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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New Jersey

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

New Mexico

Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST) Corporation
609 Broadway Boulevard, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-246-6943

New Mexico

Women's Economic Self Sufficiency Team (WESST) - Farmington
5101 College Boulevard
Farmington, NM 87402
Phone: 505-566-3715

New Mexico

Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST) Las Cruces
221 N. Main Suite 104 A
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: 575-541-1583

New Mexico

Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST) - Rio Rancho
4001 Southern Boulevard SE Suite B
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Phone: 505-246-6943

New Mexico

Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST) Roswell
500 N. Main Street Suite 700
Roswell, NM 88201
Phone: 505-624-9850

New Mexico

Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST) - Sante Fe
3900 Paseo del Sol Suite 322A
Sante Fe, NM 87507
Phone: 505-988-5030

New York

The Women's Business Resource Center (Hunts Point)
2488 Grand Concourse Suite 321
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-933-7466

New York

The Local Development Corporation of East New York
80 Jamaica Avenue 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Phone: 718-385-6700 x24

New York

Business OUtreach Center Network
85 South Oxford Street 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-624-9115

New York

Canisius College Women's Business Center
2365 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-888-8285

New York

Queens County Overall Economic Development Corp.
120-55 Queens Blvd. Suite 309
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Phone: 718-263-0546

New York

Women Igniting the Spirit Of Entrepreneurship - WISE Center
2610 South Salina Street
Syracuse, NY 13205
Phone: 315-443-8634

New York

Women's Business Center of New York State
200 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315-733-9848

New York

Women's Enterprise Development Center, Inc. - Westchester
1133 Westchester Avenue Suite N220
White Plains, NY 10604
Phone: 914-948-6098

North Carolina

Western Women's Business Center at The Support Center
1465 Sand Hill Road
Ashville, NC 28715
Phone: 828-633-5066

North Carolina

Women's Business Center of Charlotte
9115 Harris Corners Parkway Suite 440
Charlotte, NC 28269

North Carolina

North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development (WBC)
114 West Parrish Street 4th Floor
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-956-8889

North Carolina

Center for Economic Empowerment & Development - Fayetteville WBC
230 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: 910-323-3377 x30

North Dakota

The Center for Technology and Business (WBC)
3333 East Broadway Suite 1219
Bismarck, ND 58502
Phone: 701-223-0707


Economic and Community Development Institute, Inc.
2800 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216-912-5666


Economic and Community Development Institute, Inc.
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219-2541
Phone: 614-732-0895


Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc.
2912 Enterprise Blvd
Durant, OK 74701
Phone: 800-658-2823


Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc. (WBC~Oklahoma City)
218 East Main St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: 800-658-2823


Mercy Corps Northwest
43 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-896-5089


ASSETS Lancaster
100 South Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603-5368
ASSETS Lancaster


Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
1315 Walnut Street Suite 1116
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Chatham University Women's Business Center
1 Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Puerto Rico

Women's Business Institute (WBI)
Avenida Ponce de Leon, Parada 26 1/2 Calle Los Rosales Esquina San Antonio
San Juan, PR 00914-0383
Phone: 787-726-7045

Rhode Island

Center for Women & Enterprise, Inc. (CWE) RI
132 George M. Cohan Blvd 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-277 0800 X308