(City of Houston) Office of Business Opportunity
The Office of Business Opportunity is committed to cultivating a competitive and diverse economic environment in the City of Houston by promoting the success of small businesses and developing Houston’s workforce, with special emphasis on historically underutilized businesses and disenfranchised individuals.
Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)
It is an SSI provision to help individuals with disabilities return to work.
If you receive SSI or could qualify for SSI after setting aside income or resources so you can pursue a work goal, you could benefit from a PASS.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years.
Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 10,000 volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.
A number of resources are available to assist individuals with disabilities in exploring options for entrepreneurship.
Small Business Administration
1-800-U-ASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722) (V); 1-704-344-6640 (TTY)
SBA sponsors a variety of programs and resources to assist entrepreneurs with disabilities start and grow their businesses, including the nationwide network of SBDCs that offer free or low-cost one-on-one counseling to help potential entrepreneurs with planning, financing, management, technology, government procurement and other business-related areas.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies,and funded in part through a partnership with SBA.
Small Business and Self-Employment Service (SBSES)
1-800-526-7234 or 1-800-232-9675 (V/TTY)
SBSES is service from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy that provides advice and referrals to entrepreneurs with disabilities who are interested in starting their own business or exploring other self-employment options. The SBSES Web site includes links to other entrepreneurship sites, including the SBA and state VR programs.
Social Security Administration
1-800-772-1213 (V); 1-800-325-0778 (TTY)
SSA provides information about disability cash benefit programs, employment support programs and where beneficiaries can get the services that they need to successfully enter the workforce or self-employment.
Veteran Entrepreneur Portal
The Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP) is designed to save you time with direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship. VEP makes it easier for small businesses to access federal services, regardless of its source—and quickly connects Veteran entrepreneurs to relevant ‘best-practices’ and information.