Start Smart

UPDATE:  Start Smart – 1st day of class is TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3RD 6:30pm @ BiGAUSTIN

Business Empowerment

Thinking about starting a business? You’re not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans catch the entrepreneurial spirit, launching small businesses to sell their products or services.  In fact, given the new economic reality of our time, more people than ever before have found the “job” they thought was waiting for them doesn’t exist. Others have come to the conclusion that they would rather create work they love, constructed to fit with their own life goals.

Many times entrepreneurs are starting a business based on­ an idea, but lack personal hands-on experience of running a business from all aspects.  The more you know about starting a business, the more power you have to form a business that develops into a lasting source of income and satisfaction.

BiGAUSTIN’s Start Smart program provides all the key essentials for starting and operating a business.

Start Smart provides practical business training, helping students hone the skills they need to create, manage, and grow a small business.  In addition the start smart program connects entrepreneurs with business insights, leadership skills and professional networking connections so you can create new business or expand an existing enterprise.

Start Smart is a 14-session course designed for people who want to start a business and need the skills to test the feasibility of their business concept.  Participants develop a business plan which acts as the blueprint for their start-up venture.

Start Smart Students Benefit from:

  • Completing Feasibility Study
  • Cultivating a Business Plan
  • Insight into Marketing & Market Research
  • Understanding Financials
  • Knowledge of Legal Considerations
  • Access to Expertise
  • Working with other aspiring like-minded entrepreneurs



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$197.99 {registration is required}

Early bird 50% discount registration until September 10th

Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify & reside in the City of Austin.


  1. Must reside in Austin city limits
  2. Meet income guidelines. Example if you are in a household of 3 making less than $58,600 would pre-qualify for a scholarship from the city of Austin.

If you do not reside Austin please contact to discuss further options.

Application Documents:

Please click the forms below and once completed email to

Start Smart Application

Client Intake Form

Business Concept Statement



7 week course – 14 session dates

October:  3, 5, 10, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30

November:  2, 6, 9, 13, 16

Time:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Classes are held at:

BiGAUSTIN Business and Technology Center 5407 North IH-35 Suite 200 Austin, 78723

Note:  We are located in Capital Plaza shopping center – Chase Bank building – 2nd flr.

Please contact Melissa –  or Daniel –  if you are interested in attending or if you have any questions.

Please make arrangements for children; there is no child care available in our offices.