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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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Michigan

1313 Boyne Avenue P.O. Box 8
Boyne City, MI 49712-0008
Phone: (231) 582-6482
Michigan SBTDC ~ Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

Michigan

218 E. Grand River Ave
Brighton, MI 48116
Phone: 517-545-3522
Michigan SBTDC ~ Livingston County COC

Michigan

440 Burrough Street Suite 307A
Detroit, MI 48202
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Eastern Michigan University

Michigan

14628 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48215
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Jefferson East Business Development Association

Michigan

2950 College Avenue
Escanaba, MI 49829
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Ogemaw County EDC

Michigan

2950 College Avenue
Escanaba, MI 49829
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Michigan Works!

Michigan

1700 University Avenue
Flint, MI 48504
Phone: (810) 767-6494
Michigan SBTDC ~ University of Michigan, Flint

Michigan

4747 W. 48th Street Suite 108
Fremont, MI 49412
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Newaygo County EDC

Michigan

510 West Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616.331.7480
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Grand Valley State University

Michigan

401 West Fulton Devos Center, 284C
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Grand Valley State University

Michigan

401 West Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Association of Commerce And Industry

Michigan

1375 S. Clare Avenue
Harrison, MI 48625
Phone: 989 386 6630
Michigan SBTDC ~ Mid Michigan Community College

Michigan

1375 S. Clare Avenue
Harrison, MI 48625
Phone: 989-386-6630
Michigan SBTDC ~ Montcalm SBDC

Michigan

272 East 8th Street
Holland, MI 49432
Phone: (616) 392-2389
Michigan SBTDC ~ Holland Chamber of Commerce

Michigan

136 South Main
Ithaca, MI 48847
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Greater Gratiot Development Inc.

Michigan

One Jackson Square Suite 1100
Jackson, MI 49204
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Enterprise Group of Jackson

Michigan

Haworth College of Business
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: 269-377-7350
Michigan SBTDC ~ Hastings Industrial Incubator ~ Small Business Dev

Michigan

Haworth College of Business 3110 Schneider Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Western Michigan University

Michigan

Western Michigan University 3110 Schneider Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Lake Michigan College SBDC

Michigan

Haworth College of Business 3110 Schneider Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Southwestern Michigan College Business Development

Michigan

309 N. Washington Square Suite 115
Lansing, MI 48933-7210
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Lansing Community College SBDC

Michigan

449 McCormick Drive
Lapeer, MI 48446
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Lapeer Development Corporation SBDC

Michigan

18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152-2696
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Schoolcraft College Business Develop. Center ~

Michigan

5300 W. U.S. 10
Ludington, MI 49431
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Mason County Growth Alliance

Michigan

1361 US 31 South
Manistee, MI 49660
Michigan SBTDC ~ Manistee Economic Council

Michigan

2929 E. Front Street
Monroe, MI 48161
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation

Michigan

One South Main 7th Floor
Mt Clemens, MI 48043
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce

Michigan

One South Main Street 7th Floor
Mt Clemens, MI 48043
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Warren/Center Line/Sterling Hts. Chamber of Commerce

Michigan

One South Main Street 7th Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Macomb County Dept of Planning & Economic Dev

Michigan

200 Viridian Drive
Muskegon, MI 49440
Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center ~ Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce

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