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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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412 North Cedar Bluff Road Suite 450
Knoxville, TN 37923
Phone: (865) 692-0716
http://greaterknoxville.score.org/chapters/greater-knoxville-score

Tennessee

5100 Poplar Avenue Suite 1701
Memphis, TN 38137
Phone: (901) 544-3588
http://memphis.score.org/chapters/score-memphis

Tennessee

2 International Plaza
Nashville, TN 37217
Phone: (615) 736-7621
http://nashville.score.org/chapters/nashville-score

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5524 Bee Caves Rd. Westland Park Building M, #100
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 928-2425
http://austin.score.org/chapters/austin-score

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2820 South Padre Island, Suite 108
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
Phone: (361) 879-0017 ext 22
http://corpuschristi.score.org/chapters/corpus-christi-score

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15110 Dallas Parkway Suite 320
Dallas, TX 75248
Phone: (214) 987-9491
http://dallas.score.org/chapters/dallas-score

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10 Civic Center Plaza Greater El Paso C of C
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: (915) 538-2489
http://elpaso.score.org/chapters/el-paso-score

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1150 S. Freeway, Suite 108 James Guinn School Complex
Ft. Worth, TX 76104-5064
Phone: (817) 871-6002
http://fortworth.score.org/chapters/fort-worth-score

Texas

2422 E. Tyler Ave., Suite E
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 427-8623
Rio Grande Valley SCORE

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8701 S. Gessner drive, #1200
Houston, TX 77074
Phone: (713) 487-6565
http://houston.score.org/chapters/houston-score

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615 East Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210)403-5931
http://sanantonio.score.org/chapters/san-antonio-score

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1530 S SW Loop 323 TJC West Campus Suite 101
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: (903) 510-2975
http://easttexas.score.org/chapters/east-texas-score

Utah

1410 N 1000 W. Rm 1901 Bridgerland Applied Tech. Coll W Campus
Logan, UT 84321-
Phone: (435) 760-7937
http://northernutah.score.org/chapters/northern-utah-score

Utah

The Ogden Business Information Center 2036 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 105
Ogden, UT 84401-
Phone: (801) 629-8613
http://ogden.score.org/chapters/ogden-score

Utah

Utah Valley University SBDC 815 West 1250 North #115
Orem, UT 84058
Phone: (801) 373-8660
http://centralutah.score.org/chapters/central-utah-score

Utah

310 South Main Street South Mezzanine
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 746-2269
http://saltlake.score.org/chapters/salt-lake-score

Utah

1071 E 100 S University Plaza, Bldg C
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 705-4400
http://southernutah.score.org/chapters/southern-utah-score

Vermont

11 Lincoln Street Room 209
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Phone: (802) 951-6762
http://champlainvalley.score.org/chapters/champlain-valley-score

Vermont

87 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: (802) 828-4422
Montpelier SCORE

Virginia

209 5th St NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434)295-6712
http://centralvirginia.score.org/chapters/central-virginia-score

Virginia

147 Mill Ridge Road, Suite 122 Business Development Centre
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Phone: (434) 582-4560
http://greaterlynchburg.score.org/chapters/greater-lynchburg-score

Virginia

115 Broad Street
Martinsville, VA 24112
Phone: (276) 632-6401
http://martinsville.score.org/chapters/martinsville-score

Virginia

838 Granby Street Retail Alliance
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 455-9338
http://hamptonroads.score.org/chapters/hampton-roads-score

Virginia

400 N. 8th Street Federal Building
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 350-3569
http://richmond.score.org/chapters/richmond-score

Virginia

105 Franklin RD SW, Suite 150
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: 540-857-2834
http://roanoke.score.org/chapters/roanoke-score

Virginia

301 W. Main Street
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Phone: (540) 949-4423
http://shenandoahvly.score.org/chapters/shenandoah-valley-score

Virginia

421 North Boundary Street Chamber of Commerce
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 229-6511
http://williamsburg.score.org/chapters/williamsburg-score

Washington

115 Unity Street, Suite 101
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360)685-4259
http://bellingham.score.org/chapters/bellingham-score

Washington

7130 W. Grandridge Blvd Suite A
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: (509) 735-1000
http://midcolumbiatricities.score.org/chapters/mid-columbia-score-tri-cities

Washington

2401 4th Avenue Suite 450
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206)553-7320
http://seattle.score.org/chapters/greater-seattle-score

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