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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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3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: 276-523-6529
Fax: 276-523-8139


2211 Hydraulic Rd., Suite 107
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: 434-295-8198


676 Independence Parkway Suite 200
Chesapeake, VA 23320


101 Duke Street Suite116
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: 540-727-0638
Fax: 276-783-8335


1008 South Main Street Taylor Bldg. Suite 105
Danville, VA 24541
Phone: 434-797-8482
Fax: 434-793-9200


4031 University Drive Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-277-7747
Fax: 703-352-8518


315 West Third Street
Farmville, VA 23901
Phone: 434-395-2086
Fax: 434-395-2359


1125 Jefferson Davis Highway Suite 400
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Phone: 540-654-1096
Fax: 540-286-8042


600 Butler Farm Road Suite A, Rm 1105
Hampton, VA 23666
Phone: 757-865-3128
Fax: 757-865-5885


127 West Bruce Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone: 434.832.7824
Fax: 540-801-8469


202 Church Street SE Suite 100
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703-430-7222
Fax: 703-430-7258


3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Phone: 434.832.7824


115 Broad Street P.O. Box 709
Martinsville, VA 24114
Phone: 276-632-4462
Fax: 276-632-5059


19056 Parkway
Melfa, VA 23410
Phone: 757-789-3418
Fax: 757-787-8687


173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, VA 22645
Phone: 540-868-7093
Fax: 540-868-7095


Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce 500 Main Street, Suite 700
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-664-2592
Fax: 757-548-1835


1964 Wakefield Street
Petersburg, VA 23805
Phone: 804-518-2003
Fax: 804-518-2004


701 Tyler Avenue #231
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-6056
Fax: 540-831-6735


P.O. Box SVCC Route 19
Richlands, VA 24641
Phone: 276-964-7345
Fax: 274-964-7575


600 East Main Street Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-783-9314
Fax: 804-763-9366


210 S. Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: 540-983-0717
Fax: 540-983-0723


515 Broad Street
South Boston, VA 24592
Phone: 434-572-4533
Fax: 434-572-5462


7001 Loisdale Road Suite C
Springfield, VA 22150
Phone: 703-768-1440
Fax: 703-768-0547


6480 College Street
Warrenton, VA 20187
Phone: 540-351-1595
Fax: 540-351-1597


479 Main Street P.O. Box 490
Warsaw, VA 22572
Phone: 804-333-0286
Fax: 404-333-0187


5300 Palmer Lance Suite 2A
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: 757-565-4373
Fax: 757-253-4335


1620 Edward P. Smith Drive Bldg. 200, Room 204-B
Aberdeen, WA 95820
Phone: 360-538-2530


110 2nd Street SW Suite 135
Auburn, WA 98001
Phone: 253-333-4953


115 Unity St. Suite 101
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-788-1762


23835 Pacific Highway South Suite 102
Des Moines, WA 98198
Phone: 206-592-4151