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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 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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Arizona

578 Main Street
Eagar, AZ 85925
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Northland Pioneer College SBDC ~Springerville - Eagar

Arizona

3000 North 4th Street Suite 17
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Coconino County Community College SBDC ~ Flagstaff

Arizona

8274 Six Shoot Canyon
Globe, AZ 85547
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Gila - Pueblo Campus - Satellite

Arizona

1971 Jagerson Avenue
Kingman, AZ 86409
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Mohave Community College SBDC ~ Bullhead Center

Arizona

475 S. Lake Powell Blvd.
Page, AZ 86040
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Coconino County Community College SBDC ~ Page

Arizona

201 Mud Springs Road
Payson, AZ 85547-0359
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Gila Community College SBDC ~ Payson Satellite

Arizona

2400 N. Central Suite 104
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Maricopa Community Colleges

Arizona

240 S. Montezuma Street Suite 105
Prescott, AZ 86301
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Yavapai College SBDC ~ Prescott

Arizona

4215 Arts Village Drive Room 34
Sedona, AZ 86336
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Yavapai College SBDC ~ Sedona Center for Arts & Technology Satellite

Arizona

1001 Deuce of Clubs
Show Low, AZ 85901
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Northland Pioneer College SBDC ~Show Low

Arizona

901 N. Colombo Room 717
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
http://www.cochise.edu/sbdc/

Arizona

2411 West 14th Street Suite 132
Tempe, AZ 85281
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Maricopa County Community Colleges

Arizona

615 North Stadium Avenue
Thatcher, AZ 85552-0769
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Eastern Arizona College/Thatcher SBDC

Arizona

330 N. Commerce Park Loop Suite 160
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: 520-620-1241 Ext. 112
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Microbusiness Advancement Center SBDCenter ~ Tucson

Arizona

1351 South Redondo Center Drive Suite 101
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-317-6151
Arizona Small Business Development Center ~ Arizona Western College SBDC

Arkansas

1099 President Dr 140 Mooney Hall
Arkadelphia, AR 71999
Arkansas SBTDC ~ Henderson State University

Arkansas

145 N. Buchanan 210 Reynolds Center
Fayetteville, AR 72701
http://asbtdc.org/

Arkansas

2801 S University Ave 260 Reynolds Business Center
Little Rock, AR 72204-1000
Arkansas Small Business And Technology Development Center ~ University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Arkansas

100 E. University Ave 113B Business/Agri Bldg
Magnolia, AR 71753
Arkansas SBTDC ~ Southern Arkansas University

Arkansas

1514 Scoggin Drive University of Arkansas At Monticello
Monticello, AR 71656
http://asbtdc.org/

Arkansas

106 West O St 406 Rothwell Hall
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: 479-356-2067
http://asbtdc.org/

Arkansas

319 University Loop West 2nd Floor, Delta Center for Economic Dev
State University, AR 72467
http://asbtdc.org/

California

65 Enterprise
Aliso Vejo, CA 92656
California SBDC ~ Santa Ana ~ Orange County Inland Empire ~ Orange County

California

6500 Soquel Drive Building 2100C
Aptos, CA 95003
California SBDC ~ San Francisco ~Northern California SBDC~ Cabrillo Community College

California

1 Harpst Street House 71
Arcata, CA 95521
California SBDC ~ San Francisco ~Northern California SBDC~Humbolt State University

California

1631 17th Street, Suite 200
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-654-2856
https://www.csub.edu/sbdc/

California

1601 Carmen Drive, Suite 215
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: 805-384-1800
http://www.edcsbdc.org

California

2075 Las Palmas Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92011
California SBDC ~ San Diego ~ San Diego and Imperial Region SBDC ~ North San Diego County SBDC

California

2480 Notre Dame Blvd
Chico, CA 95928
California SBDC ~ Sacramento ~ Northeastern California SBDC at Butte College

California

35 Main Street, Room 203
Chico, CA 95929-0765
California SBDC ~ Sacramento ~ Northeastern California SBDC Lead Center ~ CSU Chico

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