The Small Business Administration supports the export activities of small businesses. Companies eligible for SBA programs include manufacturers with a maximum of 1,500 employees, wholesalers with maximum annual sales of $9.5 million, and service companies with maximum average annual sales for the past three years of $2 million.

Specific Programs



  • Pre-export financing of supply purchases, inventories, materials, and working capital needed for manufacture of export goods and for financing shipping costs, and receivable collection on exports;
  • Activities to develop foreign markets, professional marketing advisors and services, foreign business travel, participation in trade shows, and other promotions overseas.


Joint programs with the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Agriculture.


Small Business Administration Regional 0ffices

155 Federal St., Ninth Floor 
Boston, MA 02110 
(617) 451-2023

26 Federal Plaza, Suite 31- 08 
New York, NY 10007 
(212) 264-1450

475 Allendale Road, Suite 201 
King of Prussia, PA 19406 
(215) 962-3700

1375 Peachtree St., NE, Fifth Floor 
Atlanta, GA 30367 
(404) 347- 2797

300 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1975S 
Chicago, IL 60606 
(312) 353- 5000

8625 King George Drive, Building C 
Dallas, TX 75235 
(214) 767- 7633

911 Walnut St., 13th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 426-3608

999 18th St., Suite 701
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 294-7186

71 Stevenson St., 20th Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94105 
(415) 744-6402

2615 4th Avenue, Suite 440
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 553-5676

Small Business Development Centers

Funded jointly by the Small Business Administration and private agencies, SBDCs also provide assistance in the area of international trade, including:

  • Joint ventures/license programs;
  • Assistance with overseas trade shows;
  • Packaging international trade finance loans;
  • Language training and translation services.


Contact one of the following state SBDCs, or:

Association of Small Business Development Centers 
1313 Farnam Street, Suite 132 
Omaha, NE 68182 
(402) 595-2387
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Medical Towers Building
1717 11th Avenue, Suite 419
Birmingham, AL 35294
(205) 934-7260
University of Alaska at Anchorage
430 W. Seventh Avenue, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 274-7232
Arizona SBDC Network
2411 W. 14th Street, Suite 132
Tempe, AZ 85281
(602) 731-8720
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
100 S. Main, Suite 401
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 324-9043
California SBDC Program
801 K Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-5068
Colorado Office of Business Development
1625 Broadway, Suite 1710
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 892-3809
University of Connecticut
368 Fairfield Road, Box U-41, Room 422
Storrs, CT 06269
(203) 486-4135
University of Delaware
Purnell Hall, Suite 005
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2747
District of Columbia
Howard University
Sixth and Fairmont Street, NW, Room 128
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-1550
University of West Florida
19 W. Garden Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
(904) 444-2060
University of Georgia
Chicopee Complex
1180 E. Broad Street
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-5760
University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W. Kiwili Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 933-3515
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 385-1640
Department of Commerce and Community Affairs
620 E. Adams Street, Sixth Floor
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 524-5856
Economic Development Council
1 N. Capitol, Suite 420
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 264-6871
Iowa State University
137 Lynn Avenue
Ames, IA 50014
(515) 292-6351
University of Kentucky
Center for Business Development
225 Business and Economics Building
Lexington, KY 40506
(606) 257-7668
Northeast Louisiana University
College of Business Administration
700 University Avenue, Adm. 2-57
Monroe, LA 71209
(318) 342-5506
University of Southern Maine
96 Falmouth Street
Portland, ME 04103
(207) 780-4420
Department of Economic and
Employment Development
217 E. Redwood Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 333-6995
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
School of Management, Room 205
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-6301
Michigan Small Business Development Center
2727 Second Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 964-1798
University of Mississippi
Old Chemistry Building, Suite 216
University, MS 38677
(601) 232-5001
University of Missouri
300 University Pl.
Columbia, MO 65211
(314) 882-0344
Montana Department of Commerce
1424 Ninth Avenue
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-4780
University of Nebraska at Omaha
60th and Dodge Streets, CBA Room 407
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-2521
University of Nevada at Reno
College of Business Administration-032, Room411
Reno, NV 89557
(702) 784-1717
New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire
15 College Road, 108 McConnell Hall
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-2200
New Jersey
Rutgers University Graduate School of Management
180 University Avenue, Ackerson Hall, Third Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
(201) 648-5950
New Mexico
Santa Fe Community College
PO. Box 4187
Santa Fe, NM 87502
(505) 438-1362
New York
State University of New York
SUNY Central Plaza, S-523
Albany, NY 12246
(518) 443-5398
North Carolina
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4509 Creedmoor Road, Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 571-4154
North Dakota
University of North Dakota
118 Gamble Hall, Box 7308
Grand Forks, ND 58202
(701) 777-3700
Ohio Small Business Development Center
77 S. High Street, 28th Floor
PO. Box 1001
Columbus, OH 43226
(614) 466-2711
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
PO. Box 2584, Station A
Durant, OK 74701
(405) 924-0277
Lane Community College
44 W. Broadway, Suite 501
Eugene, OR 97401
(503) 726-2250
Wharton School of Business
University of Pennsylvania
444 Vance Hall
3733 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-1219
Rhode Island
Bryant College
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
(401) 232-6111
South Carolina
University of South Carolina
College of Business Administration
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 777 4907
South Dakota
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark
Vermillion, SD 57069
(605) 677-5279
Memphis State University
Building 1, South Campus
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-2500
Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development
1402 Corinth Street
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 565-5833
University of Houston
1100 Louisiana, Suite 500
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 752-8444
Texas Tech University
2579 S. Loop 289, Suite 114
Lubbock, TX 79423
(806) 745-3973
University of Texas at San Antonio
1222 Main Street, Suite 450
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 558-0791
University of Utah
102 W. 500 S., Suite 315
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 581-7905
Vermont Technical College
P. O. Box 422
Randolph, VT 05060
(802) 728-9101
Virginia Small Business Development Center
901 E. Byrd Street, Suite 1800
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 371-8253
Washington State University
Kruegel Hall, Suite 135
Pullman, WA 99164
(509) 335-1576
West Virginia
West Virginia Small Business Development Center
1115 Virginia Street, E.
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 558-2960
University of Wisconsin
432 N. Lake Street, Room 423
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-7794

Free Government Marketing Data

Although marketing information companies provide vital demographics for corporate marketing needs, a good deal of this information is made available from agencies of the federal government, which collects such data. By calling the appropriate department in several government agencies, a person can speak directly to an expert who knows and collects this information. Often these experts can direct the caller through the labyrinth of government offices to locate an appropriate source for the precise information being sought.

Updating Mailing Lists

Mailing lists should be continually updated to ensure accuracy. Inaccurate address labels result in incomplete delivery, lost business, and increased mailing expenses. Companies are faced with the dual task of weeding out bad addresses and updating zip codes to include the additional four digits now used by the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS now offers a one-time Diskette Coding Service which corrects most faulty street and city names and adds the four-digit extension to the existing zip codes. By submitting a computer disk containing the mailing list, the interested user can obtain a one-time clean-up/update. Call the National Customer Support Center of the USPS at (800) 238-3150 for information and computer disk requirements for this service.

Government Hotlines

The following phone numbers are government hotlines that provide the latest economic statistics on topics ranging from selected interest rates to advance reports of retail trade.


Topic Department Phone
News highlights Federal Reserve Board (202) 452-3206
News highlights Department of Commerce (202) 393-1847
Consumer Price Index Bureau of Labor Statistics (202) 606-7828
Employment Cost Index Bureau of Labor Statistics (202) 606-7828
Foreign trade Bureau of the Census (301) 457-3041
GNP Bureau of Economic Analysis (202) 606-5306
Inventories Bureau of the Census (900) 555-2329
Leading Economic Indicators Bureau of Economic Analysis (202) 606-5361
Mortgage rates Federal National Mortgage Assn. (800) 752-7020
Producer Price Index Bureau of Labor Statistics (202) 606-7828
Retail trade Bureau of the Census (900) 555-2329
Treasury Bills, Notes, bonds, and securities Department of the Treasury (202) 874-4000


For additional information, contact:

Economic and Demographic Statistics
Bureau of the Census
U.S. Department of Commerce
Data User Service Division
Customer Service
Washington, DC 20233
(301) 763-4100
Food and Agriculture Statistics National Agriculture Statistics Service Estimates Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture Washington, DC 20250 (202) 720-3896
National, Regional, and International Economics Bureau of Economic Analysis U.S. Department of Commerce Washington, DC 20230 (202) 606-9900
Employment Prices, Living Conditions Productivity, and Occupational Health and Safety Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Washington, DC 20212 (202) 606-7828
Import and Export Statistics World Trade Reference Room U.S. Department of Commerce Washington, DC 20230 (202) 482-2185


The SBA provides a variety of business counseling and training services to current and prospective small business owners:

The Service Corps of Retired Executives

SCORE volunteers provide free management and technical expertise and are available at SBA district offices, business information centers, and some small business development centers.

Small Business Development Centers

SBDCs offer a wide choice of business information and guidance, as well as assistance in preparing loan applications. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector; the educational community; and federal, state and local governments.

Business Information Centers

BICs provide the latest in high-tech hardware, software, and telecommunications to help small businesses get started and grow strong. Supported by local SBA offices, BICs also offer expert counseling by SCORE volunteers.

One-Stop Capital Shops

OSCs are the SBA's contribution to the Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities Program, an interagency initiative that provides resources to economically distressed communities. The shops provide a full range of SBA lending and technical assistance programs.

SBA OnLine, the SBA's Internet Home Page and the U.S. Business Advisor

An electronic bulletin board, SBA OnLine offers current business information around the clock. Via the Internet, the SBA Home Page ( offers a wealth of information on starting and building a small business. The U.S. Business Advisor ( is currently being developed with users to provide interactive access to all federal business information and services.


The SBA's Pollution Control Loan Program provides financial assistance to small businesses for the planning, design, or installation of a pollution control facility. Eligible businesses must be for-profit operations and must qualify as small according to the criteria set by the SBA's size standards; loans cannot be made to businesses involved in the creation or distribution of ideas or opinions, or those engaged in investment in rental real estate.

A pollution control loan can be used to finance the planning, design, or installation of a "pollution control facility." Such a facility is defined as:

  • Real or personal property which will be used for the collection, storage, treatment, utilization, processing, or final disposal of solid or liquid waste.
  • Real or personal property which is likely to help prevent, reduce, abate, or control noise, air, or water pollution or contamination, by removing, altering, disposing of, or storing pollutants, contaminants, wastes, or heat.
  • Any related recycling property when a local, state or federal environmental regulatory agency says it will be useful for pollution control.

For more information, contact the Small Business Answer Desk at (202) 205-7717, or (800) 827-5722, or (202) 205-7701 for recorded information.


By law, prime contractors to the federal government must post surety bonds on federal construction projects valued at $100,000 or more. Many state, county, city and private-sector projects require bonding as well. The SBA can guarantee bid, performance and payment bonds for contracts up to $1.25 million for small businesses that cannot obtain bonds through regular commercial channels. Bonds may be obtained in two ways:

  • Prior Approval -- Contractors apply through a surety bonding agent. The guaranty goes to the surety.
  • Preferred Sureties -- Preferred sureties are authorized by the SBA to issue, monitor and service bonds without prior SBA approval.