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City of Fort Worth Economic Development

The City of Fort Worth currently stands as the 16th largest city in the U.S. and the fastest growing among large cities and provides municipal services to over 850,000 residents.  The City's Economic Development Department continues to identify resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs as a key economic development strategy. The Office of Business Diversity and Office of Small Business are divisions of the City of Fort Worth Economic Development department and helps build upon these strategies.   

The Office of Business Diversity seeks to ensure that qualifying businesses classified as small, minority-owned and women-owned  business enterprises (S/M/WBE) are afforded the maximum opportunity to participate in the city’s procurement process - directly or indirectly, compliant with the City Council approved Ordinance No. 20020-12-2011.

The Office of Small Business (OSB) provides the framework to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs, create a robust pipeline of micro-enterprises and provide opportunities for established small businesses. The OSB identifies specific initiatives to address the challenges faced by business owners in Fort Worth.  With its partner organizations, services offered include access to the city’s Economic Development programs, assistance with emerging businesses' growth, start-up counseling, business planning assistance and access to capital. Additionally, the OSB oversees the operations at the James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus (“Guinn Campus”). The Guinn Campus is located at 1150 South Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76104


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