Free small business consulting event with support from local universities! The Small Business School, in partnership with MBA students from UT Austin – McCombs School of Business and 14 other top universities nationwide, are responding to meet the needs of small businesses devastated by the current crisis by hosting the second Small Business School Challenge, a 48-hour virtual design thinking workshop to help strategize and guide small businesses during this pandemic. The event is scheduled for Oct 15 through 17 and plans to host 200 new small business owners from across the country. Applications are open through Sep 25. Learn more and apply here, or nominate a small business in your hometown that you want to see receive free support to succeed.
Movability is a nonprofit that works directly with employers to help them achieve their business goals through mobility planning. Movability helps employers of all sizes in the Austin area connect employees with mobility options that help them take back time from traffic, reduce parking costs, and boost retention and recruitment. Members can access toolkits, educational and networking events, and can work with Movability to create custom mobility plans for their needs. Now is a perfect time to consider how mobility will play a role in the next few months, whether you want to make teleworking an ongoing part of your business plan, connect employees with active commutes like biking, or cut back on parking costs. Movability can help your workplace return to work without returning to traffic. Learn more about Movability’s membership options here and see case studies of the work they’ve done with members here. Questions about how Movability can work with your business? Contact Kate Harrington at email@example.com.
Need COVID-19 testing for your employees? Hire Allied Mobile Services to provide on-site rapid COVID-19 testing for your workforce. By providing single employee and large group pricing, AMS provides employers with the ability to know if an employee has an active or previous infection of COVID-19 in 10 minutes or less. Click here for more info. And, coming soon are Online COVID-19 Compliance Training Courses in the following industries: Food Service & Hospitality, Event Management, Logistics Consulting, Construction, Educational Services, and Facilities Management. Pre-register your team here.
The City of Austin is conducting a Disparity Study examining its Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise program for locally funded contracts and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program for FAA-funded contracts. You are invited to participate in the study through an online small group interview of business owners. Register here for an online meeting, Sep 17 through Sep 28. Your insights and experiences will help identify potential improvements in Austin’s M/WBE and DBE programs and encourage increased collaboration while promoting economic growth for all segments of our community.
Citizens Bank is awarding 100 minority-owned businesses with grants of $15,000 each, a total of $1.5 million overall. To apply, a business must be: at least 51% minority owned, operated and controlled by an Asian American, Black American, Hispanic American or Native American; either a Citizens Bank Business Banking account holder or based within their 11-state footprint; and been in business for at least one year, with annual revenue of no more than $1 million. Eligible businesses can submit a statement (up to 150 words) describing how they would use the grant to strengthen and sustain both their business and their community. Apply here – the entry deadline is Aug 7 at 5pm ET.
Annuity.org is a free web finance resource, accredited by the Better Business Bureau, here to share some new resources for small business owners. In light of the recent pandemic we are facing with COVID-19, Annuity.org understands many small businesses and organizations have been impacted. They’ve created a COVID-19 Financial Guide. Please take a look at that and their annuities resources.