We Meet you at any point in youR Entrepreneurial Journey

While TEDC is first and foremost a road to loan capital for your business, we also provide the necessary resources that empower you to succeed. As advocates for your success, we work alongside you, supporting and guiding your vision. We offer access to capital, business education, and connections to TEDC’s network of experts.


Securing Capital for your Next Step

TEDC Creative Capital champions visionaries who are ready to create business momentum. Many small companies are ready to take the next steps in the lending process but struggle with securing the money they need. We creatively navigate funding obstacles and work with you to develop a financial roadmap. TEDC offers various loan options to best match your business needs.


In today’s economic climate, most small businesses can benefit from TEDC’s menu of loan programs. Special consideration is given to companies that create and retain jobs, to businesses located in special targeted areas, and to entrepreneurs who have traditionally faced barriers to capital access.

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Why Choose

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TEDC was founded in 1979 as Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, an organization charged with promoting and sustaining small business growth in Tulsa. Today, we navigate funding opportunities and offer education customized to small business needs.Over the last five years, we've provided or located more than $150 million to help nearly 300 small businesses start, expand or sustain.

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Recent Press on TEDC, Clients and Partners

Claudette Wallace smiling outside of Maintain You Spa

Serving People Through Wellness: Maintain You Spa’s Journey to Entrepreneurship with the Help of TEDC Creative Capital

If someone had told Claudette Wallace that she would one day open her own business in the heart of midtown Tulsa, she wouldn’t have believed it. As the owner of Maintain You Spa, located in the Southroads Shopping Center, Claudette loves pursuing her entrepreneurial journey with the help of mentors and financing through TEDC Creative Capital. But it wasn’t always that way. Growing up, she didn’t have a concept of what work really meant. She had to learn it through determination and faith.

Esther Wright, owner of Hilo de Amor

Connecting Communities with Threads of Love: How Hilo de Amor Is Giving Back with Help from TEDC Creative Capital

For Esther Wright, owner of Hilo de Amor, every business has a heart. For her, that’s a heart to help others—especially the people of Oaxaca, Mexico, where she was raised. By promoting Oaxacan culture and traditions to people all over the world through original handmade products, including their signature tote bags, Hilo de Amor is able to help makers in one of the poorest states in Mexico prosper. The business is thriving and making a difference—with a helping hand of financing and education available through TEDC Creative Capital.

Carlos Lopez, owner of District Burger

Expanding the Dinner Table: How TEDC Helped District Burger Launch Its First Location

Carlos Lopez, owner of restaurants Dos Bandidos and District Burger, knows the value of finding the right niche in the food industry. His dream to expand his business and serve delicious, locally sourced burgers has led him to a successful launch in Broken Arrow—with the help of nontraditional funding through TEDC Creative Capital.