New Business Information

An extensive amount of planning and preparation goes into starting or developing your own business. The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Organization has compiled several resources from other organizations that specialize in business development.  The start-up process can be confusing but we are here to help by providing you with the resources you will need to be a successful business owner.

Here are the basics that apply to almost all new business start-ups. Follow the Start Up Steps with Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

1. Determine your business name and business structure Register Your Trade Name

2. Determine if you need a Federal Identification Number.  For more information, visit IRS.gov Employer ID Numbers

3. Register your business with the appropriate state agencies. For assistance determining which applications, permits, licenses, or registrations are required, use the Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s Business Licensing and Operating Requirements.

4. For information direct from the primary agencies of registration you may also want to visit:

The Oklahoma Secretary of State - This includes checking name availability and reserving your trade name
The Oklahoma Tax Commission - Download Forms / Attend a New Business Workshop
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission - This applies only if you have employees.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Commerce

These resources will help hopeful entrepreneurs create a solid foundation to build a business:

  • Oklahoma Business Start Up Guide - this 5 page document put together by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce is a brief outline of the key steps in starting your small business.
  • Oklahoma Business Basics Guide - from the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, this extensive guide gives you an in-depth overview of launching your new business in Oklahoma.
  • Business Plan Guide - A business plan is essential for laying the foundation and goals of your new business, which is why the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center put together this piece that walks entrepreneurs through the planning process.

Visit the Incentives portion of our website to find detailed information regarding the business incentives available in our community.