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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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New Hampshire

88 Commercial St. Room 109
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: 603-641-4370
Fax: 603-647-4410

New Hampshire

1066 Front Street
Manchester, NH 03102
Phone: 603-206-8201

New Hampshire

200 Innovative Way
Nashua, NH 03062
Phone: 603-397-7001

New Hampshire

18 South Main Street #2A
Rochester, NH 03867
Phone: 603-330-1929
Fax: 603-330-1948

New Jersey

35 South Martin Luther King Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: 609-347-2174
Fax: 609-341-2177

New Jersey

14 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: 908-526-1200 x8516

New Jersey

419 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: 856-225-6221

New Jersey

200 Penningtn Avenue, Forcina Hall 447
Ewing, NJ 08628
Phone: 609-771-2947

New Jersey

355 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-489-8670
Fax: 207-489-8673

New Jersey

207 Main Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Phone: 908-269-8475

New Jersey

285 Westside Avenue Suites 189-191
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Phone: 201-200-2156

New Jersey

765 Newman Springs Road Library, Room 246
Lincroft, NJ 07738
Phone: 732-842-8685

New Jersey

1 Washington Park Suite 360
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-353-1927

New Jersey

131 Ellison Street
Paterson, NJ 07505
Phone: 973-754-8695

New Jersey

100 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 848-445-8790

New Jersey

1000 Morris Avenue, Willis 301
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 908-737-4220

New Mexico

2400 N. Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: 575-439-3660
Fax: 505-434-1432

New Mexico

1309 4th Street SW Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-248-0132
Fax: 505-248-0127

New Mexico

2501 Yale Blvd. SE Suite 302
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-224-5250

New Mexico

282 South Camino del Pueblo Suite 2A
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: 505-867-5066

New Mexico

221 South Canyon
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Phone: 575-885-9531
Fax: 505-885-1515

New Mexico

417 Schepps Blvd.
Clovis, NM 88101
Phone: 575-769-4136
Fax: 505-769-4135

New Mexico

1027 North Railroad Avenue
Espanola, NM 87532
Phone: 505-747-2236
Fax: 505-747-2234

New Mexico

5101 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87402
Phone: 505-566-3528
Fax: 505-566-3698

New Mexico

106 W. Highway 66
Gallup, NM 87301
Phone: 505-722-2220
Fax: 505-863-6006

New Mexico

701 East Roosevelt Avenue
Grants, NM 87020
Phone: 505-287-8221
Fax: 505-287-2125

New Mexico

1 Thunderbird Circle
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575-492-4700
Fax: 505-392-2594

New Mexico

2345 East Nevada Avenue Suite 101
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: 575-527-7676
Fax: 505-528-7432

New Mexico

366 Luna Drive
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Phone: 505-454-2582
Fax: 505-454-5326

New Mexico

4000 University Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone: 505-662-0337
Fax: 505-662-0099