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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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Iowa

1805 Collaboration Pl., Ste. 1330
Ames, IA 50010-9166
ISU Small SBDC

Iowa

1805 Collaboration Pl., Ste. 1332
Ames, IA 50010-9166
Iowa State University College of Business

Iowa

610 N. 4th Street, Suite 209
Burlington, IA 52601
Southeastern SBDC

Iowa

8120 Jennings Dr, Ste 13
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Phone: 319-273-4322
University of Northern Iowa SBDC

Iowa

W140 BioVentures Center 2500 Crosspark Rd.
Coralville, IA 52241
University of Iowa SBDC

Iowa

2700 College Road, 121 Ashly Hall
Council Bluffs, IA 51503-1027
Phone: 712-325-3350
Iowa Western SBDC

Iowa

1501 W Townline
Creston, IA 50801
South Central Iowa SBDC

Iowa

Kahl Educational Center 326 W 3rd St., Ste 715
Davenport, IA 52801
Eastern Iowa SBDC

Iowa

400 Locust St., Ste 160
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-331-8954
West Des Moines Office

Iowa

Schmid Innovation Center 900 Jackson St, Suite 110
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563-588-3350
Northeast Iowa SBDC

Iowa

217 South 25th Street Suite C12
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
North Central Iowa SBDC

Iowa

3375 Armar Drive
Marion, IA 52302
Kirkwood SBDC

Iowa

500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401
North Iowa Area SBDC

Iowa

15330 Truman St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Indian Hills SBDC

Iowa

4647 Stone Ave., PO Box 5199
Sioux City, IA 51102-5199
Western Iowa Tech SBDC

Iowa

1900 N. Grand Ave, Ste B1
Spencer, IA 51301
Northwest Iowa SBDC

Iowa

2829 Westown Pkwy Ste 220
West Des Moines, IA 50266
International Trade Center

Kansas

1200 Commercial Street Cremer Hall, Rm 130, Campus Box 4046
Emporia, KS 66801
Kansas Small Business Development ~ Emporia State University

Kansas

801 Campus Drive
Garden City, KS 67846-6333
Kansas Small Business Development ~ Garden City Community College

Kansas

105 Custer Hall, 600 Park St.
Hays, KS 67601-3602
Kansas Small Business Development ~ Fort Hays State University

Kansas

734 Vermont, Suite 104
Lawrence, KS 66044-2370
Kansas Small Business Development ~ University of Kansas

Kansas

12345 College Blvd. Regnier Center, Room 240
Overland Park, KS 66210-1299
Kansas Small Business Development ~ Johnson County Community College

Kansas

1501 S. Joplin Shirk Hall
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7560
Kansas Small Business Development ~ Pittsburg State University

Kansas

120 SE 6th Street, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603-3515
Kansas Small Business Development ~ Washburn University

Kansas

214 S.W. 6th St., Suite 301
Topeka, KS 66603-3719
Kansas Small Business Development Center ~ Lead Center / Fort Hays State University

Kansas

1845 Fairmount, Campus Box 148
Wichita, KS 67260-0148
Kansas Small Business Development ~ Wichita State University

Kentucky

1645 Winchester Avenue 2nd Floor
Ashland, KY 41101-7638
Phone: 606-329-8011
http://ksbdc.org/

Kentucky

2413 Nashville Road Suite 218
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Phone: 270-745-1905
http://ksbdc.org/

Kentucky

1105 Juliana Court #6
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: 270-765-6737
http://ksbdc.org/

Kentucky

305 Johns Hill Road
Highland Heights, KY 41099-0001
Phone: 859-448-8801
https://www.sba.gov/http%3B//www.ksbdc.org

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