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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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Pennsylvania

1510 Cecil B. Moore Avenue 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Temple University ~ Temple Small Business Development Center

Pennsylvania

3520 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~University of Pittsburgh ~ Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center

Pennsylvania

600 Forbes Avenue Rockwell Hall, Room 108
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Duquesne University ~ Duquesne Small Business Development Center

Pennsylvania

600 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~University of Scranton ~ Scranton Small Business Development Center

Pennsylvania

1871 Old Main Drive 405 Grove Hall
Shippensburg, PA 17257
http://www.ship.edu/SBDC/

Pennsylvania

200 Innovation Blvd
State College, PA 16802
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Penn State ~ Penn State Small Business Development Center

Pennsylvania

85 South Main Street Innovation Center, Suite 200
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center ~Wilkes University ~ Wilkes Small Business Development Center

Puerto Rico

Road # 2 Km 80.4 San Daniel Ward
Arecibo, PR 00614
Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers ~ Inter American University Arecibo Campus ~ Arecibo Regional Center

Puerto Rico

Democracia Building Luis Munoz Rivera Avenue 1st Floor, PromoCaguas
Caguas, PR 00926
Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers ~ Inter American University ~ Caguas Regional Center

Puerto Rico

Union Batey Central Road 196
Fajardo, PR 00738
Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers ~ Inter American University Fajardo Campus ~ Fajardo Regional Center

Puerto Rico

Turpo Industrial Park Road 1, Km 123.4, Mercedita
Ponce, PR 00715
Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers ~ Inter American University Ponce Campus ~ Ponce Regional Center

Puerto Rico

Interamerican University Avenue Dr Harris Street Leopoldo Ortiz Building 2nd Floor
San German, PR 00683
Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers ~ Inter American University San German Campus ~ San German Regional Center

Puerto Rico

416 Ponce De Leon Avenue Union Plaza Building Suite 1013
San Juan, PR 00918
Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers ~ Inter American University ~ San Juan Regional Center

Puerto Rico

416 Ponce De Leon Avenue Union Plaza Building Suite 1000
San Juan, PR 00918
Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers ~ Inter American University ~ International Trade Center

Puerto Rico

916 Ponce de Leon Ave Union Plaza
San Juan, PR 00918
Phone: 787-763-6811
Puerto Rico SBTDC~SBJA Ctr Interamerican Univ

Puerto Rico

416 Ponce De Leon Avenue Union Plaza Building Suite 912
San Juan, PR 00918
Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers ~ Inter American University ~ Lead Center

Rhode Island

University of RI 75 Lower College Rd, Suite 1
Kingston, RI 02881
University of Rhode Island in Kingston

Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island 350 Ballentine Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-4244
Southern RI SBDC @ URI College of Business

Rhode Island

6 Blackstone Valley Place Suite 105
Lincoln, RI 02865-1105
RI SBDC ~ Northern RI Chamber of Commerce

Rhode Island

35 Valley Road
Middletown, RI 02842-6377
RI SBDC ~ Newport County Chamber of Commerce ~ East Bay

Rhode Island

51 Shepard Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-263-5131
http://www.risbdc.org

Rhode Island

268 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-722-0295
RI SBDC ~ Business Resource Center

Rhode Island

270 Weybosset Street
Providence, RI 02903
RI SBDC ~ Johnson & Wales University

Rhode Island

10 Abbott Park Place TACO Center
Providence, RI 02903
RI SBDC ~ Downtown Providence

Rhode Island

URI Research Foundation 315 Iron Horse Way
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-487-SBDC (7232)
Providence SBDC @ URI Research Foundation

Rhode Island

Chafee Center for International Business 1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917-1284
Phone: 401-232-6407
Northern RI SBDC@ Bryant U in Smithfield

Rhode Island

3288 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886-7151
Phone: (401) 732-1100
http://www.risbdc.org

South Carolina

471 University Parkway, Box 9
Aiken, SC 29801
South Carolina Small Business Development Center ~ University of South Carolina-Aiken

South Carolina

801 Carteret Street USC-Beaufort North Campus
Beaufort, SC 29902
South Carolina Small Business Development Center ~ University of South Carolina-Beaufort

South Carolina

USC-Beaufort South Campus One University Blvd
Bluffton, SC 29909
South Carolina Small Business Development Center ~ University of South Carolina/Bluffton

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