Small Businesses

Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to get your start-up off the ground or an established business owner checking up on regulation requirements, the Chamber is your one-stop shop for the answers, resources and connections you need.

New Business Resources

New to the business community in Garland? We’re glad you’re here. Our local economy thrives off of small businesses like yours. Knowing it can be a little tricky getting started, we’ve put together practical resources to provide knowledge and guidance.

Top 10 Steps to Start a Business


Curious about starting a business, but wondering what all would be involved? Based on our experience and conversations with hundreds of business owners, we’ve organized the business-launch process into ten steps that you can read about here.



Certificate of Occupancy checklist


A COO is essential for running a business in Garland and we provide members with everything they need to check this off their list. Click here to learn more about what’s needed for a Certificate of Occupancy and reach out if we can help you with this important step.



Zoning and Permitting


We are pleased to offer our members personalized and attentive guidance through the city’s zoning and permitting process as well as support at zoning hearings. With us, you’ll find all the information you need to keep your business in compliance and support at zoning hearings and save precious resources along the way. Email us for more information.



SBDC Counseling


We are proud to host a satellite office of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), where businesses can schedule appointments for free, in-depth counseling and consulting services on a range of topics, from financial analysis to strategic sales plans. All services provided through the SBDC are free of charge and available to any small business in the area. This is for you if you’re ready to take your business to the next level. Working with a Garland SBDC counselor can help you grow, expand or gain access to funding for your business. For more information or to schedule a counseling appointment with Garland’s counselor, email us here.



Growing Your Business

Ready to make the next jump in your business? Learn how partnering with the Chamber is a strategic way to grow your customer base and expand your brand awareness. Whether you’re considering physical expansion or ready to embrace more aggressive digital growth, we help members find answers to your questions, practical resources and local connections that can help you launch the next chapter of your business.

Resources

Marketing Support


Article: “5 Marketing Challenges and How to Meet Them”
Feeling overwhelmed by the ever-changing world of marketing? We interviewed a Garland-based marketing professional to outline the top five marketing challenges small business owners face and tips for navigating them with confidence. Read More

Marketing plan consulting:
We will help you promote your businesses and events within the community. We are also happy to connect you with marketing professionals in our network who can be of assistance. Additionally, we will review and advise on your current business plan.

Networking events
At our networking events, you can expect to hear practical insights from industry peers, meet fellow business owners and discover opportunities for creative collaboration. View the calendar of events here.



Business Counseling


We are the first Chamber to host a satellite office of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), where businesses can schedule appointments for free, in-depth counseling and consulting services on a range of topics, from financial analysis to strategic sales plans. All services provided through the SBDC are free of charge and available to any small business in the area. Email us here



Real Estate and Physical Expansions


Thinking about establishing or expanding your physical location? We connect Chamber members to the City’s Office of Economic Development where staff will help you narrow down properties that will fit your needs. Once you have a property selected, we’ll be there to help you navigate the zoning and inspections process. You won’t have to go it alone!



Governor’s Small Business Resource Portal


Types of information included in the portal:

  • Federal, State and Local Resources
  • Business Advice and Growth Assistance
  • Funding Sources
  • Licensing and Permitting Information
  • Additional Specific Resources
  • Contact information for the Small Business Assistance Team

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Texas Business Licenses & Permits Guide


This comprehensive permit guide offers a listing of state permits that may be required for persons desiring to operate a business enterprise in the state.

The 2024-2025 Texas Business Licenses & Permits Guide is provided by the Business Permit Office within the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office in the Office of the Governor.

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Other Resources


Looking for guidance on business grants, Minority-Owned Business Certification, assistance with taxes, workforce development or other types of small business coaching? We’re here to point you in the right direction. Set up a conversation today.



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