WIPP's myContracting Magazine January 2015 - Page 25

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)

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 and operate in over 300 locations across the country.

Find your local PTAC HERE.

Procurement Center Representatives (PCRs)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) employs PCRs to review and evaluate the small business programs of federal agencies and assist small businesses in obtaining federal contracts and subcontracts.

PCRs are located at various SBA area offices and major federal buying centers around the country.

Find your local PCR HERE.

SBA District Offices

SBA provides small business counseling and training through District Offices across the country. You can find business guidance, counseling, training and business development specialists providing free and low-cost services in your area.

Find your local SBA District Office HERE.

SCORE Women Entrepreneurs

SCORE, the “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education, counseling and mentorship.

With over 340+ chapters, SCORE holds events and workshops locally across the U.S., and matches up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.

Find your local SCORE Office HERE.

Choose and email a mentor online for virtual help HERE.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

SBDCs provide free, confidential one-on-one customized consulting services and training workshops for small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, with over 900 service sites to help serve you.

Find your local SBDC HERE.

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs)

WBCs are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. The WBC network provides entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics.

WBCs represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories.

Find your local WBC HERE

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