The City of Austin provides access to several business development opportunities ranging from pitch events, trade missions, sourcing & suppliers, to global networks. Learn how you can use these tools and programs to elevate and scale your business.
The ATX+ Entrepreneurship Program is an international business development and cultural exchange program by the City of Austin Economic Development Department. ATX+ leverages a network of global resources to facilitate sustainable, educational, cultural, creative, and commercial partnerships to grow businesses and power local economies.
The Austin region has already been approved by the U.S. Customs & Immigration Services Administration as a foreign trade zone.
The City of Austin works hard to build trusted global industry connections for local businesses expanding into new markets. Click on each market below for more information on international growth.
Middle East & North Africa
Outbound business delegations formed for specific industries and region. Delegations are open to Austin businesses who are ready to expand into global markets.
Austin Recycling Economic Development Program - Austin’s Zero Waste goal creates exciting expansion opportunities for the local recycling and reuse sector. The mission of the Recycling Economic Development Program is to attract, retain, and grow zero waste businesses and entrepreneurs in order to create local jobs and foster a resilient zero waste ecosystem in Central Texas.
Source raw materials from byproducts of other industries. Participating supports Austin’s circular economy by diverting waste from landfills, generating significant cost savings, energy savings, and creating new jobs and opportunities in the Austin community.
The Local Austin companies can meet one-on-one with Economic Development staff to discuss needs, identify resources and learn about opportunities to engage through our Business Engagement Austin program.
- Livestreamed pitch event in partnership with e-commerce giant, Alibaba. Austin businesses have gained exposure in China with over 13k buyers and $2.2m in sales. Pitch occurs each spring.
- The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition helps turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the raw materials for new or expanding social enterprises. This annual competition occurs in the spring.
The BizAid Business Orientation is a no-cost session, offered in-person and online, which serves as an introduction to resources available to small business owners as well as government agencies and support organizations. It introduces the components of a business plan and various aspects of business development which is beneficial in outlining business goals for new businesses or existing businesses looking to expand. Register for a BizAid Business Orientation offered in class or online.
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
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 Skills Certification
The City of Austin Small Business Program has partnered with University of Texas at Austin Center for Professional Education. Classes are offered in the areas of marketing, social media, human resources, money management, and small business taxes. Complete six of these qualifying small business classes and earn your Business Skills Certificate.
Panel discussions on industry specific business practices, successes, and challenges.
Watch our past Exploring Entrepreneurship Events
The Family Business Loan Program is a public-private partnership between the City of Austin, HUD, and participating private lenders to offer low-interest loans to qualified small businesses that are expanding and creating jobs. Our mission is to enable existing local businesses to expand and create jobs, revitalize communities, increase the tax base of the City of Austin, and enhance the overall quality of life for Austin residents.
Get Back in Business 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.
The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department is partnering with Austin Public Health to expand the Healthy Corner Stores Program. This program helps store owners grow their business by increasing sales of healthy food items and is free to join.
Search and locate helpful resources in this comprehensive directory of non-profit agencies, local, state, and federal governments.
Aims to support the creation and retention of stable, organized commercial districts through the formation of merchants associations. Souly Austin provides a flexible set of tools and resources to assist in the formation of merchants associations that will anchor Austin’s business districts.