Resources for Small Businesses

Below are useful articles, programs, videos and additional resources for small business owners. The resources below range from funding opportunities, mentorship all the way to apps and marketing tips.


Resources for Women of Color
Inspired by #BlackWomenEqualPayDay & Cubicles to Cocktails Money Talks, the attached pdf lists resources and information geared towards entrepreneurs who are Black women and Latino women.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Any question you have about starting a business, SBA.gov has the answers. Should I get an LLC or S-Corp? Check SBA. What should I include in a business plan? SBA.gov. They also have information on contracting guidelines, growing your business and so much. Check out their 2017 Houston Resource Guide.

Canva
Trust me you need this! Flyers, logos, social media posts… you name it & they a template for you. Stop making ugly flyers… use Canva! It’s Free!

SCORE
“SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years. Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 10,000 volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.”

Be Better Paris
If you’re a business owner who cares about company values and quality, this is for you! B. Maté is a “branding consultant [who is] furthering her search for #honestbrands—businesses that aim to put ethical quality over capitalistic quantity.”

Unsplash
Endless, high-resolution images for FREE!

Planoly
A simple, easy way to manage your Instagram account… all the down to how often you posted & the number of likes. They take the work out of social media management.

Texas Black Expo
“Texas Black Expo, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to stimulate growth and development within urban communities by strengthening businesses, inspiring youth, and building better lives.” Additionally, TBE holds a Pitch Competition for small business owners.

University of Houston Bauer College of Business Small Business Development Center
“The University of Houston Bauer College of Business Small Business Development
Center is greater Houston’s best resource for developing and growing businesses… Our core service is our no-cost, confidential, one-on-one advising. Our business advisors are highly experienced and knowledgeable. Most have graduate degrees in business and many have been business owners themselves.” Check out the calendar of events & workshops!

Twice Media Production
Twice Media Production is a Houston based business that offers amazing and useful videos to take your business to new levels. From how to use Green Screen composting on a smartphone (my favorite video) to identifying your target market. At any stage of the business (small or larger) Twice Media has useful information for everyone.

Houston Community College
HCC has it all! Small business training courses, grants, business competitions and most of it is FREE. Check it out. Houston Community College The Office of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, HCC BizConnect Center for Entrepreneurship, & HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition

Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce
Social events, business training, subcontracting opportunities, seminars, and so much more. GHBCC is the “go-to oroganization for business development and community partnership in the Houston African American community!” They also have a Missouri City chapter!

Prairie View A&M University Small Business Development Center
There are additional SBDC centers throughout the Greater Houston-area.

Houston Minority Supplier Development Council

Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance

Greater Houston Partnership Small Business Resource Center
GHP has resources ranging from legal services, insurance, permits, and more.

Texas Business Advisor

Texas Small Business Development Center

Greater Houston Restaurant Association

Houston Building Owners and Managers Association
“Since 1934, commercial building owners, property managers, engineers, and vendors have come together to form the nucleus of the association. We serve our industry with networking events, educational seminars and courses, legislative advocacy, and the latest information and resources.”

21Ninety Instagram Marketing
Check out their site for additional business courses such as “Negotiating Your Worth”. Most courses are free!!

Rice University’s Public Speaking Lab
If public speaking is an essential part of your roles as a small business owner check out this course offered through the Glasscock’s School of Continuing Education at Rice.

Money Smart for Small Business
“Offered through SBA.gov, this program consists of 13 modules listed below that cover a wide range of interests and knowledge level of the targeted audience. All the Money Smart curricula are FREE and available for download.”

TED Talks
Need Motivation? Check out these TED Talks for small business owners.

Hype Type 
A really cool tool to make your Instagram Stories more engaging. I’ve tried it and love it!

WeWork
Houston Coworking & Private Office Space

Website Development Platforms
I use WordPress for my website. It’s “free” (for the basic version & free themes) but the domain and domain mapping cost. The setup is easier than other platforms but some of the themes are very limiting.
I’ve designed sites using SquareSpace and I prefer the look over WordPress but they cost around $140 or more (including the domain). The designs are BEAUTIFUL but beware it takes A LOT of work to design the sites.
Wix is similar to SquareSpace but you have to manually design your mobile website (most platforms do this automatically). The other option is to hire a web designer. Check out HouBlkBus on Facebook or Instagram to find a Black-owned website designer.

Grammarly
Because we all need help with spelling & grammar. You can install this app on your computer and your phone for FREE.

Check back for more resources soon! – Asheli S. Atkins

List Last Updated: August 12, 2018