Help Your Business Grow: 5 Austin Business Development Resources

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Running a successful Austin small business is hard. It’s important to get all the help you can. Here are five free or low-cost Austin business development resources to help your business achieve greater success.

  1. Business Solutions Center of Austin

OneTExas CenterIn addition to books, periodicals, and reference materials, the Business Soluctions Center offers software for demographic research, industry reports, sales leads, business templates, and business plan writing. They have free PC workstations available, and scanners, copiers and color printers can be used for nominal fees.

Their excellent website provides insights on starting, running, expanding and even relocating your business.

  1. Small Business Development Program of Austin

imagesThe City of Austin created this program to help small business owners learn about local business processes. It offers no-cost and low cost classes on topics such as marketing, accounting, management, and more.

Two additional courses are Bizaid and Bizopen. Bizaid (small biz assistance) is a free opportunity to meet with business pros who provide basic information and guidance. Bizopen helps small business owners seeking assistance in navigating the city’s development processes. Each course has free registration and multiple class levels available.

To view current course offerings and other events, check out their calendar.

  1. The Downtown Austin Alliance

images-1The Downtown Austin Alliance, founded in 1993, is a partnership of nearly 600 downtown property owners, individuals, and businesses devoted to preserving and enhancing the value and vitality of downtown Austin.

Their website is an information bonanza for new and existing business owners. It has demographic and market data, meeting space venue availability, retail listings, emerging projects and office space vacancies.

It’s definitely worth checking out even if you’re not considering a downtown location.

  1. South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network (hosted by Texas State University)

SBDC - Texas State UniversityA portal created for the Central Texas Entrepreneurial ecosystem, this network offers consulting for business owners on issues ranging from goals and growth to managing and preparing for a legal succession or a successful exit strategy.

There’s a class and event calendar online listing their quality training programs on many subjects, including Profit Mastery and DIY Videos. Their website also explains the nuts and bolts on subjects such as technology commercialization and IRS Tax filings.

  1. Business and Community Lenders of Texas

images-2BCL of Texas is a solid team of professional leaders committed to initiating new programs and services that achieve sustainability for Austin’s business environment. They have created over 5,000 jobs for Texans and underwritten almost 4 million in loans to growing businesses.

BCL of Texas continues to grow its pool of available funds for the commercial real estate community and small business loans for businesses in all stages of growth, new and established. They offer classes and assistance on financial readiness and micro-business coaching among others.

The BCL website has links and information on various newsletters and collaboratives. Their overall services include commercial lending, business coaching and crowd-funding.

What Austin business development resources have you used to help grow your business? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.

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