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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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65 East Broadway
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: 406-782-7333
Fax: 406-782-9675


6200 Main Street P.O. Box 1935
Colstrip, MT 59323
Phone: 406-748-2990
Fax: 406-748-2990


300 Central Avenue Suite 406
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: 406-453-8834
Fax: 406-454-2995


48 2nd Avenue Ryan Building Suite 202
Havre, MT 59501
Phone: 406-399-1557
Fax: 406-265-5602


1115 North Roberts St.
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: 406-447-6376


301 S. Park Avenue Room 116
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: 406-841-2747
Fax: 406-841-2728


777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: 406-756-3836
Fax: 406-758-2805


229 E. Main St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406-728-9234


233 Cascade Street
Wolf Point, MT 59201
Phone: 406-653-2590
Fax: 406-653-1840


1000 Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337
Phone: 308-432-6279
Fax: 308-432-6430


1917 West 24th Street
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone: 308-865-8344
Fax: 308-865-8153


1320 Q Street #109
Lincoln, NE 68588
Phone: 402-472-5222
Fax: 402-472-3363


300 E. Third Street Room 275
North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308-534-5115
Fax: 308-534-5117


Mammel Hall Suite 200 6708 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68182
Phone: 402-554-6633
Fax: 402-554-3473


4205 Avenue I
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: 308-635-7513
Fax: 308-635-6682


1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone: 402-375-7575
Fax: 402-375-7574


Carson City Business Resource Innovation Center 108 E. Proctor Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-283-7122
Fax: 775-883-0494


1500 College Parkway Greenhaw Technical Arts Building, Room 101
Elko, NV 89801
Phone: 775-753-2245
Fax: 775-753-2242


Rural Nevada Development Corporation 1320 E Alultman Street
Ely, NV 89301
Phone: 775-289-8519
Fax: 775-289-8214


Churchill County Economic Development Authority 448 W. Williams Avenue, Suite 103
Fallon, NV 89406
Phone: 775-423-8587
Fax: 775-423-1759


Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce 1477 U.S. Highway 395 Suite A
Gardnerville, NV 89410
Phone: 775-784-1717
Fax: 775-782-1025


P.O. Box 1635
Hawthorne, NV 89145
Phone: 775-945-5896
Fax: 775-945-1257


4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 300
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1092
Phone: 702-895-0932


1585 S. Casino Drive
Laughlin, NV 89029
Phone: 702-298-2214
Fax: 702-298-5708


1301 South Highway 160 NSB Building, 2nd Floor
Pahrump, NV 89041
Phone: 775-751-1947
Fax: 775-751-1933


University of Nevada, Reno Ansari Business Building, Room 411
Reno, NV 89557
Phone: 775-784-1717
Fax: 775-784-4337


90 West 4th Street
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Phone: 775-623-1064
Fax: 775-623-1664

New Hampshire

201 Paul Hall, 10 Garrison Avenue
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-2200
Fax: 603-862-4876

New Hampshire

Keene State College Blake House
Keene, NH 03453
Phone: 603-358-2602
Fax: 603-358-2612

New Hampshire

120 Main Street
Littleton , NH 03561
Phone: 603-444-1053
Fax: 603-444-5463