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 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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Women's Business Center of Rural Alabama
413 Deer Street
Brewton, AL 36426
Phone: 251-867-5600


The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship
515 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35816
Phone: 256-428-8196


SAL - Women's Business Center of Southern Alabama (WBAC)
413 Azalea Road Suite F
Mobile, AL 36609
Phone: 251-660-2725


AZ Women's Education & Employment, Inc. (AWEE)
4520 North Central Suite 550
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-601-7200


Women's Business Center of Southern Arizona
243 W. 33rd
Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: 520-623-0100


Winrock International - WBC
2101 Riverfront Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501-280-3088


West Enterprise Center, Inc.
345 N Franklin St.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 707-964-7571


Asian Pacific Islander WBC Small Business Program
231 East 3rd Street G106
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-473-1603


PACE Women's Business Center
1055 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 900B
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-353-9400


Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI)
205 Chestnut Street P.O Box 1586
Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Phone: 530-926-6670


San Diego & Imperial Women's Business Center
880 National City Boulevard
National City, CA 91950
Phone: 619-216-6719


Anew America Community Corporation
1470 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601
Phone: 510-532-5240


Coachella Valley WBC/University Enterprises CA State University of San Bermadino
77806 Flora Road Suite A
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Phone: 760-345-9200


Inland Empire Women's Business Center
3780 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: 909-890-1242


California Capital Financial Development Corporation
1792 Tribute Road Suite 270
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-442-1729


Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center WBC
275 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-4120
Phone: 415-348-6217


AnewAmerica Community Corporation
210 N. 4th Street Suite 205
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 326-2669


Mission Community Services~Women's Business Partners Center (San Luis Obispo)
71 Zaca Lane, Suite 130
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-595-1357


Women's Economic Ventures of Santa Barbara
333 S. Salinas Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805-965-6073 x106


Valley Economic Development Center~WBC (Santa Clarita)
5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 300A
Van Nuys, CA 91403
Phone: 818-907-9922


Mi Casa Career Resource Center for Women, Inc.
345 S Grove Street
Denver, CO 80219
Phone: 303-573-1302


WBDC at Naugatuck
412 Roosevelt Drive Naugatuck Valley Community College founders 309A
Derby, CT 06418
Phone: 203-751-9550


The Entrepreneurial Center of Hartford's College for Women at the University of Hartford
Founders Business Park 222 Pitkin Street
East Hartford, CT 06108
Phone: 860-768-5681


Women's Business Development Council - New London
300 State Street Suite 419
New London, CT 06320


Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - Stamford
184 Bedford Street Suite 201
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: 203-353-1750


The Women's Business Center at First State Community Loan Fund
100 W. 10th Street Suite 300
Wilmington, DE 19801

District Of Columbia

National Community Reinvestment Coalition
727 15th Street, NW 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-464-2711


Florida Women's Business Center/Center for Technology Enterprise & Development, Inc.
401 W. Atlantic Avenue Suite 09
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: 561-265-3790


Jacksonville Women's Business Center
3 Independent Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-366-6640


Florida Institute of Technology, Inc
150 University Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: 321-674-7007