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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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1150 South Freeway Suite 229
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: 817-515-2603
Fax: 817-515-0539


1525 West California
Gainesville, TX 76240
Phone: 940-668-4220
Fax: 940-668-6049


105 N. Stockton, Suite A
Granbury, TX 76048
Phone: 817-573-7181
Fax: 254-968-3929


2302 Fannin, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-752-8444
Fax: 713-756-1500


2424 Sam Houston Avenue, Bldg. A
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-3737
Fax: 936-294-3738


500 College Drive
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Phone: 979-230-3380
Fax: 979-230-3482


5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX 78041
Phone: 956-326-2827
Fax: 956-722-6247


911 NW Loop 281 Suite 209
Longview, TX 75604
Phone: 903-757-5857
Fax: 903-753-7920


2579 South Loop 289 Suite 210
Lubbock, TX 79423
Phone: 806-745-1637
Fax: 806-745-6207


3500 South First St
Lufkin, TX 75904
Phone: 936-633-5400
Fax: 936-633-5478


2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 220
Missouri City, TX 77489
Phone: 281-499-9787
Fax: 281-499-6513


105 N. Riddle
Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455
Phone: 903-434-8237
Fax: 903-897-1106


4901 East University
Odessa, TX 79762
Phone: 432-552-2455
Fax: 915-552-2433


2400 Clarksville Street
Paris, TX 75460
Phone: 903-782-0224
Fax: 903-782-0219


6117 Broadway
Pearland, TX 77581
Phone: 281-485-5214
Fax: 281-485-6978


4800 Preston Park Boulevard Suite 114
Plano, TX 75093
Phone: 972-985-3770
Fax: 972-985-3775


1401 Procter Street
Port Arthur, TX 77640
Phone: 409--984-6531
Fax: 409-983-1546


2601 West Avenue N ASU Station #10910
San Angelo, TX 76909
Phone: 915-942-2098
Fax: 915-942-2096


501 West Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: 210-458-2020
Fax: 210-458-2464


8419 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, TX 77591
Phone: 409-933-1414
Fax: 409-933-3365


5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Phone: 832-813-6674
Fax: 281-260-3162


1530 South SW Loop 323 Suite 100
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 903-510-2975
Fax: 903-510-2972


3402 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 79901
Phone: 361-485-4485
Fax: 512-575-8852


1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708
Phone: 254-299-8141
Fax: 254-299-8054


3410 Taft Boulevard
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Phone: 940-397-4372
Fax: 940-397-4374


715 West 200 South
Blanding, UT 84511
Phone: 435-678-8102
Fax: 435-678-2220


265 West 1100 South Room 203
Brigham City, UT 84302
Phone: 435-919-1235


77 North Main Street
Cedar City, UT 84720
Phone: 435-865-7707
Fax: 435-586-5493


151 South Main Street Room 159
Ephraim, UT 84627
Phone: 435-283-7376
Fax: 435-283-6913


450 S Simmons Way, Suite 202
Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: 801-593-2115
Fax: 801-957-3488