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Small Businesses in Texas Get Paid to Train New Workers

Smart businesses invest in training employees so they can better serve the needs of the company. For small businesses, it is an expense they can't always afford. In Texas, small businesses are getting help through a grant from The Texas Workforce Commission.

The Texas Workforce Commission

The Texas Workforce Commission is allocating $2 million for grants to support small business training through its Skills for Small Business program. Small businesses can receive up to $1,800 to train new workers and up to $900 to train existing workers. Training must be taken at a community or technical college or the Texas Engineering Extension Service.

Benefits of program

Employees can take courses in financial services, marketing, general management, human resources, logistics and project management. Midland College has partnered with Workforce Solutions to offer an Accelerated Business Certificate program for small business employees. The program will accelerate career potential for employees and provide a more skilled workforce for small business employers.

The Texas Workforce Commission began the Small Business program in 2010 and has so far awarded $5.7 million in grants for training that will meet the needs of small businesses. The Texas Workforce Commission is a governmental agency in Texas that provides unemployment benefits and services related to employment to eligible individuals and businesses in Texas.

Small business employers who are interested in the Skills for Small Business program can apply at the TWC’s website at


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