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Local Assistance

SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.

Small Business Development Centers

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. SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Services Provided by the Centers

Pre-Business Plan Workshops VBOCs conduct entrepreneurial development workshops dealing specifically with the major issues of self-employment, which include using the Internet to develop and expand businesses. Each client has the opportunity to work directly with a business counselor.

Concept Assessments VBOCs assist clients in assessing their entrepreneurial needs and requirements.

Business Plan Preparations VBOCs assist clients in developing and maintaining a business plan. The business plan includes such elements as the legal and organizational structure of the business; equipment requirements and costs; strategic and financial plans; and market research.

Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis VBOCs help identify and analyze strengths and weaknesses of the business plan to increase the probability of success. Analysis results are used to revise the strategic planning portion of the business plan.

Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling VBOCs, working with other SBA resource partners, conduct entrepreneurial training and counseling sessions specifically for service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs.

Mentorship When needed, VBOCs conduct on-site visits with clients to ensure they are following their business plans. Additionally, VBOCs review monthly financial statements to determine if the business plan needs to be changed to achieve targeted goals.

Other Business Developmental Related Services VBOCs also provide assistance and training in topics such as exporting, franchising, marketing, accounting and more.

VBOC Locations and Areas of Coverage

Region I Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center

Region II The Research Foundation of the State University of
New York SUNY @ Farmingdale SBDC
The New Jersey Veterans Business Outreach Center - Rutgers Business School

Region III Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center/Old Dominion University

Region IV The University of West Florida in Pensacola The Veterans Business Outreach Center
@Fayetteville State University

Region V VetBiz Central, Inc

Region VI The University of Texas - Pan American Veterans Enterprise Training Program Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region VII Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Region VIII Rocky Boys Veteran’s Association

Region IX Vietnam Veterans of California – VBOC Guam Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region X Seattle Business Assistance Center


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 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: Atlanta, GA; Arlington, VA; Boston, MA; Irvine, CA; Sacramento, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; 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.

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New York

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

New York

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

New York

4585 W. Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
Phone: 315-498-6070
Fax: 315-492-3704

New York

255 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518-380-5077

New York

Kunsela Hall, Room B206 100 Seymour Road
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315-792-7547
Fax: 315-792-7554

New York

257 Ranger School Road
Wanakena, NY 13695
Phone: 315-386-7312
Fax: 315-379-3814

New York

1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: 315-782-9262
Fax: 315-782-0901

New York

108 Corporate Park Drive Suite 101
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: 914-948-2110
Fax: 914-948-4349

North Carolina

46 Haywood Street Suite 212
Asheville, NC 28801

North Carolina

130 Poplar Grove Rd P.O. Box 32114
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-262-2492
Fax: 828-262-2027

North Carolina

1700 Martin Luther King Boulevard Suite 115 CB 1823
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919-962-0389
Fax: 919-962-3291

North Carolina

9319 Robert D. Snyder Road PORTAL Building, Suite 232
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-0440

North Carolina

226 Forsyth Building WCU School of Business
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828-227-3504
Fax: 828-227-7414

North Carolina

1704 Weeksville Road Room 116
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone: 252-335-3247
Fax: 252-335-3648

North Carolina

1200 Murchison Road Suite #6
Fayetteville, NC 28302
Phone: 910-672-1727
Fax: 910-486-1949

North Carolina

1451 S. Elm-Eugene St Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone: (336) 256-9300
Fax: 336-334-7073

North Carolina

300 East First Street Willis Bldg.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-737-1385
Fax: 252-737-1382

North Carolina

1990 Main Ave S.E.
Hickory, NC 28602
Phone: 828-345-1110
Fax: 828-326-9117

North Carolina

P.O. Box 1510 COMtech Livermore Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372
Phone: 910-775-4000
Fax: 910-775-4005

North Carolina

5 West Hargett Street Suite 600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-715-7272
Fax: 919-715-7373

North Carolina

1021 Main Campus Drive Poulton Innovation Center CB 7019
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: (919) 513-1500

North Carolina

803A South College Rd Suite 20
Wilmington, NC 28403-5977
Phone: (910) 962-3744
Fax: 910-962-3014

North Carolina

301 N Main Street Suite 921A
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336-750-2030
Fax: 336-779-7390

North Dakota

Box 900 916 Chief Little Shell Street
Belcourt, ND 58316
Phone: 701-477-3561
Fax: 701-477-6836

North Dakota

1120 College Drive, Suite 105
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-751-5865

North Dakota

1120 College Drive Suite 105
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-751-5865

North Dakota

1200 Memorial Highway PO Box 5509
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: 701-328-5865
Fax: 701-250-4304

North Dakota

1679 6th Avenue West
Dickinson, ND 58601
Phone: 701-483-2756

North Dakota

1854 NDSU Research Circle N, Suite 7
Fargo, ND 58102-5707
Phone: 701-499-5273
Fax: 701-237-9734

North Dakota

4200 James Ray Drive Room 205
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8372
Phone: 701-738-4851