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Small Business Resources & Essentials. City of Austin Economic Development Department Small Business Development Program August 5, 2014 Vicky Valdez & Xavier Zarate. Economic Development Department. Small Business is Big Business.

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    1. Small Business Resources & Essentials City of Austin Economic Development Department Small Business Development Program August 5, 2014 Vicky Valdez & Xavier Zarate

    2. Economic Development Department

    3. Small Business is Big Business • Over 90% of Austin businesses employ fewer than 100 employees; over 80% employ few than 20 • 2 in 5 Austin workers are employed by a local small business • Austin businesses with less than 20 employees generated an estimated $15.4 million in sales tax revenue in 2011

    4. Portal For Small Business A resource for entrepreneurs starting a new business or enhancing an existing business Special Events Technical Assistance Business Solutions Center LocallyAustin.org Family Business Loan Program

    5. Technical Assistance • Business Development • Accessing Capital • Business Education

    6. Technical Assistance • Provide resources and information to navigate the land development and permitting processes • Monthly Orientation classes to describe the development process to entrepreneurs

    7. Special Events Exploring Entrepreneurship Moderated panel discussions to share industry-specific or general small business information Getting Connected Business Resource Fair featuring the Governor’s Small Business Forum, where entrepreneurs and business owners meet and network with local organizations and lenders that assist small businesses- September 25th

    8. Business Solutions Center • Web-based research tools • Demographics • Sales Leads • Real Estate • Government Procurement • General Business • Staff provides assistance and information • Business resource library • 8:30 – 4:30 Mon. – Fri.

    9. LocallyAustin.org Invest a minute. Gain a Customer! Zero Cost , Quick Sign-Up, Small Business Map & Directory

    10. Public-private partnership to support small business expansion and create jobs. • Lending partners • Bank Partner: Private Sector Loan Component • Community Development Corporation: SBA Section 504 Loan Component • City of Austin: HUD Section 108 Loan Component

    11. Mission • Enable existing local businesses to expand and create jobs • Revitalize communities • Increase the City’s tax base • Enhance the overall quality of life in Austin

    12. Eligibility Criteria • Small business located in Austin • Strong credit-worthiness • Demonstrated financial need • In operation for at least two years • U.S. citizens with no local, state, or federal taxes in arrears • Commit to job creation

    13. Small Business Expansion Financing CDC Bank CoA $ Expansion Financing $ $ Small Business Borrower

    14. Major Accomplishments • Executed athenahealth and Websense agreements resulting in 1,077 new full-time jobs. • Awarded a Gold Excellence in Economic Development in the category of Responding to Globalization from International Economic Development Council out of all major cities worldwide • Awarded a Gold Excellence in Economic Development in the category of promoting local business from IEDC out of all major cities worldwide. • Forged the Toronto-Austin Music Alliance, the first of its kind music-specific trade and export alliance.

    15. Major Accomplishments • Awarded a $400,000 ArtPlace America grant to prototype a creative community with Fusebox, developers of thinkEAST Creative District and Bullseye Business Development that will transform the remediated “tank farm” acreage into an Art Village. • Awarded a $256,500 ArtPlace America grant with GO collaborative and arts partners to map Cultural Assets with 10-ONE District that will coincide with the citywide commercial revitalization strategy. • Sold the first of four parcels in the Green Water Treatment Plant project for $15.8 million to build 40,000 square feet of retail and office and a 38-story apartment tower.

    16. SBDP Awards 2014 Graphic Deisgn USA American Inhouse Design Awards – Meet the Lender Business Loan Fair 2013 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Gold Award – LocallyAustin.org in the Paid Promotion Campaign 2013 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Bronze Award – LocallyAustin.org in the General Promotion Category 2012 American In House Design Award (Utility Insert, Women’s Luncheon, Getting Connected) 2011 Austin Liveable City Vision Award – Economy 2011 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Awards – IBIZ Districts in Neighborhood Development Category 2011 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Awards – SBDP Program in Entrepreneurship Category 2010 Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Institute, “Bright Ideas” (Meet the Lender)

    17. One Texas Center 505 Barton Springs Road Austin, TX 78704 Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @SmallBizAustin www.AustinSmallBiz.org 512.974.7800 Economic Development Department