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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Oklahoma Small Business Development Center ~ Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid
3921 34th St
Woodward, OK 73801
Phone: 580.745.7877


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~Linn-Benton Community College SBDC
6500 SW Pacific Boulevard
Albany, OR 97321


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Central Oregon Community College SBDC
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Lane Community College SBDC
101 E 10th Ave Suite #304
Eugene, OR 97401


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Lane Community College SBDC
1445 Willamette Street suite #5 suite #5
Eugene, OR 97401


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Rogue Community College SBDC
214 SW Fourth Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Mount Hood Community College SBDC
323 NE Roberts Street
Gresham, OR 97030


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Klamath Community College SBDC
803 Main Street #204
Klamath Falls, OR 97601


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Eastern Oregon University SBDC
1607 Gekeler Lane
LaGrande, OR 97850


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Oregon Coast Community College SBDC
3788 SE High School Drive
Lincoln City, OR 97367


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Southern Oregon University SBDC
101 S. Bartlett St.
Medford, OR 97501


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Clackamas Community College SBDC
7738 SE Harmony Road #275
Milwaukie, OR 97222


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Southwestern Oregon Community College SBDC
2455 Maple Leaf Lane
North Bend, OR 97459


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Treasure Valley Community College SBDC
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Blue Mountain Community College SBDC
2411 NW Carden
Pendleton, OR 97801


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Portland Community College SBDC
1626 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Umpqua Community College SBDC
522 SE Washington Ave.
Roseburg, OR 97470


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Chemeketa Community College SBDC
626 High St Ste 210
Salem, OR 97301


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Clatstop Community College SBDC
1455 North Roosevelt
Seaside, OR 97138


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Columbia Gorge Community College SBDC
400 E. Scenic Drive Suite 2.108
The Dalles, OR 97058


Oregon Small Business Development Center ~ Tillamook Bay Community College SBDC
4301 Third Street
Tillamook, OR 97141


Palau SBDC
PO Box 816
Koror, PW 96940
Phone: 680-587-6004


Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Lehigh University ~ Lehigh Small Business Development Center
416 E Fifth St
Bethlehem, PA 18015


Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Widener University SBDC
1350 Edgmont Avenue Suite 1300
Chester, PA 19013


Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Clarion University of Pennsylvania ~ Clarion Small Business Development Center
330 North Point Drive
Clarion, PA 16214


Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Gannon University ~ Gannon Small Business Development Center
900 State St, Ste 100
Erie, PA 16501


Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Indiana University of Pennsylvania~Small Business Development Center
664 Pratt Drive Room 108
Indiana, PA 15705-1071


Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Kutztown University ~ Kutztown Small Business Development Center
15155 Kutztown Road
Kutztown, PA 19530


Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Saint Vincent College ~ St Vincent Small Business Development Center
300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650


Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Bucknell University ~ Bucknell Small Business Development Center
112 Dana Engineering Building
Lewisburg, PA 17837