Departments > Economic Development > Office of Small Business

Business Assistance Center

The Fort Worth Business Assistance Center (BAC) is a one-stop shop for small business, dedicated to providing small business owners with the tools they need to be successful.

The BAC is home to 11 on-site collaborative partners, with a mission of promoting a strong economy by providing training, technical assistance, funding opportunities, and business support services to established, start-up small businesses and micro-enterprises. The BAC provides assistance on topics ranging from how to start a business or writing a business plan to becoming minority certified. Free one-on-one business counseling is available for all clients.

BAC Annual Report

Campus partners

Workshops and one-on-one counseling

Score

Score (Suite 108)
The mission of the Fort Worth SCORE chapter is to provide free business counseling, mentoring and coaching to existing and emerging businesses in Fort Worth and North Texas cities. It also offers training workshops on various topics, including business planning, marketing, sales, profit and loss statements, and information technology.

Tarrant County Small Business Development Center

Tarrant Small Business Development Center (Suite 229)
Tarrant SBDC offers small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs free business consulting and educational assistance. The consulting services provided are in-person, one-on-one and cover areas such as business plan development, capital acquisition, marketing and market research.

Lending services

PeopleFund

PeopleFund (Suite 106)
PeopleFund provides small business loans, business assistance and financial education to people with otherwise limited access to such resources. With flexible underwriting and no pre-payment penalties, PeopleFund offers loans up to $350,000 with additional benefits for veterans.

Alliance Lending Corporation

Alliance Lending Corporation (Suite 215)
Alliance Lending Corporation (ALC) provides low, fixed-rate loans to for-profit, owner-occupied businesses throughout Texas. ALC specializes in commercial real estate financing with its loan limits ranging from $250,000 to $5.5 million.

William Mann Jr. Community Development Corporation

William Mann Jr. Community Development Corporation (Suite 118)
William Mann Jr. CDC provides financing to small, minority-and-women-owned businesses in and around Dallas/Fort Worth. It offers loans to be used for the purchase of equipment, facility improvements, permanent working capital and business acquisition.

Community development organizations

Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce

Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce (Suite 211)
The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization with a foundation rooted in economics and education. It supports and advocates for minority business owners and assists the City of Fort Worth staff in economic development efforts throughout the city.

Southeast Fort Worth, Inc.

Southeast Fort Worth, Inc. (Suite 148)
Southeast Fort Worth, Inc. is one of the city's primary engines for economic development, affordable housing, small business development, neighborhood revitalization and financial education. SEFWI is charged with leveraging the city's assets to drive growth, create jobs and improve the quality of life in Southeast Fort Worth. Its boundaries are south of I-30, north of I-20, east of I-35 and west of Lake Arlington.

Regional Hispanic Contractor Association

Regional Hispanic Contractor Association (Suite 114)
The Regional Hispanic Contractor Association promotes and supports the advancement and economic growth of Hispanic contractors in Texas. It is committed to developing programs and facilitating the resources needed to help Hispanic contractors reach their potential.

Community partners

Launch DFW

Launch DFW
Launch DFW is a leading digital product with a keen interest in startups, entrepreneurship, and technology across the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

TAMU School of Law

Texas A&M School of Law
Texas A&M School of Law partners with the BAC to offer an Entrepreneurship Law Clinic that helps clients who have limited financial resources start, organize and develop their business.

Contact

Office of Small Business
1150 South Freeway, Suite 106
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-871-6021 (phone)
817-332-6465 (fax)

Manager:
Michael McClinton

Fort Worth Business Assistance Center (BAC)
1150 South Freeway, Suite 106
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-392-2622 (phone)

TECH Fort Worth
1120 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-339-8968 (phone)

IDEA Works FW
600 East Rosedale
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-480-2516 (phone)

News

Calendar

City of Fort Worth “Monthly Informational Forum for M/WBEs”: 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16, 2018; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus - Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.

Shaping Your Policy and Culture with Employee Handbooks: 11:30 a.m. Aug. 22, 2018; James E Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, 1150 S. Freeway.

Quickbooks for Beginners - Desktop and Online Editions: 9 a.m. Aug. 23, 2018; James E Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, 1150 S. Freeway.

Brunch at the BAC with Mayor Betsy Price: 10 a.m. Aug. 23, 2018; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, Business Assistance Center, 1150 S. Freeway.

Certification Training for Minority, Women, Small, or Disadvantaged-Own Business Enterprises: 9 a.m. Sept. 11, 2018; James E. Entrepreneurial Campus - Fort Worth Business Assistance Center , 1150 South Freeway .

City of Fort Worth Workshops: RFP, RFQ, ITB, A+B & Best Value Solicitations: 8 a.m. Sept. 20, 2018; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus - Fort Worth Business Assistance Center , 1150 South Freeway .

City of Fort Worth “Monthly Informational Forum for M/WBEs”: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20, 2018; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus - Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.