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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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Minnesota

1000 La Salle Avenue TMH 100
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 651-962-4500
Fax: 612-962-4508
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Minnesota

901 8th Street South
Moorhead, MN 56562
Phone: 218-299-3037
Fax: 218-236-2280
http://www.cord.edu/sbdc/

Minnesota

1926 College View Road SE Heintz Center
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-285-7436
Fax: 507-280-5502
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Minnesota

355 5th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-308-4842
Fax: 320-255-4957
http://www.stcloudstate.edu/sbdc

Minnesota

332 Minnesota Street Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-259-7423
Fax: 651-296-5287
http://www.mnsbdc.com

Mississippi

1636 Popps Ferry Road Suite 227
Biloxi, MS 39532
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

2759 South Harper Road
Corinth, MS 38834
Phone: 662-915-1291
Fax: 662-915-5650
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

52 9th Street P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Phone: 601-635-6296
Fax: 601-635-4031

Mississippi

1230 Raymond Road Box 500
Jackson, MS 39204
Phone: 601-979-2795
Fax: 601-914-0833
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

1910 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39302
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

190 North Bost, Suite 405A P.O. Drawer 5288
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-8684
Fax: 662-325-4016
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

3805 Highway 80E Rankin Campus
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: 601-936-1817
Fax: 601-857-3474
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

1500 Raymond Lake Road, 3rd Floor
Raymond, MS 39154
Phone: 601-857-3536
Fax: 601-857-3474
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

1036 College Drive
Summit, MS 39666
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

398 East Main Street
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: 662-915-1291
Fax: 622-915-5650
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

122 Jeanette Phillips Drive P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
Phone: 662-915-5001
Fax: 662-915-5650
http://www.mssbdc.org

Mississippi

1028 Redd Drive
Wesson, MS 39191
Phone: 601-643-8712
Fax: 662-915-5650
http://www.mssbdc.org

Missouri

920 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: 573-651-2929
Fax: 573-986-6083

Missouri

715 Washington Street
Chillicothe, MO 64601
Phone: 660-646-6920
Fax: 660-646-6811
http://www.missouribusiness.net

Missouri

410 South 6th Street W1026 Lafferre Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
http://www.missouribusiness.net

Missouri

684 West Jackson Trail PO Box 408
Jackson, MO 63755

Missouri

3950 Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: 417-625-3128
Fax: 417-625-9782
http://www.mssutraining.com/

Missouri

4747 Troost Room 1000
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-235-6063
Fax: 816-235-5754

Missouri

315 S. Franklin Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone: 660-665-3348
Fax: 660-785-4357
http://sbtdc.truman.edu/

Missouri

1402 North College Drive
Maryville, MO 64468
Phone: 660-562-1701
Fax: 660-562-1890
http://www.nwmissouri.edu/services/sbtdc/

Missouri

101 College Avenue
Moberly, MO 65270
Phone: 660-263-5865
http://www.macc.edu/index.php/small-business-technology-development-center

Missouri

900 Innovation Drive
Rolla, MO 65401
Phone: 573-341-4690
Fax: 573-341-6579
http://ecodevo.mst.edu/info/ceoessbtdc/index.html

Missouri

405 North Jefferson Ave.
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone: 417-837-2617
Fax: 417-837-2614
http://sbtdc.missouristate.edu/

Missouri

5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive Suite 108
St. Charles, MO 63304
Phone: 636-229-5276
Fax: 636-441-6881
http://www.missouribusiness.net

Missouri

3003 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Phone: 816-232-4461
Fax: 816-364-4873
http://www.nwmissouri.edu/services/sbtdc/

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