About Us

Our Mission

Austin Advocates for Small Business makes it possible for the small business community in Austin to succeed.

Our vision is to simplify the complexities of running a business by creating a community of successful small business leaders that empower, educate and guide other small businesses.

MEET OUR TEAM

Rebecca McDowell

Founder & CEO

Katy Mabee

Vice President

Cara Caulkins

Director of Public Relations

Christopher Titcombe

Director of Finance

Bio

Christopher Titcombe is the founder of The Wealth Architect Inc., works with individuals as a money coach and wealth strategist and for select businesses and non-profits as a fractional CFO. 

Before retiring at the age of 29, he worked in London as an investment banker with global financial titans GE Capital and Barclays Capital and The Transportation Group (a tax-arbitrage boutique) where he creatively financed corporations in the world’s three most capital intensive industries: semiconductor manufacturing, mining, and commercial aviation. 

A firm believer that contribution is a prerequisite for amassing great wealth, he has held leadership roles with the DOE Fund and Echoing Green. Christopher has also served as chairman of the board for Dress for Success (London) and Sidra Bell Dance New York. 

He competes in endurance events globally while fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and is training to be a Krav Maga self defense instructor for women.

Steve Houck

Director of Growth and Development

Bio

Steve Houck is an entrepreneur and cofounder of BeKyoot in Texas. He started his first business (auto detailing) at age 16, and was hooked on entrepreneurship immediately. In Dallas he founded Enviromaintenance, a green chemical and services company, which grew to 123 employees before he sold it and relocated to Houston. Having lived in Austin while attending UT, Steve has a strong love of the city, and an intrinsic desire to assist small businesses as they grow.

“I am very excited to be a part of Austin Advocates for Small Business as I am very passionate about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. Austin is a second home to me and I want to help the Austin small business community grow.” – Steve Houck

Gauri Garg

Operations Chair

Bio

“I am currently a UX researcher by profession, so I am naturally passionate about learning about people’s experiences in order to understand unmet needs, and assisting in designing a system to meet those needs. While I’ve worked as a consultant for large organizations, I’ve recently wanted to shift my focus and seek areas to impact smaller businesses and for that reason, I have partnered up with AASB. By joining this young and growing team, I also hope to grow my business knowledge and skills with the talented team members I’ll be working with!”

Sonia Raudales

Management Intern

Bio

“I’m very excited for my start with AASB! I look forward to helping small businesses all across Austin. Small businesses are the backbone of our community and a big part of what makes Austin so unique. It is an honor to ensure that these businesses are preserved and helped in every way possible.”