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.
Test Before You Invest
Before you invest your time and funding into your small business discover the “lean start-up process” and how it differs from a traditional start-up plan. Determine which process is most appropriate for your business as you develop and test your product with minimal startup costs, informed by your customer’s values and feedback. Register for Test Before You Invest
Visit our calendar for a complete list of upcoming classes and events developed to help small business owners develop skills.
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.
Artist Career Training is a 6 week program that increases participants’ knowledge on how to make their arts business sustainable and profitable. The selected cohort leave with a better understanding of City resources, business structure, goal setting, budgeting, tax law, protecting their intellectual property, marketing best practices, project proposal outline and gain a professional peer network. The program culminates in a Proposal Pitch Competition with an opportunity for cash awards.
Get Back in Business is a resource site to aid and assist businesses that have been affected by 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 Small Business Program maintains an online directory and mobile app of small, locally owned businesses. LocallyAustin.org provides increased online visibility and accessibility for small businesses. It’s useful for residents and visitors looking to discover locally-owned businesses in Austin.
Add your local small business to Locally Austin (see site for listing criteria) and keep it local by using Locally Austin whenever you are looking for local food, goods and services.