Best Small Business Resources in the Corpus Christi Area

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Texas has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Corpus Christi area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Texas.

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Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC)

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Financial
  • Research
  • Product Development

Description

The CBBIC is a multi-faceted business development organization affiliated with the Texas A&M University. They offer several programs that help entrepreneurs at any stage of the journey, from formalizing an idea to growing an existing company. A pre-incubation program helps teams refine an idea into a business plan and prepare to launch. An incubator offers traditional support and mentoring throughout a businesses early stages. Subsequent programs support companies as they increase revenue and help mitigate some of the growing pains that many expanding companies experience. One thing that sets CBBIC apart is the myriad of different forms their support can take. Using their network of academic and private industry resources, CBBIC can help with anything from negotiating expensive equipment rentals to marketing consulting.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

10201 South Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
361-825-3535
http://cbbic.tamucc.edu/index.cfm

HOURS OF OPERATION:

M-F 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Corpus Christi SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Description

This organization is a part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, though it is open to all entrepreneurs looking to start a new business. The Center offers educational programs to teach vital business skills as well as several incubator programs for different types of businesses. The incubation programs last 6 months to 2 years and include educational programs, regular meetings with experienced mentors, and access to Kauffman courses.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1601 E Price Rd.
Brownsville, TX 78521
956-882-4119
ecc@utrgv.edu


Axom Foundry

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking

Description

Axom Foundry is a coworking space boasting extremely reasonable membership pricing and numerous supporting services that budding entrepreneurs will find useful. Amenities include printing, collaborative spaces, and locally sourced coffee. Axom also offers access to business consultants who can assist new companies in areas like brand development or business models.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

606 N. Carancahua St., Suite 1400
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 239-8760
info@axomfoundry.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON-FRI: 9am-5pm

SAT-SUN: Closed 


Del Mar College SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3209 S. Staples, CED-146
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
361-698-1021


La Retama Central Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The La Retama Central Library in Corpus Christi offers an array of reference materials and resources to help entrepreneurs plan a new business. Aside from literature about starting a company, the library also offers access to several prominent databases that can help shed light on regional economics and the existing market.

Restrictions

A library card may be needed to access certain amenities.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

805 Comanche St.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 826-7055

HOURS OF OPERATION:

SUN-MON: Closed

TUES-WED: 10:00am - 6:00pm

THURS-SAT: 9:00am - 6:00pm


LiftFund

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Coworking
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

LiftFund is a non-profit community development finance institution that offers microloans and educational events to entrepreneurs with limited access to traditional capital. LiftFund hosts an impressive array of lectures, bootcamps, dinners, and meetups that cultivate the local San Antonio startup scene. These events are usually open to the public for a nominal fee and cover a diverse array of topics, from business plan basics to taxes. In addition to events, LiftFund provides a suite of online entrepreneurship courses that are free and open to the public. LiftFund also offers a incubator/co-working space called LIftOff and a Women’s Business Center.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3209 S. Staples St. , Room 146
Corpus Christ, TX 78411
1-888-215-2373
corpuschristi@liftfund.com