SizeUpAustin Local Business Intelligence

Small Business Insights (SBI)

is a robust business analytics tool designed to support small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of stages, from the entrepreneur looking to start their first business to a seasoned business owner looking to expand their customer base. SizeUpAustin can assist in providing answers to:

    • Where should I start my business in Austin?
    • Who are my competitors and how do I perform compared to them?
    • How can I find more customers?
    • How do I identify the best places to locate and advertise my business?

Small Business Advisor (SBA)

provides information on numerous topics related to planning, starting, managing, and growing your business. It easily enables you to explore business topics of your interest. You will discover a roadmap of tasks and processes entrepreneurs can take to be successful. The content is a mix of narrative text information, graphics, videos, and interactive research tools which are data-driven, hyper-local, and industry specific. SizeUpAustin can assist in providing answers to:

    • Plan your business
    • Start your business
    • Manage your business
    • Grow your business

Shop Local

enables our visitors to promote customers doing business with local companies. This is beneficial to the local economy because local business spending creates a higher economic impact for the community and local governments. Visitors are empowered to search for and explore truley local businesses by industry or name.

  • Searching locally owned Businesses
  • Results and contact information
  • Images communicating local value
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Why an online business intelligence tool?

Although large companies can afford to hire expensive management consultants or employ in-house analysts, small businesses can’t afford to do so and often wouldn’t know how to make sense of the data even if it was available to them. Yet in today’s information economy, a business without access to information risks having stunted economic productivity. Therefore we’ve created a tool for small business that:

Millions of Data points

We super-crunch over 15 million to provide the same data BIG businesses use to optimize decision-making

Simple to Use

There’s no need to know your NAICS or SIC codes. Simply search for your industry type by name

Insights Report Generator

It’s important to be able to record and share your findings. Therefore you can generate a PDF report of your insights

Available 24/7

Small Business Owners need a tool that is available when they are. SizeUp provides access after hours or weekends when businesses need it

Other Services

Small Business Resources Directory

Database of local, state, federal, and community resources. Filter by “Disaster Relief” to find immediate support for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Access Resources Directory

Small Business Needs Assessment

The Economic Development Department connected with Austin’s small business community through a Small Business Needs Assessment.  Participants provided insights on learning preferences, business growth needs, and pandemic impacts. Read the Small Business Needs Assessment overview and results.

Start a Business

A great first step for you is to attend our BizAid Business Orientation online. This free class serves as an introduction to resources available to small business owners as well as the various government agencies or organizations that you may need to reach out to along the way.

Events for Small Businesses

The Small Business Division holds special events targeted at providing access to resources and information for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Grab your seat and register for an event or class


The City of Austin Economic Development Department provides funding opportunities for arts, business, and music.


The City of Austin offers a variety of several programs for a variety of fields.