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Local Programs for Entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic partners with local organizations who strive to offer aspiring entrepreneurs knowledge, advice, and counseling on how to start a business. For more information, visit the following links or go to Our Partners page.

For-Profit Businesses

Starting a business requires any aspiring entrepreneur to choose an entity type that best fits their business plan. Entrepreneurs should also be familiar with the tax implications of various entity types in order to make a more informed decision. For more information for-profit businesses, visit the following links.

Nonprofit Organizations

The decision to form a nonprofit organization requires a founder to be familiar with the entity types best suited for nonprofit status and the consequent tax considerations to forming a nonprofit entity. For more information on nonprofit organizations, visit the following links.

Intellectual Property

Small business owners should be aware of copyright, trademark, and patent issues that may arise when forming or operating a business. The ECDC does not assist with these issues. However, various organizations and resources are available to provide legal representation to small business owners on these issues. For more information on these organizations and resources, visit the following links.

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Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic Resources

The educational materials below were created by student attorneys in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this webpage, and any linked materials, should not be considered legal advice, and are provided for educational purposes only. They are not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. Viewing this website does not create an attorney-client relationship. You are not a client of the clinic unless the clinic has agreed in writing in writing to represent you. You should seek appropriate counsel for your own situation.


This informational guide aims to educate officers and directors of Texas tax-exempt entities about some specific requirements that tax-exempt entities must follow in order to stay in good standing with the state and federal government once their organization is up and running.


This video provides basic information on the duties of corporate directors in Texas, such as the duty of care, the duty of loyalty, and the duty of obedience.