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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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202 Harlow Street, Federal Building Room 230
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207)942-0103
http://bangor.score.org/chapters/bangor-score

Maine

PO Box 1507
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 667-5800
http://www.scoremaine.org

Maine

100 Middle Street East Tower 2nd Floor
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) 772-1147
http://portlandme.score.org/chapters/portland-score-0

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2 Market Square
South Paris, ME 04281
Phone: (207) 743-0499
http://oxfordhills.score.org/chapters/oxford-hills-score

Maryland

134 Holiday Court Suite 316
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 266-9553
http://southernmaryland.score.org/chapters/southern-maryland-score

Maryland

122 N. Cross Street C/O Kent County Chamber of Commerce
Chestertown, MD 21620-1547
Phone: (410)810-2969
http://uppershore.score.org/chapters/eastern-shore-score

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9250 Bendix Road SCORE
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: (410) 962-2233
http://greaterbaltimore.score.org/chapters/greater-baltimore-score

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101 Marlboro Ave Talbot City Chamber of Commerce
Easton, MD 21601
Phone: (877) 572-0735
http://midshore.score.org/chapters/mid-shore-score

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4539 Metropolitan Court
Frederick, MD 21704
Phone: (240)215-4757
http://frederick.score.org/chapters/score-frederick

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14 North Potomac Street Suite 200 B
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301)766-2043
http://hagerstown.score.org/chapters/hagerstown-score

Massachusetts

10 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02222-1093
Phone: (617) 565-5591
http://boston.score.org/chapters/boston-score

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60 School Street
Brockton, MA 02301-
Phone: (508) 587-2673
http://sema.score.org/chapters/se-massachusetts-score

Massachusetts

270 Communications Way Independence Park, Suite 5A
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 775-4884
http://capecod.score.org/chapters/cape-cod-score

Massachusetts

583 Chestnut Street, Unit 8 c/o Lynn Area C of C
Lynn, MA 01904
Phone: (978) 922-9441
http://nemassachusetts.score.org/chapters/ne-massachusetts-score

Massachusetts

1 Federal Street Bldg 101 Scibelli Enterprise Center
Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: (413) 785-0314
http://westernmassachusetts.score.org/chapters/w-massachusetts-score

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446 Main Street Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 753-2929
http://worcester.score.org/chapters/worcester-score

Michigan

1100 North Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 929-1121
http://annarborarea.score.org/chapters/ann-arbor-area-score

Michigan

477 Michigan Avenue Room 515
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 226-7947
http://detroit.score.org/chapters/detroit-score

Michigan

111 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 771-0305
http://grandrapids.score.org/chapters/grand-rapids-score

Michigan

272 E. 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-392-2389
http://holland.score.org/chapters/holland-score-686

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420 E. Alcott St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Phone: (269) 381-5382
http://kalamazoo.score.org/chapters/kalamazoo-score

Michigan

5300 W. US Highway 10
Ludington, MI 49431
Phone: (231)845-0324
http://ludington.score.org/chapters/ludington-scottville-area

Michigan

380 W. Western
Muskegon, MI 49440
Phone: (231) 722-3751
http://muskegon.score.org/chapters/muskegon-score

Michigan

401 E. Mitchell
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 347-4150
http://tipofthemitt.score.org/chapters/tip-mitt-score

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202 East Grandview Parkway
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: (231) 947-5075
http://traversecity.score.org/chapters/traverse-city-score

Minnesota

350 W. Burnsville Parkway Suite 425
Burnsville, MN 55337-
Phone: (952) 890-7020
http://southmetro.score.org/chapters/south-metro-score

Minnesota

525 Florence Avenue
Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone: 507-455-3215 x 124
South Central Minnesota Chapter 0710

Minnesota

Rochester Chamber of Commerce 220 S. Broadway, Suite 100
Rochester, MN 55904-
Phone: (507) 200-0760
http://seminnesota.score.org/chapters/se-minnesota-score.org

Minnesota

355 Fifth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: (320) 240-1332
http://centralminnesota.score.org/chapters/central-minnesota-score

Minnesota

8700 West 36th Street Suite 125A
St. Louis Park, MN 55426-
Phone: (952) 938-4570
http://minneapolis.score.org/chapters/minneapolis-score

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