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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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201 Penn Street Chamber of Commerce Suite 501
Reading, PA 19601
Phone: 610-376-3497
Fax: 610-376-4135


1001 Baltimore Pike Suite 9LL
Springfield, PA 19064
Phone: 610-565-3677


Industry and Technology Center 1481 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-234-9415
Fax: 814-234-9415


140 N. Beeson Avenue
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: 724-437-4222


601 Westtown Road #281
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-344-6910
Fax: 610-344-6919


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


330 Pine Street Executive Plaza Suite 305
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: 570-322-3720
Fax: 570-322-3702


2101 Pennsylvania Avenue
York, PA 17404
Phone: 717-845-8830
Fax: 717-854-9333

Puerto Rico

416 Ponce De Leon Avenue U.S. Small Business Administration Office
Hato Rey, PR 00918

Rhode Island

380 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-528-4561
Fax: 401-528-4539

South Carolina

P.O. Box 892
Aiken, SC 29802
Phone: 803-641-1111
Fax: 803-641-4174

South Carolina

930 Richland Street (Columbia Chamber of Commerce)
Columbia, SC

South Carolina

300 Washington Street Federal Building Room B-02
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 864-271-3638

South Carolina

1 Chamber of Commerce Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Phone: 843-785-7107
Fax: 843-785-7110

South Carolina

605 10th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Phone: 843-918-1079
Fax: 843-918-1083

South Carolina

4500 Leeds Avenue Suite 100
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-727-4778

South Dakota

525 University Loop, Suite 102
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 605-394-1707
Fax: 605-394-6140

South Dakota

2329 N. Career Avenue, Suite 105
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Phone: 605-330-4243


30 Sixth Street 2nd Floor
Bristol, TN 37620
Phone: 423-989-4866
Fax: 423-989-4867


5726 Marlin Road Franklin Building, Suite 515
Chattanooga, TN 37411
Phone: 423-553-1722
Fax: 423-752-5335


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


412 North Cedar Bluff Road Suite 450
Knoxville, TN 37923
Phone: 865-692-0716
Fax: 865-692-0718


5100 Poplar Avenue Suite 1701
Memphis, TN 38137
Phone: 901-544-3588
Fax: 901-544-0557


2 International Plaza Suite 500
Nashville, TN 37217
Phone: 615-736-7621


5524 Bee Caves Road Westland Park Building M, #100
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512-928-2425
Fax: 512-928-2760


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


2820 South Padre Island Dr Ste 108
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
Phone: 361-879-0017 x305
Fax: 361-879-0764


5646 Milton Street, Suite 303
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-987-9491
Fax: 214-987-9279


10 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915-534-0585
Fax: 915-534-0513


1150 S. Freeway, Suite 108
Ft. Worth, TX 76104
Phone: 817-871-6002
Fax: 817-871-0531