The European office of OK Dept of Commerce is located conveniently in the UK and is your first entry point for receiving qualified information on how to do business in Oklahoma. A team of dedicated Economic Development specialists will assist you in realising the benefits of locating here. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your investment project, we are happy to help and provide impartial help and advice tailored to your companies’ needs.More about starting a Business in Oklahoma
Oklahoma is home to more than 140 global companies, representing industries such as aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, bioscience, energy and more. Oklahoma’s place in the heart of North America gives international companies cost-effective access to suppliers and customers.
Equidistant between New York, Los Angeles, Mexico and Canada, the state is ideally positioned to serve the United States, North America and world markets through a comprehensive network of air, ground, water, and rail transportation systems.
Oklahoma’s transportation system ensures delivery to and from every corner of the globe. Beneficial for the economic development of Oklahoma, the state’s central location makes it an easily accessible profit center with efficient connections to over 88 million people within a 500-mile radius.
Two international airports in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, both designated as Foreign Trade Zones, are served by major airlines and provide access to all domestic and international destinations. Oklahoma is also home to 135 public-use airports, 43 of them jet capable.
Oklahoma industry is served by more than 12,000 miles of highway. The state is a hub for I-35, I-40, I-44, U.S. 69 and other major trade routes, allowing business and industry to deliver products to customers across North America. Annually, the trucking industry moves 500 million tons of freight in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma operates more than 3,850 miles of railroad track – including 2,536 miles of Class I service. Major rail providers are Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Annually, Oklahoma’s 19 freight railroads ship 226 million tons of cargo, and more than 5 million carloads of freight.
Oklahoma’s strategic location is able to supply 20 states by waterway. With three inland ports, including one of the largest, most inland ice-free river ports in the U.S., in addition to 3 intersecting interstate highways: I-40, I-35 and I-44 – offering access to every corner of the U.S. and the world.
Oklahoma is home to more than 140 global companies, representing industries such as aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, bioscience, energy and more. The state's place in the heart of North America gives international companies cost-effective access to suppliers and customers, making Oklahoma the perfect spot for starting an LLC.
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 22% lower than the national average make Oklahoma an opportunity you don’t want to pass up.
Oklahoma has some of the lowest tax rates and some of the best tax incentives in the nation. The state offers companies a low cost of doing business, a low cost of living for employees, and tax rebates that reduce tax burdens even further.
Oklahoma knows a quality workforce is a critical component of business competitiveness and success. Oklahoma is among the top 10 most productive workforces in the U.S., and Oklahoma is also a constitutional Right to Work state with low unemployment insurance taxes and programs significantly reducing hiring and training start-up costs. Real GDP growth was the 6th fastest in the U.S. at 3.9% (Q4 18-Q1 19) and remains in the top 10 in most recent estimates.
Workforce Tax Credit
A range of Tax Credits are available for key industries including: Aerospace, Automotive and Software/Cybersecurity workforce. Tax credits are available of up to $5,000 per employee in these areas.
10-year Cash Incentive
Oklahoma’s successful Quality Jobs incentive program promotes job growth and helps improve your company’s bottom line by injecting cash back into your business as you expand, create new jobs and push the economic development new jobs in Oklahoma.
Aerospace & Defense
Oklahoma is the MRO capital of the world. A highly skilled workforce, unrivalled incentives and world aerospace giants like Boeing and Lufthansa Technik are keeping this industry soaring in Oklahoma. We also boast a 24-Hour Drive time to all OEM facilities in the U.S., just one reason why over 1,000 aerospace entities have chosen Oklahoma.
Global research centers and new technologies are keeping this ingrained industry pushing forward. Oklahoma is 1st in rye production, 2nd in canola production, 5th in beef production and is home to a vast array of companies ranging from paper and packaging manufacturing to beverage production and fertilizer manufacturing.
As the most electric vehicle friendly state in the U.S. offering tax credits for engineers, transferrable skillsets, low energy costs and more have Oklahoma poised to be the next automotive hub. Oklahoma’s wages are among the most competitive in the country and our CareerTech, located across 169 sites throughout the state, offers training in specific pathways aligning with the automotive workforce demand.
World-renown research centers like the Noble Foundation and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation are developing treatments and cures for disease and crop health. A culture of collaboration and innovation paired with significant investments at our research institutions makes Oklahoma a hotbed of life science, biomedical technology and research and development.
Information Technology Services
With Oklahoma’s abundance of water and renewable energy and some of the lowest electricity rates in the U.S., companies like Google and Dell continue to grow in our state. It’s no surprise that data centers and back-office support are investing in Oklahoma and its workforce.
Financial & Professional Services
Information & Financial Services Companies Are Plugged into Oklahoma, thanks to the outstanding talent and fresh-thinking, companies such as Oklahoma-based Paycom named the 6th fastest-growing company on Fortune magazine’s 2019 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list.
A central location, multi-modal transportation system and impressive supply chains mean you can improve your bottom line in Oklahoma. From food processing and aerospace to pipe and plastics, thousands of manufacturing companies have found success operating here.
Institutional knowledge and a skilled workforce combined with abundant natural resources and a driven strategy make Oklahoma a leader in renewable energy. Not to mention we are 3rd in wind energy generation and 6th in solar potential.
Oklahoma has been on the forefront of energy exploration for more than 100 years and today is leading research and development to find technologies to support the world’s energy needs.
Transportation & Logistics
Oklahoma is at the center of it all. With 3 inland ports, 3,850 miles of rail and 12,000 miles of highway, it’s no wonder why we are a hub for logistics operations and distribution centers like Amazon, Dollar Tree, Macy’s and more.
Google’s investment in Oklahoma surpassed $3 billion in 2019. The company’s second-largest data center in the world is located in Pryor, Oklahoma
"Oklahoma has a remarkable workforce; a supportive, stable political environment, and an excellent quality of life our employees appreciate.” Steve Hendrickson, Director of Government Operations, Boeing
Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software was named the 6th fastest-growing company on Fortune magazine’s 2019 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list. The company is a leading provider of comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management software.
“The location of our micromill in Durant, Okla., is 80 miles north of Dallas -- allowing us to easily serve a growing North Texas market as well as expand into markets in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas and Missouri.”
Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 4,000 jobs in Oklahoma and invested more than $650 million across the state, including infrastructure and compensation to its employees. In December 2020 Amazon announced plans for a second fulfillment center in Oklahoma City and opened a Tulsa fulfillment center in 2020.
“Oklahoma is the ideal location and environment for our new distribution facility. We are delighted by the warm reception and enthusiastic support we have received from civic and business leadership in Oklahoma.”
HP, IBM, Avaya, AT&T, Google, Air Liquide, ASCO, BAE Systems, BP, Centek, Enel, InBev, Lufthansa, Michelin, Siemens
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