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SBA Offices and Resource Partners

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

SCORE Chapter

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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6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28210-2226
Phone: (704) 344-6576
http://charlotte.score.org/chapters/charlotte-score

North Carolina

1451 S. Elm-Eugene Street Suite 2306
Greensboro, NC 27406
Phone: (336) 333-5399
http://greensboro.score.org/chapters/greensboro-score

North Carolina

Federal Bldg., Room 108 140 4th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 693-8702
http://westernnc.score.org/chapters/western-nc-score

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c/o Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce 101 Town Hall Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 441-8144
http://outerbanks.score.org/chapters/outer-banks-score

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3615 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557-
Phone: (252) 222-6126
http://coastalcarolina.score.org/chapters/coastal-carolina-score-660

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Century PO Bldg, Suite 306 300 Fayetteville Street Mall
Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (919) 856-4739
http://raleigh.score.org/chapters/raleigh-score

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Moore County Chamber of Commerce 10677 Highway 15-501
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Phone: (910) 420-0121
http://sandhills.score.org/chapters/sandhills-score

North Carolina

Browning Plaza II, Suite 6 4010 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 452-5395
http://wilmington.score.org/chapters/wilmington-score

North Dakota

1200 Memorial Hwy/PO BOX 5509
Bismarck, ND 58506
Phone: (701)328-5861
http://bismarckmandan.score.org/chapters/bismarck-mandan-score

North Dakota

657 Second Ave North Room 360
Fargo, ND 58108-
Phone: (701) 239-5677
http://fargo.score.org/chapters/fargo-score

North Dakota

1501 28th Avenue South
Grand Forks, ND 58201-6727
Phone: (701) 746-5851
http://upperredriver.score.org/chapters/upper-red-river-score

North Dakota

1925 S. Broadway, Suite 2
Minot, ND 58701-
Phone: (701) 852-6883
http://minot.score.org/chapters/minot-score

Ohio

175 S. Main St., Summit County Bldg Suite 204
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: (330) 379-3163
http://akron.score.org/chapters/akron-score

Ohio

The Ridges, Building 20, Suite 174
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740-597-1814
http://www.AOSCORE.ORG

Ohio

6000 Frank Ave., NW Stark Campus Kent State University Center
Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 244-3280 ext.3294
http://cantonregional.score.org/chapters/canton-regional-score

Ohio

525 Vine Street Suite 1030
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 684-2812
http://greatercincinnati.score.org/chapters/greater-cincinnati-score

Ohio

1350 Euclid Ave, #216
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: (216) 522-4194
http://cleveland.score.org/chapters/cleveland-score

Ohio

401 North Front Street Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 469-2357
http://columbusoh.score.org/chapters/columbus-score

Ohio

200 West Second Street Suite 104
Dayton, OH 45402-1430
Phone: (937) 225-2887
http://dayton.score.org/chapters/dayton-score-0

Ohio

55 N. Mulberry Street Chamber of Commerce
Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: (419) 522-3211(226)
http://northcentralohio.score.org/chapters/north-central-ohio-score

Ohio

25 Walnut St PO Box 692
Newark, OH 43058
Phone: (740) 345-7458
http://eastcentralohio.score.org/chapters/east-central-ohio-score

Ohio

c/o Mercy Healthcare Center 2200 Jefferson Avenue, 1st Floor
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: (419) 259-7598
http://northwestohio.score.org/chapters/northwest-ohio-score

Ohio

101 West Rayen Ave Williamson College of Business - YSU Campus
Youngstown, OH 44555
Phone: (330) 941-2948
http://youngstown.score.org/chapters/youngstown-score

Oklahoma

P.O. Box 1585
Ardmore, OK 73402
Phone: (580) 226-2620
http://ardmore.score.org/chapters/ardmore-score

Oklahoma

201 S. Main
Grove, OK 74344
Phone: (918) 787-2796
NE Oklahoma SCORE

Oklahoma

c/o SBA 301 NW 6th Street, Suite 116
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: (405) 609-8004
http://oklahomacity.score.org/chapters/oklahoma-city-score

Oklahoma

907 S. Detroit, Suite 1001
Tulsa, OK 74120
Phone: (918) 581-7462
http://tulsa.score.org/chapters/tulsa-score-0

Oregon

P.O. Box 6416
Bend, OR 97708
Phone: (541) 316-0662
Cental Oregon SCORE #0701

Oregon

922 NW Circle Blvd, Suite 160, #327
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: (503) 370-2896
http://salem.score.org/chapters/salem-score

Oregon

1401 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401-6600
Phone: (541) 465-6600
http://willamette.score.org/chapters/willamette-score

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