Tulsa, Oklahoma


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In 1836, the Lochapoka and Creek tribes founded a new settlement ‘Tallasi’ in what was then a part of Indian Territory.  Tallasi, meaning ‘Old Town’ in the Creek language, later became known as ‘Tulsa’, which would be incorporated on January 18th, 1898.

Modern day Tulsa is the second largest city in the state of Oklahoma, and the 47th largest in the country.  It was estimated in July of 2013 to have a population of 398,121.  (The city had gained over six thousand residents since the 2010 US Census.)  Tulsa also serves as the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, which is home to 961,561 people in the MSA and 1,131,458 people in the CSA.

Tulsa serves as the site of the most inland river port in the United States with access to international waterways.  This port is called The Tulsa Port of Catoosa, and it is also the head of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

According to a Tulsa Metro Chamber (of commerce) report, in 2001, Tulsa’s gross product (with more than $29 billion in total goods, growing at a rate of $250 million each year) was in the top one-third of metropolitan areas, states, and countries.

On October 13th, 1917, the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (now known as the United States Oil and Gas Association) was founded in the area.  Tulsa’s economy and lifeblood was so intertwined with that of oil that residents nicknamed the city “The Oil Capital of the World.”

The American Airlines maintenance base at Tulsa International Airport is the largest maintenance facility in the world and serves as the airline’s global maintenance and engineering headquarters.  The base is also the largest employer in the area.  However, there are other, large financial corporations headquartered in and around Tulsa such as BOK Financial Corporation.  Other businesses headquartered in the area are the convenience store chain QuikTrip, Hilti, Mazzio’s semi-national pizza chain, Williams Companies, SemGroup, Syntroleum, ONEOK, Samson, and Excel Energy.

A report produced by the Tulsa Metro Chamber in 2006 claims that there are 30 separate companies in the city employing more than 1,000 people.  However, small businesses make up more than 80% of Tulsa’s companies.

Tulsa is also home to the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, which houses remnants of the Holocaust and artifacts relevant to Judaism in Oklahoma.  The museum also preserves the largest collection of Judaica in the Southwest United States.  The Greenwood Cultural Center chronicles the city’s African American heritage by hosting a collection of artifacts and photography documenting the history of the ‘Black Wall Street’ before the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

The Woody Guthrie Center in the Brady Arts District is the city’s newest museum.  It opened its doors in April 2013.  This museum celebrates the life of the folk singer/songwriter (and iconic Oklahoma native) by housing the Woody Guthrie Archives.  The Archives contain thousands of Guthrie’s personal items, sheet music, manuscripts, books, photos, periodicals, and other items.

The Tulsa metro area is home to many sports teams including (but certainly not limited to) WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, who play at the BOK Center with ECHL’s Ice Hockey Tulsa Oilers, the Women’s Premier Soccer League’s FC Tulsa Spirit (who play at Union 8th), Indoor Soccer’s Tulsa Revolution (who play in the Cox Business Center), and several roller derby teams: the Roughnecks, Tulsa Derby Militia, Tulsa Derby League All-Stars, and the Claremore Derby Warriors.

Are you considering starting up a small business in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area?  These resources could come in handy:

Apply for a Business License in Tulsa, OK

Business in Tulsa

Tulsa Regional Chamber (of Commerce)

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