Office of Business Opportunity

OBO Solutions Center

The Office of Business Opportunity Solutions Center is a 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, OBOSC provides no-cost programs and services that will help small business owners thrive in today’s competitive business environment.

OBOSC works closely with the University of Houston Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Harris County Clerk, the Texas State Comptroller, the Minority Business Enterprise Center and other agencies. OBOSC's extensive referral network includes area professional and trade organizations, business incubators, as well as educational institutions.

No Cost Services:

  • Experienced on-site staff members are available to provide information on permits, licenses, and fee schedules
  • One-on-one business counseling with SCORE Business Advisors
  • Information on MWSBE Certification
  • References to resources and business planning materials

The OBOSC is committed to promoting business development in the Houston region. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most up to date information on workshops, outreach events and local business information.

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Liftoff Houston 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. More ...

Small Business Legal Academy

The academy is a free one-day event bringing together corporate law firms, civil legal service organizations, city agencies, and other service providers to strengthen Houston’s vibrant and diverse small business community. The event also offers workshops and one-on-one personal consultations on a wide range of legal and financial topics of concern to small business owners. OBOSC continues to provide scheduling for businesses to have free one-on-one personal consultations with lawyers from the Houston area. More ...

Build Up Houston

The Office of Business Opportunity, in partnership with the University of Houston-Downtown, is pleased to announce Build Up Houston - launching November 18, 2014. Build Up Houston is a comprehensive, seven month program designed to increase the capacity and success of small businesses in the construction service industry with doing business in the City of Houston ... More ...