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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 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 over 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 Center (VBOC) program isprogram is a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. Located nationwide, VBOCs provide transition assistance programs, including Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot, as well as business development assistance such as training, counseling and mentoring, and resource referrals.

Learn more about what Veterans Business Outreach Centers can offer you.

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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Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Bates Technical College ~ Tacoma Business Assistance Center
1101 South Yakima Ave., Room M-123
Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: 253-680-7768

Washington

Washington State University/Vancouver ~ Small Business Development Center
802A Officer's Row
Vancouver, WA 98682

Washington

Washington State SBDC - WSU - Walla Walla
45 Terminal Loop, Suite 4
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: 509-370-5731

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~ Wenatchee Valley CC ~ Wenatchee SBDC
238 Olds Station Road Suite A
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: 509-888-7252

Washington

Washington Small Business Development Center ~Yakima Valley Community College SBDC
10 N 9th Street
Yakima, WA 98901

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC ~Bluefield State College Center
219 Rock Street
Bluefield, WV 24701

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC ~ Upshur County Center SBDC-Summersville
30 East Main Street
Buckhannon, WV 26201

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC ~ Charleston Center
1116 Smith Street
Charleston, WV 25301

West Virginia

Putnam Center
1116 Smith Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-957-2017

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC Lead Center ~ West Virginia Development Office -
1900 Kanawha Blvd, East, Bldg 3, Suite 600
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304-558-2960

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC - Innova Outreach Office
WVHTC Foundation 1000 Galliher Drive
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: 304-558-2960
http://www.wvmep.com

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC - Huntington Center
800 5th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC - Jefferson County Outreach Office
1948 Wiltshire Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC ~Eastern Panhandle SBDC
202 Viking Way
Martinsburg, WV 25401

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC - Potomac Highlands SBDC
151 Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park Road
Moorefield, WV 26836
Phone: (304) 530-4964

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC - Eastern WV CTC
316 Eastern Drive
Moorefield, WV 26836

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC ~West Virginia University SBDC
886 Chestnut Ridge Road Chestnut Ridge Research Bldg
Morgantown, WV 26506-6884

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC ~Southern WV Community & Technical College SBDC
Dempsey Branch Road
Mt. Gay, WV 25637

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC ~West Virginia University at Parkersburg SBDC
300 Campus Drive Workforce & Community Education
Parkersburg, WV 26101-9577

West Virginia

Summers Center
830 Northside Drive, Suite 160
Summersville, WV 26651
Phone: 304-553-2805

West Virginia

West Virginia SBDC ~West Virginia Northern Community College SBDC
1704 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003-3699

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center ~ UW Eau Claire
7 South Dewey St PO Box 4004
Eau Claire, WI 54702

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center ~ UW Green Bay
2701 Larsen Road
Green Bay, WI 54303

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center - UW Parkside
900 Wood Road PO Box 2000
Kenosha, WI 53141
Phone: 262-898-7500

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center ~ UW La Crosse
1701 Badger St 120 W. Carl Wimberly Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center ~ UW Madison
975 University Ave. 3260 Grainger Hall
Madison, WI 53706

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center ~ State Office
432 North Lake Street Room 423
Madison, WI 53706

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center ~ UW Milwaukee
161 W. Wisconsin Ave. Ste 6000
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center ~ UW Oshkosh
Sage Hall Rm 1614 800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center ~ Southwest Wisconsin
52 Means Dr Suite 115B
Platteville, WI 53818

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