What We Do

Start a Business Or Grow Your Existing Small Business

EGBI provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for your entrepreneurial needs. By conducting an initial interview, we can better place you in the proper curriculum path. EGBI equips entrepreneurs with the toolset, resources, and network needed to drive small business success.

Services Overview

Scholarships are available for our services!

Biz Gear Up

Prepare to open your business. LEARN MORE about our business training!

  • Drawing Board: Workshop your business idea to get the right focus for your ideal client.
  • Blueprint: Develop a useful plan to open your business.
  • Connectors: Learn the tools you need to implement your plan and automate your business.

Biz Take Off

Start your business and be successful.

  • Launch: Get the support you need to make the first days, weeks, and months of your new business a success.
  • Grow: Participate in a community of support to answer your questions, connect to new resources, and push you forward to grow your profits.

EGBI Coaching

Meet one-on-one with a private coach to support your business goals.

Become an EGBI Member

Monthly Membership includes:

  • Up to 4 scheduled coaching sessions per month in person or by phone
  • Email and phone consultations available for questions in between coaching sessions
  • Discount on special workshops
  • Notification of special opportunities
  • Monthly Financial Management Review Workshop
  • 4 hours EGBI desk space per month; a quiet, professional place to work on your business (please schedule ahead)
  • Listed on EGBI client directory

EGBI Bookkeeping

EGBI clients now have a friendly, affordable bookkeeping service that will teach you how to manage the precious money you earn.
EGBI Bookkeeping service includes:

  • Set up and update Chart of Accounts
  • Enter and review expenses and deposits
  • Reconciliation of bank statements and point of sale software
  • Connect bookkeeping to a payroll service
  • 1-hour bookkeeping consultation per month by phone or in person
  • Monthly Financial Management Review Workshop

Loan Application Support

In 2011, EGBI launched a pilot program to offer Loan Packaging Services to assist first-time borrowers. EGBI assisted five start-up companies to obtain a total of $100,000 in loans via traditional and non-traditional avenues.

EGBI’s service includes financial education, business plan improvement, development of accurate financial projections, and preparation of loan requests for any lender in the Greater Austin area.

EGBI helps you identify if you could qualify for financial assistance from a traditional or a non-traditional lender. EGBI staff has expertise in financial lending and an extensive network within the various lending sources, including the five nonprofit microlenders that service Austin.

If you are interested in this service, please contact Joni Foster at joni@egbi.org.

Client Testimonial

A hairstylist since 1990, Brenda Carrera graduated from EGBI’s Building Success Program in 2007 and began working on a business plan. Although she had to put her plans on hold, her entrepreneurial spirit did not allow her to give up on her dream. At the end of 2010, she was offered the opportunity of taking over the hair salon where she was working. In a time where small businesses have trouble getting financing, Ms. Carrera turned to EGBI for assistance. Through our loan packaging service, she received guidance on updating her business plan and financial projections. With a strong loan package, she was successfully approved by A+FCU for a term loan that allowed her to buy the business assets, remodel the location, and support her business operations for the first three months. Ms. Carrera’s own Hair Central Salon began operations in May 2011. She currently has five full-time employees and her annual revenue in 2011 exceeded $84,000.

 “…Thank you for the time you dedicated to enhancing my business plan and cost projections. I sincerely appreciate the key role you played in this process and I am extremely grateful for the service provided by EGBI…”

~ Brenda C., Hair Central Salon