For One-On-One Support, Contact a Business Assistance Center

Resources, workshops, and one-on-one assistance are available for anyone interested in starting a small business with 5 or fewer employees (a microenterprise). These programs are geared especially for low-moderate income persons.
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A Guide to Starting a Business in Dallas


Nearly 80% of businesses in Dallas are classified as small businesses, employing nearly 40% of the City’s workforce. Small businesses account for a significant number of jobs and play a key role in growing real and business personal property tax revenue. Small business is fundamental to workforce development, especially in minority, immigrant and under educated population communities.

Small businesses struggle for survival and tend to have a very high failure rate, especially in the first years after start up. In certain industries, the failure rate is as high as 90%. Small business success is dependent upon sound management and administration, access to capital, access to talent, access to markets, and procurement opportunities.

An article in the Dallas Morning News (5/28/09) quotes Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst:  “Small businesses are the most powerful engine driving the Texas economy, and we must do everything we can to help them grow, especially in this challenging economy.” Small businesses are generally defined as having less than 20 employees.  Micro businesses are generally defined as having less than 5 employees.

Resources for Starting a New Business