Small Business Resources

This page provides links to resources to assist small business in San Marcos. This website will be updated with additional resources as they become available.


Note: Grants and programs listed below are active as of time published. The list below is for informational purposes, and the Economic Development Department does not give any endorsement to third-party grants or program.

General Grants & Programs

Grant or ProgramDescriptionLink for More Information
7(a) Management and Technical Assistance ProgramThis program from the SBA assists businesses with being competitive for federal, state, and local government contracts.Click Here
Amber GrantThis grant is provided by WomensNet and offers women-owned businesses grants between $1,000 and $25,000.Click Here
Business Improvement & Growth (BIG) GrantThis grant is provided by the City of San Marcos to provide technical and financial assistance to property owners or business tenants seeking to renovate or restore facades, signage, lighting and life-safety systems for commercial buildings.Click Here
Dream Big AwardsThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds an annual Dream Big Awards program where the Small Business of the Year is awarded $25,000. *Applications for 2021 have closed.Click Here
FedEx Small Business Grant ContestThis grant is provided by FedEx on an annual basis with awards ranging from $15,000 to $75,000.Click Here
Fellows ProgramThis program from Tory Burch provides women-owned businesses a $5,000 and 1-year fellowship with education training. *Applications for 2021 have closed.Click Here
Grants.govThis website is a clearinghouse for federal funding opportunities.Click Here
Product Development and Small Business Incubator FundThis is a state offered opportunity offering long-term, asset-backed loans to produce development companies and small business incubators/accelerators.Click Here
ReviveSMTXThis grant is offered in collaboration with the City of San Marcos and San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce. Grants can be used for operation safety, sanitation training, PPE, and digital redesign for social distancing.Click Here
Small Business Counseling ProgramThis proposed program by the City of San Marcos provides free, confidential, one-to-one counseling for businesses in key areas. *Expected start date is early 2022.Click Here
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)This is a federal program encouraging small businesses to engage in Federal Research/R&D with the potential for commercialization.Click Here
Skills for Small BusinessThis program is offered through the Texas Workforce Commission to provide training for businesses with fewer than 100 employees.Click Here
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)This is a federal grant through the state to assist small businesses with export development.Click Here

Sustainability Grants & Programs

Grant or ProgramDescriptionLink for More Information
Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Produce Manufacturing Assistance ProgramThis USDA program provides loan guarantees for the development, construction, and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. *This program is closed for the current year.Click Here
Conservation GrantsThe Fund works with public, private, and nonprofit partners to protect land and water resources through land acquisition, sustainable community and economic development, and leadership training.Click Here
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)This is a federal grant that the EPA competitively funds environmental technology research at small businesses.Click Here

Downtown Grants & Programs

Grant or Program
DescriptionLink for More Information
Design AssistanceThis program through the Texas Main Street Program can provide services to individual building and business owners at no charge. Services provided range from façade renderings to Investment Tax Credit Assistance. Contact Main Street Staff to apply
Downtown Co-Marketing FundThis fund through the City of San Marcos provides matching advertising funds for businesses to promote their products or services outside of San Marcos. Application Here
Economic Development AssistanceThis program through the Texas Historical Commission can provide services to building and property owners and developers. Services range from SWOT analyses to Economic Impacts Studies. Contact Main Street Staff to apply

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