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 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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California

Orange County Hispanic SBDC
2130 E 4th Street #160
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone: 714-953-4289

California

California SBDC ~ Santa Ana ~ Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC ~Orange County SBDC
2323 N. Broadway Suite 201
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: 714-564-5200

California

California SBDC ~ Los Angeles ~ Los Angeles Regional SBDC ~ College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road,
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: 661-362-5900
http://www.sbdc4biz.org

California

California SBDC ~ Sacramento ~ Northeastern California SBDC at San Joaquin Delta College
56 South Lincoln Street, 2nd Floor
Stockton, CA 95203

California

NEC SBDC at Sierra Business Council
10183 Truckee Airport Rd., Ste. 202
Truckee, CA 96161
Phone: 530-582-5022

California

California SBDC ~ Santa Ana ~ Orange County/Inland Empire SBDC ~Inland Empire, North Satellite SBDC
15490 Civic Drive Suite 102
Victorville, CA 92392
Phone: 760-951-1592

California

Fresno State SBDC - Tulare/Kings
220 N. Santa Fe St
Visalia, CA 93292
Phone: 559-625-3051
http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/sbdc/

California

NEC SBDC at SCEDC
1512 S. Oregon Street
Yreka, CA 96097
Phone: 530-842-1638

California

California SBDC ~ Sacramento ~ Northeastern California SBDC at Yuba Community College
1227 Bridge Street, Ste. C
Yuba City, CA 95991

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ San Luis Valley Small Business Development Center
610 State Ave. Suite 120
Alamosa, CO 81102
Phone: 719-589-3682

Colorado

Aurora South Metro Small Business Development Center
15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., #2300
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: 303-326-8690

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Aurora-South Metro Denver SBDC
City of Aurora Municipal Bldg 15151 E Alameda
Aurora, CO 80012
Phone: 303-795-0142

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Boulder Small Business Development Center
1001 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-442-1475

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center
El Paso County Citizens Center 1675 W Garden of the Gods Rd
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ State of Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
1625 Broadway, Suite 2700
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-548-3500

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Denver Metro Small Business Development Center
1445 Market Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303)620-8076

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Northwest Colorado SBDC
325 Fiedler Ave POB 1414
Dillon, CO 80435
Phone: 970-468-5989 ext 2802

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center
1000 Rim Drive 140 EBB
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: 970-247-7009

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Larimer County Small Business Development Center (Satellite of North Metro SBDC)
Rocky Mtn Innosphere 320 E Vine Dr #303
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: (970)498-9295

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ East Colorado Small Business Development Center at Fort Morgan (Satellite of East SBDC)
300 Main Street
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone: 970-542-3263

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Grand Junction Small Business Development Center
2591 Legacy Way
Grand Junction, CO 81503
Phone: 970-243-5242

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Northeast-East Central Colorado Small Business Development Center
UNC Biz Hub 807 17th St, Suite D
Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: 970-352-3661

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ West Central SBDC
112 Taylor Hall
Gunnison, CO 81231

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Southeast Small Business Development Center
1802 Colorado
La Junta, CO 81050
Phone: 719-384-6959

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center
301 N. Main St. Suite 205
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: 719-549-3224

Colorado

Colorado Small Business Development Center ~ North Metro Small Business Development Center
3645 West 112th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80031
Phone: 303-460-1032

Connecticut

Bridgeport
Bridgeport Regional Business Council 10 Middle Street, 14th Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Connecticut

Danbury
Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce 39 West Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Connecticut

Avery Point
UConn Avery Point Campus 1084 Shennocossett Road
Groton, CT 06340

Connecticut

Hartford
UConn Graduate Business Learning Center 100 Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103

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