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Starting a Business

Successful Steps for a New Business

Have you done detailed market research?

  • Competitors
  • Market Area
  • Demographics of Market Area
  • Pricing Information
  • Suppliers
  • What’s Unique About Your Product/Service

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Have you decided on legal structure of business?

  • Sole Proprietorship, Limited Liability Company, Partnership, Corporation
  • Consult with Certified Public Accountant
  • Consult with an attorney

If you are building or remodeling, do you have an architectural plan that has been approved by the City of Bartlesville Building Services Department?

  • City of Bartlesville Community Development department  (918.338.4244)
  • In many instances, a preliminary conference with an architect will alleviate future problems in obtaining permits.

Do you have a site for your business?

Bartlesville Development Authority, 201 SW Keeler • Bartlesville, OK  74003 • 918.337.8086

Is the property zoned for your use?

City Planner 918.338.4237

Are you going to build or rent or remodel?

Bartlesville Builders Association

PO Box 1072

Bartlesville, OK 74005


Are there restrictions that run with the land that might cause a problem?

  •  Musselman Abstract Company 918.336.6410
  • Southern Abstract Company 918.336.2810

Are you eligible for an incentive?


Bartlesville Development Authority

201 SW Keeler

Bartlesville, OK 74003


Downtown Real Estate Improvements:

Bartlesville Development Trust Authority

Chris Wilson


State Incentives: for Managed Funds/Access to Capital

Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance –

Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce

What City permits or licenses are involved?

See above for information for City Building Services Department

Is there adequate parking for your needs?

Have you talked to the Health Department (if needed)?

Have you made arrangements for financing?

  • Local Bank?
  • Government funding?
  • SBA loan?

Have you estimated your insurance needs?

Do you qualify for incubator assistance?

  • Tri County Technology Center
  • Rogers State University incubator program

Have you registered your company with the Oklahoma Secretary of State?

Name Availability, Sooner Aces (Trade name report of sole proprietorship)

Download appropriate form for type of business

Secretary: 405.529.3912

Filing: 405.522.2520

Do you need to register with the State of Oklahoma – Oklahoma Tax Commission?

Forms & U Publications

Business packet

Oklahoma Business Registration Packet

Have you registered with other appropriate entities?

City of Bartlesville Business License (approx $40 annually)

See above information for City Building Services Department

Note: Also handles beer permits

Able Commission for Liquor License

Washington County

File Certificate of Fictitious Name ($12.50)

Requires Notary and published in newspaper for one day

Have you secured a Federal Employer ID#(EIN)?


Employer ID Numbers

How to apply for an EIN

Apply for EIN online – Internet EIN

Apply online now

Do you have a business checking account?

Above questions and information developed by the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and may not be all inclusive. Contact the City, County, or attorney for more information and if you have questions.


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