The entrepreneurial spirit helped build America. The ability of an individual to take an idea and cultivate it into a successful operation is a driver of innovation and growth. While the path to forging an enterprise can be both energizing and satisfying, it can also be complicated and overwhelming. Start-up requirements and procedures are not always obvious and can stall progress. Fortunately, small-business owners don't have to feel isolated. There is an extensive support system available to assist those with information, mentoring, and financing needs. Potential start-ups should become familiar with the different support groups and what they can offer. In particular, the OKSBDC Business Basics Guide is a great tool for new and existing business owners. It contains a wealth of information on doing business in Oklahoma and can be downloaded here.
Oklahoma Small Business Development Center
The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Network (OKSBDC) is a partnership program including many of Oklahoma’s institutions of higher education, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, local and regional economic development organizations, Chambers, and, of course, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These partners support and guide a statewide network of 17 local offices that provide small business consulting services in all 77 Oklahoma counties. OKSBDC provides business consulting throughout Oklahoma in business management, commercial finance, technology assistance, international trade, export readiness, business continuity and preparedness, marketing and many additional areas critical to business growth and prosperity. OKSBDC business advisors assist both new and existing enterprises. The OKSBDC is headquartered at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and is celebrating its 30th year helping Oklahoma entrepreneurs. For more information, visit OKSBDC or call (580) 745-2737.
REI Oklahoma has focused on promoting economic growth and job creation for more than three decades. REI Oklahoma works with partners across the state to create opportunities and provide resources to individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs. From technical assistance and training, to lending programs and down payment assistance, REI Oklahoma is committed to positively impacting businesses and communities in Oklahoma. Information about their services can be found at REI Oklahoma or by calling (800) 658-2823.
McAlester Chamber of Commerce
The McAlester Chamber of Commerce serves its local community through business stability and growth. Business partners of the Chamber receive benefits in marketing, education, value-added services, and collaboration. From business spotlights and website advertisements to development counselors and networking opportunities, membership with the Chamber is a rewarding experience. For information regarding services or membership, visit The McAlester Chamber or call (918) 423-2550.
McAlester Main Street works to preserve and revitalize Old Town and Downtown McAlester. The program is a public-private partnership with the City of McAlester, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. McAlester Main Street operates with a board of directors, a full-time director, and committees of volunteers. Additional information can be found by visiting McAlester Main Street or by calling (918) 423-8888.