Employer Resources

Are you looking for people with the right skills to add to your team? Contact Wes Mitchell, Business Services Director, at 918-438-7932 or wmitchell@workforcetulsa.com, so he can connect you with our Business Services Team for a customized, no-cost approach.

Here are some helpful programs that are available if you own a business in Creek, Osage, Pawnee, or Tulsa County!

Wage Subsidy Programs:

  • Work Experience – Workforce Tulsa can subsidize 100% of wages for a person for up to six weeks. The internship must provide the person with job readiness and hands on skills.
  • On the Job Training – Workforce Tulsa can subsidize 50% of wages for a person for up to six months. This program requires a customized training plan that we can help you design.

Training Programs:

  • Incumbent Worker Training – Workforce Tulsa can utilize funding to help upgrade the skills of current workers to avert the need for layoffs. Examples include a manufacturer who needs to train an employee for the full capability of a piece of machinery to assist them in providing an additional or alternative product line or assisting with someone to be trained in online marketing. The only requirements are that the employees trained need to be on the job for at least six months and the company adhere to FLSA.
  • Layoff Aversion – This is any project designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of, unemployment resulting from layoffs. We always have access to this funding. But the State is being extra flexible for COVID-19 cases. So, basically, if there is a plan in place and the employer is using some of their own funds or combining our funds for the project, we can submit it for consideration. EXAMPLES include:
      • A call center environment needs to have its employees work from home/remotely in order to support social distancing and limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Layoff aversion funding could be used to purchase remote access equipment that the employee would need to use from home to support their work.
      • A business whose employees use specific software or computer applications asks their employees to work from home/remotely in order to support social distancing and limit potential exposure to COVID-19. Layoff aversion funding could be used to purchase the software/programs that the employee would need to use from home to support their work.
      • In order to support social distancing and limit potential exposure to COVID-19, a company that usually runs two shifts of workers adds a third shift, so that fewer employees are onsite at any given time. Layoff aversion funding could be used to offset related costs to the employer or workers.
      • A small business needs its employees to be at work, onsite, but cannot afford frequent deep cleaning to help prevent potential exposure to COVID-19. Layoff aversion funds could be used to pay for a cleaning/sanitization service.

Please call 918-796-1200 and ask to speak with a member of the Business Services Team to learn more!

For information regarding Tulsa’s Resilience and Recovery fund, please visit https://tedcnet.com/programs/lending/#Relief-Assistance.

Additional information will be posted for companies outside of Tulsa, please visit https://www.okcommerce.gov/covid19/.

DOL FAQ’s for Businesses and Workers affected by COVID-19 -https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

Workforce Tulsa is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

TDD/TTY: 1-800-722-0353

State of Oklahoma Incentives

The State of Oklahoma provides various financial incentives to new or expanding companies.
Contact: Charlotte Howe, Oklahoma Department of Commerce at 918.619.2482 or charlotte.howe@okcollege.gov.

Federal Bonding Program

In 1966 the U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit supplies federal tax credits of between $1,200 and $9,600 per employee to employers who hire people within certain targeted groups that are listed below:

  • Veterans
  • Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Recipients of SNAP (food stamps)
  • Designated Community Resident (An 18-39 year old who lives within one of the federally designated Rural Renewal Counties or Empowerment Zones.)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Referral (An individual with a disability who has completed or is completing rehabilitative services from a state-certified agency, an Employment Network under the Ticket to Work program, or the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.)
  • Ex-felons
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient:
  • Summer Youth Employee (A 16 or 17 year-old youth who works for the employer between May 1 and September 15 and lives in an Empowerment Zone.)

Rapid Response Events

When a layoff becomes necessary, we work with employers to assist affected employees to become re-employed as quickly as possible.

Our services are completely confidential.

We provide workshops at your location (or a location of your choosing) on the day(s) that works best for you and your employees. We provide customized information that can include any of the following:

  • How to file for unemployment insurance;
  • What jobs are in demand in our market;
  • Opportunities for re-training, including post-secondary education;
  • Discuss workshops that are available such as job search, resume writing and interview skills;
  • Any other information that is relevant to helping your employees transition.
  • View the US Department of Labor’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).

Rapid Response Handbooks are available online. Click for English, and for Spanish.

To set up an initial meeting/phone call with the Rapid Response team, please contact Pam Bridwell at (405) 245.8182 or Pamela.Bridwell@oesc.state.ok.us

On The Job Training

The On The Job training program is designed to fill the skills gap for employers by allowing new employees to be trained “on the job” by experienced employees, providing job seekers with work experience and skills training needed to successfully obtain and retain employment with you.

  • The program provides reimbursement to the employer of 30% of the training hours wage rate of the participant (up to a wage rate of $16.00/hour; $10/hour for entry level). The Employee may be paid for than these rates. The caps are for reimbursement purposes only.
  • Provides knowledge or skills training essential to the full and adequate performance of the job;
  • Is limited to a maximum of six months;
  • Is customized for the employer/employee and the employer has complete control over whom he or she hires.


A Council of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the primary focus of the Mosaic Council is to create awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive business climate in our region. Mosaic seeks to leverage the region’s diversity to improve perceptions of our community and grow the economy. Ultimately, Mosaic wishes to catapult the Tulsa region into the forefront of diversity and inclusion through talent recruitment initiatives and business retention and expansion efforts.

YWCA Tulsa

YWCA Immigrant and Refugee Department offers immigration assistance, English as a Second Language classes, Project Citizenship, and Refugee Job Development.  The Refugee Job Development program offers job assistance to refugee job seekers and their employers. Refugee employment services offered are job search assistance, basic job readiness, resume building, job referrals and placement, interpreting, employee paperwork assistance, and post-employment support.

Prove It Assessments

Prove It Assessments allow employers to help ensure that job seekers have the skills needed. Prove It Assessments are available to job seekers at the Tulsa and Sapulpa American Job Centers. Hundreds of assessments are available, ranging from “Accounting Terminology – Advanced” to “Blueprint Basics” and everything in-between. There is no cost to the employer or the job seeker.


Child Care Resource Center

The Child Care Resource Center can conduct an in-depth, specialized search to help your employees find childcare just right for them.  Degreed Referral Specialists will be happy to help your employee with his or her child care search. The Child Care Resource Center is a service of the Community Service Council.

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association

The Tulsa Area Human Resources Association is a member-based organization that provides information on human resources meetings and activities in the Tulsa area, employment information, legislative information, and other information.

Partners in Education

Founded in 1983, Partners In Education remains the longest continually-operated program of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. By establishing partnerships between businesses, organizations and schools around measurable, strategic outcomes, Partners In Education has played a vital role in the community for over 30 years.

The success of the program is in its name: partner businesses, non-profits and faith groups have created a model of effective collaboration in support of students and teachers. From working to close the achievement gap for low-income students, helping to reduce drop-out rates and assisting educators in improving reading proficiency, community partners help assure that students are prepared for post-secondary education or entrance into the workplace.

Business Services Team

The Business Services Team works directly with employers to create a customized recruitment strategy at no cost.

Contact Wes Mitchell, Business Services Director, at 918-438-7932, wmitchell@workforcetulsa.com, so he can connect you with the Business Services Team.