BUSINESS RESOURCES

There are plenty of ways to empower, educate and expand your business from your desk chair. Explore some of the best online resources for small businesses in the Tulsa area and beyond.

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

  1. Ready.gov
    • Businesses can face a variety of hazards including natural, health, human-caused and technology-related hazards. The Ready Business program helps business leaders make a preparedness plan to get ready for these hazards. 
  2. Open for Business EZ - Business Continuity Planning
    • Business continuity planning is vital to business survival and should not be put off indefinitely as you focus on today's challenges. IBHS offers a variety of resources to assist with this vital planning process. 
  3. Tulsa Crime Stoppers
    • Tulsa Crime Stoppers is a program of the Crime Prevention Network Inc, and the Crime Prevention Network is Tulsa’s only nonprofit solely dedicated to public safety. Its mission is to provide valuable crime prevention education and safety awareness services to residents and public safety providers in the greater Tulsa area.
  4. Federal Trade Commission
    • The FTC helps businesses avoid scams, protect computers and networks, keep customers' data safe — and protect your bottom line. 

Funding - Grants

Local resources providing access to capital

  1. REI

    • With offices throughout Oklahoma, REI works closely with lenders statewide to help businesses thrive by zeroing in on relationship building and person-to-person outreach, helping entrepreneurs navigate through business resources and REI Business Lending programs.

  2. Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation

    • The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Oklahomans through entrepreneurialism, education and community enrichment. To fulfill this mission, the Foundation acts as a grantmaker, innovator, and convener.

  3. TEDC

    • TEDC makes direct loans and participates with other financial institutions on small business projects that fall short of conventional lending standards.

  4. US SBA

    • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

  5. I2E

    • i2E was created in response to an Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) initiative and has become a nationally recognized private not-for-profit corporation.

  6. USDA Loans

    • Providing loans for rural businesses.

  7. OCAST

    • Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

  8. Small Business Capital Corporation

    • The Small Business Capital Corporation (SBCC) is a private, not-for-profit corporation operating as a qualified and accredited lender in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Loan Program.

  9. Kiva
    • Kiva is an international nonprofit, working to crowd fund interest-free microloans to small businesses. Contact Casey Allen for more information: casey.allen@local.kiva.org

Government info

Interact and navigate your government

  1. City of Tulsa
  2. Wes Watkins Center for Int’l Trade & Development
    • Provides Oklahoma businesses with Certified Global Business Professionals for hands-on assistance in any and all efforts to expand product and service markets internationally.
  3. U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • The US Chamber’s three million members count on them to be their voice in Washington DC.

Incubators Coworking Space

Places to work and start up support

  1. The Forge
    • The mission of The Forge is to accelerate the development and success of start-ups and existing businesses in Tulsa by offering a place where raw ideas and passionate people are shaped into entrepreneurial success stories.
  2. Kitchen66
    • Kitchen 66 helps kickstart Tulsa food businesses by providing commercial kitchen space, food business training and sales opportunities.
  3. FabLab
    • Fab Lab Tulsa provides community access to advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools for learning skills, developing inventions, creating businesses and producing personalized products.
  4. 36 Degrees North
    • 36 Degrees North is the central gathering point for Tulsa’s entrepreneurs, community resources and startup programs.

Labor Market Info

Research, review and analyze workforce information

  1. Comprehensive Tulsa Regional Workforce Assessment
    • Released in 2017, this workforce study encompasses 11 counties and directly addresses many workforce needs for our region. 
  2. Grow Metro Tulsa
    • The Tulsa region's leading resource for economic data, site selection information, industry-specific data and labor market info. 
  3. Oklahoma Department of Commerce
    • The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is the primary economic development entity in the state. This link will take you to specific workforce data, but check out the rest of the site for more information. 
  4. Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
    • Links employers and job seekers to employment training, unemployment benefits, labor market data and more.
  5. Your Economy 
    • The tool to search economic information for any county in the U.S. 
  6. Tulsa City-County Research Wizard
    • A unique service of the Library system that has been in operation for over 30 years. It offers you and your company information that is customized to meet your business needs and maximize your time and profits.  
  7. Bureau of Labor and Statistics
    • Principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy

    • Workforce Investment Act: A Federally-funded program for workforce services and programs. The Tulsa Area Workforce Investment Board, or Workforce Tulsa, includes four counties: Tulsa, Pawnee, Osage and Creek. Find the Tulsa WIA Area Economic Report for March 2012 here or the labor market statistics for WIA areas in Oklahoma here.

  8. CareerOneStop
    • Provides human resources, business development and data for analyzing the labor market. 
  9. Salary.com 
    • Online resource to identify information related to salary, education and general workforce resource. 
  10. PayScale
    • PayScale links individuals and businesses to the largest salary profile database in the world. 

Resources for Employees

Additional help for employee training, support and inspiration

  1. TAUW
    • The Tulsa Area United Way works to advance the common good by focusing on the three building blocks of a better quality of life - education, health/safety and financial stability.
  2. CCEW
    • CCEW is an economic development organization that specializes in high-impact projects centered on technology commercialization, social entrepreneurship & innovation, software & web development, agile product design, and entrepreneurial support.
  3. TYPros
    • TYPros (Tulsa Young Professionals) provides its members with opportunities to build relationships with local community, business and government leaders and gives a voice to Tulsa-area young professionals 21-40 from all professions.
  4. Rotary
    • The Rotary Club of Tulsa, is our community’s largest service club and one of the 20 largest out of more than 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the world.
  5. WELD
    • WELD develops and advances women’s leadership to strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves.
  6. The Mine
    • The Mine is a catalyst for social innovation, and equips Tulsa’s entrepreneurs, creatives, non-profits, and developers to create a better world. It is part prestigious fellowship, part curated programming and all impact.
  7. Leadership Tulsa
    • All leaders get there — to the place where they realize that life is bigger than any one of us and that to grow in their career, and as a person, they need to be connected to their community. Leadership Tulsa is the avenue to get you there.

Startup Support

Resources for startups

  1. SCORE
    • For the life of your business, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is there to support and offer assistance where needed in any stage of business. From their nationally known mentorship program to their regular educational opportunities, SCORE advocates for small businesses everyday.
    • All services are free of charge, thanks to funding through the SBA (Small Business Administration)  
  2. Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC)
    •  Providing business advisors that assist business owners and entrepreneurs in many areas relevant to starting and expanding their businesses including financial analysis, capital sources, industry research, international trade, market research, digital marketing and social media, management support, emergency preparedness, business survival planning, economic impact analysis, economic gardening, and geographic information systems.
  3. One Million Cups
    • A monthly event for entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Tulsa. The coffee is encouraged.
  4. REI
    • With offices throughout Oklahoma, REI works closely with lenders statewide to help businesses thrive by zeroing in on relationship-building and person-to-person outreach, helping entrepreneurs navigate through business resources and REI Business Lending  programs.
  5. Global Entrepreneurship Week
    • A celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
    • Many organizations participate in this week's activities.

Tulsa Regional Chamber Resources & Programs

Additional benefits & resources of the Tulsa Chamber

  1. ChamberCare Plus 
    • The Tulsa Regional Chamber, CommunityCare, Delta Central and MetLife have taken the significant changes facing small businesses as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and structured a program that creates a solution to ACA's challenges and also provides a portfolio of employee benefits and services previously only available to large employers. 
  2. Office Depot Member Discount
    • Members of the Tulsa Chamber are eligible for an exclusive discount program from Office Depot, allowing small businesses to save money on items they use every day. 
  3. Mosaic
    • Mosaic leads and influences businesses on creating diverse and inclusive workforce cultures to enhance their competitive advantage.  
  4. Partners in Education
    • Working to close the achievement gap for low-income students, helping to reduce drop-out rates and assisting educators in improving reading proficiency, community partners help assure that students are prepared for post-secondary education or entrance into the workplace.
  5. Manufacturers' Council 
    • Launched in 2014, the Manufacturers' Council serves as a forum for one of the area's largest industries. The council hosts bi-monthly meetings/networking opportunities and a venue in which member manufacturers can gather to discuss key issues impacting their business and others in the industry. Two key areas of focus for the council include providing information and support concerning quality improvement and workforce development, attraction and retention. 
  6. Tulsa Chamber Hospitality Club
    • If you enjoy building relationships, consider assisting at Small Business Connection events and member special events such as grand openings, ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings. This a great opportunity to meet new members and welcome them to the Chamber. Volunteers are recognized based on attendance. Capacity is limited, but new volunteers are added at designated times throughout the year.

Workforce

Resources

  1. ChooseTulsa
    • Tulsa's robust job market has made national headlines even in times of national downturn. The Tulsa region's leading comprehensive job aggregator puts Tulsa-area jobs at your fingertips.
  2. Finish for greater Tulsa
    • The Talent Dividend initiative is a goal to increase the number of certifications and degrees completed by one percentage point over the next five years.
  3. Tulsa World Jobs
    • Search the largest database of job listing in Tulsa.
  4. Workforce Tulsa
    • Workforce Tulsa fuels economic development by connecting businesses in our region with job-ready talent through public/private partnerships.
  5. OK Job Match
    • OKJobMatch is a web-based job-matching and labor market information system. OKJobMatch provides job seekers, employers, and training providers with easy-to-use tools that support a wide range of activities.
  6. Goodwill Services
    • TulsaWORKS Career Academy promotes self-sufficiency among individuals and families that are living in poverty, through collaborations with area businesses, volunteer mentors and other community partners.
  7. HireVeterans
    • Jobs for America’s best since 2003.
  8. OK 2 Grow
    • OK2Grow has a mission of creating collaboration between the education system and business through scholarship initiatives, high school completion and Dream It Do It Oklahoma.

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