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Business Resources

Whether you’re looking to grow or start your business, the organizations listed below will provide support.

Local Business Support

Better Business Bureau Paso del Norte

BBB provides valuable information on local businesses on so that consumers may make informed marketplace decisions; promotes marketplace trust by accrediting businesses that adhere to the BBB’S Ethical Standards; and educates the community about important news and scams.

City of El Paso Economic Development

The City focuses on creating job opportunities for new and existing industrial and commercial development and assisting entrepreneurs with resources. 

El Paso County Economic Development

The County focuses on creating job opportunities for new and existing industrial and commercial development and assist entrepreneurs with resources. Find information on County initiatives and guidelines.

One Stop Shop

Do you know what permits, licenses, and/or inspections are needed for your business? The One-Stop Shop is the primary intake point for land development, building permitting and most business licensing applications.

El Paso Chamber

Provides opportunities for connecting, coaching, advocating, and innovating that drive excellence in and around El Paso.

El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Resource for businesses and advocates to support the growth of the El Paso region. Provides contracting opportunities, financial lending assistance, HUB certifications, training, advocating, networking and advertising.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex

Non-profit opportunity incubator, personalizing the career path and connecting the right people to the right positions. Resources and programs available for job seekers and employers..

U.S. Small Business Administration - El Paso District Office

The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. They provide access to capital, entrepreneurial development, government contracting and advocacy.

SCORE Mentoring

The South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center fosters small business success through one-on-one business advising, technical assistance, training programs, advocacy, and research services.

South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network - El Paso Community College

The South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center fosters small business success through one-on-one business advising, technical assistance, training programs, advocacy, and research services.

Pioneers 21

Pioneers 21 fosters the creative and economic potential of the region. The non-profit organization and business incubator provides direct business assistance, mentoring, networking, access to capital and talent, and other technical resources, as well as shared office space and equipment.

City of El Paso - Small Business Assistance

City partners can help with marketing, business plan creation, incubation, loans, women & veteran-owned business assistance, & more! Please visit the resource links provided in the catalog for local business assistance.

Project Vida

Project Vida supports small businesses by connecting owners to small business loans through affiliate, El Paso Collaborative and by providing business development assistance, business marketing plan and financial plan assistance, and through networking/business opportunities.

State & Federal Support

U.S. Small Business Administration

The El Paso District Office of the SBA is responsible for providing businesses with tools for enhancing and growing their businesses and oversees the delivery of SBA’s programs.

2022 Business Licenses & Permits Guide

The guide offers information on licenses and permits that may be required for more than 300 business types, including direct links to appropriate state resources that can help address permitting needs.

We also encourage you to utilize the License & Permit Tracker template to safely store your federal, state and local business license and permit information and know when they are due for renewal.

Licensing and permitting questions may be directed to the Business Permits Office, or you may contact the Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance at [email protected].

Minority Business Development Agency

Provides assistance for growing minority business enterprises (MBEs), is a State HUB of Texas third-party certifier, and connects businesses to contracts and capital.

Women’s Business Border Center

Provides start-up assistance through business plan development and licensing/permits assistance and connects businesses with connections and access to capital assistance. WBBC is a Valuable Federal Woman Owned Small Business Certification certifier.

Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship

UTEP’s Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship provides small business consulting, business and marketing plan guidance, and workshops.

STTE Foundation

Provides investor pitch deck preparation; information on IP protection, trademarks, and agreements; and start-up sprints and coworking space.

Contract Opportunities Center (PTAC)

Businesses can receive technical government contracting assistance for businesses, assistance with government registrations and certifications, and training workshops/webinars concerning government contracting.

Downtown Management District

The Downtown Management District provides matching grant funds for building exterior and signage improvements, business promotion and marketing, and promotional event opportunities.

The Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC)

Assists U.S. manufacturing and service firms that face challenges from import competition to regain profitable growth. The Southwest TAAC helps its clients document their technical needs and helps them plan, implement and pay for the highest-quality technical assistance available.

BBB Tips

This month’s BBB Tip for El Paso businesses is to sign up to participate in our new Buy El Paso Rewards program!
ACCELERATE El Paso is a strategic initiative led by the Aspen Institute’s Latinos and Society program to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on Latino-majority cities and communities in the U.S through local data, and to accelerate the recovery of small businesses by leveraging federal stimulus funding and related opportunities for long-term growth.

Operating Safely

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The City of El Paso is providing many resources on vaccinating the community. Employers can now have information on how to register and vaccinate on the same day at any city vaccination site.

CDC Post-vaccination Considerations for Workplaces

Vaccinations are helping decrease the number of cases of COVID-19 in our community. Many business owners have questions about what health protocols they should adopt now that employees and customers are getting vaccinated.

Open Texas

While the governor has lifted many business restrictions, individuals are strongly encouraged to continue following all health precautions guidelines and to take care of one another in our community.

OSHA Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

OSHA training designed to help train employers to protect workers who are unvaccinated (including people who are not fully vaccinated) or otherwise at-risk (as defined in the text box below), including if they are immunocompromised, and also implement new guidance involving workers who are fully vaccinated but located in areas of substantial or high community transmission.

Virtual Learning

Spectrum Technologies E-Commerce Essentials Series

Spectrum Technologies is an El Paso-based technology company. As part of the El Paso Business Strong campaign, they’ve created free Webinars on how technology can help your business through the pandemic including how to set up digital gift cards, digital advertising, and how to leverage social media for your business.

Project Vida Bilingual Webinars

Project Vida hosted a series of bilingual webinars explaining how social media, search engine optimization, and digital marketing can help your business recover from COVID-19.

Google for Small Business

Google offers free resources to help your business through COVID-19. Take steps today to get online, stay connected with customers, work remotely, and more.

Microsoft - Digital Skills in Economic Recovery

Microsoft has provided updated information to help 25 million job seekers worldwide gain new skills for a more digital economy.

Microsoft - Learning Paths For In-Demand Jobs

Microsoft has compiled learning paths for ten in-demand roles to help businesses and employees adapt to the economic realities brought on by the pandemic.

Governor's Small Business Webinars

The Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance is excited to host a series of webinars for Texas small business owners and entrepreneurs. The informational webinars discuss a range of topics, including starting a business in Texas, financial planning, public procurement, online marketing, and other business strategies.

City of El Paso Small Business Recovery Town Hall

Several organizations from across our community are working together to help small businesses thrive. They recently came together to showcase the services which each of them makes available.

Scam Alerts

Keep up to date on the latest threats to your business. Find resources to help you understand common threats and what you need to do to protect your business.

BBB Scam Tracker

Protect your business by being aware of scams that are trending in your area. Help warn others by reporting illegal schemes or fraud.

FTC Scams

See the most recent scam alerts from the Federal Trade Commission, and find information on avoiding and reporting scams.

City of El Paso Toolkit

Many businesses have opted to continue requiring face coverings for employees and/or customers. Use this printable signage to inform people what you expect in your business.

Poster - Stop the Spread of Germs
Poster - Face Coverings Required
Poster - COVID19 Store Front

Buy El Paso

Buy El Paso Marketing Initiative

The “Buy El Paso” marketing initiative will promote and boost local businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will encourage more El Pasoans to shop these businesses and promote public health by putting a focus on local businesses seeking to operate and reopen safely. Follow the “Buy El Paso” Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for information and updates on how to support El Paso Businesses.

Contact Us

If you have a resource that helps local businesses, please contact us at [email protected].

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