Small Business Contracting Forum

Explore contracting opportunities with the City of Austin. Learn how to become a more successful small business vendor for the City and discover ways to increase business exposure to City purchases under $50,000. Network with representatives from various City of Austin Departments and Offices including

  • Purchasing Office
  • Small and Minority Business Resources (SMBR)
  • Economic Development Department – Small Business Program
  • Capital Contracting Office
  • Austin Energy
  • Austin Public Health
  • Austin Resource Recovery
  • Austin Water
  • Communications and Technology Management (CTM)
  • Austin Police Department
  • Aviation
  • Parks and Recreation Department
  • Transportation
  • Austin Fire Department
  • Public Works
  • Fleet
  • Human Resources

Communicate with the above departments to discuss purchasing opportunities in the following commodity groups and more:

  • Automobile Maintenance And Repairs
  • Computer Hardware, Software And Services
  • Electrical Equipment And Supplies
  • General Consulting Services
  • Grounds Maintenance And Equipment
  • HVAC Parts And Equipment
  • Janitorial Supplies And Equipment
  • Laboratory Chemicals And Equipment
  • Promotional Apparel And Products
  • Safety Supplies
  • Signs And Related Materials
  • Training


Tuesday, March 26, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Road
Austin, TX 78754

On-site free parking and refreshments provided. Please contact Todd Czaplicki with questions,

Donate to the Dillo Fundraiser Raffle

The Armadillo Awards are rapidly approaching on April 25 and it’s time to build the amazing array of items in the Dillo Fundraiser Raffle. We’re asking each of our members to donate to one (or more) of five collections:

Mind Your Own Business, everything B-to-B
A Family Affair—Pets Too!, all things family oriented from activities to products
Out & About, wining, dining and entertainment
Health & Wellness Austin Style, anything that helps us be well and happy
Keep Austin Weird, the wonderfully eclectic items that are Austin weird

The Dillo Fundraiser Raffle is part of the show at the Armadillo Awards Party. Attendees purchase raffle tickets (the fundraising part) and pick the collection or collections they wish to take a chance on. The winning ticket for each collection is drawn onstage between the award category presentations. We welcome all goods and services in the form of certificates, gift cards, and items of all sizes and shapes. With your donated item, your business gets lots of promotion on the website, through social media and at the Armadillo Awards. Contact Dixie Patrick, 512-441-2123. for pick up or delivery arrangements.

Donate and bring more customers in your doors while helping AIBA!

AIBA on KOOP Radio? Maybe

If you’ve been to a recent AIBA event, you may have heard rumors about AIBA possibly having a weekly radio show on KOOP Radio. The rumors are true! We don’t have a show yet (there’s a long process) but AIBA has applied for a show on local business and the community.

Did you know that KOOP is the only co-op radio station in the country? With the exception of two paid full-time staff, the station is run by dedicate volunteers. Koop has been an AIBA member for years and we’ve supported one another by trading advertising for underwriting and promoting each other. We’re thrilled and honored to be in the running for a radio show.

To have our own show, we have to be programmers which involves lots of training and volunteer time. I’ve been on the road to becoming a programmer since late October. I have been interning with Lisa Scheps on her show, Off Stage and On the Air for five weeks and have five more to go. I’ve completed my station and FCC training and am starting my technical equipment training in a few days.

Dixie Patrick, AIBA Membership Manager, is in the training pipeline right behind me. Seed Terranova, IBIZ District Director, will be training in a few months. This will give us great backup and make the show more sustainable.

What’s it all about?
The show will be called The Localist—The heartbeat of Austin’s local business community—and cover Latest From Your Locals, Current Events, Local Stories, Advocacy, IBIZ Districts and Resources. We plan to have two guests per show to weigh in on the show topic. But we’ll also want to tell your stories. Do you have an engaging story about starting or running your business? As we get closer, I’ll be asking for ideas.

We’re not there yet. We may not be selected for a show. We won’t be finished with our training until May so watch for updates and soon we’ll be able to say “stay tuned”!

Our Advocacy is Spreading!

I am occasionally asked to speak to other business groups on a variety of topics. Its a great thing to do to spread the word about AIBA and I love connecting with other organizations. Recently I was asked to speak to two different groups on advocacy. I spoke at the Greater Austin Restaurant Association and to the Austin Founder Lions Club last week. Interesting that they both picked the topic of advocacy.

What I learned from these two groups is that businesses aren’t happy with our current city leaders and are interested in being more active. This is a good thing and I both encouraged them to become more active. After almost 15 years in City Hall advocacy for local business, I’m pleased to help lead the way for others. My talks are candid and direct and I hope lead to a greater level of activism.

Speaking of activism, the Austin Founder Lions Club is hosting the Ninth Annual Sporting Clay shoot-Out that benefits the Austin Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and are looking for teams to participate. If you’re interested in a shooting competition with NFL legends, this is for you. Fore more information and to register or sponsor, see the form online.

New Email Invoices

We’re getting settled in our new member management system, Wild Apricot, and learning it’s wonderful and wacky ways. You may have noticed that we’ve gone to email invoices. Our new system allows you to login and renew your membership and update your information. It’s so easy!

New members are given a password when they join but renewing members need to choose “Forgot Password” and set a password to login.

We know this is a change and we all get so many email but be sure to watch your inbox for items from AIBA. Thanks!

ePlan Review Update

The City of Austin’s Development Services Department’s Commercial, Residential and Expedited Building Plan Review teams are now accepting electronic plan submissions through ePlan Review, an electronic plan and document management system. This tool provides a convenient central hub for development project groups (including applicants and City reviewers) to communicate and complete the entire plan review process online, from the initial application stage to final approved plan sets.

ePlan Review saves customers substantial time, money and resources by:

  • Reducing travel time to DSD’s offices at One Texas Center on Barton Springs Road.
  • Allowing plan uploads from anywhere, anytime
  • Improving turnaround times and accuracy with collaborative reviewing
  • Reducing paper, printing, fuel, storage and disposal costs.

To use ePlan Review, applicants must first create an active user internet account by registering on the Austin Build + Connect (AB+C) website. Once registered, complete the appropriate permit application and submit to the appropriate review email below:

Paper applications may also be delivered to intake staff on the 2nd Floor of One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road.

Once a completed application and payment fees are received, the applicant will receive an email from DSD to upload the required drawings and documentation. The drawings and documentation will then be distributed to the appropriate plan review staff for review.

Please note ePlan is mandatory for all Expedited Commercial permit applications.

Visit the ePlan webpage for more information.