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Texas Small Business Handbook

April 12, 2017

Category: Business Resources

Texas Small Business Handbook



Take advantage of resources that'll boost your business acumen to create a more robust future.

"Improve your chances of success with good planning, preparation, and insight. In Texas, small businesses continue to thrive due to a variety of factors including our excellent geographic location, our highly skilled workforce, our low tax burden, our reasonable cost of living, our predictable regulatory environment, and our legacy of being Wide Open for Business." ~Texas Governor's Office, Small Business Handbook

With help from this handbook, you'll not only learn the basic steps to get started, but you'll also gain a better understanding of where to make key decisions for your business. Deciding on a location is just the beginning. Choosing a business structure and applying for the necessary licenses and permits requires forethought and planning. In addition, obtaining the correct financing option will assist you in meeting your needs and reaching your goals. Even with an existing business, you can receive insight through these resources in order to develop more robust business planning, utilize available programs, increase your overall business acumen, and boost your chances for success.

In the Texas' Wide Open for Business, Small Business Handbook, you'll find additional forms and information in the index. For new business owners do not hesitate to seek the guidance of a professional tax consultant, accountant, and/or attorney in verifying that all legal requirements are met before operating a business.

For a review of how the Handbook may assist you in beginning or growing your current business, review the below Table of Contents:

  • Preparation: Writing a Business Plan
  • How to Start a Business in Texas: Overview and Registration
  • Business Entity Formation & Registration
  • Guide to Status Terminology Used by the Secretary of State
  • Business Filings and Trademarks Fee Schedule
  • Tax Responsibilities
  • Licenses, Permits, and Employer Requirements
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Texas Workforce Commission: Business Solution Programs
  • Unemployment Tax
  • Small Business Development Centers
  • Veterans Resources
  • Financing: Overview & Lenders
  • Financing: State Programs
  • Financing: Local Incentives
  • Financing: Federal Programs & Grants
  • Interesting Facts About the Texas Economy and Small Business
  • Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS)
  • State of Texas HUB Certification and Eligibility
  • Small Business Certifications (SBE/DBE/WBE): Program Overview
  • Index: State Business Licenses and Permits by Business Type
  • Index: Federal and State Agency Contact Information



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