Small Business Resources – Texas and Tarrant County

If you’re considering starting a business, purchasing an existing business or need to expand or sell your business, you’ve come to the right place! Tarrant SBDC is here to help you step through the challenges of your business-related issues. Since 1987, Tarrant SBDC has helped businesses help themselves with exceptional expertise, support, training and advice in entrepreneurship and small business management.

Tarrant SBDC joins forces with a variety of professional partners including the U.S. Small Business Administration and federal, state, local governments, to name a few. Our services and small business resources are designed to help small businesses, throughout Tarrant County, grow and succeed.

What Tarrant SBDC Provides:

Relevant small business resources are readily available through training classes, one-on-one advising and/or interactive online sites, at little or no cost. Tarrant SBDC provides:

Business Advising:

Business advisors are available to help you with all aspects of your company’s growth, from start-up to cash-flow analysis to implementing an exit strategy. This advice is personalized, confidential and free of charge. Learn more about our business development advisors.


Training classes are available monthly or every other month for your convenience. These classes focus on business topics which significantly impact each stage of your company’s business growth cycle. For example, our Beginning QuickBooks for Small Businesses focuses on keeping precise financial reports. View upcoming small business classes.

Small Business Resources:

Roll up your sleeves and stroll through our vast network of interactive resources, from local to federal, which covers information and resources you need including:

  1. Business Start Up – Here, entities such as the Office of The Comptroller can assist with something as preliminary as naming your business. Or, visit the easy-to-use IRS site that will guide you on how to apply online for a federal Employment Identification Number (EIN).
  2. Financing – A variety of financial resources provide assistance with necessities as basic as securing your credit score—highly advised before speaking with a lender. With Annual Credit Report, you can quickly retrieve your score and know what potential lenders will actually see.
  3. Management and Marketing – The SBA ‘Size-Up’ Program covers every state and let’s you compare your business to the competition, identify business customers and suppliers, and find the best places to advertise. If you’re located in Tarrant County, SizeUp LBI dives deeper with customized reports based on an address or a unique location that you create. It’s free and no login is required.
  4. Legal Tax Issues – Resources to address taxes, patents and trademarks, and find local attorneys.

At Tarrant SBDC we look forward to partnering with you by providing the education, tools, assistance and connectivity necessary to help you successfully carry out your business plan!

Business Start-Up

Starting a Business – SBA’s section of resources to get you started.

Texas Wide Open for Business – The official brand for the Texas Economic Development Division within the Office of the Governor.

Forming your Corporation online – The Secretary of State’s office allows you to file your corporate charter online as well as other business entities.

Naming your Business – The Office of the Comptroller allows you to search the names of taxable entities in the state of Texas

Getting your Employer Identification Number (EIN) – IRS allows you to apply online for your federal EIN.

SCORE Templates and Tools – An outstanding source for free templates and tools for planning and growing your small business.

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) – Part of a local/state network dedicated to developing the workforce of Texas.

Office of Women’s Business Ownership – SBA’s information for women-owned businesses.

Small Business Administration – Information on start-up and all aspects of running a small business. Includes downloadable programs to help you get started!

MBA Student’s Guide To Entrepreneurship – Poses important questions one should ask before starting a business and offers valuable information about writing business plans and securing funding.


SBA Financing Basics – A great resource with basic information for financing small businesses.

Annual Credit Report – You should know your score before talking to a lender. Get your credit score here and know what potential lenders will see.

Business Funding Directory – Potential sources of funding, including government and private sector.

Business Calculators – Find calculators for financing and managing your business.

Crowdfunding – learn more about crowdfunding and review alternative funding options that may be a fit for your product.


Franchise Consultant – This consulting service may be useful in helping you search for and evaluate a franchise business.

American Association of Franchise Dealers – Includes resources to help you understand and explore a franchise business.

Franchise Registry – Find out if a franchise is SBA eligible.

Management & Marketing

SBA ‘Size-Up’ Program – Online tool to help small businesses compare against competitors, map customers, suppliers and find the best places to advertise.

Small Business Toolkit – Includes sample letters, contracts and other documents. Most material is free, but there is a small fee for some services.

SBA Management for Growth – From introduction to implementation on managing and growing a business.

SBA Marketing – Find ideas and resources to effectively market your business

Hubspot Marketing Resource Library – Search Hubspot’s marketing resource library topics and download templates and guides

Melissa Data: Free Online Lookups
Get free access to over 30 databases that provide information for addresses, ZIP Codes, maps, people and federal resources

You Are Where You Live
People living in the same neighborhoods tend to have similar lifestyles, proving the old adage that “birds of a feather flock together” still holds true. To a large extent, you are where you live! Enter a Zip Code and find the top five neighborhood lifestyle segments.

Pew Social & Demographic Trends
The Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project studies behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives, including family, community, health, finance, work and leisure. The project explores these topics by combining original public opinion survey research with social, economic and demographic data analysis. Search for social and demographic trends by reports, charts, topic index, and datasets.

FFIEC Geo-coding System
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council provides demographic information by MSA, state, county, and census tract/BNA codes for street addresses that is useful for obtaining population and income data.

SBA Small Business Size Standards
Does your company qualify as a small business? How large can your business grow before it is no longer considered small? Search the SBA size standards based on your NAICS industry code to confirm you qualify.

Legal & Tax Issues

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center – Important information and forms for taxes.

Department of Labor Wage & Hour information – Helpful fact sheets regarding wages and conditions for employees.

Taxable Services in Texas – Learn about sales tax laws in Texas and how to ensure you are compliant.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – Protect your work before it’s too late. – Detailed information on lawyers and legal issues so that you can make the choices that are right for you.

North Texas SBDC Specialty Centers

Government Contracting SBDC – Get help to become a government contractor.

International SBDC – Provides help for businesses that import and export their products, or would like to start.

Other Local Small Business Resources

TECH Fort Worth – TECH Fort Worth is a nonprofit business incubator which helps entrepreneurs bring to market innovative technologies that will impact the environment, empower the community and improve healthcare.

SCORE Fort Worth – The local chapter for the Service Corp Of Retired Executives offers free counseling and workshops to small businesses and those wishing to start a business.

FW BAC – The City Fort Worth Business Assistance Center provides free counseling, workshops and resources to prospective and current small business owners.

Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM Connect) – With nonprofits and other stakeholders in the community to help them be better connected, engaged and equipped to tackle issues in a meaningful way by providing management training, certificate programs, executive recruiting and consulting for nonprofits.

Doing Business with TCC – Business opportunities with Tarrant County College can benefit your company or organization. Our mission is to discover best value solutions in the purchase of products and services while presenting competitive opportunities.

General Research & Information

U.S. Census Bureau – A comprehensive source of data about the U.S. people and economy.

Industry Information Resources – A free resource guide to industry-specific resources and data for over 400 industries.

People With Disabilities – A SBA sponsored article specifically for those with disabilities.

America’s SBDC Biz Blog – A viable resource of articles and research for the small business owner. Listed as Forbes’ “100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs.”