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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.

Website Phone Number Description
City of Austin / Code Department - Vacation Rental Licensing 311

Owners of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) sometimes called Vacation Rentals, are required to obtain an operating license annually.  This law applies to all properties (including rooms and guest houses) rented for less than 30 consecutive days. 

City of Austin / Austin Public Health - Fixed Food Establishments 311

This program works with operators to ensure food safety within fixed food establishments.  Types of fixed food establishments include: restaurants, warehouses, convenience stores, food manufacturers, and food wholesalers. 

City of Austin / Austin Public Health - Food Personnel Requirements 512.978.0300

An employee who prepares or handles food must complete a Food Handler training course accredited either through the American National Standards Institute or the State of Texas. 

City of Austin / Austin Public Health - Mobile Food Vendors 311

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. 

City of Austin / Austin Public Library - Business and Nonprofits Database 512.974.7400

Marketing tools, company and investment information, business plans, directories, interactive maps and metrics. 

City of Austin / Development Services Department - Smart Start 512.978.4000

Smart Start is the first municipal application from the Austin-based company, Bazaarvoice.  It is specifically designed to help local small business owners through the development review, permitting and inspections process so that projects may be completed on schedule.  This means business can be up and running smart from the start.  

City of Austin / Office of Sustainability - Austin Green Business Leaders

The Austin Green Business Leaders Program can help you protect the environment save money, and make Austin a more livable place.  Businesses that excel in the program are formally recognized as Silver, Gold or Platinum Green Business Leaders; which can give a competitive edge with customers. 

City of Austin / Transportation Department - Transportation Network Companies (TNC) 512.974.1551

The Austin Transportation Department regulates ground transportation services with Austin to enhance safety and provide access to service for all users.  Ground transportation includes all vehicle-for-hire services such as taxi, car-share, pedi-cabs, transportation network companies (TNC), shuttle service, limousine service, charter service, electric low-speed vehicles and touring/sightseeing companies. 

City of Austin Economic Development / Small Business Program - BizAid 512.974.7800

The Small Business Program has developed the BizAid Program to provide customized business solutions to transition entrepreneurs from one growth phase into another.  Our program will provide no-cost individualized business coaching to assist you in all topics faced during the relocation of your business. 

City of Austin Economic Development Department - Cultural Arts Division 512.974.7700

The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City's Cultural arts program and for the economic development of arts and cultural industries.