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Skills for Small Business Program

The Skills for Small Business Program is designed for small businesses, which can apply to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) for training offered by their local community or technical college, or by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). TWC processes the applications and works with the community college to fund the specific courses selected by businesses for their employees.

This exceptional opportunity is in conjunction with the Governor's Small Business Forums and supports businesses with fewer than 100 employees, emphasizing training for new workers. It has the additional ability to upgrade the skills of incumbent workers.

Summary of the Skills for Small Business Program
  • It emphasizes training newly hired employees (e.g., those who have been hired by the business up to three (3) months prior to the date that TWC receives an application).
  • It pays up to $1,450 for each new employee and $725 for existing employees per 12-month period.
  • Funding for training is for full-time employees only.
  • All training must be provided by a public community (i.e., Navarro College) 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must be selected from active course catalogs/schedules - credit, continuing education, on-line or other available unpublished courses.
  • May also emphasize training in occupations targeted by Local Workforce Development Boards.
  • Employers must pay the prevailing wages in the local labor market for the employees funded under the grant.
  • On-line courses qualify for the program.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Skills for Small Business Program

      How to Apply for the Skills for Small Business Program

      For assistance, contact TWC Workforce Business Services staff at (877) 463-1777 or e-mail .