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SBA Offices and Resource Partners

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

Women's Business Center

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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Alabama

616 Douglas Avenue
Brewton, AL 36426
Phone: 251-867-5600
http://womensbusinessalliance.org/services/wbcral/

Alabama

515 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35816
Phone: 256-428-8190
http://www.wbcna.org

Alabama

413 F Azalea Road
Mobile, AL 36693
Phone: 251-660-2725
http://womensbusinessalliance.org/services/wbcsa/

American Samoa

6849 Tafuna Road The Haleck Building
Pago, Pago, AS 96799
Phone: 011-684-699-8739
http://web.me.com/nasac/NASAC/welcome.html

Arizona

640 N. First Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003-1515
Phone: 602-223-4334

Arizona

525 N. Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: 520-884-7810

Arkansas

404 South West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: 870-864-8430
http://www.winrockusprograms.org/arkansas-womens-business-center

California

1918 University Avenue, Suite 3A
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510-540-7785 x301
http://www.anewamerica.org

California

760 B Stewart Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 707-964-7571
http://www.westcompany.org/wbc.html

California

231 East 3rd Street G106
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-473-1603
http://www.apisbp.org/womens-business-center.html

California

1055 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 900B
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-353-9400
http://www.pacelabdc.org/programs-and-services/small-business-consulting-services

California

205 Chestnut Street P.O Box 1586
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Phone: 530-926-6670

California

77-806 Flora Road Suite C
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: 760-345-9200
http://www.cvwbc.org

California

1792 Tribute Road Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-442-1729
http://www.cacapital.org

California

3780 Market Street
San Bernadino, CA 92501
Phone: 909-890-1242
http://www.iewbc.org

California

275 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-4120
Phone: 415-348-6305
http://www.rencenter.org/services/soma/womens-business-center

California

71 Zaca Lane, Suite 130
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-595-1357
http://www.mcscorp.org

California

333 S. Salinas Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805-965-6073 x106
http://www.wevonline.org

California

5121 Van Nuys Boulevard Suite300
Van Nuys, CA 91403
Phone: 818-907-9922
http://www.wbc-la.org

Colorado

360 Acoma Street
Denver, CO 80223
Phone: 303-573-1302
http://www.micasadenver.org

Connecticut

Naugatuck Valley Community College Founders 309A 412 Roosevelt Drive
Derby, CT 06418
Phone: 203-925-0686
http://www.ctwbdc.org

Connecticut

Butterworth Hall 1265 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: 860-768-5681
http://www.hartford.edu/ec/wbc/default.aspx

Connecticut

184 Bedford Street Suite 201
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: 203-353-1750
http://www.ctwbdc.org

Delaware

100 W. 10th Street Suite 105
Wilmington, DE 19801

District Of Columbia

727 15th Street, NW 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-393-8307
http://www.ncrc.org

Florida

401 W. Atlantic Avenue Suite 09
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: 561-265-3790
http://www.flwbc.org

Florida

3 Independent Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-366-6640
http://www.JaxWBC.com

Florida

150 University Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: 321-674-7007
http://wbc.fit.edu

Florida

101 S Garland Suite 108
Orlando, FL 32801

Florida

305 S. Hyde Park Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

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