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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 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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North Carolina

Cape Fear Region SCORE
Browning Plaza II, Suite 6 4010 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 452-5395

North Dakota

Bismarck-Mandan SCORE
1200 Memorial Hwy/PO BOX 5509
Bismarck, ND 58506
Phone: (701)328-5861

North Dakota

657 Second Ave North Room 360
Fargo, ND 58108-
Phone: (701) 239-5677

North Dakota

Upper Red River SCORE
1501 28th Avenue South
Grand Forks, ND 58201-6727
Phone: (701) 746-5851

North Dakota

1925 S. Broadway, Suite 2
Minot, ND 58701-
Phone: (701) 852-6883


175 S. Main St., Summit County Bldg Suite 204
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: (330) 379-3163


Canton SCORE
6000 Frank Ave., NW Stark Campus Kent State University Center
Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 244-3280 ext.3294


Greater Cincinnati SCORE
525 Vine Street Suite 1030
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 684-2812


Cleveland SCORE
1350 Euclid Ave, #216
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: (216) 522-4194


Columbus SCORE
401 North Front Street Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 469-2357


Dayton SCORE
200 West Second Street Suite 104
Dayton, OH 45402-1430
Phone: (937) 225-2887


North Central Ohio SCORE
55 N. Mulberry Street Chamber of Commerce
Mansfield, OH 44902
Phone: (419) 522-3211(226)


Licking County SCORE
25 Walnut St PO Box 692
Newark, OH 43058
Phone: (740) 345-7458


Toledo SCORE
c/o Mercy Healthcare Center 2200 Jefferson Avenue, 1st Floor
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: (419) 259-7598


Youngstown SCORE
101 West Rayen Ave Williamson College of Business - YSU Campus
Youngstown, OH 44555
Phone: (330) 941-2948


Oklahoma City SCORE
c/o SBA 301 NW 6th Street, Suite 116
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: (405) 609-8004


907 S. Detroit, Suite 1001
Tulsa, OK 74120
Phone: (918) 581-7462


Cental Oregon SCORE #0701
P.O. Box 6416
Bend, OR 97708
Phone: (541) 316-0662


922 NW Circle Blvd, Suite 160, #327
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: (503) 370-2896


Willamette SCORE
1401 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401-6600
Phone: (541) 465-6600


Portland SCORE
620 SW Main, Suite 313
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 326-5211


Altoona-Blair SCORE
3900 Industrial Park Drive #6
Altoona, PA 16602-
Phone: (814) 942-9054


Bucks County SCORE
11 Welden Drive Suite 100 (IDA)
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: (215) 943-8850


120 West 9th Street
Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 871-5650


Montgomery County SCORE
1150 First Avenue; Suite 1001 SCORE at U.S. Small Bus. Admin.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Phone: (215) 885-3027


Lancaster SCORE
313 West Liberty Street Suite 231
Lancaster, PA 17603-
Phone: (717) 397-3092


Westmoreland Co SCORE
St. Vincent College 300 Fraser Purchase Road
Latrobe, PA 15650-9062
Phone: (724) 539-7505


Philadelphia SCORE
105 N. 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215)231-9880


Pittsburgh SCORE
411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1450
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1905
Phone: (412) 395-6560


Pottstown SCORE
244 High Street, Suite 102
Pottstown, PA 19464
Phone: (610) 327-2673