Entrepreneurship Empowerment center

Supporting you on your entrepreneurship journey

An "Urban" Incubator FOR Austin Entrpreneurs

The Austin Area Urban League’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Center Program (E3CP) area provides small business owners educational services, coaching, and mentorship in the areas of financial literacy/ credit readiness, entrepreneurship, and business development. The E3CP also advocates for economic development policies benefitting Black and other communities of color in the Austin metropolitan area.

"Every American child is ready for college, work and life."

2025 Urban League Empowerment Goal

Grow Professionally as you
grow your business

Business Management Training

Participate in group training sessions on business management topics that can advance their entrepreneurial skill level and provide information on new business opportunities and financing options that can be accessed.

Launch

  • Pre-venture Business Strategies
  • Assessing Financing Needs
  • Conducting Market Analysis

Operations

  • Developing a Successful Business Plan
  • Tax and Accounting Basics
  • Matchmaking Events

Marketing

  • Building Your Brand
  • The Fundamentals of Marketing
  • The Digital Divide and Building Your Website
  • Growth Strategies

Contracting

  • Steps to Accessing Prime and Subcontracts
  • MBE/WBE Application Packaging

*Coming soon in 2022!

Coaching

As an Entrepreneur, it is essential to have individualized business support and guidance as you learn and grow. E3CP is here to ensure that you are surrounded by a community that is dedicated to your growth

Business Mentors

You will have access to both “generalist” and “specialist” skill-set mentors, giving you access to a full range of management assistance

Resource Matching

You will be matched with resource providers based on your level of need to ensure that you are receiving the best management support.

Business Network Development

Grow

You will develop relationships with peers and mentors in the areas of idea development, operations management, business plan development, marketing, procurement and financing.

Programs

Community Navigator Pilot Program

The Community Navigator Pilot Program is an American Rescue Plan initiative designed to reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs often face in accessing the programs they need to recover, grow, or start their businesses. The program will provide a total of $100 million in funding to 51 organizations that will work with hundreds of local community groups to improve access to SBA and government resources for America’s entrepreneurs.
The selected projects will cover diverse communities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Grantees will serve as “hubs” — centralized, lead organizations, which will incorporate “spokes,” organizations that have built trust in their local communities and will be the ‘boots on the ground’ that will connect small businesses to critical resources and assistance, including:

  • financial assistance and access to capital
  • contracting and procurement
  • marketing, operations, business development, and exporting
  • industry-specific training

Events

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Entrepreneurs

Benefits to entrepreneurs:

  1. Access to resources
  2. Opportunities to develop new skills or enhance existing ones
  3. Business support and guidance
  4. Ability to receive topical business information that can assist in further development of entrepreneurial skills and accessing new business opportunities and financing options

Resource Providers

Benefits to resource providers:

  1. Creates demand for service and improves use by clearly articulating entrepreneur’s needs
  2. Links qualified pre-screened clients to resource providers
  3. Enable providers to take preventative rather than corrective action