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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
United States Food & Drug Administration 888.463.6332

The United States Food & Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. 

University of Texas Center for Professional Education 512.471.4633

The UT Professional Development Center (PDC) helps individuals meet professional and personal goals and helps organizations develop employees and improve performance through its program, consulting, coaching and facilitation services.

USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program 254.742.9700

This a grant for the development or expansion of small businesses in rural areas.  To qualify, you'll need to have fewer than 50 employees, less than $1 million in revenue and be located in an eligible rural area.  Grants range from $10,000 to $500,000.

Vacation Rental Licensing - City of Austin 311

Owners of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) sometimes called Vacation Rentals, are required to obtain an operating license annually.  This law applies to all properties (including rooms and guest houses) rented for less than 30 consecutive days. 

Vendor Registration - City of Austin 512.974.2018

Vendor Connection provides a public clearinghouse to view detailed information about current business opportunities with the City of Austin.  This site allows vendors to create Subscriber accounts to subscribe to solicitations documents.  Vendors may also register to be notified of any new business opportunities based on commodity codes that they select. 

VSA Texas 512.454.9912

VSA Texas, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit, delivers cultural, professional, educational, and public awareness arts services to communities with diverse abilities. VSA Texas offers programs that enable educational achievement and career success, events that feature the work of artists, and specialized arts training for artists, educators, and service providers.

Whole Foods - Local Producer Loan Program 512.542.0895

Whole Foods Market provides low interest loans to independent local farmers and food artisans. 

Womans Chamber of Commerce of Texas 512.338.0839

Economic empowerment of women focused in three strategic areas: Business and leadership development, relationship networking, and advocacy in the private and public area. 

Women in Jazz Association, Inc. 512.258.6947

Women in Jazz Association, Inc. provides Concert Series and Vocal Performance Workshops for performance opportunities and experiences of local professional and amateur jazz vocalists. 

Writers' League of Texas 512.499.8914

Established in 1981, the Writers' League of Texas is a nonprofit professional organization whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers, to help members improve and market their writing skills, and to promote the interests of writers and the writing community.