Small Business Development Centers are administered by the Small Business Administration and provide management assistance to small business owners. They offer one-stop assistance to small businesses and individuals in the form of counseling, training, and technical assistance.
The SBDC program is a cooperative effort pulling together the resources of the private sector, the academic community, and federal, state, and local governments.
There are now 63 SBDCs, with at least one in every state as well as offices in the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each of the centers tailors its assistance to the local community and the needs of individual clients while working in cooperation with the local SBA district offices.
Together with an SBA Certified Development Company, the SBDCs can help you prepare your SBA loan application or assist you with any other questions about the SBA. Anyone who is interested in starting a small business or in expanding an already existing business is eligible to use the services of an SBDC.
See a list of SBDCs in your area.
The SBA provides a list of its local regional, district, and disaster field offices. You can also learn about any of the SBA-guaranteed loan programs on its website, or call 800-8ASK-SBA for more information.