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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Kansas Small Business Development ~ University of Kansas
718 New Hampshire
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-843-8844


Seward County Community College
2215 N. Kansas Avenue
Liberal, KS 67905-1137


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


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


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


Kansas Small Business Development Center ~ Lead Center / Fort Hays State University
800 SW Jackson Suite 900
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-6514


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


Morehead State University - Ashland SBDC
1400 College Drive
Ashland, KY 41101


Western Kentucky University - Bowling Green SBDC
2413 Nashville Road Suite 218
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 270-745-1905


University of Kentucky - Elizabethtown SBDC
1105 Juliana Court #6
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: 270-765-6737


Northern Kentucky University SBDC
305 Johns Hill Road
Highland Heights, KY 41099-0001
Phone: 859-448-8801


University of Kentucky - Kentucky SBDC Lead Center
343 Waller Avenue Suite 205
Lexington, KY 40504
Phone: 859-257-7668


Bluegrass SBDC
330 E. Main Street Suite 210
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-257-7666


South Central SBDC
440 Old Whitley Road
London, KY 40744
Phone: 606-454-7042


Louisville SBDC
614 W. Main Street Suite 6000
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-625-0123


Southeast Kentucky SBDC
100 College Rd
Middlesboro, KY 40965
Phone: 606-248-0563


Morehead State University SBDC
149 East Main Street
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2895


Murray State University
926 North 16th Street Suite 105
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: 270-809-2856


Murray State University - Owensboro SBDC
200 East 3rd Street Suite 302
Owensboro, KY 42303
Phone: 270-926-8085


Morehead State University - Prestonsburg SBDC
6 Bert Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Phone: 606-432-5848


Louisiana SBDC at Northwestern State University
3600 Jackson Street Extension Dunbar Plaza, Suite 114C
Alexandria, LA 71303-3064


Louisiana SBDC at Southern University Baton Rouge
616 Harding Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70807


Louisiana SBDC Tecnology Center at Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70820-7403


Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University
1514 Martens Drive
Hammond, LA 70402-0001


Louisiana SBDC at University of Louisiana Lafayette
537 Cajundome Blvd. LITE Center, Suite 236
Lafayette, LA 70506


Louisiana SBDC at McNeese State University
Burton Business Center Room 133
Lake Charles, LA 70609-0508


Louisiana SBDC at University of Louisiana Monroe
401 Bayou Drive Stubbs Hall 208
Monroe, LA 71209


Louisiana SBDC Lead Center
4020 NE Drive Sandel Hall, Room 213
Monroe, LA 71209-6435


Louisiana SBDC Greater New Orleans Region
909 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy Room 203
New Orleans, LA 70125


Maine SBDC at Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG)
125 Manley Road
Auburn, ME 04210-3600