Greater OKC: 10 Great Cities for Starting a Business

Feeling entrepreneurial? Kiplinger named Oklahoma City the seventh-best city to start a business.

In its evaluation, Kiplinger said Oklahoma City had two advantages over business owners elsewhere in its low, Midwestern start-up costs and strong government support for businesses.

It cited the city-funded initiative in 1996 to fund a 27-acre research park for life-science start-ups and the nonprofit i2E, designed to help launch development centers led by entrepreneurs.

With 23,057 small businesses reported for Oklahoma City, Kiplinger wrote those business owners can take advantage of the low cost of living, taxes 10% below the national average, and a cost of doing business that is not only the lowest in the region, but one of the lowest in the country.

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1989 wasn’t the best year to start a company. Especially October 1989, when Black Friday meant falling stocks, instead of Christmas bonuses. But we opened our doors anyway, trusting in a city that was poised to rise. Over the last 23 years, VI has prospered, buoyed by a business-friendly climate that’s second to none. Thanks to new amenities designed to attract the best young talent, Oklahoma City has become fertile ground to start a business and give rise to new ideas. Our time has come.

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