Start-Ups Have the Tools to Succeed in the Greater Katy Area
The Greater Katy Area’s pro-business climate is fertile ground for start-up success, but launching a new business is equal parts thrilling and overwhelming. To help you get started, Katy Area EDC has the information you need to guide you through the process. We are proud to provide support for the entrepreneurs and small business owners who fuel the heart and growth of our local job market. Our expertise is just a phone call away: contact us for customized and confidential assistance to get your endeavor started right.
Katy Area EDC and our partners can connect you with:
- Business and entrepreneurial development, including training, mentors, networks, and other resources available for existing and potential entrepreneurs
- Financing support through community, regional, and local investor resources
- National, state, and local incentives
- Local and regional networks for business growth and expansion and for specialized assistance in such areas as marketing and international trade
U.S. Small Business Development Center Assistance
Entrepreneurs in the Katy Area marketplace are supported by the Fort Bend Small Business Development Center, which offers small business owners one-on-one confidential, no-cost venture advisory service and training. The Fort Bend SBDC is part of the Texas Gulf Coast Network that is managed through the University of Houston. Resources and tools are available at a SBDC branch office located at 814 East Ave, Suite G, Katy, TX 77493
Houston Community College Northwest
Houston Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurship-Northwest provides advising, resources, and affordable continuing education courses for small business owners. The Center also hosts an annual Business Plan Competition with cash prizes as a showcase opportunity for proposed, startup, and existing entrepreneurs to develop focused plans to start or grow their businesses.
SCORE is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors dedicated to helping small businesses launch, grow, and achieve their goals. Locally, SCORE Houston is a chapter of volunteers who are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and executives with a diverse set of industries and specialties. These volunteers provide their time, experience, and knowledge to help local small business professionals start, develop, and grow businesses. SCORE offers free business advice, low-cost or no-cost business training, and numerous templates and tools.
Texas Veterans Commission
Texas Veterans Commission is a state agency that advocates for and provides service to veterans to improve the quality of life for all Texas veterans, their families, and survivors. TVC operates the Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP) to foster and promote veteran entrepreneurship throughout the state of Texas. VEP provides access to experienced business consultants for any veteran in the state of Texas to consult with, free of charge. TVC also provides certification services for businesses to be designated as a Veteran-Owned Business; this branding program enables businesses that are owned by U.S. military veterans to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.
Coworking Office Options in the Katy Area
Startups, early-stage companies, and entrepreneurs working on their business plan have quality co-working options in various Katy Area business districts to consider for a short-term office.
This facility with conference center capabilities is part of a LEED Certified Silver Class A commercial building in Katy Ranch Crossing in proximity to restaurants, shops, hotels, and luxury apartments.
24285 Katy Freeway, Suite 300
Katy, TX 77494
The Hub Katy
This local-owned and operated facility in Historic Downtown Katy offers private offices and flexible, collaborative spaces in both open and dedicated seating environments.
5614 1st Street
Katy, TX 77493
This membership-based facility in Katy is part of a extensive global network of office space, coworking, virtual office locations, and meeting rooms around the world.
2717 Commercial Center Boulevard, Suite E200
Katy, TX 77494
The Cannon West Houston
This facility with flex space options in the Energy Corridor of the Katy Area marketplace supports a global ecosystem of entrepreneurs, advisors, mentors, and investors under its roof, virtually and from various Cannon physical locations across Greater Houston.
1334 Brittmoore Road
Houston, TX 77043