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 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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Georgia

ACE Women's Business Center
10 College St. N.W.
Norcross, GA 30071
Phone: 678-916-8461
http://www.aceloans.org/ace-womens-business-center

Hawaii

The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership at the YWC of Oahu
1040 Richards Street Suite 305
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-538-7601

Illinois

Women's Business Development Center (WBDC~Chicago)
8 South Michigan Avenue 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-853-3477 x104
http://www.wbdc.org

Indiana

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Inc.
3201 Stellhorn Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4697
Phone: 260-407-6442
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Inc.

Indiana

Central Indiana Women's Business Center
111Monument Circle. Suite 2450
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Phone: 317-464-2245
http://www.businessownership.org

Iowa

Iowa Women's Business Center/Institute for Social & Economic Development (ISED)
8345 University Boulevard Suite F1
Clive, IA 50325
Phone: 515-283-0940
http://TheIowaCenter.org

Kansas

Kansas Women's Business Center
8527 Bluejacket Street
Lenexa, KS 66214
Phone: 913-492-5922
http://www.kansaswbc.com

Kentucky

Community Venture Corporation - WBC
811 South Second Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-309-2073
http://www.cvcky.org/womensbusinesscenter.html

Louisiana

Good Work Network
12090 S. Harrell's Ferry Road Suite #7
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Phone: 225-500-1100

Louisiana

Urban League of Greater New Orleans Women's Business Resource Center
4640 S Carrollton Avenue Suite 230
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: 504-620-9647
http://www.urbanleagueneworleans.org/programphilosphy/community-and-economic-development/womens-business-resource-center

Maine

The Women's Business Center at CEI: Rural Maine
165 Front Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: 207-778-6529
http://www.wbcmaine.org

Maine

(CEI) Southern Maine WBC Program
2 Portland Fish Pier Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-772-5356
http://www.ceimaine.org

Maryland

Rockville Economic Development, Inc.
51 Monroe Street PE-20
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-315-8096
http://www.marylandwbc.org

Maryland

Maryland Capital Enterprise, Inc.
144 East Main Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410-546-1900

Massachusetts

Center for Women & Enterprise Inc. (CWE)
24 School Street Suite 700
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-532-0257
http://www.cweonline.org

Massachusetts

Center for Women and Enterprise
69 Milk Street Suite 217
Westborough, MA 01581
Phone: 508-453-9206
http://www.cweonline.org

Michigan

Cornerstone Alliance (WBC~MI)
38 West Wall Street
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: 269-757-0211 x211
http://www.cornerstonewbc.org

Michigan

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)~WBC
25 Sheldon Blvd SE Suite 210
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-458-3404
http://www.growbusiness.org

Michigan

Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED)
33109 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
Phone: 734-677-1400
http://www.miwomen.com

Minnesota

Northeast Entrepreneur Fund~WBC
202 W. Superior Street Suite 311
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-623-5733
http://www.entrepreneurfund.org/womens-business/

Minnesota

WomenVenture~WBC
2021 East Hennepin Avenue Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone: 612-224-9540
http://www.womenventure.org

Mississippi

Women's Business Center of Mississippi
1230 Raymond Road P.O. Box 600
Jackson, MS 39204
Phone: 601-376-9865

Missouri

Central Missouri Community Action
800 North Providence Road Suite 210
Columbia, MO 65201
Central Missouri Community Action

Missouri

Grace Hill Neighborhood Services
2125 Bissell Street
St. Louis, MO 63107
Phone: 314-584-6841
http://www.gracehill.org/content/GraceHillWomensBusinessCenter.php

Montana

Gallatin Dev. Corp, dba Prospera Business Network
2015 Charlotte Street Suite 1
Bozeman, MT 59718
Phone: 406-587-3113
http://ProsperaBusinessNetwork.org

Nebraska

Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) WBC
422 Roberts Street
Seward, NE 68434
Phone: 402-643-2673
http://www.cfra.org/reap/wbc

Nevada

Nevada Women's Business Center
550 E. Charleston Boulevard Suite E
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Phone: 702-734-3555
http://www.4microbiz.org

New Hampshire

Center for Women & Enterprise - New Hampshire
30 Temple Street Suite 610
Nashua, NH 03060
Phone: 603-318-7582
http://www.cweonline.org

New Jersey

Latin American Economic Development Association
433 Market Street Suite 1
Camden, NJ 08102-1572
Latin American Economic Development Association

New Jersey

Women's Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation (WBC)
Peapack-Gladstone Bank 311 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Chatham, NJ 07928
Phone: 973-507-9700
http://www.wcecnj.org

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