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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Counseling and Assistance

The SBA provides small business counseling and training through a variety of programs and resource partners, located strategically around the country.


The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a resource partner of the SBA dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. There are more than 10,500 SCORE volunteers in 374 chapters operating in over 800 locations who assist small businesses with business counseling and training. SCORE also operates an active online counseling initiative.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

This training resource is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. It is SBA’s largest resource partner and an initiative that enhances economic development by providing small businesses with management and technical assistance. There are more than 1,000 SBDC lead and service centers located around the country.

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs)

Women’s Business Centers represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers designed to assist women start and grow small businesses. WBCs operate with the mission to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business.

SBA District Offices

In addition to its resource partners, the SBA operates full service district offices in every state of the country. Locate the district office closest to you.