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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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3209 S. Staples
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Phone: 361-698-1021
Fax: 361-698-1024
http://www.delmar.edu/sbdc

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3200 West 7th Avenue
Corsicana, TX 75110
Phone: 903-875-7667
Fax: 903-874-4187
http://www.ncsbdc.org/

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1402 Corinth Street Suite 1520
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: 214-860-5865
Fax: 214-860-5813
http://www.ntsbdc.org

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6101 Grayson Drive
Denison, TX 75020
Phone: 903-463-8787
Fax: 903-463-5437
http://www.graysonsbdc.org/

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Route 3, Box 1200
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
Phone: 830-758-5025
Fax: 830-758-5001

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1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: 956-665-7535
Fax: 956-316-2612
http://utpa.edu/sbdc

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9050 Viscount Blvd B-520
El Paso, TX 79925
Phone: 915-831-7743
Fax: 915-831-7734
http://www.elpasosbdc.net

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1150 South Freeway Suite 229
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Phone: 817-515-2603
Fax: 817-515-0539
http://www.tarrantsbdc.org/

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1525 West California
Gainesville, TX 76240
Phone: 940-668-4220
Fax: 940-668-6049
http://www.nctc.edu/SmallBusiness.aspx

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

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2302 Fannin, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-752-8444
Fax: 713-756-1500
http://www.sbdcnetwork.uh.edu

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2424 Sam Houston Avenue, Bldg. A
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-3737
Fax: 936-294-3738
http://www.samhoustonstateuniversity.sbdcnetwork.net

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500 College Drive
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Phone: 979-230-3380
Fax: 979-230-3482
http://www.brazosportcollege.sbdcnetwork.net

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5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX 78041
Phone: 956-326-2827
Fax: 956-722-6247
http://sbdc.tamiu.edu

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911 NW Loop 281 Suite 209
Longview, TX 75604
Phone: 903-757-5857
Fax: 903-753-7920
http://www.kilgoresbdc.com/

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2579 South Loop 289 Suite 210
Lubbock, TX 79423
Phone: 806-745-1637
Fax: 806-745-6207
http://www.ttusbdc.org/lubbock

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3500 South First St
Lufkin, TX 75904
Phone: 936-633-5400
Fax: 936-633-5478
http://www.angelina.sbdcnetwork.net

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2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 220
Missouri City, TX 77489
Phone: 281-499-9787
Fax: 281-499-6513
http://www.fortbend.sbdcnetwork.net

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

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4901 East University
Odessa, TX 79762
Phone: 432-552-2455
Fax: 915-552-2433
http://www.nwtsbdc.org

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2400 Clarksville Street
Paris, TX 75460
Phone: 903-782-0224
Fax: 903-782-0219
http://www.sbdcparis.org

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6117 Broadway
Pearland, TX 77581
Phone: 281-485-5214
Fax: 281-485-6978
http://www.sjcd.sbdcnetwork.net/sanjacinto/default.asp

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4800 Preston Park Boulevard Suite 114
Plano, TX 75093
Phone: 972-985-3770
Fax: 972-985-3775
http://www.collinsbdc.com/

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1401 Procter Street
Port Arthur, TX 77640
Phone: 409--984-6531
Fax: 409-983-1546
http://www.lamarpa.edu/dept/sbdc/

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2601 West Avenue N ASU Station #10910
San Angelo, TX 76909
Phone: 915-942-2098
Fax: 915-942-2096
http://www.angelo.edu/services/sbdc

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

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8419 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, TX 77591
Phone: 409-933-1414
Fax: 409-933-3365
http://www.galvestoncounty.sbdcnetwork.net/galveston/default.asp

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5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Phone: 832-813-6674
Fax: 281-260-3162
http://www.lonestar.sbdcnetwork.net

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1530 South SW Loop 323 Suite 100
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 903-510-2975
Fax: 903-510-2972
http://www.tylersbdc.com

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3402 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 79901
Phone: 361-485-4485
Fax: 512-575-8852
http://sbdc.uhv.edu/

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