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.

Organization Phone Number Description

COVID-19 resource for small business loans. 

Latino Arts Residency Program - City of Austin

The Latino Arts Residency Program fosters the development of Austin-area Latino arts organizations and artists in all disciplines in an effort to build and enhance quality, sustainable community arts and cultural programming. 

Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas

Austin Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) of Central Texas, Inc. is a nonprofit service that provides a trusted sources for Austin area attorney searches.  

Lending Tree Small Business Grant

Lending Tree offers a $50,000 grant to help small businesses that are having trouble scaling.  One award per year. 

LIFT Development Enterprises, Inc.

LIFT Development Enterprises, Inc. is a community development organization and micro-small business accelerator with a mission to help underserved and under represented small business owners to overcome the challenges they face due to lack of access to capital and to assist them in increasing business capacity resulting in higher revenue growth and providing premium wage jobs. 

LiftFund Disaster Relief 2020 Loan Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LiftFund has a disaster relief loan for small businesses up to $50,000 with up to 120-day payment deferment. We have a product for new clients and for current clients. 

Lighton International Artists Exchange Program

The Lighton International Artists Exchange Program works to make the world a smaller place by giving artists of different cultures the opportunity to work together, in the hope that lasting friendship and understanding will develop. 

Manufacturers' Energy Efficient Appliance Credit

The Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2010 modifies and extends the energy efficient appliance credit for certain dishwashers, clothes washers, and refrigerators manufactured after December 31, 2010. 

Mid-America Arts Alliance - Grants

Mid-America Arts Alliance strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond.  


MINDPOP's mission is to expand creative learning in classrooms, schools and communities.  

Minority Business Development Agency - U.S. Department of Commerce

Minority businesses are twice as likely to generate sales through exports compared to non-minority firms MBDA promotes business-to-business partnerships between U.S. minority firms and firms in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.

Mission Capital

Mission Capital offers nonprofit consultation, learning & leadership courses, and through multi-year partnerships, they bring together nonprofit, government and business leaders to tackle systematic challenges in our community. 

Mobile Food Vendors - City of Austin

The goal of this program is to ensure proper food safety at all food establishments that are mobile in nature, such as food trailers, motor vehicles, pushcarts, and kiosks. 

Museums and Cultural Programs - City of Austin

The Museum and Cultural programs of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department give voice to Austin's imagination, abundant nature and colorful past.  

Music & Entertainment Division - City of Austin

The City's Music & Entertainment Division is an economic development accelerator and centralized resource center for Austin's music industry, and an active community partner for Austin's citizens, community groups, and neighborhoods. 

Music Health Alliance 615.200.6896

Emergency financial assistance is available for music professionals who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (health insurance/food/health care) over the next two months. We ask that if you have the resources to cover that period, please wait to apply.

Music Maker Relief Foundation 919.643.2456

The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. 

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

The non-profit leg of the GRAMMY Awards has expanded their services to include lost income due to the cancellation of scheduled gigs or performances due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. 

Musicians Foundation

COVID-19 resource to provide voluntary aid and assistance to professional musicians and their families in case of need. 

Nashville Songwriters Association International

Relief for self-employed songwriters, musicians, and support teams.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

COVID-19 resource with helpful websites on this subject that may be most helpful for state arts agencies.

National Association for Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Texas

NAIFA's mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members. 

National Association for the Self-Employed - Growth Grants

This is a nonprofit association that is a good resource for all small business owners.  

National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.

This group wanted to establish an organization to address the concerns of minorities entering the accounting profession and to make a commitment to professional and academic excellence.