Soul-y Austin is a self-help pilot initiative that seeks to empower motivated, Austin-area brick-and-mortar businesses of all sizes and types throughout the city’s commercial areas. This includes local, chain, and franchise businesses.
In addition to being all-inclusive, Soul-y Austin fosters independent collaboration between businesses and provides an array of support services towards the formation of self-sustaining merchants associations.
Support services include: education and coaching towards the formation of merchants associations; engagement of interested businesses; commercial district visioning, charetting, and planning; business development and training; business loans and music venue loans; marketing and promotion tools; monetary district activation awards; market analyses; Envision Tomorrow analyses; district assessments; and district videos.
An IBIZ District is geared towards independent, locally-owned businesses that exist in eight distinct areas throughout Austin. These businesses enjoy the benefits of shared marketing and promotion tools, monthly networking opportunities, and local business advocacy provided by the Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA). For more information visit: http://austinibiz.com/.
The City’s Economic Development Department supports and collaborates with the AIBA. AIBA currently receives funding from EDD.