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The City of Austin Small Business Program offers a comprehensive directory of small business resources offered by local, state, and federal governments and non-profit agencies. Our goal for the City of Austin Small Business Guide is to increase awareness and use of the programs that provide aid in the development of your business. Call 512-974-7800, email or visit our website for information about all our services and resources.

Website Phone Number Description
Disaster 800.621.3362

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7a.m. to 10p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

DiverseArts Culture Works

DiverseArts Culture Works is dedicated to the long-term development of the Austin African American Cultural Heritage District and produces a wide range of cultural, educational, and artistic programming within the District, including cultural preservation and documentary work. 

Dub Academy 512.705.8091

Dub Academy is a non-profit school in Austin for the electronic arts that makes innovative and unique music programs available to everyone in the community.

e-artnow is an electronic information service distributing selected e-mail announcements related to contemporary visual arts. 

Economic Growth Business Incubator 512.928.2594

Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that extends education, training and connections directly into the underserved areas of our community in a way that is culturally relevant and delivers proven results. 

Eileen Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant 800.445.1603

Eileen Fisher, a women's clothing retailer, awards $100,000 to up to 10 women business owners each year.  To be eligible, women must make up at least 51% of your business's ownership and leadership, your business must have been in operation for at least three years, it must not exceed $1 million in annual revenue, and it must be focused on environmental or social change. 

Environmental Protection Agency Sustainable Materials Management

EPA provides sustainable material management tools and resources, including information food recovery, industrial byproduct recycling and reuse and recycled material application research. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 800.621.3362

FEMA is the government agency charged with supporting U.S. citizens and first responders "to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards."

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency 800.829.4933

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 allows taxpayers eligible for the federal renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) to take the federal business energy investment tax credit (ITC) instead of taking the PTC for new installations. 

Fedex Small Business Grant 800.463.3339

Fedex awards up to $25,000 apiece to 10 small businesses annually.  The application requires an explanation of your business, how you'd use the money, photos of your business and - this part is optional - a short video explaining your business.  You don't need a Fedex account to apply.