BUSINESS RESOURCES – TEXAS STATEWIDE – “All Roads Lead to Texas.” – Texas Governor Greg Abbott

Governor’s Small Business Forums are designed to provide Texas business owners, managers and entrepreneurs with timely, relevant, actionable advice to assist them in establishing, operating, sustaining and growing their businesses. Each forum includes the Governor’s Small Business Awards to recognize outstanding businesses in Texas.

Governor’s Small Business Service Provider Workshops build capacity among private and public sector small business service providers, like city and county governments, COGs, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, SBDCs, banks, and more. The workshops work to establish a network of small business service providers to create a mechanism for meaningful hand offs of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs from one resource to another, assuring a continuum of services.

Here’s the link to the Governor’s Small Business Handbook:

Request small business assistance here:

More information here

State/Federal Incentives
The incentives in this section are a summary of the most commonly utilized state offerings. The following programs and organizations provide opportunities that can help small businesses get tools, training, and procurement opportunities they need.

Local Incentives
The local incentives section summarizes offerings from the county and city level. The following programs and organizations provide opportunities to help small businesses prosper.

Funding Programs
Texas is committed to providing and facilitating funding for companies and communities with expansion and relocation projects in the Lone Star State. Asset-based loans for companies, leveraged loans to communities, and tax-exempt bond financing are just a few means of obtaining the capital necessary for a successful project.

Download an overview of Texas business incentives and programs available through the Governor’s Economic Development Office. Click the word “download” to launch the link.

As the top exporting state in the nation for 12 consecutive years, Texas, with over $279.7 billion, continues to be the leader in international trade. With its unique combination of strategic location, the largest U.S. rail and road infrastructure, the most U.S. ports of entry, a multilingual workforce twice the national average, a vibrant international banking center, a diplomatic hub with a Consular Corps representing some 90 nations, as well as a concentration of corporate and financial resources, Texas is truly a global trade powerhouse. Many international firms base facilities such as warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing in Texas to take advantage of its excellent access to global markets. From Texas, small, medium, and large businesses alike have found great success in doing business globally.

There are four Texas District Export Councils in Texas, all under a nationwide network of DECs which make a significant contribution to America’s international competitiveness. The Texas DECs are a diverse group of volunteer international trade professionals who meet for periodic sessions addressing international issues and awareness. Members are exporters of manufactured products and services, providers of export support services (accounting, finance, legal, transportation, etc.), academia, and leaders of non-profit organizations of state and local government.


CENTRAL TEXAS – Austin-Round Rock | Killeen-Temple | Waco

EAST TEXAS – Longview | Texarkana | Tyler | Texas Forest Country Region

GULF COAST TEXASBeaumont-Port Arthur | College Station-Bryan | Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

NORTH TEXASDallas-Irving-Plano | Fort Worth-Arlington | Sherman-Denison

SOUTH TEXASBrownsville-Harlingen | Corpus Christi | Laredo | McAllen-Edinburg-Mission |
San Antonio-New Braunfels | Victoria

WEST TEXASAbilene | Amarillo | El Paso | Lubbock | Midland | Odessa | San Angelo | Wichita Falls


This Business Resource page is designed by the Mayor’s Office of Trade and International Affairs as a tool for the local and international business community to learn about one another and interact. Click on any of the below links to access an international Houston-based organization. For consultation on international business development in Houston, contact our International Business Development team: Mohit Bangia and Tomiko Olah.

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Texas has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. The Solutions Center is a City of Houston program designed to spur economic development by providing personal assistance to local entrepreneurs. Specifically, the center has on-site staff that can answer questions related to permits and licensing, as well as SCORE counseling. The center maintains an extensive referral network of local incubators, trade organizations, and universities. Operated by the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity, the Houston Business Solutions Center is where to go for small business advice in Houston. The center offers free information on city, county, state, and federal regulations concerning the management of businesses in the area, making it one of the best small-business resources in Houston.

SCORE | Free Small Business Advice
For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964. With SCORE, you are not alone on your business journey. SCORE has over 320 offices across the nation to help you in your local community. Browse by state or enter your zip code to find the office nearest you. In addition to meeting in person, you can use easy face-to-face video technologies like Google Hangouts, Skype or FaceTime to connect directly with an experienced SCORE mentor no matter where you’re located. Click here to learn more.




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The Small Business Administration (SBA) works with national nonprofit organization SCORE to help small businesses succeed through a variety of means. The Houston SBA district office offers free counseling on how to start a business in Houston.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing trust between consumers and businesses. It acts as an umbrella to more than 113 independently incorporated regional organizations throughout much of North America, including one in Houston. Small businesses are likely to attract more customers by earning a high BBB rating. Find out how to join by checking with the Houston BBB office.

The Greater Houston Partnership is a membership organization serving a 10-county area surrounding Houston. The organization is committed to establishing regional prosperity by influencing policy, attracting and retaining businesses, encouraging job growth, and drawing capital investment through global trade.

The Houston Business Journal reports exclusively on local economic news. The Houston Chronicle, the city’s largest daily news publication, offers a comprehensive business section. Both publications are excellent Houston business resources., 

Here is the link to various reports, directories, and databases related to Texas. Topics include:  The Economy, Aerospace, Aviation & Defense, Automotive Manufacturing, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Electronics, Financial, Insurance & Real Estate (FIRE), Information & Communications Technology, Logistics & Transportation, Energy, Startups & Small Business –