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 over 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 Center (VBOC) program isprogram is a one-stop-shop for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. Located nationwide, VBOCs provide transition assistance programs, including Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot, as well as business development assistance such as training, counseling and mentoring, and resource referrals.

Learn more about what Veterans Business Outreach Centers can offer you.

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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South Bend SCORE
1030 East Jefferson Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46617
Phone: (574) 310-8097


Greater Wabash Valley SCORE
8000 South Education Drive
Terre Haute, IN 47802
Phone: (812) 298-2452


Northwest Indiana SCORE
162 W. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: (219) 462-1105


Cedar Rapids SCORE
Corporate Center East 2750 1st Avenue NE, Suite 350
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4831
Phone: (319) 362-6405 ext 2005


201 West Main Street
Cherokee, IA 51012
Phone: (712) 225-5739


Quad Cities SCORE
Davenport Chamber of Commerce 331 W 3rd Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: (309) 797-0082


Des Moines SCORE
6600 University Avenue, Rm 157 DSM Score RE/MAX Complex
Des Moines, IA 50324
Phone: (515) 274-8593


SCORE Dubuque Area #0347
4135 Pennsylvania Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52002
Phone: (563)690-9209


Muscatine SCORE
102 Walnut Street
Muscatine, IA 52761-
Phone: (563) 263-8895


South Central Iowa SCORE
217 East Main Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Phone: (641) 814-5907


Sioux City SCORE
Federal Building 320 6th Street, Room 186
Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: (712) 277-2324


Hutchison SCORE
Quest Center @1 East 9th Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501
Phone: (620) 665-8468


Topeka SCORE
120 SE 6th, Suite 110
Topeka, KS 66603-
Phone: (785) 234-3049


Wichita SCORE
220 W. Douglas Suite 450
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: (316) 269-6273


Lexington SCORE
389 Waller Avenue, Suite 130
Lexington, KY 40504-2910
Phone: (859) 231-9902


Louisville SCORE
600 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. PL Fed Office Bldg RM 188
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 582-5976


Purchase Area SCORE
501 Broadway, Suite B36
Paducah,, KY 42001
Phone: (270)442-5685


Baton Rouge SCORE
Louisiana Technology Park 7117 Florida Blvd, Suite 313
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 225-215-0080


Acadiana SCORE
537 Cajundome Blvd C/O Opportunity Machine
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: (337) 200-0431


Southwest Louisiana SCORE
4310 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Phone: (337)433-3632 ext.217


Northshore SCORE 0707
3433 Highway 190 PMB 257
Mandeville, LA 70471
Phone: (985)520-0929


NE Louisiana SCORE
1810 Auburn Avenue, Suite 104
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: (318) 323-0878


New Orleans SCORE
365 Canal Street Suite 2820
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 589-2356


Shreveport SCORE
400 Edwards Street Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 677-2500


Augusta SCORE
68 Sewall Street, Room 512
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: (207) 622-8509


Bangor Maine
202 Harlow Street, Federal Building Room 230
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207)942-0103


Maine Coastal SCORE
PO Box 1507
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 667-5800


Portland SCORE
100 Middle Street East Tower 2nd Floor
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 772-1147


Oxford Hills SCORE
2 Market Square
South Paris, ME 04281
Phone: (207) 743-0499


Southern Maryland SCORE
134 Holiday Court Suite 316
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 266-9553