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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 SmallBiz@austintexas.gov or visit our website www.SmallBizAustin.org for information about all our services and resources.

Website Phone Number Description
U.S. Small Business Administration - Research Grants for Small Businesses 210.403.5900

If your small business is engaged in scientific research and development (R&D), you may qualify for federal grants under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. 

United States Commercial Service 512.916.5939

The Austin U.S. Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce is part of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, a federal agency.  It has an extensive network of trade specialists located in the U.S. and throughout the world.  

United States Department of Agriculture - Food Safety and Inspection Service 202.720.9113

The FSIS is the public health agency in the United States Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packed.

United States Drug Administration 202.720.2791

The United States Drug Administration provides information regarding nutrition, dietary health, food safety, recalls, as well as quality and technology. 

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 at Austin - Regional Foundation Library 512.475.7373

The Library offers free access to three different online funding research tools from the Foundation Center. Their databases include the entire universe of over 108,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant-making public charities in the U.S. and over 3 million recently awarded grants. The databases can only be accessed in-person at the library. Please visit their website for more information:

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.

Urban Co-Lab 512.640.9605

Urban Co-Lab aspires to build community for people who are looking to create scalable impact.  Missioned by the belief that innovation can stem from anywhere and committed to fostering collaboration within our local community, we are creating space for diversity in entrepreneurship and beyond. 

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.

Vessel Coworking 512.381.7120

Vessel Coworking is a creative, productive community in Austin, Texas.  We're a room full of focused people who work most efficiently in a quiet, relaxed environment.  We also love good conversation over tacos at our big kitchen table or helping each other troubleshoot issues on our Vessel Slack account.  The vibe at Vessel is "get stuff done" meets "quirky" meets "I could totally meet my clients here."  Intrigued?

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