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Local Resources

BizAid - The City of Austin Small Business Division

Before starting your business or establishing a brick-and-mortar presence, learn what resources are available to you in Austin. BizAid Business Orientation is an introductory class designed to equip aspiring business owners with the knowledge and resources to kickstart their entrepreneurial journey seamlessly. Navigate the intricate landscape of city, state, and federal regulations and gain invaluable insights into the City of Austin's development process for commercial properties. Empower yourself with the tools, guidance, and support to transform your business dream into a tangible reality. Register for a BizAid Business Orientation.

Development Process Team

The Development Process Team assists homeowners, small business owners, and renters with high-level process questions with proposed improvements to their homes or business

City of Austin Small & Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR)

SMBR provides development opportunities and resources so that small and minority business enterprises can have affirmative access to city procurement opportunities and succeed in their efforts to grow.

Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

Austin Independence Business Alliance

Economic Growth Business Incubator

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

Austin Asian-American Chamber of Commerce

Austin Young Chamber of Commerce

Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas

LRS is a non-profit public service organization designed to help you find an attorney or other legal resources or community service organizations.

Travis County

Learn everything about the county where you will be doing business.

Travis County Clerk Business Registration

Certificate of Ownership for Unincorporated Business or Profession


TexHealth is a health benefits program offered to employees of small employers in Travis, Williamson and Hays Counties. While not an insurance plan, the program allows qualified employers to offer affordable health benefits to their employees with the monthly cost split between the employer and employee.




State Resources

Office of Governor State Incentives 

Discover why Texas is a great place to do business with the Office of the Governor's Texas Wide Open for Business program. 

Texas Economic Development & Tourism - Incentive Programs

Learn about the incentives offered by the Texas Governor’s Office.

Office of Governor Small Business Assistance

Resources to foster the development of small businesses within the State of Texas.

Office of the Governor Business Research

The Business Research team's primary activities include data mining, industry analysis, and custom mapping in support of Texas business development and marketing efforts.

Especially for Texas Employers

The Texas Workforce Commission published manual to explain the sometimes-confusing "legalese" of federal and state employment law in easy to understand language that makes sense in the everyday business setting. This is great resource, and must have for all Texas Employers.

List of all State Agencies in Texas Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

Regulatory control of the alcoholic beverage industry is established through the process of issuing more than 60 different types of licenses and permits.

Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission offers recruiting, retention, training and retraining, and outplacement services as well as valuable information on labor law and labor market statistics.

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is responsible for issuing licenses, conducting inspections, investigating complaints, assessing penalties, setting rules and standards and holding hearings.

Texas Legislature Online

Get the latest information from the legislative process in Texas.

State of Texas, Real Estate Commission

Secretary of State

Select the right business structure for you and file the required documents online.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Information regarding Texas’ taxes and finances.

Sales Tax and Your New Business

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts provides information and resources regarding business taxes as well as the ability to file the required documents online for small businesses to obtain their Sales Tax Permit.




Federal Resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA provides a wealth of resources to aid you in the expansion of your business.

Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States; as well as administers a variety of federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights.

Food & Drug Administration

The FDA 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.

United States Drug Administration (USDA)

Here you are able to information regarding nutrition, dietary health, food safety, recalls, as well as quality and technology.

Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS)

The FSIS is the public health agency in the U.S. 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 packaged.

Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) system in the U.S. has proven that the majority of marketplace problems can be solved fairly through the use of voluntary self-regulation and consumer education.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Information and Resources for employers provided and compiled by the SSA.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Find useful tax information related to all things small business. This is the IRS’ Small Business and Self-Employed one-atop resource.