An ambitious, community-minded entrepreneur needs more than a business plan and some start-up scratch to become a vital part of Austin's crowded local business scene. Both of these organizations offer clubs, activities, and communications for their members to grow better-connected and to keep abreast of best practices. The Austin Independent Business Alliance, of "Keep Austin Weird" fame, recently reached an agreement with the city of Austin to continue funding its successful Independent Business Investment Zone (IBIZ) program, while the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) was honored with the coveted distinction of the Rising Star Chamber Award this past August at the 10th annual National Business & Leadership Conference in Dallas, presented by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Way to give 'em the business, AIBA and AGLCC!
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