Starting a Local Business: Getting Started

Getting Started

The Economic Development Department's Start a Business page provides guidance and resources for starting a business in Austin, including information on the following:

  • BizAid Orientation - A free class on navigating Austin's business development process
  • Legal Structure
  • Federal, State, Municipal, and Employment Tax Responsibilities
  • Zoning, Licensing, and Permitting
  • Employer Requirements


Find books about Starting a Business in the 658.11 range of the the Dewey Decimal System:

Browse the Dewey Decimal Number 658.11 at any of our locations.


Business & Nonprofit databases can be used remotely with an active Austin Public Library Card or on the public computers at any APL location.


This guide was developed with the assistance of the City of Austin
Economic Development Department Small Business Division.