With direction from City Council, SBDP has developed an online, interactive map of small, locally-owned businesses in Austin: www.explorelocalaustin.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
a listing of Chamber resources for small businesses
A five-year, five-county economic development iniative aimed at fostering job-creation in Central Texas.
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.
The Greater Austin Chamber announces the creation and launch of www.AustinHumanCapital.com, 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"Historically Underutilized Business"... ...is at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman, ...is 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.
Domestic Expansion and Recruitment
International Business and Recruitment
Office of Aerospace and Aviation
The Economic Development Bank
Austin Semiconductor Entrepreneurs
High-Tech Austin Online
IC2 Institute, Austin Technology Incubator
Austin Independent Business Alliance - ibuyaustin.com
IBIZ districts, East End, Guadalupe, North Loop, North Cross, South Lamar, South First
Choose Austin First
Downtown Austin Alliance
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
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)
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
Writer's League of Texas
Toastmasters - West Austin II
Austin Leadership Forum
Net Impact Austin
Texas Conference for Women
Association for Women in Communications
Association for Women in Technology
Women's Chamber of Commerce
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)