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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California

California SBDC ~ Santa Ana ~ Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC ~ California State University Fullerton
800 North State College Blvd. SGMH 4210
Fullerton, CA 92831
Phone: 657-278-2719

California

California SBDC ~ Los Angeles ~ Los Angeles Regional SBDC ~ El Camino College SBDc
13430 Hawthorne Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: 310-973-3177
http://www.southbaysbdc.org

California

University of La Verne SBDC
University of La Verne SBDC 2180 3rd Street
La Verne, CA 91750

California

California SBDC ~ Los Angeles ~ Los Angeles SBDC ~ Long Beach Community College District
4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108 Office of Economic Development
Long Beach, CA 90808
Phone: 562-938-5020
http://www.smallbizla.org

California

California SBDC~Center for International Trade Development
Center for International Trade Development SBDC 4900 E. Conant St., Bldg. 2-Suite 108
Long Beach, CA 90808

California

California SBDC~ Long Beach City College~Center for International Trade and Development
4900 E. Conant Street Building O-2, Suite 108
Long Beach, CA 90808
Phone: 562-938-5100

California

California SBDC ~ Los Angeles ~ Los Angeles Regional SBDC ~ Pacific Coast Regional (PCR)
3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1501
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 213-674-2696
http://www.pcrsbdc.org

California

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
LA Chamber of Commerce SBDC 350 S. Bixel St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-580-7584

California

The Alliance SBDC - Merced
1810 K Street
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-386-1008
http://www.alliancesbdc.com

California

The Alliance SBDC - Modesto
1020 10th Street Suite 102
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 209-567-4910
http://www.alliancesbdc.com

California

Napa-Sonoma SBDC at Napa Valley Community College
2277 Napa Valley Hwy Building 3300
Napa, CA 94558

California

California SBDC ~ San Diego ~ San Diego and Imperial Region SBDC ~ Southwestern Community College
880 National City Blvd
National City, CA 91950
Phone: (619)482-6388
http://www.sdivsbdc.org

California

California SBDC ~ San Diego ~ San Diego and Imperial Region SBDC
880 National City Blvd. Suite 103
National City, CA 91950

California

Alameda SBDC at the Offices of OBDC
2101 Webster St Suite 1200
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 208-0410
http://acsbdc.org

California

California SBDC ~ Santa Ana ~ Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC ~Inland Empire SBDC
3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Suite 222
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 760-864-1311

California

Pasadena City College SBDC
Pasadena City College 3035 E. Foothill Blvd., Room 122
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: 626-585-7123

California

Contra Costa SBDC at the Contra Costa Work Force Development Board
300 Ellinwood Way Suite 300
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

California

NEC SBDC - Shasta Cascade
2985 Innsbruck Drive, Suite B
Redding, CA 96003
Phone: 530-222-8323

California

California SBDC ~ Santa Ana ~ Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC ~Inland Empire SBDC (Main Office)
1650 Spruce Street, Suite 500
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: 951-781-2345

California

California SBDC ~ Santa Ana ~ Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC ~TriTech SBDC (Satalite Office)
1650 Spruce Street, Suite 500
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: 949-794-7229
http://www.tritechsuccess.org

California

California SBDC ~ Sacramento ~ Northeastern California SBDC at Sierra College
333 Sunrise Ave., Ste. 885
Roseville, CA 95661

California

NEC SBDC Capital Region
One Capitol Mall Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-4268

California

California SBDC ~ Sacramento ~ Northeastern California SBDC -Greater Sacramento and Greater Sierra
1410 Ethan Way
Sacramento, CA 95825-2205

California

CSU Monterey Bay SBDC
106 Lincoln Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: 831-422-6232
http://www.csumb.edu/sbdc

California

San Diego CONNECT
8950 Villa La Jolla Drive
San Diego, CA 92037
Phone: 858-964-1300
http://www.connect.org

California

California SBDC ~ San Francisco ~Northern California SBDC~San Francisco San Francisco City College
300 Montgomery Street Suite 789
San Francisco, CA 94104

California

SBDC Hispanic Satellite/Silicon Valley SBDC
1887 Monterey Road 2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95112

California

Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation
955 Morro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-756-5171
http://www.sbdc.calpoly.edu

California

San Mateo SBDC at San Mateo Community College District
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd Bldg 10, Rm 491
San Mateo, CA 94402

California

Marin SBDC at Dominican University
79 Acacia Avenue 104 Bertrand Hall
San Rafael, CA 94901

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