About America's Small Business Development Center Network
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs a wide array of technical assistance support which helps strengthen business performance and sustainability and adds to the creation of new businesses entities.
These small businesses in turn foster local and regional economic development through job creation and retention as a result of the extensive one-on-one long-term counseling, training and specialized services they receive from the SBDCs. The SBDCs exist from a unique collaboration of SBA funding combined with state and private sector resources.
SBDCs provide services such as development of business plans, manufacturing assistance, financial packages, procurement contracts, and international trade assistance. Locally, special emphasis areas include technology transfer, research and development, business continuity and disaster recovery assistance, rural business development, and market research.
Based on client needs assessments, business trends and individual business requirements, SBDCs modify their services to meet the evolving needs of the small business community in their location.
SBDC Offices Nationwide
SBDCs deliver management and technical assistance to small businesses utilizing an effective business education network of 63 Lead Centers which branch out with nearly 950 delivery points throughout the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
SBDCs provide assistance within a state or designated geographical area. These 63 Lead Centers are entities established by the host applicant to manage a SBDC program and establish the service provider network throughout their state or region.
SBDC assistance is available virtually anywhere; from rural circuit riders to aerial counselors serving isolated Native Alaskan villages to marine services in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Some centers are located at Universities, Chambers of Commerce, Empowerment Zones, Women's Business Centers, and Specialty Centers with special emphasis such as Manufacturing, Technology, International Trade, Procurement, and Defense related issues. Since 1990 Congress has required all new Lead SBDCs to be managed by institutions of higher education or women's business centers.
SBDC services are available to all small business populations. There are specialized programs for minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities, 8(a) firms in all stages, as well as individuals in low and moderate income urban and rural areas.