Build Your Business

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:

  • 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.

D/FW Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

Historically Underutilized Business Zone

LGBT-Owned Business Enterprise Certification

Minority Business Enterprise

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business

SBA Government Contracting

Veteran Woman Business Enterprise

Women-Owned Small Business

Women's Business Council-SW

Women's Business Enterprise Alliance

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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