State Incentives & Programs

The following programs and workshops throughout Texas provide opportunities that can help small businesses get the tools and training they need:

Historically Underutilized Business Certification Program "HUB"

The HUB program requires all Texas state agencies to make a good faith effort to use HUBs for purposes of contracting for construction services or commodity purchases.  To obtain HUB certification, a business must be at least 51% owned by an Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, Native American and/or American woman, and as a result of the recent legislative session, now service-rendered disabled veterans are considered a minority for purposes of the HUB program. A business must also be a for-profit entity that has not exceeded the size standards prescribed by 34 Texas Administrative Code §20.23, and has its principal place of business in Texas. Additionally, the business must have an owner residing in Texas with a proportionate interest that actively participates in the control, operations and management of the entity's affairs.

The Texas Comptroller’s Office organizes and administers the HUB certification program.  For more information on how to obtain procurement contracts with state agencies and how to qualify as a HUB, please visit the Comptroller’s website.

Governor's Small Business Forums

Each year, the Texas Governor’s Office, in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission and local partners, host around twenty small business forums throughout the state. Each forum is custom tailored to provide education and training that is relevant to the small business needs of each community. This includes networking and procurement opportunities.

For more information, as well as a calendar of events, please visit the Governor's Small Business Forums Calendar.

SCORE

SCORE stands for Service Corps. of Retired Executives and is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE has a variety of resources available to small businesses. To view their website, click here.

Small Business Administration

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) can provide a plethora of information on available loans and grants, small business workshops, advocacy efforts and much more.  To learn more about what the Federal SBA can do for your small business, click here.

Small Business Development Centers "SBDCs"

SBDCs provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.

SBDC advisors provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.

For more information on SBDCs as well as to find out where the closest SBDC is to you, please visit the following websites: SBDC and Texas Local Resources

Skills for Small Business Program

Skills for Small Business finances tuition and fees for community and technical college courses for current and newly hired employees of small businesses (fewer than 100 employees) in Texas, successfully merging small business needs and local training opportunities into a winning formula for putting people to work in Texas.  More information about the Skills for Small Business Program is available here.