Veteran, Minority & Women-Owned Business Resources
Veteran, minority and women-owned small businesses in Texas have a major impact on the state’s economy. Texas is home to some of the top cities for Hispanic and minority entrepreneurs, and we have frequently been named one of the best states for black entrepreneurship. In addition, Texas is #1 for jobs created by African American, Hispanic and Veteran women business owners. Governor Greg Abbott’s goal is for Texas to be the #1 state for veterans, minority and women-owned businesses in the nation.
Here are some of the resources and organizations dedicated to helping veteran, minority and women-owned businesses start-up and grow in Texas.
Veterans Business Resources
These resources can assist veteran entrepreneurs get started and grow their business in the state:
- Veteran Business Outreach Center Arlington
- Veteran Business Outreach Center Rio Grande Valley
- Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP)
- Texas Veterans Commission
- Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center (North Texas)
- Combined Arms
Veteran-Owned Business Certifications
To help their businesses stand out, veterans can apply for Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Certifications. To start the certification process, register with VetBiz Registry, a veteran business database through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If you are service-disabled, you will need a disability status letter from the VA during the application process.
Once you have obtained VOSB or SDVOSB Certification, your company is eligible to participate in the VA's Veteran’s First Contracting Program. This provides access to compete for certain contracts specifically for veteran-owned businesses. You can also register with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) to become eligible for government contracts. If you are interested in seeking larger contracts with the federal government, you will also want to register with the General Services Administration (GSA). See our Public Procurement webpage for further information.
Minority Business Resources
Minority-owned businesses can compete for contracts at the federal, state and local level. Advice and assistance regarding federal contracts can be found through local Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) and through the Minority Business Development Agency. Both organizations have branches in Texas.
The State of Texas aims to ensure that minority-owned businesses have the opportunity to compete for public procurement contracts. Both the Comptroller of Public Accounts’ Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program and the Small, Disadvantaged and Minority Owned Business program, through the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), are excellent sources of advice regarding public contracts.
Women’s Business Resources
Women-owned businesses can compete for contracts at the federal, state and local level. Advice and assistance regarding federal contracts can be found through local Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) and through the Minority Business Development Agency. Both organizations have branches in Texas.
In addition, Women’s Business Centers can advise and train entrepreneurs interested in growing their business and competing for public contracts. The Center for Women Entrepreneurs at Texas Woman’s University also has excellent support programs.
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a free online learning platform for women entrepreneurs. Visit the Ascent website for more information.
Chambers of Commerce
Joining a chamber of commerce can open up new opportunities and enhance your network. There are hundreds of chambers in Texas, serving communities of all sizes. Some are focused on serving their geographical area, while others serve specific business groups—including minority and women-owned businesses. You can find chambers near you through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s online locator.