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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Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Summit Medina Business Alliance
526 South Main Street Suite 813
Akron, OH 44311

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Ashland County Economic Development Council
211 Claremont Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805

Ohio

Ohio Small Business Development Center ~ at Ohio University
20 East Circle Drive, Bldg 20
Athens, OH 45701

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Zane State College
9900 Brick Church Road
Cambridge, OH 43725

Ohio

Ohio SBDC ~Clermont County Chamber of Commerce
4355 Ferguson Drive Suite 150
Cincinnati, OH 45245

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
440 E. McMillan St
Cincinnatti, OH 45206
Phone: (513) 556-2072

Ohio

Hispanic Business Center Ohio SBDC at Hispanic Business Center
2511 Clark Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44109
Phone: 216-281-4422

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Urban League of Greater Cleveland
2930 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216-622-0999

Ohio

Ohio ITAC at Cleveland State University
1860 E. 18th St, BU401
Cleveland, OH 44115

Ohio

Ohio SBDC ~Ohio ITAC at Greater Toledo Chamber of Commerce
1860 E. 18th St, BU401
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 419-243-8191

Ohio

Cleveland State University Ohio SBDC at Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University 2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Phone: 216-523-7347

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Columbus State Community College
939 Goodale Blvd. PO Box 1609
Columbus, OH 43212

Ohio

Ohio SBDC ~Ohio ITAC at Columbus State Community College
939 Goodale Blvd. PO Box 1609
Columbus, OH 43212

Ohio

Ohio MTSBDC at Columbus State Community College
939 Goodale Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43212

Ohio

Ohio Small Business Development Center ~ Ohio Development Services Agency
77 South High Street 28th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-2711

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at the Entrepreneur Center
714 E. Monument Ave.
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: 937-229-3515

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Wright State University
120 Rike Hall
Dayton, OH 45435

Ohio

Ohio SBDC ~Ohio ITAC at Wright State University
120 Rike Hall
Dayton, OH 45435

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Maumee Valley Planning Org
1300 East Second St. Suite 201
Defiance, OH 43512

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Lorain County Chamber of Commerce
151 Innovation Drive
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: 440-366-4370

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Terra Community College
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at BizTech
20 High Street
Hamilton, OH 45011

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Kent Regional Business Alliance
211 East Summit Street
Kent, OH 44240

Ohio

Ohio SBDC ~Ohio ITAC at NEOTEC
Administrative Services Building Kent State
Kent, OH 44242

Ohio

Ohio MTSBDC at Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Warren County Port Authority
406 Justice Drive
Lebanon, OH 45036

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at James A. Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804

Ohio

Ohio MTSBDC at Braintree Business Center
201 E. 5th St.
Mansfield, OH 44902

Ohio

Ohio SBDC at Washington State Community College
308 Front Street
Marietta, OH 45750

Ohio

Ohio SBDC ~Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus
330 University Drive, NE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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