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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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New York

55 Lexington Avenue Field Center, Room 2-140
New York, NY 10010-2318
New York State Small Business Development Center ~ Baruch College

New York

3022 Broadway, Uris Hall 3rd floor, room 310
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-6444
New York SBDC ~ Columbia University

New York

163 William Street 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038
New York State Small Business Development Center ~ Pace University

New York

194 US Oval Room 248
Plattsburgh, NY 12903
New York State Small Business Development Center ~ North Country Small Business Development Center

New York

2800 Victory Blvd Building 2A Room 300
Staten Island, NY 10314-9806
New York State Small Business Development Center ~ College of Staten Island

New York

Stony Brook University Research & Development Park Building 17
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6016
New York State Small Business Development Center ~ SUNY at Stony Brook

New York

145 College Road Brucker Hall Room 6102
Suffern, NY 10901-3699
New York State Small Business Development Center ~ Rockland Small Business Development Center

New York

4585 West Seneca Turnpike Coyne Building Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13215-4585
New York State Small Business Development Center ~ Onondaga Community College

New York

100 Seymour Road�� Kunsela Hall, Room B206��
Utica, NY 13502
New York State Small Business Development Center ~ Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center

New York

1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601-1897
New York State Small Business Development Center ~ Jefferson Community College

North Carolina

46 Haywood Street Suite 212
Asheville, NC 28801
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~Western Carolina University Sub-Center~Asheville SBTDC

North Carolina

130 Poplar Grove Rd
Boone, NC 28607
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~Appalachian State University~Northwestern Region SBTDC

North Carolina

1700 MLK Jr Blvd Suite 115 CB 1823
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1823
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ~Central Carolina Region SBTDC

North Carolina

PORTAL Building, Suite 232 9319 Robert D. Snyder Road
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: 704-687-0440
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~University of North Carolina at Charlotte~Southern Piedmont Region SBTDC

North Carolina

204 Forsyth Bldg WCU School of Business
Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~Western Carolina University~Western Region SBTDC

North Carolina

1801 Fayetteville St G08-G09
Durham, NC 27707-3129
Phone: 919-530-7386
North Carolina Amall Business and Technology Development Center ~ NCCU-Durham Satellite

North Carolina

1704 Weeksville Road P.O. Box 874
Elizabeth City, NC 27909-7806
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~Elizabeth City State University~Northeastern Region SBTDC

North Carolina

1200 Murchison Rd., Suite #6
Fayetteville, NC 28302
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~Fayetteville State University~Cape Fear Region SBTDC

North Carolina

2007 Yanceyville St, Ste 303 P.O. Box D-22
Greensboro, NC 27405-5000
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~North Carolina A&T State University~Northeast Piedmont SBTDC

North Carolina

300 East First Street Willis Bldg.
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~East Carolina University~Eastern Region SBTDC

North Carolina

1990 Main Ave S.E.
Hickory, NC 28602
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~Appalachian State University Sub-Center~Hickory SBTDC

North Carolina

P.O. Box 1510 COMtech Livermore Dr.
Pembroke, NC 28372-1510
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~University of North Carolina at Pembroke~Small Business & Technology Development Center

North Carolina

5 West Hargett Street Suite 600
Raleigh, NC 27601-1742
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~ University of North Carolina

North Carolina

1021 Main Campus Drive, CB 7019 Poulton Innovation Center
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: 919-513-1500
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~Capital Region SBTDC

North Carolina

1612 Military Cutoff Rd Suite 208
Wilmington, NC 28403-5977
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~University of North Carolina at Wilmington~Southeastern Region SBTDC

North Carolina

301 N Main St, 9th Floor Suite 921A
Winston-Salem, NC 27101-0001
North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center ~Winston-Salem State University~Northwest Piedmont Region SBTDC

North Dakota

1200 Memorial Highway
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: 701-751-5865
http://www.ndsbdc.org/

North Dakota

1200 Memorial Highway
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: 701-328-5857
PTAC Procurement Assistance Center

North Dakota

417 NE 5th Street
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Phone: 701-477-3561
http://www.ndsbdc.org/

North Dakota

1679 6th Avenue West
Dickinson, ND 58601
Phone: 701-483-2470
http://www.ndsbdc.org/

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