Overview

Skills for Small Business

Through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills for Small Business program, up to $2 million from the Skills Development Fund is dedicated to the backbone of Texas' business community—our small employers. Small businesses can apply to TWC for training offered by their local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). TWC processes the applications and works with the college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees.

This exceptional opportunity supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees, and emphasizes training for new workers though it also may help upgrade the skills of incumbent workers.

  • Skills for Small Business emphasizes training newly hired employees, those who have been hired by the business up to three months prior to the date that TWC receives an application.
  • The program pays up to $1,450 for each new employee being trained and $725 for existing employees per 12-month period.
  • Funding for training is for full-time employees.
  • All training must be provided by a public community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). No third-party vendor training is allowed.
  • Training must be selected from active course catalogs/schedules— credit, continuing education, online or other available unpublished courses.
  • The program also may emphasize training in occupations targeted by Workforce Development Boards.
  • Employers must pay the prevailing wages in the local labor market for the trainees funded under the grant.

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How to Apply

  • Identify new or incumbent employees to be trained.
  • Identify each employee's job/occupation title and corresponding Standard Occupational Classification Code.
  • Identify employee's wages. Wages must meet or exceed prevailing wage for the area where the business is located.
  • Identify the two-year public community or technical college nearest your location using the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s College Locator.
  • Select training course(s) from the regular credit, continuing education and/or online course catalogs. TWC maintains a list of links to College Class SchedulesPDF.
  • Determine if the occupation has been identified by your local Workforce Development Board as a targeted occupation. Skills for Small Business emphasizes training in occupations targeted by the Workforce Development Board.
  • Complete and submit the application directly to TWC, by email: SkillsForSmallBusiness@twc.state.tx.us or fax: 512-463-7187.
  • View the Skills for Small Business FAQPDF for additional information on completing and submitting applications to TWC .

For assistance, contact TWC's Workforce Business Services staff at 877-463-1777 or Skills@twc.state.tx.us.

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Governor's Small Business Forums

The Office of the Governor and TWC present a series of Governor's Small Business Forums statewide throughout the year. The forums inform the Texas entrepreneur and Texas small business community of challenges in starting, operating and growing a business while illuminating the many opportunities, tools, and resources available to the greater small business community.  At the forums, TWC provides employers not only with information about the Skills for Small Business program, but also immediate access to the program's team of experts and contact information for their local college, TWC project developers and local workforce board leaders. Interested businesses work with a TWC project development specialist to complete applications during the forum. The Governor's Small Business Forums also showcase workforce board services, such as recruiting and hiring assistance, business development strategies, business tax credit information and labor market information.

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