Best Small Business Resources in the Dallas 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 Dallas 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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Fort Worth Business Assistance Center (BAC)

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning

Accepts Walks In

Description

The BAC is a one-stop-shop for local entrepreneurs, offering free counseling and free or low-cost workshops on a variety of small business related topics through its suite of organizations. They also host a business plan competition that teaches you to create a business plan and the five winning business plans receive counseling and workshops to help advance their plan.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1150 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-871-6025
fwbac@fortworthtexas.gov


Addison Treehouse

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking

Description

Addison Treehouse is a resource-oriented coworking space that offers coworking, mentoring, and entrepreneurial events for members. Addison Treehouse offers a dedicated group of mentors, experienced business professionals categorized by the specific topics they’re happy to discuss. The space frequently hosts speakers and workshops on small business development, available to members.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

14681 Midway Rd
Dallas, TX 75001
shelley@addisontreehouse.com


Business Community Lenders of Texas

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Fundraising
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

BCL offers a variety of financial services aimed at helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals. Specifically, BCL offers classes on a series of small business topics and one-on-one coaching by appointment. These services are intended for entrepreneurs at any stage of the journey, from idea refinement to startup growth. All services are offered for free.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1322 Record Crossing
Dallas, TX 75235
214-688-7456


Dallas B.R.A.I.N.

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

Dallas B.R.A.I.N. is a partnership between the Dallas Office of Economic Development and Dallas Public Library, providing an organized list of easily accessible resources to entrepreneurs starting and growing a business. Dallas B.R.A.I.N. also offers a simple entrepreneurship checklist, guiding you from idea generation to launch. The guide features Dallas-specific information on taxes, regulations, and licenses needed. This organization also includes the Sammons Business Center at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library which offers access to databases, open work areas, and sample business plans.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library , 1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201
214-670-3441
business@dallaslibrary.org

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Standard Hours:

10-6 Mon, Fri, Sat

10-8 Tue, Wed, Thu

1-5 Sun


Dallas 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.


Ensemble Coworking

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

Ensemble Coworking is a Fort Worth based coworking space that offers a variety of flexible membership options. Amenities include conference rooms, internet, and several desk options. The space also hosts events and meetups for local entrepreneurs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1617 Park Place Ave., Suite 110
Fort Worth, TX 76110
817-984-3633
connect@ensemblecoworking.com


North Texas 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.