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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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4251 S. Higuera Road, Suite 800 Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-547-0779


5 Hutton Centre Dr. Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: 714-550-7369
Fax: 714-550-0191


104 W. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93401
Phone: 805-563-0084


P. O. Box 6083
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Phone: 707-571-8342
Fax: 707-541-0331


Tuolumme Chamber of Commerce 222 South Shepherd Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: 209-532-4316
Fax: 209-588-0673


516 Pennsfield Place, Suite 206
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: 805-204-6022
Fax: 805-650-1414


559 e. Pikes Peak, Suite 101
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-636-3074
Fax: 719-635-1571


721 19th Street US Customs House & SBA, Suite 426
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-844-3985
Fax: 303-844-6490


Chamber of Commerce 302 N. Santa Fe Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: 719-542-1704
Fax: 719-542-1624


230 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: 203-450-9484
Fax: 203-576-4388


City Hall 155 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-794-1404


280 Trumbull St, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: 860-519-5851
Fax: 860-240-4659


20 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-865-7645


111 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
Phone: 203-831-0065
Fax: 203-849-9308


One Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: 860-388-9508


Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce 333 Kennedy Drive
Torrington, CT 06790
Phone: 860-482-6586


The Nemours Building 1007 Orange Street, Suite 1120
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-573-6552
Fax: 302-573-6092

District Of Columbia

409 3rd Street, SW Suite 100A
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-619-1000
Fax: 202-638-7670


7999 N. Federal Hwy Suite 201
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Phone: 561-981-5180
Fax: 561-981-5391


Airport Business Center, #311 4707 140th Avenue North
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: 727-532-6800
Fax: 727-532-6800


149 S. Ridgewood Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone: 386-255-6889
Fax: 386-255-0229


Lake Technical Center 2001 Kurt Street
Eustis, FL 32726
Phone: 352-589-2250


3650 Colonial Blvd. Suite 231
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: 239-489-2935
Fax: 239-489-1170


299 East Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-356-7263
Fax: 954-356-7145


3220 S. US Highway 1 Suite #2
Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
Phone: 772-489-0548
Fax: 772-489-0548


101 SE 2nd Place Suite #104
Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone: 352-375-8278
Fax: 352-375-5340


6565 Taft Street Suite 403
Hollywood, FL 33024
Phone: 954-966-8415
Fax: 954-966-2313


7825 Baymeadows Way
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Phone: 904-443-1900
Fax: 904-443-1980


1389 Highway 90 West Suite 170
Lake City, FL 32025
Phone: 386-752-2000


100 S. Kentucky Ave. #230
Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: 863-284-5607