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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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Maine

107 Church Street
Farmington, ME 04938-5900
Phone: 207-783-9186
Maine SBDC~Farmington Church Street Commons

Maine

11 West Main Street
Fort Kent, ME 04743-1271
Phone: 207-834-5298
Maine SBDC~Northern Maine Dev Commission

Maine

39 Bangor Street
Houlton, ME 04730-1711
Maine SBDC at Ward Log Homes Executive Suites

Maine

1 Stackpole Road
Machias, ME 04654-0679
Maine SBDC at Sunrise County Economic Council

Maine

16 Park Street
Pittsfield, ME 04967-1532
Phone: 207-453-4258, ext 16
Maine SBDC~Pittsfield Town Office

Maine

501 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
Phone: 207-228-8524
Maine SBDC ~ Maine Ctr for Enterprise Development

Maine

501 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
Maine SBDC at University of Southern Maine (USM)

Maine

331 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Maine SBDC at Key Bank of Maine

Maine

60 Lowell Street
Rumford, ME 04276-2048
Phone: 207-783-9186
Maine SBDC~Maine's Applied Technology Develop Ctr

Maine

190 Main Street 3rd Floor
Saco, ME 04072-1507
Phone: 207-282-1748
Maine SBDC ~ Biddeford-Saco Area Econ Dev

Maine

Norridgewock Avenue
Skowhegan, ME 04976-9734
Maine SBDC at UMaine Cooperative Extension

Maine

4 Western Avenue
South Paris, ME 04281-1413
Phone: 207-783-9186
Maine SBDC ~ Oxford Hills Chamber

Maine

21 Bradeen Street, Suite 304
Springvale, ME 04083-1925
Maine SBDC at Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission(SMRPC)

Maine

8 School Street
Windham, ME 04062
Phone: 207-892-8265
Maine SBDC ~ Windham Town Hall

Maine

36 Water Street P.O. Box 268
Wiscasset, ME 04578-0268
Maine SBDC at Coastal Enterprises, Incorporated (CEI)

Marshall Islands

PO Box 1727
Majuro, MH 96960
Phone: 692-625-3685
http://www.pacificsbdc.com/sbdc-locations/rmi/index.html

Maryland

2660 Riva Road Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-222-4476
Maryland Small Business Development Center ~ Anne Arundel County SBDC

Maryland

11 West Mt. Royal Ave. BC104
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 877-421-0830
http://www.centralmdsbdc.org

Maryland

11 W.Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland Small Business Development Center ~ Baltimore City SBDC

Maryland

11 W.Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-704-5006
Maryland Small Business Development Center ~ Baltimore County~SBDC

Maryland

401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015-1698
Phone: 410-836-4482
http://www.harford.edu/sbdc

Maryland

410 Academy Street
Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone: 410-228-3715
Maryland Small Business Development Center ~ Eastern Region ~ Cambridge Economic Development

Maryland

7100 Baltimore Ave. Suite 303
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-209-2126
Hispanic Business Center

Maryland

7100 Baltimore Ave. Suite 303
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-403-0501
http://www.capitalregionsbdc.umd.edu

Maryland

University of Maryland College Park 7100 Baltimore Ave., Suite 400
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-403-8300
Corridor Region

Maryland

7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 401
College Park, MD 20740-3627
Phone: 301-403-8300
http://www.mdsbdc.umd.edu

Maryland

9620 Bendix Road North
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: 410-313-6190
Maryland Small Business Development Center ~ Howard County~SBDC

Maryland

200 Chesapeake Blvd
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 410-287-6060
Maryland Small Business Development Center ~ Cecil County~SBDC

Maryland

12 East Church Street Suite A
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-694-1967
Maryland Small Business Development Center ~ Western Region ~ Winchester Hall

Maryland

Maryland SBDC~Western Region~Winchester Hall 12 East Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701-5402
Maryland SBDC~Western Region~Winchester Hall

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