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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
City of Austin Economic Development Department / Cultural Arts Division - The People's Gallery 512.974.7700

The City of Austin is proud to present the People’s Gallery at City Hall. This free, annual exhibition is designed to showcase regional artists and to encourage public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art.

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Cultural Arts Divsion - Art in Public Places Program 512.974.7700

Established by the City in 1985, the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program collaborates with local & nationally-known artists to include the history and values of our community into cultural landmarks that have become cornerstones of Austin’s identity.  They commission works and maintain the city's public are collection. 

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Film & Digital Media Production Incentives 512.974.6318

The City of Austin offers incentives to qualifying film, television, video game, and visual effects projects equal to 0.50% of wages paid to local workers. 

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Global Business Expansion Division - Texas Midnight Pitch LIVE in ATX for Alibaba and Taobao Global 512.974.6381

The Global Business Expansion Division in partnership with Alibaba and Taobao Global offer the Alibaba Texas Midnight Pitch Event which gives small businesses a chance to pitch their brands to the enormous Chinese market with 60,000 daily visitors. 

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Small Business Program 5152.974.7800

The mission of the Small Business Program (SBP) is to foster job creation and support the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources.

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Small Business Program - Artist Career Training 512.974.7800

Artist Career Training is a 6-week educational series designed to help advance your art business and expand your professional peer network.  Join this exclusive group of 24 artists in a variety of disciplines.  Free to apply.  

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Small Business Program - Artist INC 512.974.7800

The City of Austin Economic Development Department's Small Business Program hosts an 8-week seminar that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day.  

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Small Business Program - BizOpen 512.974.7200

BizOpen serves as a point contact for small business owners seeking assistance navigating the City's development process.  Many small business owners are unaware of the rules and regulations that are involved in opening up a business with a physical location.  This process can be quite extensive or short depending on the individual business proposal and property location. 

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Small Business Program - Family Business Loan Program 512.974.2502

The Family Business Loan Program (FBLP) is a public-private partnership between the City of Austin, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and participating private lenders to offer low-interest loans to qualified small businesses that are expanding and creating jobs. 

City of Austin Economic Development Department / Small Business Program - Locally Austin 512.974.7800

The Small Business Program has developed an online, interactive map of small, locally-owned businesses in Austin.  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. 

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