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Business Development Groups

City of Austin

Explore Local Austin

With direction from City Council, SBDP has developed an online, interactive map of small, locally-owned businesses in Austin: The purpose of this project is to provide a more significant presence on the Web to these businesses--increasing visitors' and residents' awareness of local businesses. The project now includes seven areas of town to choose from, or you can explore by business types. Click on the logo or the link above to check it out!


SBDP developed the BizAid program to provide customized business solutions to transition entrepreneurs from one growth phase into another.

Small & Minority Business Resource Department

The Small & Minority Business Resources Department(SMBR) assists small, minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises (MBE and WBE) as they pursue contracting opportunities with the City of Austin. The program encourages minorities-owned and women-owned business enterprises to participate in City contracts by establishing special procurement goals for each contract type. SMBR sets MBE/WBE & DBE contracting goals in the areas of construction, professional services, commodities, and non-professional services.

Small Business Development Program

The Small Business Development Program (SBDP) fosters job creation and supports the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools and resources.

UT Professional Development Center

The UT Austin Professional Development Center (PDC) is partnering with the City of Austin's Small Business Development Center (SBDP) to offer expert, cost effective training to area small businesses.

Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Resources

a listing of Chamber resources for small businesses

Opportunity Austin

A five-year, five-county economic development iniative aimed at fostering job-creation in Central Texas.

Aus-Tech Alliance


Companies included in BioAustin operate in the areas of bio-related activities including research, diagnostics, reference laboratories, pharmaceutical, CRO, medical device, agbio and bioveterinary. This group does not include the hundreds of companies providing services to the bio-related industry or the outstanding healthcare providers in the area. BioAustin, formed under the auspices of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, represents over 100 life science companies with over 7,000 employees operating in the five-county Austin and Central Texas region.

Austin Human Capital

The Greater Austin Chamber announces the creation and launch of, a web site aimed at recruiting technology talent to the Austin region. This web site contains detailed information on the technology industry in Austin, fundraising sources for investors and venture capitalists, local and state resources for businesses and statistical information on living in Austin. This web site is a tool that technology companies and executive search firms can refer c-level executives to that shows the depth of technology in Austin, the area’s lifestyle and other amenities.  

Central Texas Angel Network

The Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) aims to help local entrepreneurs gain access to capital to start their businesses. This initiative is directed at providing quality, early-stage investment opportunities for accredited Central Texas investors. CTAN will be an additional benefit to the entrepreneurs and young companies in the technology industry and non-technology sectors. By creating a network of high net worth individuals in Central Texas who are looking for investment opportunities, CTAN will work with the Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (CT-RCIC), the Texas Technology Fund, and the Universities to identify opportunities in early stages of development.

State of Texas

Emerging Technology Fund

In Texas, we understand that high-tech companies don't just happen overnight but are a product of forethought, sound vision and planning, and strategic investments by both the public and private sectors. Through our Emerging Technology Fund, we are bringing the best scientists and researchers to Texas, attracting high-tech jobs and helping start-up companies get off the ground faster. - Governor Rick Perry

Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation & Commercialization

Texas Online Business Portal

A listing of online resources for starting a business in Texas or expanding to Texas.  Information about the Texas business climate as well as permiting and licensing information.

Small Business Development

The Mission of Small Business Advocate is to bridge the gaps that inhibit entrepreneurial growth, and to foster the development of Small Businesses within the State of Texas. This is accomplished through partnerships with Federal, State, and local governmental agencies, Academic Resources, and Economic Development Agencies located throughout the Lone Star State.

Consumer Trade Organizations

HUB- Historically Underutilized Businesses

"Historically Underutilized Business"... at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman, an entity with its principal place of business in Texas, and ...has an owner residing in Texas with a proportionate interest that actively participates in the control, operations and management of the entity’s affairs. The statewide HUB Program facilitates the use of HUBs in state procurement and provides information on the state’s procurement process to minority and woman- owned businesses.

Economic Development

Domestic Expansion and Recruitment

International Business and Recruitment

Business Research

Office of Aerospace and Aviation

Texas Tourism

The Economic Development Bank

Trade Groups


Agile Austin

Austin Semiconductor Entrepreneurs

High-Tech Austin Online

IC2 Institute, Austin Technology Incubator

Local Businesses

Austin Independent Business Alliance -

IBIZ districts, East End, Guadalupe, North Loop, North Cross, South Lamar, South First

Choose Austin First

Downtown Austin Alliance

Non Profit


Center for Community Based and Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)


Bootstrap Austin - Coalition of Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Austin Entrepreneur Referral Network

Austin Internet Marketing Entrepreneur Network (AIMEN)

Austin Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association

Austin Social Innovation Hub

Austin Solar Energy Entrepreneurs Network (SEEN)

Central Texas Angel Network

McCombs Entrepreneur Society (ES)

Professional Services

Austin Executives Association

Austin Young Lawyers Association

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting

Austin Black Lawyers Association

Austin Board of Realtors

Emerging Professionals in Conservation (EPIC)


Austin Federation of Musicians

Austin Visual Arts Association

Austin Screenwriters Group

Austin Music Foundation

Freelance Austin

Reel Women

Writer's League of Texas

Networking/Social Groups


Networking Austin

Leadership Austin

Toastmasters - West Austin II

Austin EcoNetwork

Austin Leadership Forum

Net Impact Austin

Women's Groups

Texas Conference for Women

Association for Women in Communications

Association for Women in Technology

Impact Austin

Women's Chamber of Commerce

Minority Groups

Minority Professional Network

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Austin Filipino American Association

Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC)

Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (CCAACC)

Hispanic Women's Network of Texas

Jewish Business Network

Mexican American Engineers & Scientists (MAES)

Higher Education

University of Texas

Austin Community College