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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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1636 Popps Ferry Road Suite 227
Biloxi, MS 39532


2759 South Harper Road
Corinth, MS 38834
Phone: 662-915-1291
Fax: 662-915-5650


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


1230 Raymond Road Box 500
Jackson, MS 39204
Phone: 601-979-2795
Fax: 601-914-0833


1910 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39302


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


3805 Highway 80E Rankin Campus
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: 601-936-1817
Fax: 601-857-3474


1500 Raymond Lake Road, 3rd Floor
Raymond, MS 39154
Phone: 601-857-3536
Fax: 601-857-3474


1036 College Drive
Summit, MS 39666


398 East Main Street
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone: 662-915-1291
Fax: 622-915-5650


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


1028 Redd Drive
Wesson, MS 39191
Phone: 601-643-8712
Fax: 662-915-5650


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


715 Washington Street
Chillicothe, MO 64601
Phone: 660-646-6920
Fax: 660-646-6811


410 South 6th Street W1026 Lafferre Hall
Columbia, MO 65211


684 West Jackson Trail PO Box 408
Jackson, MO 63755


407 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: 417-625-6680
Fax: 417-625-9782


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


315 S. Franklin Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone: 660-665-3348
Fax: 660-785-4357


1402 North College Drive
Maryville, MO 64468
Phone: 660-562-1701
Fax: 660-562-1890


101 College Avenue
Moberly, MO 65270
Phone: 660-263-5865


900 Innovation Drive
Rolla, MO 65401
Phone: 573-341-4690
Fax: 573-341-6579


405 North Jefferson Ave.
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone: 417-837-2617
Fax: 417-837-2614


5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive Suite 108
St. Charles, MO 63304
Phone: 636-928-7714
Fax: 636-441-6881


3003 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Phone: 816-232-4461
Fax: 816-364-4873


615 Olive Street Fl 13
St. Louis, MO 63101
Phone: 314-516-6121
Fax: 314-631-7996


Dockery Suite 102
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4402
Fax: 660-543-8159


110 Saint Louis Street Mezzanine Level
West Plains, MO 65775
Phone: (417) 255-7966
Fax: (417) 255 7963


222 North 32nd Street Suite 200
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-254-6014
Fax: 406-256-6877


222 East Main Street Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406-728-9234
Fax: 406-542-6671