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Local Assistance

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

SCORE Chapters

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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Alabama Entrepreneurial System 1400 Commerce Blvd Northeast
Anniston, AL 36207
Phone: 256-241-6111 x117
Fax: 256-327-4338


Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, Suite 200 1731 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-264-8425
Fax: 205-934-0538


Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce 327 Fairhope Avenue
Fairhope, AL 36532
Phone: 251-928-6387
Fax: 251-928-6389


University of Alabama 550 Sparkman Dr NW
Huntsville, AL 35805


Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce 451 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36652
Phone: 251-431-8614
Fax: 251-431-8646


600 South Court Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: 334-240-6868
Fax: 334-240-6869


Chamber of Commerce W Alabama 2200 University Boulevard
Tuscaloosa, AL 35402
Phone: 205-758-7588
Fax: 205-391-0565


420 L Street, Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-271-4022
Fax: 907-271-4545


2828 N. Central Avenue, #800
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-745-7250
Fax: 602-745-7210


2828 N. Central Avenue, #800
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-745-7250
Fax: 602-745-7210


1228 Willow Creek Road Suite 2
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: 928-778-7438
Fax: 928-778-7438


1400 W Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: 520-505-3636
Fax: 520-670-5011


201 N. Jackson Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730-5803
Phone: 870-863-6113
Fax: 870-863-6115


2120 Riverfront Drive Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501-324-7379 x302
Fax: 501-324-5199


P.O. Box 5069
Pine Bluff, AR 71611-5069
Phone: 870-535-0110
Fax: 870-535-1643


614 E. Emma Street Room M412
Springdale, AR 72764
Phone: 479-725-1809


P.O. Box 2426
Bakersfield, CA 93303
Phone: 661-861-9249
Fax: 661-395-4134


716 G Capitola Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
Phone: 831-621-3735
Fax: 831-475-6530


1324 Mangrove Street Suite 114
Chico, CA 95926
Phone: 530-342-8932
Fax: 530-342-8932


1850 W. Main Street Suite C
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 760-337-2692


801 R Street Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-487-5605 x2718
Fax: 559-487-5636


330 North Brand Boulevard Suite 190
Glendale, CA 91203
Phone: 818-552-3206
Fax: 818-547-1220


1880 West Wardrobe Avenue
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: 209-724-2033
Fax: 209-577-2673


Monterey Chamber of Commerce 30 Ragsdale Drive
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-648-5360


492 9th Street Suite 350
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-273-6611
Fax: 510-273-6015


400 E. Esplanade Drive Suite 301
Oxnard, CA 93036
Phone: 805-204-6022
Fax: 805-650-1414


43100 Cook Street Suite 104
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: 760-773-6507
Fax: 760-773-6514


1212 East Avenue, S Ste A3
Palmdale, CA 93550
Phone: 661-947-7679


11801 Pierce Street 2nd Floor
Riverside, CA 92505
Phone: 951-652-4390
Fax: 951-929-8543


4990 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95820
Phone: 916-635-9085
Fax: 916-635-9089