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.
These dollars will impact over 3,500 jobs. In 2005, we began the TEDC Creative Capital brand to reflect our expanded range of programs and geographic reach. We now make or facilitate loans ranging from $5,000 to $10 million using public and private funds.
Our mission remains the same as it was at our founding: to create economic vitality in communities by encouraging small business growth. TEDC receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's CDBG program as a City of Tulsa sub-recipient, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Treasury's CDFI Fund, and other public-private resources.
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A 1938 quote on the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce from early Board chair, E.W. Clarke, had this to say: “If the Chamber means anything at all, it must stand out as a clearing house for civic betterment." On June 1, 1938, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce began providing a new playing field for enhancing business and economics in North Tulsa.
GBC is 1of 145 women business centers in the nation, focused and passionate about advancing the expansion of women businesses. WBCs provide free counseling and training to support diverse entrepreneurs who want to start, grow, and expand their small business and provide guidance in their journey across all business life cycles.
TLACC has a mission to serve as the platform for Hispanic and non-Hispanic businesses and individuals to work together for a stronger Tulsa. This mission is achieved by working as a business resource and advocation for Latin issues and to be a united voice for the Latin community.
Tulsa Route 66 Main Street is just one of many Main Street communities across the nation. Combining historic preservation and revitalization efforts with powerful economic stimulation, Main Street programs restore the core assets of our communities and enhance the quality of life for our citizens.