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Local Assistance

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

Women's Business Centers

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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616 Douglas Avenue
Brewton, AL 36426
Phone: 251-867-5600


225 Church St.
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-535-2038


413 F Azalea Road
Mobile, AL 36693
Phone: 251-660-2725

American Samoa

6849 Tafuna Road The Haleck Building
Pago Pago, AS 96799
Phone: 011-684-699-8739


640 N. First Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003-1515
AZ Women's Education & Employment, Inc. (AWEE)


330 North Commerce Park Loop Suite 160
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: 520-620-1241


404 South West Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: 870-864-8430


1918 University Avenue, Suite 3A
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: 510-540-7785 x301


760 B Stewart Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 707-964-7571


231 East 3rd Street G106
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-473-1605


1055 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 900B
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-353-9400


250 Chestnut Street P.O Box 1586
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Phone: 530-926-6676
Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI)


77-806 Flora Road Suite C
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: 760-345-9200


2000 O Street Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: 916-442-1729
Fax: 916-442-7852


202 E. Airport Drive Suite 100
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Phone: 909-890-1242


275 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-4120
Phone: 415-348-6243


71 Zaca Lane, Suite 130
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-595-1357
Fax: 805-595-1358


333 S. Salinas Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805-965-6073 x106


5121 Van Nuys Boulevard Suite300
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone: 818-907-9922


360 Acoma Street
Denver, CO 80223
Phone: 303-539-5625


Butterworth Hall 1265 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: 860-768-5681


184 Bedford Street Suite 201
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: 203-353-1750


Naugatuck Valley Community College Founders 309A 750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Phone: 203-513-8003
Fax: 203-353-1750


100 W. 10th Street Suite 105
Wilmington, DE 19801
First State Community Loan Fund

District Of Columbia

727 15th Street, NW 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-393-8307


401 W. Atlantic Avenue Suite 09
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: 561-265-3790
Fax: 561-265-0806


3 Independent Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Phone: 904-366-6640


150 University Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: 321-674-7007


101 S Garland Suite 108
Orlando, FL 32801
Women's Business Center at Florida Tech


305 S. Hyde Park Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
The Centre for Women