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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
Cascades Alliance 541.743.7153

The Cascades Alliance provides free full-service consulting service to non-profit organizations to help establish waste-based (reuse or recycling) revenue-generating social enterprises.  Managed by St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County with more than 50 years of experience, the alliance helps turn discarded mattresses, books, clothing, and other items into a stable revenue stream and source of secure, quality jobs. 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance 866.606.8220

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to state and local government, private profit, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. 

CDC - Natural Disasters and Severe Weather 800.CDC.INFO (800.232.4636)

The Centers for Disease Control provides information for the public and emergency responders on how to stay safe during public health emergencies. 

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.