Potential Competitive Information Sources

Gathering information about your competition is important whether you’re planning a business, just starting out or have been operating for years.  In particular, one can often gain useful information from numerous government agencies.  If your occupation or profession requires licensing, certification, registration or permitting, consider contacting that specific regulatory body for information on your competitors.     

Within Texas, numerous occupations and businesses require some type of license, permit, registration or certificate.  Below is a preliminary list of Texas licensing and regulatory agencies at the state level.  This list is not inclusive of all occupations and professions, but will hopefully offer ideas.  As is always the case, it is best to consult with your attorney about the necessary license(s) required for your specific industry or profession prior to opening your business.   

This list was assembled in August 2007.  Due to our ever-evolving world, changes may occur regarding contact information, regulations, agency names, etc.  Thus plan to do your homework!   

If the following list is not helpful, visit www.texasonline.state.tx.us and click on “Online Services” to find a listing of links relating to acquiring licenses, permits and registration in Texas.  Also take the time to contact city and county officials as these agencies may have relevant information about your competitors. 

For additional information about the benefits and process of researching your competition, please contact us at kgbmarketing@hotmail.com 

Executive Council of Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Examiners

Public Utility Commission of Texas

Texas Appraisers Licensing & Certification Board

Texas Board of Architectural Examiners

  • Architects, interior designers, and landscape architects
  • www.tbae.state.tx.us                

Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Texas Board of Law Examiners

Texas Board of Nurse Examiners

Texas Board of Professional Engineers

Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists

Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying

Texas Board of Tax Professional Examiners

  • Appraisers, assessors/collectors, and collection
  • www.txbtpe.state.tx.us              

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  • Covers variety of occupations such as irrigators, installers, etc. and industries such as air quality, dry cleaners, water treatment, etc.
  • www.tceq.state.tx.us

Texas Department of Agriculture

  • Wide range of agricultural and animal licensing and permitting such as pest control, nurseries, floral, seed growers, etc.
  • www.agr.state.tx.us                  

Texas Department of Family & Protective Services

  •  Child care licensing, etc.
  •  www.dfps.state.tx.us                

Texas Department of Insurance

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation

  • State’s umbrella occupational regulatory agency including air conditioning & refrigeration contractors, electricians, barbers, cosmetologists, etc.
  • Covers 22 occupations & industries
  • www.license.state.tx.us            

Texas Department of Public Safety

  • Private investigators, couriers, security consultants, etc.
  • www.txdps.state.tx.us              

Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending

Texas Department of State Health Services

  • Extensive site with 22 regulatory programs such as athletic trainers, social workers, etc.
  • www.dshs.state.tx.us               

Texas Department of Transportation

  • Registration for commercial motor vehicles such as tow trucks, hazardous material, household goods, motor carriers, etc.
  • www.dot.state.tx.us

Texas Funeral Service Commission

Texas Medical Board

  • Physicians, acupuncturists, etc.
  • www.tmb.state.tx.us                

Texas Optometry Board

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Racing Commission

  • Over 50 categories of occupations/licenses including trainers, jockeys, mutuel teller, etc.
  • www.txrc.state.tx.us

Texas Real Estate Commission

  • Agents, brokers, inspectors, etc.
  • www.trec.state.tx.us                

Texas Residential Construction Commission

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Texas State Board of Pharmacy

Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners

Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners

Texas State Board of Public Accountancy

Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners