Grow a Business
There are numerous ways that small businesses can grow their customer, sales, capacity, and revenue bases. The Governor's Office Small Business team helps to convey information on available programs, opportunities, and options for small businesses to consider as they grow. These include but are not limited to:
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Texas. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor's economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the needs of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw businesses here.
Two programs specifically aimed at assisting small businesses are:
Small Business Assistance
Texas Small Business Development Centers
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The centers aim to give educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. For a list of Texas SBDCs, click here.
Since its founding in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions: Access to Capital, Entrepreneurial Development, Government Contracting, and Advocacy. The following is a list of links to Texas SBA locations:
- Dallas / Fort Worth District Office
- El Paso District Office
- Harlingen District Office
- Houston District Office
- Lubbock District Office
- San Antonio District Office
To view the SBA Texas State Profile, click here.
SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. Please contact the following SCORE offices:
- Austin SCORE
- Corpus Christi SCORE
- Dallas SCORE
- East Texas SCORE (Tyler)
- El Paso SCORE
- Fort Worth SCORE
- Houston SCORE
- Lubbock SCORE
- Rio Grande Valley SCORE (Harlingen)
- San Antonio SCORE
campus2careers is the largest entry-level job board in Texas and the first site to match students with internships, part-time work, and full-time jobs at small businesses across the State. In addition to the website, campus2careers works with the Governor's office and over 100 community partners to host Internship fairs across the State. These fairs have helped Texas small businesses fill over 2,500 internships in the past two years, 450 of which have turned into full-time jobs. To learn more, click here.
Minority and Women-Owned Business Assistance
MBDA, a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is an entrepreneurially focused organization committed to wealth creation in minority communities. The agency's mission is to actively promote the growth and competitiveness of large, medium, and small minority business enterprises (MBEs).
The mission of the Office of Women's Business Ownership is to establish and oversee a network of Women's Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.
The Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and their survivors. The website compiles helpful information from many government agencies so that veterans can find the assistance, services, and benefits they need.
The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) acts as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation's armed forces. TVC implements four program areas:
- Claims Representation and Counseling serves veterans and their dependents and survivors in all matters pertaining to veterans' disability benefits and rights.
- Veterans Employment Services offers employment services to Texas veterans and helps employers find qualified veteran job applicants. The goal of these services is to match veteran job seekers with the best employment opportunities available.
- Veterans Education Program approves all programs for Chapter 30, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607 federal educational benefits. Through an approval process, the Texas Veterans Commission ensures that institutions and employers are in compliance with federal guidelines and are qualified to provide the type of training offered.
- Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance is a program that makes grants available to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families.
The Texas Veterans Leadership Program (TVLP) is a Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) resource and referral network that serves to connect returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with the resources and tools they need to lead productive lives and enjoy the full benefits of the society they have willingly served.