Each year, our country celebrates National Small Business Week, "which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners." President John F. Kennedy signed the first proclamation recognizing Small Business Week in 1963; every president since has followed suit.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create two out of every three new jobs each year. There are approximately 30 million small businesses in the US.
Small businesses are welcome to join the Austin Chamber and participate in our many programs and events that recognize the efforts of small businesses, including the Greater Austin Business Awards, Austin A-List Awards, and the Austin Gives program.
We're proud to call these Austin-based small businesses Chamber members.
Founded by Alta Y. Alexander, Altatudes is a high-end women's apparel shop located in historic East Austin. Altatudes received the Kendra Scott Customer Service Award at the 2018 Austin Chamber Greater Austin Business Awards for being dedicated to outstanding customer service.
Antonelli's Cheese Shop
Recognized as one of the best cheese shops in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Antonelli's was founded by husband and wife duo John and Kendall Antonelli in 2010. Located in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, Antonelli's sells cheese cut to order. Antonelli's received the 2019 Austin Gives Generous Business Awards Charitable Champions Award for its philanthropic efforts.
Austin Duck Adventures
Austin Duck Adventures' unique Hydra-Terra amphibious vehicles allow you to explore Austin via land and water. Tours begin in Downtown Austin and last 75 minutes. You'll see views of historic Sixth Street, the State Capitol, and Lake Austin. These tours are all they're quacked up to be!
Founded by two University of Texas sophomores in 1999, Tiff's Treats delivers freshly made cookies straight to your door. The cookie-delivery service has expanded to other Texas markets and other states, including Atlanta and Nashville. Tiff's Treats was named a 2017 Austin A-List Award winner.
Maggie Louise Confections
Maggie Louise Confections features handmade gourmet chocolates and candies. Founded by Harvard-trained lawyer Maggie Louise Callahan, the confection company has received national recognition for its creative sweets. Maggie Louise Confections is located in East Austin and was named a 2017 Austin A-List Award winner.
Opened by Ken Freytag when he was only 19 years old, Freytag's Florist has been open since 1974. Now run primarily by Ken's children, Chad and Casey, Freytag's continues to build relationships with its customers and sell flowers for every occasion.
Do you own a small business in Austin? We'd love for you to be involved in the Chamber! It's easy to join online.
Greater Austin Chamber
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce focuses on how the Austin region works. We serve as the voice of business for our member organizations and their employees throughout Central Texas. Our mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for members.