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Local Assistance

SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.

SCORE Chapters

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. SBA has 16 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

Services Provided by the Centers

Pre-Business Plan Workshops VBOCs conduct entrepreneurial development workshops dealing specifically with the major issues of self-employment, which include using the Internet to develop and expand businesses. Each client has the opportunity to work directly with a business counselor.

Concept Assessments VBOCs assist clients in assessing their entrepreneurial needs and requirements.

Business Plan Preparations VBOCs assist clients in developing and maintaining a business plan. The business plan includes such elements as the legal and organizational structure of the business; equipment requirements and costs; strategic and financial plans; and market research.

Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis VBOCs help identify and analyze strengths and weaknesses of the business plan to increase the probability of success. Analysis results are used to revise the strategic planning portion of the business plan.

Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling VBOCs, working with other SBA resource partners, conduct entrepreneurial training and counseling sessions specifically for service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs.

Mentorship When needed, VBOCs conduct on-site visits with clients to ensure they are following their business plans. Additionally, VBOCs review monthly financial statements to determine if the business plan needs to be changed to achieve targeted goals.

Other Business Developmental Related Services VBOCs also provide assistance and training in topics such as exporting, franchising, marketing, accounting and more.

VBOC Locations and Areas of Coverage

Region I Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center

Region II The Research Foundation of the State University of
New York SUNY @ Farmingdale SBDC
The New Jersey Veterans Business Outreach Center - Rutgers Business School

Region III Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center/Old Dominion University

Region IV The University of West Florida in Pensacola The Veterans Business Outreach Center
@Fayetteville State University

Region V VetBiz Central, Inc

Region VI The University of Texas - Pan American Veterans Enterprise Training Program Louisiana Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region VII Veterans Advocacy Foundation, Inc.

Region VIII Rocky Boys Veteran’s Association

Region IX Vietnam Veterans of California – VBOC Guam Veterans Business Outreach Center

Region X Seattle Business Assistance Center


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 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: Atlanta, GA; Arlington, VA; Boston, MA; Irvine, CA; Sacramento, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; 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.

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New York

30 Scott’s Corners Drive
Montgomery, NY 12549
Phone: 845-457-9700
Fax: 845-567-6271

New York

198 Bridgeville Road
Monticello, NY 12701
Phone: 845-791-4200

New York

26 Federal Plaza Room 3100
New York, NY 10278
Phone: 212-264-4507
Fax: 212-264-4963

New York

7061 Route 9
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: 518-563-1000
Fax: 518-563-1028

New York

Chamber of Commerce 1 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-454-1700 x1021

New York

100 State Street Keating Federal Building, Room 410
Rochester, NY 14614
Phone: 585-263-6473
Fax: 585-263-3146

New York

4 North Main Street
Spring Valley, NY 10977
Phone: 845-426-1206

New York

1550 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10304
Phone: 718-727-1221

New York

224 Harrison Street Suite 506
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-471-9393

New York

200 Genesee Street Suite 1
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315-792-7553

New York

200 Washington Street Suite 409
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: 315-788-1200
Fax: 315-788-8251

New York

NYS Dept. of Labor 120 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: 914-948-3907
Fax: 914-948-4645

North Carolina

Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce 317 E. Dixie Drive
Asheboro, NC 27203
Phone: 336-626-2626
Fax: 336-626-7077

North Carolina

Federal Building, Room 259 151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-271-4786
Fax: 828-271-4786

North Carolina

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce 104 S. Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: 919-968-6894

North Carolina

6302 Fairview Road, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-344-6576
Fax: 704-344-6769

North Carolina

2007 Yanceyville Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
Phone: 336-333-5399

North Carolina

Federal Bldg., Room 108 140 4th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Phone: 828-693-8702

North Carolina

High Point Chamber of Commerce 1634 N. Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
Phone: 336-882-8625
Fax: 336-889-9499

North Carolina

Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce 101 Town Hall Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: 252-441-8144

North Carolina

3615 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone: 252-222-6126
Fax: 252-222-6124

North Carolina

233 Middle Street
New Bern, NC 28563
Phone: 252-633-6688
Fax: 252-633-9608

North Carolina

Century PO Bldg, Suite 306 300 Fayetteville Street Mall
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-856-4739
Fax: 919-856-4466

North Carolina

727 N. Grace Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-442-1173

North Carolina

Moore County Chamber of Commerce 10677 Highway 15-501
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Phone: 910-692-3926

North Carolina

1385 John Small Avenue
Washington, NC 27889
Phone: 252-974-1848

North Carolina

Browning Plaza II, Suite 6 4010 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910-452-5395
Fax: 910-452-5369

North Dakota

700 E. Main Avenue 2nd Floor
Bismarck, ND 58506
Phone: 701-328-5861

North Dakota

51 Broadway, Suite 505
Fargo, ND 58108
Phone: 701-239-5677
Fax: 701-237-9734

North Dakota

1501 28th Avenue South
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-746-5851
Fax: 701-746-5748