COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Business owners, we want to hear from you. AIBA has teamed up with the Downtown Austin Alliance to gather data about the current state of Austin’s businesses. Access to this Austin specific data will help us as we advocate for you during this crisis. We are looking for responses from all over Austin for this survey.
Please take 2 minutes to fill out the survey linked below. We will share the results and any insights with members.
BSC COVID-19 Business Owners Weekly Support Group

BSC COVID-19 Business Owners Weekly Support Group

The BSC COVID-19 Business Owner Support Group is a safe place to talk about business concerns, learn from others nationwide and share ideas, opinions, and your expertise each week. You can come and go. You don’t have to stay the whole time but you are welcome any time during the hour.

The meeting is  recorded and a link will be posted on the BSC Facebook page by the next day. We will try to get answers to any questions we can’t answer by the next meeting.

Meets Every Thursday Noon-1 Central Time through September ADD it to your calendar; it uses the same link each week.

There is space for 151 people to attend. You may get a message that all spaces are taken; disregard it. Gotomeeting recommends you change your browser. If you still have issues, please try logging in again or contact gotomeeting and give them our meeting access code.

City of Austin 2nd Annual 2020 Small Business Contracting Forum

City of Austin 2nd Annual 2020 Small Business Contracting Forum

Connect with dozens of City of Austin Departments, along with various cities and counties in Central Texas. Empower your business and discover millions of dollars in procurement opportunities, connect with Tech Industry vendors, and attend breakout sessions.
March 4, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78704

Register Now

Register before February 28 for FREE parking!
Break Out Sessions:
  • Get Paid: City of Austin Vendor Payment Process
  • Creating Responsive Bids, Proposals and Offers
  • Get the Edge: Know Your Marketplace
  • Runway to Opportunities: Austin Airport Capital Expansion Program
  • Resources Roadmap: Growing Your Business
  • Certification 101: An Overview of Minority- and/or Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certifications
  • And More!

Register by Friday, February 28, 2020 to receive FREE PARKING

For continually updated information about the event please visit
For any other questions, email the Purchasing Office at or call (512) 974-2938 for Ana or (512) 974-2038 for Todd.

The Power of Local Returns

The Power of Local Returns

We are so excited to present the 2020 Power of Local, a half-day workshop for local business. The Power of Local is a half-day event to connect with others, learn how to build your business using the power of local and come together as a community to share ideas. Local business contributes to and defines our local culture. But what is the best way to embrace this as a tool for your business? Find out at this workshop! It’s fun. It’s informative. It’s beneficial to you and your business.

When: February 20, 9am to 1pm
Location:  ACC Eastview Campus, Room 8500
Cost: $49
 (includes all day admission, coffee and pastries and lunch from local restaurants)
The day consists of two presentations, one workshop and a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Derek Peebles, Director of the American Independent Business Alliance. Short breaks will follow each session to allow attendees to speak to the presenters individually.

9:00  Welcome

9:15  Community Conversation: The Power of Leadership with Bobby Jenkins, ABC Home & Commercial
The power of local is the power of roots, relationships and a real commitment to the community. This is one family’s story of engaging employees and the community through leadership and building a company that is an inspiration to all.

10:00  Community Conversation: The Power of Good
What are the benefits of engaging in social good? It helps the community but how does it help your business? Customers are increasingly making purchasing choices not just on your products, services and prices but on what you support. Can your support of causes you believe in boost your business? Panel discussion of four local businesses who practice the power of good. Panel Speakers: Kendall Antonelli, President and Co-Founder, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, Hill Abell, Co-Founder, Bicycle Sport Shop, Karen Kovalovich, Ownership & Outreach Coordinator, Wheatsville Food Coop, Erin Portman, Co-Founder, Birds Barbershop and Verb Products.

10:45  Community Conversation: The Power of Connection
The most important thing for you and your business is connectivity, both with the local community and with customers and clients. As a group, we will enter into a fun moderated connectivity event based on HAVE•NEED•WANT. What do you have to offer other businesses in attendance? What does your business need that others can provide? What connections do you want to make atThe Power of Local? Moderator: Rebecca Melancon, Executive Director, Austin Independent Business Alliance

11:30  Lunch

Attendees will enjoy a buffet lunch from Wheatsville Co-opPasta & Co and Pok-e-Jo’s.

12:00  Lunch and Keynote Address
Derek Peebles, Director of the American Independent Business Alliance. As the new director of AMIBA, Derek is charting a new course for the Buy Local Movement in America. He is also the founder of Neighborhood Grow, an organization that leverages social capital, private capital, and technical expertise for sustainable neighborhood development and increased civic participation. Until accepting his current position at AMIBA, Derek was director of the Economics of Compassion Initiative, a step to support a sustainable and resilient economy for all citizens.

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