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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. 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.

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Pennsylvania

The Stegmaier Bldg /suite 4M 7N. Wilkes Barre Blvd
Wilkes Barre, PA 18703
Phone: 570 826 6502
http://northeastpennsylvania.score.org

Pennsylvania

330 Pine Street Executive Plaza Suite 305
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: 570-322-3720
Fax: 570-322-3702
http://ncentralpa.score.org

Pennsylvania

2101 Pennsylvania Avenue
York, PA 17404
Phone: 717-845-8830
Fax: 717-854-9333
http://york.score.org

Puerto Rico

416 Ponce De Leon Avenue U.S. Small Business Administration Office
Hato Rey, PR 00918
http://sanjuanmetro.score.org

Rhode Island

380 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-528-4561
Fax: 401-528-4539
http://ri.score.org

South Carolina

P.O. Box 892
Aiken, SC 29802
Phone: 803-641-1111
Fax: 803-641-4174
https://greateraiken.score.org/

South Carolina

930 Richland Street (Columbia Chamber of Commerce)
Columbia, SC
http://midlands.score.org

South Carolina

300 Washington Street Federal Building Room B-02
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 864-271-3638
http://piedmont.score.org

South Carolina

1 Chamber of Commerce Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Phone: 843-785-7107
Fax: 843-785-7110
http://sclowcountry.score.org

South Carolina

605 10th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843-918-1079
Fax: 843-918-1083
http://grandstrand.score.org

South Carolina

4500 Leeds Avenue Suite 100
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-727-4778
http://coastal.score.org

South Dakota

525 University Loop, Suite 102
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 605-394-1707
Fax: 605-394-6140
http://rapidcity.score.org

South Dakota

2329 N. Career Avenue, Suite 105
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Phone: 605-330-4243
http://siouxfalls.score.org

Tennessee

30 Sixth Street 2nd Floor
Bristol, TN 37620
Phone: 423-989-4866
Fax: 423-989-4867
http://bristol.score.org

Tennessee

5726 Marlin Road Franklin Building, Suite 515
Chattanooga, TN 37411
Phone: 423-553-1722
Fax: 423-752-5335
http://chattanooga.score.org

Tennessee

112 E. Myrtle Avenue Professional Building, Suite 408
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: 423-461-8051
Fax: 423-461-8053
http://netennessee.score.org

Tennessee

412 North Cedar Bluff Road Suite 450
Knoxville, TN 37923
Phone: 865-692-0716
Fax: 865-692-0718
http://greaterknoxville.score.org

Tennessee

5100 Poplar Avenue Suite 1701
Memphis, TN 38137
Phone: 901-544-3588
Fax: 901-544-0557
http://memphis.score.org

Tennessee

2 International Plaza Suite 500
Nashville, TN 37217
Phone: 615-736-7621
http://www.scorenashville.org

Texas

5524 Bee Caves Road Westland Park Building M, #100
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512-928-2425
Fax: 512-928-2760
http://austin.score.org

Texas

30 Plaza Drive 300 Willow Street, Suite 301
Beaumont, TX 77706
Phone: 409-861-2163

Texas

2820 South Padre Island Dr Ste 108
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
Phone: 361-879-0017 x305
Fax: 361-879-0764
http://corpuschristi.score.org

Texas

5646 Milton Street, Suite 303
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-987-9491
Fax: 214-987-9279
http://dallas.score.org

Texas

10 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915-534-0585
Fax: 915-534-0513
http://elpaso.score.org

Texas

1150 S. Freeway, Suite 108
Ft. Worth, TX 76104
Phone: 817-871-6002
Fax: 817-871-0531
http://fortworth.score.org

Texas

2422 E Tyler Ave Suite E
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: 956-427-8623
Fax: 956-427-8537
http://riograndevalley.score.org

Texas

8701 S. Gessner, #1200
Houston, TX 77074
Phone: 713-773-6565
Fax: 713-773-6550
http://houston.score.org

Texas

1205 Texas Avenue, Room 411 D
Lubbock, TX 79401
Phone: 806-472-7462 x118
Fax: 806-472-7487
http://lubbock.score.org

Texas

615 E. Houston St. Rm 293
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-403-5931
http://sanantonio.score.org

Texas

1530 S Southwest Loop 323 RTDC, Suite 101
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 903-510-2975
Fax: 903-510-2978
http://easttexas.score.org

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