Economic Development

Business Development

Business Development DivisionThe Business Development Division is dedicated to our business community, acknowledging their importance and contribution to our city’s job growth and economic development. With a successful and thriving business climate, we work in collaboration with our local and state partner organizations to recruit, retain, and expand businesses.

The Business Retention and Expansion Task Force, a community partnership, collaboratively works to improve El Paso’s business climate, ensuring that local businesses have the tools and resources they need to succeed and grow.

If you would like to start your own business in the state of Texas, check out the Chamber of Commerce's guidelines from securing funding to drafting a business plan. Find a list of additional helpful resources and a list of the nation's leading business mentoring networks. 

The Economic and International Development Department is currently working virtual.

Economic Development Office

Please contact the Economic Development office for a directory listing of personnel to assist you on information on our site:

(915) 212-0094
ED@elpasotexas.gov

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Partner Organizations

These partner organizations are supporting El Paso businesses in many different ways. From advising, and business growth assistance to training and networking, let us help you. Below is a list of all our partners, link on their links for more details:

  • South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network: Provides one-on-one business advising, technical assistance, training programs, advocacy, and research services. Many have been business owners themselves and understand what it takes to build a successful business.
  • Better Business Bureau Paso del Norte: Serves Texas in El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, and Presidio Counties and the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. They work to promote marketplace trust by accrediting businesses that have pledged to adhere to the BBB's Ethical Standards so consumers can have confidence in their marketplace decisions.
  • El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Leading resource for businesses and a strong advocate in supporting the growth of the El Paso Border Metroplex. Provides contracting opportunities, financial lending assistance, HUB certifications, training, advocating, networking, and advertising.
  • El Paso Chamber: Provides high-quality opportunities for connecting, coaching, advocating, and innovating that drive excellence in and around El Paso.
  • Workforce Solutions Borderplex: Non-profit opportunity incubator, personalizing the career path and connecting the right people to the right positions. Resources and programs are available for job seekers and employers.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration – El Paso District Office: The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. They provide access to capital, entrepreneurial development, government contracting, and advocacy.
  • SBA Veteran-owned Businesses Resources: Devoted exclusively to promoting veteran entrepreneurship. SBA programs provide access to capital and preparation for small business opportunities. They can also connect veteran small business owners with federal procurement and commercial supply chains.
  • Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council: Focuses on certifying, developing, connecting, and advocating for minority-owned businesses. The SMSDC services Southwest Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico and has offices in Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso.
  • Contract Opportunities Center (PTAC): The Contract Opportunities Center provides specialized and professional assistance to individuals and businesses seeking to learn about contracting and subcontracting opportunities, who are actively seeking to contract and subcontracting opportunities and/or performing under contracts and subcontracts with DOD, other federal agencies, or state and local governments.

Veteran-Owned Businesses

Veterans have many opportunities to take advantage of if they own or plan to own/create a business. The following is a list of services the City of El Paso offers:

  • Get verified with the Vets First Verification Program: The Vets First Verification Program affords verified firms owned and controlled by Veterans and Service-disabled Veterans the opportunity to compete for VA set-asides and sole-source contracts.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program: VBOC is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.
  • Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP): The VEP provides veteran entrepreneurs and veteran small businesses the tools they need to start or grow their businesses. Direct contacts can be found here.
  • The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) has several programs to help veteran careers and entrepreneurs.
  • ARSENAL: Success in Entrepreneurship and Small Business: Portfolio of programs that walk veteran and spouse entrepreneurs through any phase of a business: ideation, start-up, and growth with a multitude of resources.
  • Onward to Opportunity (O2O): A career skills program that provides civilian career training, professional certifications and employment services support to transitioning service members, members of the Reserves or National Guard, veterans, and military spouses.
  • Boots to Business (B2B): For those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan.
  • Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-Wise): A women-focused training program in entrepreneurship and small business management that provides tools, ongoing support, and business mentorship to veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs.
  • Resource Guide for Veteran-Owned Businesses: This is a resource guide for how to start a business, find funding and gain customers as a veteran business owner.