SBA Offices and Resource Partners

SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.

SCORE Business Mentor

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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Anniston SCORE
1400 Commerce Blvd, NE Alabama Entrepreneurial Sys
Anniston, AL 36207
Phone: (256) 831-5315


North Alabama SCORE
801 Tom Martin Drive SBA Office, Suite 201
Birmingham, AL 35211
Phone: (205) 290-7849


Baldwin County SCORE
327 Fairhope Ave Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
Fairhope, AL 36532
Phone: (251) 928-6387


Alabama Capitol SCORE
600 South Court Street
Montgomery, AL 36104-
Phone: (334) 240-6868


Alaska SCORE
US Small Business Administration PO 756180
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Phone: (907) 271-4022


APACHE JUNCTION - Chapter 105-10
Apache Junction Chamber 567 West Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85220


BUKKHEAD CITY - Chapter 560-2
1251 Highway 95
Bullhead City, AZ 86426
Phone: 928-745-4201


CHANDLER - Chapter 105-11
Chandler Chamber of Commerce 25 S. Arizona Place Suite 201
Chandler, AZ 85225


FOUNTAIN HILLS - Chapter 105-6
Fountain Hills Chamber 16837 East Palisades Blvd
Fountain Hills, AZ 85269


GILBERT - Chapter 105-12
EZ Spaces 1530 E Williams Field Rd., Suite 201
Gilbert, AZ 85295


GLENDALE - Chapter 105-3
Glendale Chamber of Commerce 5800 W. Glenn Dr., Suite 275
Glendale, AZ 85311


GOODYEAR - Chapter 105-2
Southwest Valley Chamber 289 N. Litchfield Road
Goodyear, AZ 85338


GREEN VALLEY - Chapter 689-1
222 West Esperanza Blvd
Green Valley, AZ 85614
Phone: 520-625-7575


KINGMAN - Chapter 560-1 MCC
1971 Jagerson Avenue RM 208
Kingman, AZ 86402
Phone: 928-692-3054


MESA - Chapter 105-8
Mesa Chamber of Commerce 165 N Centennial Way, Suite 208
Mesa, AZ 85201


PEORIA - Chapter 105-1
Peoria Chamber of Commerce 8385 W. Mariners Way, Ste 3
Peoria, AZ 85382


Phoenix SCORE
2828 N. Central Avenue #800
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 745-7250


AHWATUKEE - Chapter 105-9
Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce 4435 E. Chandler Blvd, #140
Phoenix, AZ 85048


ASBA - Chapter 105-7
South Mountain Community College 7050 S. 24th St., Room BE146
Phoenix, AZ 85048


PRESCOTT - Chapter 532
1228 Willow Creek Road Suite 2
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 800-410-2260


Northern Arizona SCORE
1228 Willow Creek Road Suite 2
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: (928)778-7438


QUEEN CREEK - Chapter 105-13
Queen Creek Chamber 22411 South Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85242


SCOTTSDALE - Chapter 105-5
Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce 7501 E. McCormick Parkway, Suite 202-N
Scottsdale, AZ 85258


NORTH SCOTTSDALE - Chapter 105-4
Scottsdale Mustang Library 10101 N 90th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258


Southern Arizona
1400 W Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520)505-3636


TUCSON - Chapter 689
330 North Commerce Park Loop Suite 160
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: 520-670-5008


Little Rock SCORE
2120 Riverfront Drive Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501-324-7379 Ext 302


Northwest Arkansas SCORE
614 E. Emma Street Room M412
Springdale, AR 72764
Phone: (800) 646-0450


Bakersfield SCORE
P.O. Box 2426
Bakersfield, CA 93303
Phone: (661) 861-9249


Chamber of Commerce
1725 Eye Street
Bakersville, CA 93301
Phone: 661-327-4421