University of Houston-Victoria

Small Business



Agency to contactDescription of services
Better Business Bureau

1800 N. E. Loop 410 Suite 400
San Antonio, Texas 

(210) 828-9441 (9:00 am-4:00 pm)
Fax:  (210) 828-3101
Maintains records of businesses that have had complaints by customers.
Copyright Protection

(800) 252-9690
Copyright protects any artistic or literary work and covers right of reproduction. Attorney conducts search and registers copyright with the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.
Corporation Filing/Organization

(800) 252-9690
Attorney prepares necessary documents and files with the Secretary of State's office to incorporate businesses.
Credit Reports

Equifax:  (800) 685-1111
Experian:  (888) 397-3742
TransUnion:  (800) 888-4213

To find out who has been checking you out, request a copy of your credit report from any of these credit bureaus. There may be a charge unless you have recently been denied credit.
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, Texas 

Forms:  (800) 829-3676
Questions:  (800) 829-1040
Fax:  (512) 460-8000
EIN Information:  (866) 816-2065
Provides withholding and Social Security requirements. Information concerning income taxes for business owners, payroll taxes, business organization, and tax information for small businesses. All publication and forms downloadable from this site.
Social Security Administration

District Office, Victoria
8208 NE Zac Lentz Pkwy
Victoria, Texas  77904

(361) 578-8254
(800) 772-1213
Provides information about social security. Employer can direct specific questions concerning social security withholding, etc. to this office.
Southern Rural Development Center

P. O. Box 9656
Mississippi State, Mississippi  39762

(601) 325-3207
Fax:  (601) 325-8915
Involved in sustainable growth and community development issues.
Trademark Registration

Lawyers Referral Service

(800) 252-9690
For word, phrase, or picture used for a business. Attorney conducts search and registers trademark with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
U. S. Customs Service

9800 Airport Boulevard Rm 1103
San Antonio, Texas  78216

(210) 449-9402
Fax:  (210) 472-5062
Provides import information and requirements.
U. S. Department of Commerce

15355 Vantage Pkwy West
Suite 250
Houston, Texas  77032

(281) 449-9402
Fax:  (281) 449-9437
Jurisdiction includes patent and trademark office and International Trade Administration. Responsible for export promotion and export control.
U. S. Department of Labor

ESA - Wage and Hour Division
Northchase 1 Office Building
10127 Morocco, Suite 140
San Antonio, Texas  78216

(866) 487-9243
Fax:  (361) 888-3523
Involved in minimum wage requirements, child labor laws, and overtime wage requirements.
U. S. Department of Labor Occupational; Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Wilson Plaza, Suite 700
606 N. Carancahua
Corpus Christi, Texas  78746

(361) 888-3240
(361) 888-3424
Inspection of premises to conform with OSHA.
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 6

1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, Texas  75202

(214) 665-6444
(800) 887-6063
Regulates business concerning environmental regulations pertaining to water, air, soil, etc.
U. S. Patent and Trademark Office

General Trademark for Patent Information

(800) 786-9199
Fax:  (571) 273-8300
File a trademark or name, register a business.
United States Small Business Administration

17319 San Pedro Avenue
Building 2, Suite 200
San Antonio, Texas  78232

(210) 403-5900
Fax:  (210) 403-5936
Provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses, in part through the Small Business Development Center Program.