Austinites love their city, and we at On Your Mark are no exception. On Your Mark has been in Austin for 14 years and has witnessed and experienced the flourishing of this great metropolitan hub. While the city’s rapid growth includes less-than-ideal consequences like more traffic, and pressures on an already sparse water supply, there is no place we’d rather call home. The delicious food, vibrant music scene, and wealth of outdoor activities are close to all of our hearts, not to mention the incredible network and support of small businesses like ours.
Small businesses are an important part of Austin’s identity and economy. Austin made a name for itself as the quirky off-beat Texas city decades ago because of the quirky off-beat businesses that have thrived thanks to consumers who are loyal to local. Because of this grassroots support and the entrepreneurial spirit, there are now many organizations that provide assistance to small businesses.
One such small business is Austin Lumber Company, a third-generation family business now run by Laura Culin. After a fire tragically burned down her lumberyard and several buildings, Culin utilized the Business Solutions Center of the city’s Small Business Development Program and was able to successfully rebuild and restructure her company.
Around-town resources for starting and managing a small business include:
- Small Business Development Program: City program offering counseling, technology resources, and affordable classes on marketing, accounting, and more
- SCORE Austin: Free counseling and advice, affordable workshops and customized services
- Austin Independent Business Alliance: Membership community of small businesses with networking and educational events
People love to work in this city not only because of the government, private, and community support, but also because Austin’s culture mirrors small business culture: a casual environment with a hard work ethic. Running a small business isn’t easy in this economic climate, but in Austin it’s both possible and enjoyable.