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Tools to help your small business succeed

By Marcus Elwell / Economy / March 29, 2019

Today is officially Mom and Pop Business Owners Day in the United States. According to recent statistics, more than 3.6 of the 5.9 million businesses in America have less than five employees. Those numbers show that small business is the backbone of this country’s economy.

In honor of Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, here are some free online tools available through the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and others that can help your small business take the next step.

OKCEDIS

www.okcedis.com

OKCEDIS is a geographic information systems (GIS) tool that can give your business information about a certain area, including demographic reports, workforce wage and skill info, available properties, drive time reports and more. This info can be helpful in creating marketing plans, business plans and identifying new clients.

SizeUp Local Business Intelligence Tool (OKCLBI)

www.greateroklahomacity.com/okclbi

SizeUP provides benchmarking and evaluation tools to small business owners in the Greater Oklahoma City region, including the ability to compare their existing business against others in its industry.

Greater Oklahoma City Website

www.greateroklahomacity.com

GreaterOklahomaCity.com is your one-stop location for everything on the Oklahoma City economy, from in-depth descriptions on state and city incentives to a wealth of regional economic data. The website also has a real-time property locator and interactive maps that allow you to see what parts of the city best fit your business.

Economic Forecast

www.greateroklahomacity.com/forecast

When it comes to running a business big or small, it never hurts to have an idea of what the economy will look like in the coming year. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s annual Economic Forecast is an in-depth look at what to expect from the local, state and national economies in 2019.

Enlighten

www.okcchamber.com/enlighten

Enlighten, a monthly lunch-and-learn event part of the Business University suite of programming, provides small business networking and education resources exclusively to Chamber member businesses.

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

www.ok.gov/oesc

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission provides business information regarding labor markets, insurance, legal and insurance.

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

www.oesc.state.ok.us/lmi/EmployerLocator/

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) provides business listing, address, phone numbers, contact persons, and employee size ranges for 180,000 companies in Oklahoma by industry and county. It is an excellent resource tool to use when responding to inquiries regarding business lists within a given county or industry sector.

Census Business Builder

https://cbb.census.gov/sbe

Select demographics and economic data tailored to individualized uses and locations.

ONET Online

www.onetonline.org

The nation’s primary source of occupational information, including a database with hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors.

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center

www.oksbdc.org

Research materials and resources available for small businesses in Oklahoma.

Data USA

www.datausa.io

Data USA uses publically available government data to create easy to read maps, graphs, and infographics. The data collected covers categories such as economy, demographics, education, housing & living, and health & safety.

 

 

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