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National & State

Resource

Information Available

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
Washington, D.C. 20530 (800) 514-0301

www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/business.htm

The DOJ administers the ADA. The web site offers a business connection section where you can find out how the ADA applies to your business.

U.S. DEPT. OF LABOR ESA WAGE & HOUR DIVISION
1701 E. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 270
Box 22 Arlington, TX 76006-7303
817) 861-2150

www.dol.gov/whd/

Information on the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, family & medical leave, migrant workers, overtime, child labor, and the minimum wage.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (OSHA)
525 Griffin Street, Room 602
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 767-4731

www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/index.html

At the OSHA we site you can find out how to establish safety and health programs and fix hazards in order to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.

TEXAS STATE COMPTROLLER
209 S Danville Abilene, TX 79605
325-695-4323

http://comptroller.texas.gov

 

Information regarding Texas taxes including franchise tax; online tax forms and sales tax permits applications; beer, tobacco, wine permits; population and economic data for the Texas Economy

TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE
Corporations Section P.O. Box 13697
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-5555

www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/index.shtml

State filing forms (corporations, LLCs, etc.)

Information regarding the state requirements for the various business structures; assumed certificate for corporation, LP, LLC, and LLP; Public Information Dept. will investigate name availability; trademark and franchise tax information

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
P.O. Box 14904
Austin, TX 78714-9104
(800) 252-3439

www.tdi.state.tx.us

Information on small business insurance; workers compensation insurance information

TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
1977 Industrial Blvd Abilene, TX 79602
325-698-9674

https://www.tceq.texas.gov/about/directory/region/reglist.html

Provides confidential technical assistance on air, water, waste, and pollution prevention issues without the threat of enforcement

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711
(800) 803-9202

www.license.state.tx.us/ OR

www.texasonline.com/category.jsp?language=eng&categoryId=9

Information on Texas laws for employee safety; information on business regulations, licenses inspections, complaints, and penalties.

TEXAS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION
500 Chestnut, #1573
Abilene, TX 79602
325-672-8111

www.tabc.state.tx.us

Licenses for liquor stores, lounges; sale, transportation or storage of liquor

Patents, Trademarks, & Copyright

Resource

Information Available

U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
Crystal Plaza 3 Room 2C02
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
(800) 786-9199

www.uspto.gov

Information on applying for patents and trademarks; web site offers free patent and trademark search engine.

U.S. COPYRIGHT OFFICE
Library of Congress Copyright Office
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000
(202) 707-3000

www.loc.gov/copyright

Information on claiming a copyright. Search copyright records.

Resource

Information Available

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
341 Pine (Second floor of the Post Office)
Abilene, TX 79601 800-829-3676

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Publications-and-Forms-for-the-Self-Employed

EIN Application (Employer Identification Number)
or 800-829-4933

Local office for walk-in tax assistance. IRS Publications are available. Representatives will answer your federal tax questions or direct you to the proper IRS contact.

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION (TWC) TAX OFFICE
4400 Buffalo Gap Rd, Suite 2000
Abilene, TX 79606
325-698-7521

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/businesses

Local TWC tax office. Contact this office for Texas Unemployment Compensation Act (TUCA) tax only. Blank forms available. Will answer questions regarding employer responsibilities.

TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
209 S. Danville Dr.
Abilene, TX 79605
325-695-4323

http://comptroller.texas.gov

Local office for the State Comptroller. Contact this office for Information about local sales and use tax and the Texas Franchise Tax.

Walk-in hours are 8AM – 5PM.

Federal and State Transportation

Resource

Information Available

FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION
400 7th Street, S.W
Washington, D.C. 20590
(202) 366-2519

www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

Federal regulations regarding commercial vehicle safety; information regarding transporting material to and from Mexico.

TX DOT MOTOR CARRIER DIVISION
125 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701-2483
(512) 465-3500

www.dot.state.tx.us/services/motor_carrier/default.htm

Same as Federal regulations for state regulations.

Veterans

Resource

Information Available

VETERANS BUSINESS OUTREACH CENTER
300 Oak, Suite 200
Abilene, TX 79602
325-674-1328

http://www.taylorcountytexas.org/index.aspx?nid=192

The VBOC provides free counseling (in person or online) to new and existing businesses. VBOC couples service-disabled veterans with SBA sponsored technical and managerial assistance.

Small Business Administration

Resource

Information Available

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LUBBOCK DISTRICT OFFICE
1205 Texas Ave, Room 408
Lubbock, TX 79401-2693
(806) 472-7462

www.sba.gov

Local SBA office that serves West Texas. Information about SBA loan guarantee programs, other services, and local resources.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
409 Third St, SW
Washington, DC 20416
1-800-U-ASK-SBA

www.sba.gov

Washington DC telephone answer desk; information on SBA programs and services; general information regarding small businesses and the SBA.

Small Business Assistance

Resource

Information Available

SBDC NATIONAL INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE
145 Duncan Dr. Suite 200
San Antonio, Texas 78226
1-800-689-1912

www.sbdcnet.org

Serves as a resource providing timely, relevant research, web-based information, and training to SBDC counselors and their small business clients

DOT OFFICE OF SMALL & DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS UTILIZATION
400 7th Street, S.W. Room 9414
Washington, DC 20590
(800) 532-1169 or (202) 366-1930

http://osdbu.dot.gov/

Washington DC telephone answer desk; information on SBA programs and services; general information regarding small businesses and the SBA.

TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Office of the Governor
Economic Development & Tourism
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
Information and Referral: 1-800-843-5789
Citizen’s Opinion Hotline: 1-800-252-9600
Phone: (512) 463-2000, Fax: (512) 463-1849

www.governor.state.tx.us/ecodev


TEXAS STATE BAR LAWYER REFERRAL INFORMATION SERVICE
P.O. Box 12487
Austin, TX 78711
1-800-252-9690

www.texasbar.com/Template.cfm?Section=Selecting_a_Lawyer&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLID=36&ContentID=2490

Refers clients to local attorneys who specialize in an area of law relating to the client’s specific need; initial counseling is provided at a reduced fee.

Loans and Loan Guarantees

Lift Fund

People Fund