Where to start

Are you interested in starting a business in Austin? You can contact this go-to resource for business development in Austin to answer your questions and get started.

How The City of Austin can help

Identify which business permits you need to operate through our BizAid resources. Email us, we will have an open discussion on possible City grants and loans for which your company may be eligible. We happily connect you to State of Texas agencies that may offer additional resources for your company expansion endeavour.


There are over 56 incubators all across Austin, TX. These are excellent places for you to start the expansion of your company to acclimate to the Austin culture and quickly integrate into business networks. Depending on which city you are expanding from and industry you are working in, you may be eligible for our Soft Landing Pads program within select Austin incubators.

About Economic Development Department is Austin’s PROSPERITY ENGINE 

Through traditional and equity-based approaches, our department leads the global business expansion, urban regeneration, small business development, cultural arts, and music efforts for Austin. We develop innovative programs that increase the prosperity of Austinites, our businesses and our diverse communities. 

Contact Global Business Expansion Division

Are you considering setting up your business in the Austin Region? Don’t hesitate to contact one of our team members if you have a specific question related to your industry or country.

Contact us by phone

+1 512-974-6416

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301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

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Online support tools

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#ATXBound Partners collaborate on inbound and outbound activities for Austin businesses as well as international businesses.

Visit Austin Chambers of Commerce

Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce | ssmith@austinchamber.org

City of Austin Economic Development Department | casey.smith@austintexas.gov

Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce | info@aglcc.org

Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce | mbhargava@austinasianchamber.org

Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce | communications@austinbcc.org

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | vsepulveda@gahcc.org

Home Country Support

Companies wishing to enter a foreign market can actively seek out support by the embassy or consulate of their home country in another city. Staff members are ready to help you begin.

Another source of support and information is the bilateral chamber of commerce of your home country. The chamber may assist your company in several ways, including consulting services regarding market research, trade-show assistance, background verification, preparation of market entry plans and business referral services.

Find your Embassy / Consulate or Chamber of commerce for this city.