Building a small business is not an easy task - but thankfully, you're not in it alone! The Small Business Resource page offers a comprehensive directory of small business resources provided by local partners, state and federal governments, and non-profit agencies. The resources to help you start and grow a business are just a click away.
Learn to utilize digital marketing, expand your business through ecommerce, and network with other local businesses.
Digital Marketing Tutorials
Local marketing experts share their lessons, skills, and tips to give you the marketing information most requested from their clients.
4 Basic Design Principles to Creating Content For Your Business
Omnichannel Retailing How and Why it Works for You (12 min video)
How to create an enhanced online experience for your customers.
Created by Danielle Longueville (She/Her/Hers), GSATi, Digital Marketing Coordinator.
(11 min video)
The fundamental design principles of contrast, alignment, repetition, and proximity and how you can apply them to what you create for your business.
How to Generate New Email Subscribers
Created by Laci Kettavong, Stoke Denton, Marketing and Member Coordinator.
(12 min video)
Grab a few quick tips for making your newsletter subscription accessible in order to generate new email subscribers.
Making the eCommerce Jump: A Webinar
Created by Randi Skinner, Owner, RS Consulting.
(40 min video)
GSATi and Swash Labs partner to host a webinar on the basic ins and outs of some eCommerce platforms and what you need to get your business moved online.
Created by Jason Bodor, GSATi & Josh Berthume, Swash Labs.
Selling Through eCommerce
Are you ready to move your business online or participate as a vendor in an online marketplace? Here are some great first steps on joining the larger online e-commerce sites.
- Amazon – How to sell your goods as an Amazon Marketplace vendor: Seller University provides a series of free training videos created to help you learn how to sell on Amazon. Learn how to create product listings, master the key tools and applications, understand product rules and restrictions, and learn how to take advantage of FBA, advertising, promotions, and more. No cost to access training and resources.
- Facebook – Harness the power of Facebook for Business: The Business Resource Hub provides continuous learning opportunities for small businesses using their suite of tools to manage through disruption, provides partner resources, and steps to take right now. Tools cover Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, Workplace, Oculus, and Audience Network platforms. No cost to access training and resources.
- eBay – How to get started as an eBay vendor: The eBay Small Business Central Seller School provides on-demand learning with virtual lessons and tutorials for sellers of all levels and is available 24/7 at no-cost.
- Twitter – Learn the basics of business on Twitter: Learn how to build your brand beginning with creating a profile, quick Twitter tips, growing your following, and best practices. No cost to access training and resources.
- Google – Grow stronger with Google: Free training, tools, and resources to help you grow your skills, career, or business. Topics cover small businesses, job seekers and students, Veterans and military families, and educators. No cost to access training and resources.
- Google – Google for Small Business: Google for Small Business provides tools to help you stand out online, reach more customers, and work more efficiently. This resource helps guide businesses in setting up Google accounts, building ads and websites, and growing an online customer base.
Local Networking Opportunities
Look to local civic groups and organizations to meet your peers for mentorships, networking, and collaboration.
GROW, STRENGTHEN, AND PROTECT
Work with local public agencies and representatives to grow your business, strengthen your assets, and protect your business investment.
- North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center (NCTC SBDC) The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC provides small businesses with the practical assistance needed to survive, grow and prosper. The program is a nationwide small business assistance network that links the resources of federal, state, and local government to those of colleges, universities, and the private sector to meet the specialized needs of small businesses. Their mission is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and existing small businesses remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.
- Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas Hiring the right people and training your staff can take a lot of time, energy, and money. Workforce Solutions is here to advance business-driven solutions that promote economic growth, opportunity, and a skilled workforce. They have programs to assist in hiring new employees and training or supporting existing staff.
- Texas Woman’s University – Center for Women Entrepreneurs The Center for Women Entrepreneurs will assist women who are current or prospective business owners in Texas with two primary services: education and support services related to starting or growing a business and research regarding the intersection of women and entrepreneurship. The Center’s services are directed primarily to women entrepreneurs, current and prospective, in Texas and secondarily to students at TWU.
- Stoke – Denton Stoke is a coworking space and entrepreneur center, focused on helping entrepreneurs start, build, and grow their business by providing resources, support, and programming. Stoke is a coworking space where ambition, technology, and a shared desire to positively impact our community come together. Stoke provides workspace for startups, entrepreneurs, remote workers, freelancers, small businesses, and tech-enabled companies in the heart of Denton.
- SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) SCORE was founded in 1964 as a national, nonprofit association of more than 10,000 volunteers. Volunteers are real-world professionals with time-tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed. Mentors are experts in such areas as accounting, finance, marketing, management, and business plan preparation. SCORE provides free and confidential business mentoring services for small businesses.
State & Federal Organizations
- Texas Economic Development – Governor’s Small Business Webinars: This video webinar series is an opportunity for small business owners and entrepreneurs to listen and learn from subject-matter experts and gain actionable advice regarding starting, growing, and sustain a business. The webinars include private and public small business resources, practical solutions, best practices, and expert assistance on a broad range of business topics and challenges.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA offers resources like training and educational materials for small business owners – and it has a service the matches SBA-approved lenders with small businesses in need of financing.
Resources for DISADVANTAGED, MINORITY, WOMAN, AND VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES
Resources focused on starting, growing, and supporting black, disadvantaged, Latino, women, and veteran owned businesses.
Disadvantaged, Minority, and Woman-owned Business Certification and Opportunities
- Minority Business Development Agency Business Center - (MBDA) The MBDA Business Center - Dallas/Fort Worth is an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and provides management and technical assistance to minority-owned businesses (MBEs). The Center delivers a variety of services to assist MBEs in growing their business and increasing their capacity. Clients typically meet a revenue minimum requirement of $1 million+ in operating revenue.
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) - The NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members.
- U.S. Department of Transportation - The Department's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is designed to remedy ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in federally-assisted highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance transportation contracting markets nationwide. The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.
- Contracting Assistance Programs - The SBA provides several programs to help small businesses win federal contracts. Participating in these programs helps small businesses to win a fair share of federal contracts, qualify for exclusive set-aside and sole-source contracts, partner with established contractors to win contracts, and get business mentoring and education to learn how federal contracting works.
- Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program - The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts promotes full and equal procurement opportunities for small, minority- and women-owned businesses. State agencies are required by procurement rules to include HUBs in their purchasing bid process and look to the state for verification. Only certified HUBs are listed in the online Texas HUB Directory. This program assists businesses through the process to be a certified HUB.
- PeopleFund - This organization creates economic opportunity and financial stability by providing access to capital, education, and resources to build healthy small businesses who participate in their programs.
- Texas Woman’s University - Center for Women Entrepreneurs - The Center for Women Entrepreneurs at Texas Woman’s University is committed to helping women in Texas become successful business owners. They provide the tools for women-owned businesses to succeed, including: business advising, funding, networking, and training.
- AccelerateHER - This Texas Woman’s University Center for Women Entrepreneurs and Stoke incubator program is designed to help early stage women-owned or funded businesses and startups develop and test their ideas and grow their businesses with a hands-on focus by the program manager, mentors, and partner networks. This incubator program will equip participating entrepreneurs with tools, education, coaching, and mentorship that will enable them to successfully develop their products or services, take them to market, and secure funding or investment where needed.
- The Governor’s Commission for Women - For more than 50 years, the Governor’s Commission for Women has served as a resource and champion for women throughout the state of Texas. The Commission’s mission is to provide the resources and tools that empower and enable Texas women and girls so that they may live healthier, more productive and more prosperous lives. Governor Abbott charged the Commission with development strategies and implement plans to address advancing women-owned businesses. Learn how to start a business in Texas, view the Governor’s Women Small Business Series webinars, and more.
- WiNGS - WiNGS provides a full suite of tailored services to empower women and families to live their fullest potential, no matter where they are in their journey. They do that by providing a continuum of resources for near-term needs, first-time motherhood, financial resiliency, career growth, and entrepreneurial development to support their member as she increasingly gains confidence and sufficiency in achieving her life goals.
- National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) - NaVOBA is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed and led by corporate America to create corporate contracting opportunities for America’s Veteran’s and Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises (VBEs/SDVBEs) through certification, advocacy, outreach, recognition and education.
- Office of Veterans Business Development Resources (OVBD) - The OVBD’s mission is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their dependents or survivors. OVBD is SBA’s liaison with the veterans business community; provides policy analysis and reporting; and is as an ombudsman for veteran entrepreneurs. OVBD has several programs and services to assist aspiring and existing veteran entrepreneurs such as training, counseling and mentorship, and oversight of Federal procurement programs for Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.