Office of Business Opportunity
OBO Solutions Center
The Office of Business Opportunity Solutions Center is a resource center for established and aspiring entrepreneurs that 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, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information on outreach events and local business information.
- Four Main Business Requirements for a Business to Legally Operate in Houston
- Disaster Recovery Resources (.pdf)
- Resiliency Resources – US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The Office of Business Opportunity presents Access Granted, a series of webinars designed to help small businesses navigate the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Webinar panelist also discussed virtual business conversion, government procurement, virtual networking and business development resources. Click on link(s) below to watch:
- Episode 1: Guest panelists: Francisco Gonzalez, LiftFund; JP Yorro, NextSeed; Abby Gonzalez, U.S. Small Business Administration; Lalitha Raman, SCORE Houston; Brandi McDonald, Limestone Commercial; Ed Ryland, ARVO Realty Advisors; and Frank Chambers, Calculating Wages Company.
- Episode 2: Shirley Brooks, program director, Women's Business Enterprise Alliance; Steve Levine, publisher, Small Business Today Magazine; and Tim Scarborough, program director, UH Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
- Episode 3: Guest panelists: Dr. Stephen Barth, professor, UH Conrad N. Hilton College and founder, HospitalityLawyer.com; Arquella Hargrove, CEO, Epic Collaborative Advisors and adjunct professor, University of Houston Downtown and Lone Star College; Ellyn Haikin Josef, pro bono counsel, Vinson & Elkins; and Anton Krayniy, associate - energy transactions and projects, Vinson & Elkins.
- Episode 4: Guest panelists Anh Nguyen, founder of Amplified Marketing; LaShaunda Pickett-Rene, assistant vice president of TruFund; Nickea Bradley, deputy director of the City of Houston's Office of Emergency Management; and Miara "Maven Miara" Shaw, founder of Maven Business Academy.
- Episode 5: Guest panelists Moquita Quinan, Diversity Affairs Coordinator for Austin Gilbane; Myriam Bahaj, CEO for Acies Design; Jose Jimenez, Director of Neighborhood Services & Economic Opportunity, Harris County-Precinct 2; and Ida Benson, Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration.
- Episode 6: Guest panelists Kyra Hardwick, managing consultant at the Kyra Company; Julia Hogan-McNeil, owner of The Juju Products; Rebecca Karp, CEO and managing principal, Karp Strategies; Layle McKelvey, director of Community Relations & Inclusion at the Manhattan Construction Company; and Tiffany Townsend, owner of Safe Ship Sugar Land.
- Episode 7: Guest panelists Anton Krayniy, associate, Energy Transactions & Projects at Vinson & Elkins LLP; Michelle Levi McDaniel, CEO of Elite Image Tax and Notary Service LLC; Marlon D. Mitchell, president of Houston Business Development Inc. (HBDi).