Best Small Business Resources in the Tulsa Area

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Oklahoma has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Tulsa area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Oklahoma.

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The Strategy Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking

Offers Free Service

Description

The Strategy Center has been an established incubator since 1988; along with its great office amenities that are available to rent, the incubator also offers various mentoring opportunities and aid in general business planning. The Start-Up Busines Planning program caters to entrepreneurs in the earlier stages of ideation.

Restrictions

Does not assist retail businesses.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6105 SE Nowata Rd.
Bartlesville, OK 74006
918-331-3257
lthrash@strategycenterok.com


i2e Tulsa

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Financial

Description

I2e is a renowned, private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Oklahoma. With a long list of successful businesses that have launched with i2e's support, the organization offers consulting and assistance in aiding business pitches for obtaining capital as well as a myriad of other funding-related services. The organization offers assistance to businesses in the ideation phase as well.

Restrictions

Targets innovative companies.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

618 E. Third St., Suite 1
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-582-5592


Northeastern Regional SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


The Forge

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

The Forge is an incubator accredited by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. It provides a wide range of services like mentorship and networking opportunities, paired up with low-cost office rental spaces. The Forge hosts frequent events, typically with a technology or networking focus. Tenants have access to a curated network of local business mentors who donate their time to help guide new companies.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

125 W 3rd St.
Tulsa, OK 74103
918-560-0265


Tulsa SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.