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In Abilene, your dream can become a reality. As our City continues to grow, we’re ripe with opportunity for entrepreneurs to succeed. We’re here to help create the perfect environment for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and established businesses to prosper in our creative spaces starting with our resource guide. View Abilene’s Business Guide and learn how to get started in turning your dreams into a reality!

Abilene’s Business Guide |Governors Small Business Handbook| Texas Licenses Permits | Governor’s Small Business Resource Portal

One Million Cups



1 Million Cups is an arm of the Kauffman Foundation designed to promote entrepreneurship and regional development.  The Abilene chapter of 1 Million Cups is a unique partnership between the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and McMurry University.  The goal is to provide a bridge between theory and practice for the benefit of local and international entrepreneurs. Our guests at 1 Million cups have included entrepreneurs from Abilene and from as far away as Europe, and hail from industries such as food services, insurance, banking, real estate, and furniture making.  Guests benefit from insight from multiple local stakeholders, including funders, members of the chamber of commerce, local entrepreneurs, and McMurry faculty. Guests should prepare a 15 minute presentation describing their business, and concluding with something they need help with from the audience.  Needs can be anything – the guests might need help with funding, networking, marketing, acquiring customers, or general advice. The event is always held the last Wednesday of the month at 9 am.  Events are held virtually until the pandemic subsides. If you would like to more, sign up and follow the 1 Million Cups Abilene Platform at: Abilene, TX Event for Entrepreneurs | 1MillionCups.com


BE in Abilene – Building Entrepreneurs

  An innovative economic development initiative to help fund local entrepreneurs. BE in Abilene will incentivize young, entrepreneurial companies who will be based in Abilene and have the potential to positively impact the local economy. Learn more.



The Abilene Industrial Foundation partners with many organizations to help provide you with the opportunities to succeed. Find below calendars with training opportunities, networking, marketing and more. Abilene Chamber of Commerce America’s SBDC at Texas Tech Procurement Technical Assistance Center


Your dedicated team member can help: – Facilitate and foster key introductions – Provide Specific Resources to fit your needs – Financing Assistance

The Abilene Industrial Foundation, an affiliate of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce has played an active role in the economic development effort on behalf of Abilene.  Partnering with the Development Corporation of Abilene, to form the Develop Abilene Team, the AIF focuses on business retention, business expansion, workforce development, retail development and talent development.  The…

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