Boys State Department of Business and Commerce



The Boys State Department Business and Commerce (BSDBC) is a part of the Executive Branch of the Boys State government. It partners with business and communities to further their economic development efforts. It is the BSDBC’s role to market Boys State to compete both nationally and internationally. This includes developing and marketing the state’s business and industrial climate, strategic location, workforce and natural and cultural resources. The department offers economic and business incentives and information to enhance a community’s ability to compete, diversify and prosper. Its Secretary is part of the governor’s cabinet. It is the sixth largest department of the seven Executive Departments under the Executive Branch of the Boys State government.


Mission Statement

“The Boys State Department of Business and Commerce mission is to develop and market Boys State business and industry and to assist communities to maximize economic development opportunities in a global environment.”


Departments / Agencies


  • Department of Small Business Assistance: the focal point for ensuring that public and private resources are delivered to support job growth and wealth creation for Texas’ small and historically underutilized businesses.
  • Business Permit Agency: Determines the legal structure of the business and properly file the business name with the state and/or county.  It also determines the potential tax responsibilities of the new business on the federal, state, and local levels, as well as, necessary licenses, permits, certifications, registrations, and/or authorizations for a specific business on the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Workforce Development Agency: uses workforce development incentive programs for eligible businesses operating in, or relocating to Boys State. These programs were created to increase the job skills of the existing workforce and to enhance employment opportunities for residents of Boys State. It provides job training assistance in the form of reimbursements, based upon allowable costs incurred, to participating businesses. Workforce Development Agency grants are competitive with a preference given to high skill, high wage jobs.
  • Department of International Business: gives Boys State companies the opportunity to promote their products and services to international buyers and partners, through trade missions, trade shows, seminars and inbound buyer missions. The DIB connects companies with trade counseling and training programs available through the International Small Business Development Centers and U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Centers. Trade Specialists and Regional Directors target the best prospects for export growth in the world, and organize events in regions that will maximize the exposure of Boys State businesses and industries.



  • Department of Corporate Expansion & Recruitment: serves businesses that want to expand existing Boys State operations as well as out-of-state businesses interested in relocating or expanding in Boys State. Corporate Expansion & Recruitment serves as a focal point for disseminating business leads to Boys State communities. The DCER responds to routine inquiries about the Texas business climate and provides information on state incentive program. It also arranges contacts with other state agencies as needed by business and communities and coordinates site visits for prospective business to Boys State communities.
  • Infrastructure Development Agency: is an economic development tool designed to provide financial resources to businesses. Funds from this program can be utilized for public infrastructure needed to assist a business, which commits to create and/or retain permanent jobs, primarily for low and moderate-income persons. This program encourages new business development and expansions.