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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. 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.

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West Virginia

151 Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park Road
Moorefield, WV 26836
Phone: 304-530-4964
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

G-06 Hodges Hall P.O. Box 6900
Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: 304-293-7034
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

886 Chestnut Ridge Road #700 P.O. Box 6884
Morgantown, WV 26506-6684
Phone: 304-293-5839
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

PO Box 2900, Dempsey Branch Road
Mt. Gay, WV 25637
Phone: 304-957-2017
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

1 Government Square
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone: 304-424-8518
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

300 Campus Drive, Room 1016B
Parkersburg, WV 26101-9577
Phone: 304-424-8213
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

150 Park Avenue SubCenter: Weirton Campus
Weirton, WV 26062
Phone: 304-932-3818
Fax: 304-748-0241
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

1704 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003-3699
Phone: 304-214-8972
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

West Virginia

1704 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003-3699
http://wvsbdc.wvcommerce.org

Wisconsin

210 Water Street P.O. Box 4004
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Phone: 715-836-5811
http://www.uwec.edu/CE/cbs/aboutsbdc.htm

Wisconsin

2701 Larsen Road
Green Bay, WI 54303
Phone: 920-496-2117
http://www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/index.asp

Wisconsin

900 Wood Road Molinaro D127
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: 262-595-3362
http://www.parksidesbdc.com

Wisconsin

120 W. Carl Wimberly Hall 1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-785-8782
Fax: 608-785-6319
http://www.uwlax.edu/sbdc

Wisconsin

975 University Avenue 3260 Grainger Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-263-2221
http://www.uwsbdc.org

Wisconsin

432 N. Lake Street St. Rm 423
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-263-7794
Fax: 608-263-7830
http://www.wisconsinsbdc.org/sbdc.htm

Wisconsin

UW Stout, 278 Jarvis Hall, Tech Wing
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2397
Fax: 715-232-1105
http://www.uwstout.edu/discoverycenter/stti/cid.cfm

Wisconsin

161 W. Wisconsin Avenue Suite 6000
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: 414-227-3240
http://www.sce-sbdc.uwm.edu/

Wisconsin

800 Algoma Blvd. 1614 Sage Hall
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: 920-424-1453
http://www.uwosh.edu/sbdc

Wisconsin

1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818
Phone: 608-342-1038
Fax: 608-342-1599
http://www.uwplatt.edu/swsbdc/

Wisconsin

410 S. Third Street 128 South Hall
River Falls, WI 54022
Phone: 715-425-0620
Fax: 715-425-0707
http://www.uwrf.edu/CBE/SBDC.cfm

Wisconsin

103 Old Main Building 2100 Main St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 800-898-9472
Fax: 715-346-4045
http://www.uwsp.edu/conted/sbdc

Wisconsin

305 Erlanson Belknap & Catlin P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8351
Fax: 715-394-8532
http://www.uwsuper.edu/sbdc

Wisconsin

1200 Hyland Hall
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: 262-472-3217
Fax: 262-472-1600
http://www.uww.edu/sbdc/

Wisconsin

1200 Hyland Hall 809 West Starin Road
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: 262-472-1365
Fax: 262-474-1600
http://www.uww.edu/wisc/

Wyoming

300 South Wolcott Suite 300
Casper, WY 82601
Phone: 307-234-6683
Fax: 307-577-7014
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

Wyoming

1400 East College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007
Phone: 307-632-6141
Fax: 307-632-6061
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

Wyoming

2001 W. Lakeway Road Suite D
Gillette, WY 82718
Phone: 307-682-5232
Fax: 307-686-5792
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

Wyoming

1000 East University, Dept. 3922
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3405
Fax: 307-766-3406
http://www.uwyo.edu/sbdc/

Wyoming

1000 East University Avenue Dept. 3922
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3405
Fax: 307-766-3406
http://www.uwyo.edu/sbdc/

Wyoming

143 South Bent Street Suite A
Powell, WY 82435
Phone: 307-754-2139
Fax: 307-754-0368
http://www.wyomingentrepreneur.biz

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