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This 3-hour small business class is an overview of various types of money is available, including ways to find, apply & qualify for funding.

About this event

This class is for both new and established small businesses. Maybe you’ve had a great idea and written your business plan. You are ready to launch your business—but you need a little extra cash to make it happen. Or, you've been at it a while and think it's time to infuse some capital to make some strategic changes for growth and stability.

This three-hour session will explore various funding options to help you get your business funded and off the ground. We’ll cover different types of loans and investors, and what you need to prepare before you approach them. You’ll leave knowing what documents you need before approaching investors or applying for a loan, and knowing what they are looking for in a business plan.

Come ready with your questions, because there will be plenty of time for Q&A. You’ll get a workbook to use during class, and you’ll also leave with a toolkit of resources, including templates, worksheets, and helpful links. Small business owners are encouraged to send key employees if they are unable to attend themselves.

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What To Expect:

This is a virtual class using Zoom meetings. Participants will be able to speak and interact with the instructor and others, as if in a live, in-person session. There will be ample time for Q&A at the end, but we also have plenty of group discussions planned during the session as well. There will be two ten-minute breaks to allow for checking your email, grabbing a cup of coffee, etc.

Course Materials:

  • All participants will receive a follow-along workbook to take notes, follow instructions, and complete exercises during the session.
  • Presentation slides and exercises will be provided to all participants.
  • Participants will also get a free toolkit - a collection of templates, forms, worksheets, and other resources that will be made available at the end of the class.


The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request - including translation and interpretation services. For assistance, please contact the Economic Development Department at 512-974-7819. The City receives and accepts Video Relay Service (VRS) calls from people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing through Relay Texas 7-1-1.

Who Should Attend?

  • Small business owners
  • Startup founders
  • Freelancers, writers, and consultants in need of funding
  • Both new and established businesses are welcome

City of Austin Small Business Division
5202 E Ben White Blvd
Suite 400
Austin, TX 78741
United States