Business Advising

Business advising services

Our professional small business advisor can guide you on every aspect of starting and growing your business. Virtual and in-person appointments available.

Services and assistance topics include:

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  • Startup assistance
  • Building a business plan
  • Financing
  • Marketing
  • Business expansion
  • Buying or selling a business
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Business certifications

More than 10 certifications are available to help new business owners get new business.

Getting your business certified can allow you to bid on new contracts in Texas and nationwide. The Center is here to help you figure out which certifications are right for your business and streamline the process to apply and qualify for both private and public certifications.

GrowthWheel® Certified Partner 

GrowthWheel is a Business Advisory System used by small business advisors from around the world to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

We believe every business needs a business advisor and every business advisor needs a system to be the best they can be. The GrowthWheel Toolstack contains 100+ tools in our basic toolbox and more than double as many advanced tools for special topics. It covers all topics in business with 360° view.

  • All tools are simple and visualized in 1-page, which makes them action-oriented, non-academic and practical.
  • All tools stay true to the way business people and business advisors think and work in real life.
  • All tools are co-created over 10+ years, based on suggestions from the community of GrowthWheel users.

With the GrowthWheel Toolbox you get a road-tested tool for dialogue and thinking, to help make decisions and take actions.


With LivePlan’s step-by-step process, you’re guided through each phase of creating a professional, lender-ready business plan.

Not a numbers person? No problem. LivePlan’s automated financials make crunching numbers easy and accurate.

Feeling stuck? LivePlan’s AI-Powered LivePlan Assistant can help you generate ideas for both the written and financial sections of your business plan, while also refining your writing style and tone for a more impactful presentation.

Online resources

For additional information related to starting a business, check out these online resources.

Texas SOSDirect
Online business service from the Office of the Texas Secretary of State

Texas Workforce Commission Employer Resources
Start or expand your business QuickFacts
Find your audience

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
File online

Governor’s Commission for Women
Women-specific resources and networking

Governor’s Small Business Forums
Resources for small business ownership

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