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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. SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Services Provided by the Centers

Pre-Business Plan Workshops VBOCs conduct entrepreneurial development workshops dealing specifically with the major issues of self-employment, which include using the Internet to develop and expand businesses. Each client has the opportunity to work directly with a business counselor.

Concept Assessments VBOCs assist clients in assessing their entrepreneurial needs and requirements.

Business Plan Preparations VBOCs assist clients in developing and maintaining a business plan. The business plan includes such elements as the legal and organizational structure of the business; equipment requirements and costs; strategic and financial plans; and market research.

Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis VBOCs help identify and analyze strengths and weaknesses of the business plan to increase the probability of success. Analysis results are used to revise the strategic planning portion of the business plan.

Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling VBOCs, working with other SBA resource partners, conduct entrepreneurial training and counseling sessions specifically for service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs.

Mentorship When needed, VBOCs conduct on-site visits with clients to ensure they are following their business plans. Additionally, VBOCs review monthly financial statements to determine if the business plan needs to be changed to achieve targeted goals.

Other Business Developmental Related Services VBOCs also provide assistance and training in topics such as exporting, franchising, marketing, accounting and more.

VBOC Locations and Areas of Coverage

Region I Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center

Region II The Research Foundation of the State University of
New York SUNY @ Farmingdale SBDC
The New Jersey Veterans Business Outreach Center - Rutgers Business School

Region III Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center/Old Dominion University

Region IV The University of West Florida in Pensacola The Veterans Business Outreach Center
@Fayetteville State University

Region V VetBiz Central, Inc

Region VI The University of Texas - Pan American Veterans Enterprise Training Program Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region VII Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Region VIII Rocky Boys Veteran’s Association

Region IX Vietnam Veterans of California – VBOC Guam Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region X Seattle Business Assistance Center


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 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: Atlanta, GA; Arlington, VA; Boston, MA; Irvine, CA; Sacramento, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; 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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616 Harding Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Phone: 225-922-0998
Fax: 225-922-0024


8000 GSRI Avenue LBTC Bldg 3000
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Phone: 225-578-4842
Fax: 225-578-3975


1514 Martens Drive
Hammond, LA 70402
Phone: 985-549-3831
Fax: 985-549-2127


220 E. St. Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70504
Phone: 337-262-5344
Fax: 337-262-1223


Burton Business Center Rm. 133 4450 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: 337-475-5529
Fax: 337-475-5528


3330 N Causeway Boulevard Suite 447
Metarie, LA 70002
Phone: 504-831-3730
Fax: 504-864-7070


700 University Ave Stubbs Hall 217
Monroe, LA 71209
Phone: 318-342-1224
Fax: 318-342-3085


One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115
Phone: 318-797-5144
Fax: 318-797-5208


310 Ardoyne Road
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Phone: 985-493-2587
Fax: 985-493-2588


125 Manley Road
Auburn, ME 04210
Phone: 207-783-9186
Fax: 207-783-5211


5 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04332
Phone: 207-620-3521
Fax: 207-622-9739


One Cumberland Place Suite 302
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-942-1744


759 High Street, 3rd Floor
Bath, ME 04530


11 West Presque Isle Road
Caribou, ME 04736
Phone: 207-498-8736
Fax: 207-493-3108


210 Main Street Suite 7
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: 207-664-2990


17 Main Street
Fairfield, ME 04937
Phone: 207-453-4258
Fax: 207-453-4264


53 Prescott Dr.,
Machias, ME 04654
Phone: 888-269-0566


501 Forest Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
Phone: 207-780-4949
Fax: 207--582-4772


96 Falmouth Street
Portland, ME 04104
Phone: 207-780-4420
Fax: 207-780-4810


21 Bradeen Street, Suite 304
Springvale, ME 04083
Phone: 207-324-0316
Fax: 207-324-2958


36 Water Street
Wiscasset, ME 04578
Phone: 207-882-4340
Fax: 207-882-4456

Marshall Islands

P.O. Box 1727
Majuro, MH 96960
Phone: 692-625-3685


11 West Mt. Royal Avenue BC104
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 877-421-0830


401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: 410-836-4237
Fax: 410-836-4482


7100 Baltimore Avenue Suite 303
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-403-0501
Fax: 301-403-8303


7100 Baltimore Avenue Suite 401
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-403-8300
Fax: 301-403-0505


12 East Church Street Suite A
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-694-1966
Fax: 301-694-1967


One Technology Drive Suite 100
Frostburg, MD 21532
Phone: 301-687-1080
Fax: 301-729-8700


8730 Mitchell Road P.O. Box 910
LaPlata, MD 20646
Phone: 301-934-7583
Fax: 301-934-7681


Salisbury University, East Campus Complex 215 (Corner of Wayne St & Power St )
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 800-999-7232
Fax: 410-548-5389