Our division strives to provide helpful programs and resources to guide small business owners.

BizAid℠ Business Orientation

The BizAid Business Orientation is a no-cost opportunity to meet with business professionals who can provide you with basic information and guidance. Register for a BizAid Business Orientation offered online.


BizOpen Orientation: Commercial Property Requirements

The BizOpen Orientation covers the general development process including zoning, permitting, inspections, events and obtaining a certificate of occupancy. BizOpen serves as a point of contact for new and existing small business owners seeking assistance navigating the Planning and Zoning Department as well as the Development Services Department. Register for a BizOpen Orientation


Business Coaching

Individualized BizAid Coaching is available at no cost to existing small business owners to help develop a marketing strategy, find lending assistance, learn to effectively network, or become more competitive with a business plan.


Business Education

Visit our calendar for a complete list of upcoming classes and events developed to help small business owners develop skills.


Small Business Preparedness

The Small Business Preparedness is a resource site to aid and assist businesses in creating a plan for disaster recovery as well as finding help after economic and natural disasters. This site is by no means comprehensive; however, the information contained may meet the immediate needs of your business during your time of preparation and recovery.


Market Research Tools

  • Small Business Resource Directory - in this comprehensive directory of non-profit agencies, local, state, and federal governments.
  • AtoZdatabases - Directory and marketing database that includes 30 million businesses and 220 million residents. 
  • BizMiner - Detailed information to help you understand your firm's position related to the financial performance of similar firms in the industry. Email smallbiz@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-7800 for a customized report. 
  • CoStar - Comprehensive commercial real estate database for the local region. Email smallbiz@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-7800 for a customized report.
  • IBISWorld - Local industry research reports to help entrepreneurs make better business decisions. Email smallbiz@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-7800 for a customized report. 
  • SizeUpAustin - Easy-to-use platform that allows you to receive data to help your small business make better decisions around competitive benchmarking, customers, suppliers, marketing, advertising, and demographics.