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Oklahoma County

The Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce is collective group of progressive minded businesses, organizations, and citizens who invest their time, energy, and financial resources for the benefit of unified community development. Our goal is to market the greater Oklahoma City metro and attract new growth, while providing sound advocacy for minority businesses and individuals. Though we have a strong focus on improving the wealth and development of Northeast, Oklahoma City, we are not bound by geographical locations and are proud to service all of the metro and even several communities outside of Oklahoma County lines. We currently have partners stretching from Spencer, Norman, Yukon, and Stillwater. 

We are partnership driven, dedicated to the needs community, and ground zero for improving the perception and opportunities for the black community in Oklahoma City. We assist existing and expanding businesses, help guide aspiring entrepreneurs, and work to build economic development for new employment and investment growth. We accomplish this by continuing to build on a foundation of community involvement and business relations. Oklahoma City Black Chamber’s ultimate goal is to have true partners who share our passion for improving the structure of the community. Providing opportunities to network and invest in knowledge continues to be a staple of the benefits we provide. This includes training in the areas of small business and entrepreneurship, financial literacy, community engagement, and legislative advocacy.

Phone: (405) 595-4874
Email: admin@okcblackchamber.com
Website

Tulsa County

The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce is comprised of three entities. 

Greenwood Chamber of Commerce

A 1938 quote on the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce from early Board chair, E.W. Clarke, had this to say: “If the Chamber means anything at all, it must stand out as a clearing house for civic betterment. On  June 1, 1938, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce began providing a new playing field for enhancing business and economics in North Tulsa. 

Greenwood Centre LTD

Post Civil Rights triumphs, in the 1970s, under the leadership of American State Bank founder/owner Leroy Thomas, Dr. Milton Goodwin and others, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce began an effort to preserve tangible assets…the historic buildings, land and businesses in the Greenwood district. By 1983, the Greenwood Centre, LTD , a limited for-profit enterprise was established. Today, GCL leases and manages over 60,000 square feet of prime office and retail space in Tulsa’s IDL.
 
Greenwood Community Development Corporation 
 
Dated back to 2004, the ninth revision to the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce’s original Constitution and Bylaws followed with the formation of the Greenwood Community Development Corporation which put brick and mortar to much of the 1938 mission: “In order to form a community of interests wherein the masses may benefit, and desiring to stimulate greater activity and growth in business enterprise operated by citizens in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area.,,,”  The Chamber’s GCDC is most noted for its Greenwood Business Resource Centre which, over the years, which assists African American entrepreneurs from start-up to storefront, and promoting workforce development for Tulsa.
 
  • History on the Tulsa Race Massacre
  • Restore Black Wall Street Campaign 2021
  • Membership 
131 N. Greenwood Avenue, Third Floor
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120
Phone: (918) 585-2084
Email: theoriginalblackwallstreet@gmail.com

State

From aerospace to agribusiness and financial services to startups, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce helps 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, they’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.

  • Incentives Programs that promote job growth and help improve your company’s bottom line by injecting cash back into your business as you expand and create new jobs in Oklahoma.
  • Regional Development Specialists (RDS) Available to meet with individuals and business owners in their region to understand their needs and connect you with services, tools, solutions, and programs to help your company thrive.
  • Customized Employee Training Training for Industry Program helps create the workforce you need to be successful. Services include job analysis, training needs assessment, pre-employment training, pre-production training, post-production training, and more at little or no cost to you.
  • Oklahoma Now A monthly newsletter for business leaders and site selection and commercial real estate professionals).
  • Women-owned Business Certifications The Oklahoma Department of Commerce certifies woman-owned businesses in Oklahoma. Some companies and state agencies use certifications to ensure diversity in their selection of contractors, vendors, and suppliers.
  • Minority-owned Business Information The Oklahoma Department of Commerce serves as the initial point of contact for aspiring and established minority entrepreneurs. The agency provides information on starting a business, organizations that assist small businesses, and other common questions.
  • Business Incubators The Oklahoma Department of Commerce certifies Incubators. The Oklahoma Small Business Incubators Incentives Act enables the tenants of a certified incubator facility to be exempt from state tax liability on income earned as a result of occupancy for up to 10 years. When they qualify, the exemption remains in effect after the tenant is no longer an incubator occupant.
  • Reports Annual report on Fortune 500 companies located and headquartered in Oklahoma. Detailed information on Oklahoma’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) and comparisons with the region and nation. Detailed information on Oklahoma’s top exports and trade partners and sources of foreign direct investment. Comprehensive list of Oklahoma’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts. Economic impact study, Military Impact Study, of Oklahoma’s five military installations.
  • Census Demographics
  • Maps + Geographic Data Locate incentives area boundaries, find available buildings and sites and research community development project funding across the state.

900 N. Stiles Avenue,
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 815-6552
Website

The Business Filing Department processes corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, certificate of partnership fictitious name for general partnership, trade name, and trademark registration filings. Such filings include new registrations, amendments, mergers, dissolutions and withdrawals for both domestic and foreign entities.

Having employees comes with certain responsibilities with both the State and Federal government. Following the rules protects you, your business, and your employees. You may want to consult with your attorney or tax advisor about these and other responsibilities that may apply to you.

Out-of-state Registration Requirements

Before operating in Oklahoma, businesses that are organized (domiciled) in other states under formal legal structures (corporations, LLCs, and others) are normally required to register as a “foreign entity” with Oklahoma’s Secretary of State.

 

  • Business Entity Search
  • Name Availability Search
  • Notary
  • Trademark
  • Annual Certificates
  • Business Entity Registration
  • Online Filing
 
Colcord Center 
421 NW 13th Street, Suite 210/220
Oklahoma City, OK 73103 
Phone: (405) 522-2520
Fax: (405) 521-3771 
8:00am – 5:00pm CST 

Oklahoma Works’ vision is to align resources, education, training and job opportunities to build Oklahoma’s workforce. Oklahoma Works’ strategic priorities are coordinated by the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development.

The Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development (OOWD) houses Oklahoma Works, the State’s workforce development initiative, and administers the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I-financially assisted programs/activities under the U.S. Department of Labor. OOWD/Oklahoma Works is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

 

  • Incentives
  • Incumbent Worker Training
  • Work-Based Learning Program (Internships and Apprenticeships)
  • OK Job Match
  • Annual Reports
  • Labor Market Briefings
  • Statewide Reports
  • Quarterly Workforce Observations
900 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City73107
8:00am – 5:00pm CST
 

Retail

State laws require that retail businesses in Oklahoma must charge and collect taxes on their sales to state customers and remit these taxes to the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC). A retail business may sell items that require only a general sales tax permit from OTC. Or it may sell other items, such as cigarettes, beer and motor fuels that will require special sales tax permits and additional requirements from the agency.

Owners of businesses located in Oklahoma that make online retail sales to customers in the state are also required to obtain a sales tax permit and set up an account to collect and remit sales taxes.

For retailers to sell meat, eggs or dairy products, additional permits or licenses are required from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODA).

A wholesaler in Oklahoma is generally defined as an owner or business that buys and receives merchandise or inventory at a business location in the state which is then sold and directly delivered from purchase orders to retail businesses in the state that then resell the items to the final state customers and consumers.

Photography Services

A photography business is not required to have a state license to provide photographer services. However, to sell prints, photos or other alternate items the owner or business will be required to obtain a sales tax permit and establish an account through the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) to collect and remit the tax.

Wholesale

In Oklahoma, general wholesalers are also issued a general sales tax permit by the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC).

Building and General Construction Contractors

In Oklahoma, general contractors are not required to have state licenses to perform their construction services. This includes commercial or residential buildings, roads, bridges and highways, installation of residential and municipal utilities, industrial and oil field installations and other various projects. Likewise, state licenses are not required of subcontractors who perform general construction services on projects for general contractors. Such services, normally, include areas such as: site clearing and leveling, concrete stemming, framing, carpentry, drywall, painting, guttering, sodding, fencing, etc. Also, state licenses are not required for small general contractors or subcontractors who do commercial or residential renovation, remodeling and repair construction projects.

Out-of-state Contractors

An out-of-state contractor who obtains a construction contract in Oklahoma is required to complete a special “Non-Resident Contractor” registration with the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) prior to starting a project. For contracts in excess of $100,000, a bond for 10% of the amount is required to be posted (or the deposit of a cash equivalent amount). Information regarding the special registration and possible bonding is provided in OTC’s informational document, “Packet N.” The packet can be obtained off OTC’s website.

Fitness & Health, Personal Trainer and Massage Businesses

In Oklahoma, state licenses are not required of owners or businesses that provide fitness & health, or personal training services. However, if the businesses sell retail support items (i.e., workout accessories, health food supplements, etc.), a general sales tax permit and account through the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) will be required. Also, as advised previously, to construct or install a bathing facility (hot tub, swirl bath, etc.), the plans for these types of businesses will have to be approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Health(OSDH).

Massage Therapists are required to have a license through the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology.  

Income Tax and Payroll Benefit Withholdings

Businesses with employees must set up an account with the Oklahoma Tax Commission for withholding and remitting state income taxes from the wages and salaries paid to employees.

For retailers to sell meat, eggs or dairy products, additional permits or licenses are required from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODA).

Auctioneers

An auctioneer is not required to have a state license to provide auctioning services to sell general, personal and tangible property items for an owner.

However, to sell agriculture livestock at an auction, the owner of the auction is required to obtain a license from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODA).

Also, to sell real estate by auction, a licensed real estate broker will be required.

Restaurants and Bars

To sell prepared foods and non-alcohol beverages, a restaurant in Oklahoma is required to obtain a food establishment license, plus food handlers’ permits (for certain employees) from its assigned county health department office. The assigned county health department offices in the state can be obtained from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

Selling Beer, Wine or Mixed Drinks

To sell beer, wine or mixed alcoholic drinks to customers, the restaurant owner will need to obtain applicable liquor licenses from the Alcohol Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (ABLE). The ABLE application checklist and process also requires that the restaurant owner should first obtain a license from its applicable city or county government, as well as a general sales tax permit from OTC, plus OTC’s special permit/license for such sales.

Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Facilities Contractors

To build swimming pools and other bathing facilities (examples: hot tubs, whirl bathtubs, etc.) for public use (in federal, state and local government-owned and operated buildings, in hotels, fitness, health and massage businesses, etc.), the construction plans must, first, be submitted to and approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

Following OSHD’s approval, the construction plans would need to meet the local city and county requirements. Plans for private home construction of such pools and such facilities do not require approval by OSDH.

Consumer Credit Services

Businesses that extend credit to their consumer customers by allowing them to make installment payments on their purchases (examples: furniture and rent-to-own stores, fitness centers and weight loss programs) or that provide other consumer credit services (examples: home mortgage processors, pawnshops, as well as businesses who sell precious gems or buy used gold and silver jewelry) will need to obtain a license from the Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit (OKDOCC).

Electrical, Plumbing and Heating & Air Conditioning Services Contractors

In Oklahoma, owners of these types of construction services are required to obtain specific licenses from the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board (CIB).

Roofing Contractors

Although roofing contractors are not required to obtain licenses, they must register with the CIB and show that they meet certain criteria which include carrying specified amounts of liability insurance and bonding.

Public Swimming Pools and Bathing Facilities Contractors

To build swimming pools and other bathing facilities (examples: hot tubs, whirl bathtubs, etc.) for public use (in federal, state and local government-owned and operated buildings, in hotels, fitness, health and massage businesses, etc.), the construction plans must, first, be submitted to and approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

Following OSHD’s approval, the construction plans would need to meet the local city and county requirements. Plans for private home construction of such pools and such facilities do not require approval by OSDH.

Transporting

Transporting businesses in Oklahoma, particularly those involved with trucking and passenger carriers for hire services, are required to obtain various licenses through the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC). If the operations involve travel solely within the state, then, only Intra-state licensing and issuance of a USDOT number through OCC will be required.

If travel of a transporting business is across state lines, a registration (which will include the issuance of a USDOT number) will be required from the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Massage Businesses

Massage Therapists are required to have a license through the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology.  

Unemployment Taxes

Employers must also set up an account and withhold and remit state unemployment taxes to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

At the Federal level, business owners with employees are required to obtain the necessary forms and set up accounts with the Internal Revenue Service to withhold and pay federal income and Social Security taxes.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Employers are required to cover their employees in Oklahoma with Workman’s Compensation Insurance, through an insurance agent. Contact your insurance agent to learn more.

Selling Beer, Wine or Mixed Drinks

To sell beer, wine or mixed alcoholic drinks to customers, the restaurant owner will need to obtain applicable liquor licenses from the Alcohol Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (ABLE). The ABLE application checklist and process also requires that the restaurant owner should first obtain a license from its applicable city or county government, as well as a general sales tax permit from OTC, plus OTC’s special permit/license for such sales.

Federal

The mission of the Department is to create the conditions for economic growth and opportunity. The Department of Commerce promotes job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce and constitutional democracy, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development. Through their bureaus and 46,608 employees (as of January 31, 2018) located in all 50 states, every U.S. territory, and more than 86 countries, they provide U.S.-based companies and entrepreneurs invaluable tools through programs such as the Decennial Census, the National Weather Service, NOAA Fisheries, and the Foreign Commercial Service. Among many other functions, the Department oversees ocean and coastal navigation, helps negotiate bilateral trade agreements, and enforces laws that ensure a level playing field for American businesses and workers.

4400 Jenifer Street NW, Suite  
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: (202) 466-6888
Fax: (202) 466-4918
Email: info@nationalbcc.org

National Organizations

The National Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African-American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the US and via interaction with the African Diaspora.

  • To increase business development and growth via procurement, capital access and international trade.
  • To provide entities to fund and guide our programs.
  • Educate and train the masses on Black business development and our purpose to benefit society.
  • Provide technical support to affiliated chapters.
601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 900, South Building  
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 220-3060

The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. Minority group members are United States citizens who are Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic and Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals (i.e. the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members.)

1359 Broadway, 10th Floor, Suite 1000  
New York, NY 10018