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Small Business Development Centers

Number: 59.037
Agency: Small Business Administration

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
59.037 Small Business Development Centers
Federal Agency (030):
Small Business Administration
Authorization (040):
Small Business Act of 1953, Public Law 96-302.
Objectives (050):
To provide management counseling, training, and technical assistance to the small business community through Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds restricted to the use of assisting small businesses.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
SBA is authorized to make grants (including contracts and cooperative agreements) to any public or private institution of higher education, including but not limited to any land- grant college or university, any college or school of business, engineering, commerce, or agriculture, community college or junior college. SBA is also authorized to renew the funding of other entities currently funded as SBDCs providing SBA affirmatively determines that such applicants have their own budget and will primarily utilize institutions of higher education to provide the services to the small business community.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Current and potential Small business persons.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Documentation must include approval and support of the proposal from the State government for state hosted SBDCs. Documentation should also include, but not be limited to: (a) Endorsement of the proposal by State officials; (b) endorsement of the proposal by the university hierarchy; and (c) a statement of commitment by the agencies and organizations listed as resources in the proposal. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Additional information available on SBA's website at Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. All eligible entities within a State interested in establishing an SBDC should coordinate with each other in order to develop a proposal for a statewide SBDC service plan. This program is subject to the provisions of 13 CFR 143 (for State and local governments) and A-110 for institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. The proposal should be submitted to the local SBA District Office, listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure (093):
Central Office of SBA executes cooperative agreements to approved applicants.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Varies with individual proposals.
Appeals (096):
Varies with individual proposals.
Renewals (097):
This program is on-going and is renewed annually subject to availability of funds. SBDCs are required to update their proposal and submit a current year budget.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Additional information available on SBA's website at
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Cooperative agreements are usually limited to 1 year. Payments are made by cost reimbursement or in advance as specified in the Notice of Award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Additional information available on SBA's website at
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Additional information available on SBA's website at Additional information available on SBA's website at Additional information available on SBA's website at Additional information available on SBA's website at Additional information available on SBA's website at
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. .
Records (113):
The SBDC shall maintain detailed, complete, and accurate client activity records of a sufficiency to reflect clearly the nature and variety of the SBDC service provided. Financial records must be maintained until 3 years after the completion of the grant project or submission of the final report, whichever is later.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Salaries) FY 08 $111,481,000; FY 09 est $124,655,000; and FY 10 est $114,775,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
No Data Available.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2008: See the FY 2010 Performance and Accountability Report on SBA's website at Fiscal Year 2009: See the FY 2010 Performance and Accountability Report on SBA's website at Fiscal Year 2010: See the FY 2010 Performanca and Accountability Report on SBA's website at
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
SBDC Program Announcement, SBDC Policy Guidelines, SBDC Handbook for SBA Project Officers.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. For addresses of the field offices, see Appendix IV of the Catalog under the Small Business Administration.
Headquarters Office (152):
SBA Executive Secretariat 409 3rd. Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20416 Email: Phone: 1-800-827-5722
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
(1) Ability to match funds (2) Ability to provide technical assistance, training, counseling, and specialized services to the small business community, and (3) State approval.