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Doing Business in Oklahoma

In the heartland of the United States lies the Land of Opportunity.

From aerospace to agribusiness and financial services to startups, we help businesses grow. Operating a business can be challenging, but Oklahoma has removed the barriers and streamlined the process to make it easier for companies to develop and grow. With living costs as much as 40% lower than the national average and world-class workforce development programs, we’re making it easier to plug into the Oklahoma business ecosystem to gain access to the people, programs, and tools that will support real-time business decisions.

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Three reasons there's no better state to do business.

Pro-Business Policies

Large cash incentives and tax credit packages further reduce tax burden and give companies a competitive advantage.

Central Location

Oklahoma’s robust transportation infrastructure provides easy access to goods and services around the world.

Smart Site Selection

Thousands of sites, buildings, and incentives are available to explore through our interactive maps.

Business Relocation + Expansion
The ideal business location

You won’t find a state in the United States that beats Oklahoma’s renowned business environment. Large-scale incentives, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and energy costs more than 20% lower than the national average make Oklahoma an opportunity you don’t want to pass up.

Key Industry Sectors

Oklahoma’s major industry sectors are the backbone of our economy. ​

Explore what makes these industries thrive in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is globally recognized for its outstanding incentive programs and pro-business environment.

Ranked as having the #2 lowest business tax burden of all U.S. states, Oklahoma is the perfect place to invest if you’re looking to reduce operating costs.

Our Support Team

Our team of dedicated staff is eager to assist you with any of your business service needs.


Finding a solid workforce shouldn’t be hard work.

Here in Oklahoma, not only do we have a talented workforce but we can help you access it. With custom job training and a specialized acquisition team, let us put in the work behind your workforce. 


Buildings + Sites

Our services streamline your project from the beginning. We start with confidential site and community visits based on your exact requirements and continue through to your opening with permitting, environmental, and local government coordination assistance.

Business Costs

Oklahoma’s expertly tailored policies, programs and incentives positively affect your business’s bottom line. It’s no wonder that our cost of doing business consistently ranks as one of the lowest in the U.S.


Infrastructure + Transportation

When it comes to doing business, location is about more than where a building sits. It’s about being situated in a state where you’ll not only find business friendly policies, but where you can have prime access to suppliers and customers.

FDI + International Location

Discover how your business can benefit from Oklahoma and its position to serve not just U.S. but North American and world markets.


Oklahoma Culture​

Oklahoma is a young state, and we’ve earned a reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial place. We’ve seen significant growth and change since the ’90s: adding attractions and outdoor activities, reinvigorating cities and neighborhoods, even bringing in our first major professional sports team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Business Services
Advance your business operations

We’re committed to helping our local businesses succeed and grow in every capacity. Work with us to take your company to the next level.

Supporting Oklahoma Companies

Services and programs to promote retention and expansion of existing companies in Oklahoma.

As the central economic development agency for the state of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce works to create an environment that promotes an increase in jobs, investment and economic prosperity in the state. The Oklahoma Team is ready to help existing businesses of all sizes in the state as they look to increase growth opportunities and diversification.
Trade +
Export Services

Expand your global market access.

Opening your business to exporting provides the opportunity for expansion and growth, and unlocks an entirely new market. Gain newfound access to consumers around the world.

How can we help?

We’re dedicated to providing the support and tools necessary for Oklahoma companies to grow and thrive in our state.

Workforce Development

Having a talented, easily accessible workforce is a key component to the success of any business. Take advantage of the state’s workforce training programs and hiring support to form your team.


Women-owned Business Certifications

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce certifies woman-owned businesses in Oklahoma. The program may benefit businesses that have traditionally faced extra barriers to market entry or participation. 

Minority-owned Business Information

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce serves as an initial point of contact for aspiring and established business owners, including minority entrepreneurs.

Startups + Entrepreneurs
New to business? We can help!

Maneuvering through the startup process can be intimidating. That’s why we have gathered together resources from across the state to help guide your business idea from inception to implementation.


How to Start a Business

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 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.


Business Incubators

Startups gain many advantages when locating in a Small Business Incubator certified by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

Entrepreneurship Resources

Entrepreneurship is all about connecting with investors to get the funding necessary to move ideas forward.


Invest in Oklahoma Program

The Invest in Oklahoma program is set up to allow a venture capital fund, growth fund or private equity fund to invest in Oklahoma businesses.

Data + Reports
Providing you with up-to-date and relevant data and analyses

We have a comprehensive set of data and reports, showcasing the economic environment of the state to help construct informed decisions.

Published Reports

Get informed about opportunity.

Our reports are a compilation of relevant, up-to-date information on key aspects of the Oklahoma business climate.

Picture Oklahoma.

Use our maps to visualize the state of Oklahoma. View the locations of available sites and buildings and special incentive zones.

Buildings + Sites Search

Oklahoma is full of sites of all shapes and sizes, ready to help cultivate and grow businesses.

Workforce Profiles

Economic System (ecosystems) reports present in-depth information about geographic areas that have similar economic strengths.


Custom Research

If you need highly customized or specific reports generated, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce offers personalized research assistance.

Census 2020

A partner of the U.S. Census Bureau, the State Data Center ensures Oklahoma’s citizens, communities, and businesses have access to critical Census data.

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