-982-2323

New York

Research and Development Park Building 17
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: 631-632-9070
Fax: 631-632-7176
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New York

145 College Road Brucker Hall Room 6102
Suffern, NY 10901
Phone: 845-356-6065
Fax: 845-356-6117

New York

4585 W. Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Phone: 315-498-6070
Fax: 315-492-3704
http://www.sunyocc.edu/index.aspx?menu=830&collside=513&id=5060

New York

255 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518-380-5077
http://www.nyssbdc.org/

New York

Kunsela Hall, Room B206 100 Seymour Road
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315-792-7547
Fax: 315-792-7554
http://www.sbdc.sunyit.edu

New York

257 Ranger School Road
Wanakena, NY 13695
Phone: 315-386-7312
Fax: 315-379-3814
http://www.nyssbdc.org/

New York

1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: 315-782-9262
Fax: 315-782-0901
http://www.nyssbdc.org/

New York

108 Corporate Park Drive Suite 101
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: 914-948-2110
Fax: 914-948-4349
http://www.nyssbdc.org/

North Carolina

46 Haywood Street Suite 212
Asheville, NC 28801
http://www.sbtdc.org/wcu

North Carolina

130 Poplar Grove Rd P.O. Box 32114
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-262-2492
Fax: 828-262-2027
http://www.sbtdc.org/asu

North Carolina

1700 Martin Luther King Boulevard Suite 115 CB 1823
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919-962-0389
Fax: 919-962-3291
http://www.sbtdc.org/unc

North Carolina

9319 Robert D. Snyder Road PORTAL Building, Suite 232
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-0440
http://www.sbtdc.org/uncc

North Carolina

226 Forsyth Building WCU School of Business
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828-227-3504
Fax: 828-227-7414
http://www.sbtdc.org/wcu

North Carolina

1704 Weeksville Road Room 116
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone: 252-335-3247
Fax: 252-335-3648
http://www.sbtdc.org/ecsu

North Carolina

1200 Murchison Road Suite #6
Fayetteville, NC 28302
Phone: 910-672-1727
Fax: 910-486-1949
http://www.sbtdc.org/fsu

North Carolina

1451 S. Elm-Eugene St Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone: (336) 256-9300
Fax: 336-334-7073
http://www.sbtdc.org/offices/ncat-uncg/

North Carolina

300 East First Street Willis Bldg.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-737-1385
Fax: 252-737-1382
http://www.sbtdc.org/ecu

North Carolina

1990 Main Ave S.E.
Hickory, NC 28602
Phone: 828-345-1110
Fax: 828-326-9117
http://www.sbtdc.org/asu

North Carolina

P.O. Box 1510 COMtech Livermore Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372
Phone: 910-775-4000
Fax: 910-775-4005
http://www.sbtdc.org/uncp

North Carolina

5 West Hargett Street Suite 600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-715-7272
Fax: 919-715-7373
http://www.sbtdc.org/

North Carolina

1021 Main Campus Drive Poulton Innovation Center CB 7019
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 513-1500
http://www.sbtdc.org/offices/ncsu

North Carolina

803A South College Rd Suite 20
Wilmington, NC 28403-5977
Phone: (910) 962-3744
Fax: 910-962-3014
http://www.sbtdc.org/uncw

North Carolina

301 N Main Street Suite 921A
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336-750-2030
Fax: 336-779-7390
http://www.sbtdc.org/wssu

North Dakota

1200 Memorial Highway
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: 701-328.5857

North Dakota

1200 Memorial Highway
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: 701-751-5865
http://www.ndsbdc.org

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