Helpful Resources for Small Businesses and Non-Profits
I’m a Central Texas attorney, so this resource list reflects my geography. Having said that, you should be able to find similar resources in other locations. Although I provide many of these services at low-cost, I want to make sure all small businesses and non-profits get the help they need. If you learn about a resource you think I should add to this list, please let me know!
Keep in mind that non-profits might benefit from the small business resources and vice versa. It takes time to wade through some of these websites but there’s a good chance you’ll come across some very helpful information.
I also recommend that you conduct a focused online search for free legal and financial services that might only be available where you live.
Small Business Resources
The Texas Secretary of State provides a very comprehensive list of great resources for small businesses.
Texas Workforce Commission – Information about employment issues for small businesses.
Texas Comptroller – Information for all small businesses and additional information for businesses which might qualify as a HUB (historically underutilized business).
This is the primary Small Business Association website, but be sure to find your local chapter’s website as well
IRS Material – Starting a New Business (It’s not a bad idea to understand what the IRS has to say about taxes!)
SCORE – Check to see if there’s a local chapter that can match you with a mentor, lawyer or CPA.
LendEDU: Small Business Financing in Texas Guide– Information regarding small business loans, grants, and investors in Texas.
My hometown, Austin, Texas, hosts classes and provides many other free resources to individuals who plan to open a small business in town. Be sure to look for local resources in your own city.
Texas C-Bar provides free legal services to certain non-profits.
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs maintains a very helpful list of nonprofit resources.
Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO)
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts – free legal and financial assistance for artists and art non-profits