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 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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California

Bakersfield SCORE
P.O. Box 2426
Bakersfield, CA 93303
Phone: (661) 861-9249
http://www.scorebakersfield.org

California

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

California

Santa Cruz County SCORE
716 G Capitola Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010
Phone: (831) 621-3735
http://santacruzcounty.score.org/

California

Greater Chico Area SCORE
1324 Mangrove Ave. Suite 114
Chico, CA 95926
Phone: (530) 342-8932
http://greaterchicoarea.score.org/

California

Sacramento SCORE
6501 Sylvan Road
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Phone: (916) 635-9085
http://sacramento.score.org/

California

Fresno SCORE at the SBA District Office
801 R Street Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: (559) 487-5605
http://centralvalley.score.org/

California

Los Angeles SCORE
330 North Brand Boulevard Suite 190
Glendale, CA 91203-2304
Phone: (818) 552-3206
http://www.scorela.org

California

Central Los Angeles SCORE 0705
NAWBO-LA 917 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 404
Los Angeles, CA 90017

California

Department of Workforce Investment
1880 Wardrobe Avenue
Merced, CA 95340

California

Chamber of Commerce
1114 "J" Street
Modesto, CA 95353
Phone: 209-577-5757

California

Yosemite SCORE
1114 J Street, c/o C of C
Modesto, CA 95354
Phone: 510-913-2341
http://modestomerced.score.org/

California

Chamber of Commerce
30 Ragsdale Drive Suite 200
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-648-5360

California

Monterey Bay SCORE
565 Hartnell St. #2191
Monterey, CA 95042
Phone: (831) 566-2733
http://montereybay.score.org/

California

East Bay SCORE
492 - 9th Street, Suite 350
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 273-6611
http://www.eastbayscore.org/

California

Coachella Valley SCORE
43-100 Cook St., Suite 104
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: 760-773-6507
http://coachellavalley.score.org/

California

Shasta SCORE
c/o Cascade SBDC 737 Auditorium Drive
Redding, CA 96001-
Phone: (530) 225-2770

California

Inland Empire SCORE
3985 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951)652-4390
http://inlandempire.score.org/

California

San Diego SCORE
550 W C ST STE 550
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 557-7272
http://sandiego.score.org/

California

San Francisco SCORE
455 Market Street 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 764-4964
http://sanfrancisco.score.org/

California

Silicon Valley SCORE
234 East Gish Road, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 1-408-453-6237
http://www.svscore.org/

California

San Luis Obispo SCORE
711 Tankfram Road, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-547-0779

California

San Luis Obispo SCORE
4251 S. Higuera Road, Suite 800
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 547-0779
http://sanluisobispo.score.org/

California

Orange Cty SCORE
5 Hutton Centre Drive Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: (714) 550-7369
http://orangecounty.score.org/

California

Santa Barbara SCORE
104 W. Anapamu Street Santa Barbara Regional Chamber of Commerce
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 563-0084
http://santabarbara.score.org/

California

North Coast SCORE
P. O. Box 6083 Room 115 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
Phone: (707) 571-8342
http://northcoast.score.org/

California

City Hall
1710 Tucker Street
Selma, CA 93622
Phone: 559-891-2200 x 3106

California

Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce
222 S. Shepherd Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: 209-532-4316

California

Tuolumne County SCORE
222 South Shepherd St. Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: (209)532-4316
http://tuolumnecounty.score.org/

California

Ventura SCORE
516 Pennsfield Place Suite 206
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: (805) 204-6022
http://www.scoreventura.org

California

East San Gabriel Valley SCORE
2648 E. Workman Ave #267
West Covina, CA 91791
Phone: 626-593-1120
https://eastsangabrielvalley.score.org/

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