Business Services & Start-up Guide
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is dedicated to providing the support and tools necessary for Oklahoma companies to grow and thrive in our state.
Whether big or small, or just getting started, we stand ready to assist with years of business start-up know-how, partner referrals, and Oklahoma’s outstanding incentives programs.
Contact us today to find out how we can help. Call 800-879-6552 or contact the Regional Team member who serves your area.
If you’re thinking about, or already in the process of starting a new business you probably have many questions. We’re here to help.
Business Advice & Financing
Connect with partners who assist Oklahoma’s small and medium-sized businesses to find resources for advisement, financing, and more.
Licensing & Operating Requirements
There is no general business license required to start or own a business in Oklahoma. However, many types of specific businesses and occupations require licenses, permits or other filings.
Oklahoma is widely recognized for outstanding business incentive programs and pro-business environment. Businesses can choose between a cash incentive based on employment, or tax credits based on investment.
When the time is right to consider exporting, we provide trade assistance, access to partners, and funding available for international marketing when applicable.
Start-up businesses find many advantages to starting in an incubator certified by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
Women & Minority Business Certifications
Businesses that have traditionally faced extra barriers to market participation may benefit from a certification program. The agency certifies Women-owned Businesses and provides information on minority and disadvantaged certification programs.
Our Regional Team works with businesses around the state to help them succeed. Team members are available to meet with the businesses they serve to learn about the challenges they face and provide solutions, tools and resources. Explore our interactive map to connect with your Regional Development Specialist.
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