Starting a Business

Southlake offers one of the best business ecosystems in the country. Businesses thrive here because of our excellent geographic location, highly skilled workforce, and our reputation for excellence. To help you in your endeavors we’ve provided a few resources below to get you started. We always recommend seeking the guidance of a professional tax consultant, accountant and/or attorney to help verify that all legal requirements are met before proceeding.

City of Southlake Resources

The City of Southlake has a number of online resources to help businesses get ready for their opening day. From commercial trash and recycling services to inspections, building codes and code enforcement, the City can help you understand what is needed and required.

Other Resources

Small BusinessAdministration

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

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SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, we have provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs.

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North Texas Small BusinessDevelopment Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is currently the largest management assistance program serving the business sector in the United States. Implementation of the program, upon completion of the annual Cooperative Agreement, rests within each SBDC State or Region Director and the sponsoring organization.

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State of TexasEconomic Development

The Governor’s Business and Community Development Division pursues business expansion and relocation with the goal of developing job creation and export opportunities for Texas. Comprised of three areas, this division is made up of Business Development, Business Assistance, Economic Development Finance. They offer guidance, incentives, data and networking opportunities to new or relocating businesses.

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Texas Economic DevelopmentCorporation

As the 10th largest economy in the world, Texas is at the top of nearly every "best states to do business list" and maintains its position as the nation's #1 job creator. The Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC) is an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization responsible for marketing and promoting Texas as a premier business location.

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