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OBO Partnership With ACCION Texas, Inc.




The Office of Business Opportunity and ACCION Texas, Inc. have joined forces to help Houston area small businesses gain access to needed capital. Small businesses can schedule a one on one appointment with an ACCION Texas representative at the Houston Business Solutions Center (611 Walker Lobby Level, Houston, Texas 77002). Appointments are free of charge and have no obligation. Call 832-393-0954 and schedule an appointment today.





Hire Houston First Growing Area Businesses


“Hire Houston First” promotes economic opportunities for Houston businesses and supports job creation.  The City of Houston spends billions of dollars to maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure, and provide services to the public.  Hire Houston First grants the City the ability to give preference to local companies and local workers, as long as their pricing is competitive.


The Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) administers the Hire Houston First program.  It is the policy of the City of Houston as defined in the Hire Houston First Ordinance Chapter 15, Article XI, to use the City’s spending powers in a manner that promotes fiscal responsibility and maximizes the effectiveness of local tax dollars by ensuring City spending provides business opportunity to city and local businesses as a measure to support the local economy.


If you are interested in becoming eligible to participate in the Hire Houston First Program, you must complete a Hire Houston First application and affidavit (.pdf) or apply online.


If you have questions or would like additional information about the Hire Houston First Program or our other services, please contact the Office of Business Opportunity's Houston Business Solutions Center at 832.393.0954 or visit our website.


To view a list of companies currently designated as “Hire Houston First” go to our Directory Search Page.


"Liftoff Houston!" Business Plan Competition


Liftoff Houston! is the City of Houston’s first business plan competition. The competition is a collaborative effort between Capital One Bank, Houston Public Library (HPL) and the Office of Business Opportunity (OBO), and is designed to engage and empower Houstonians seeking to start a business using the robust resources available through HPL and OBO.





TweetMyJobs Houston


April 26, 2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker announced the launch of a new citywide online jobs platform to help Houstonians find work during her State of the City address.  “Tweet My Jobs, Houston” uses innovative technology to combine the popularity of social media and the convenience of a smart phone application.  The free service already has more than 150,000 Houston job postings from entry level to senior level corporate positions.



About the HBSC


Houston Business Solutions Center is a resource of the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity. This resource center for established and aspiring entrepreneurs provides information on city, county, state and federal regulations affecting the operation of Houston area businesses. In addition, the HBSC provides no-cost programs and services that will help small business owners thrive in today’s competitive business environment.



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Contact HBSC


Phone 832.393.0954




Houston Business Solutions Center

611 Walker Street, Lobby Level

Houston, TX 77002


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

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