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Oak Cliff area businesses

Oak Cliff boasts a diversified business community composed of operations made up of international corporations, national chains and smaller, locally-owned establishments. The Dallas area is noted as one of the world’s leading corporate headquarters centers, with a total of 81 headquarters operations employing at least 1,000 citizens just in the city of Dallas. The DFW area boasts 45 Fortune 1000 companies and more than 20 companies that have been listed among America’s largest private companies (Forbes).

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is among the largest employers in Oak Cliff. AAFES provides high quality merchandise and services for soldiers, airmen and their families at post/base exchanges around the world. Sold at competitively low prices, the goods and services rendered through AAFES generate funds that support Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs.

Other businesses topping the major employer list in Oak Cliff are Methodist Hospitals, Continental Cabinets, Frito Lay, Oak Farms Dairy, AT&T, On-Target Supply and Logistics, and Pillowtex. In West Oak Cliff, Dallas Auto Auction operates a large-scale facility, and J. B. Hunt Trucking has established a major transportation center as well.


Oak Cliff area businesses take advantage of a host of business-focused resources geared towards meeting organizational needs of all kinds. From professional accountants, attorneys and insurance agencies to creative services, printers and major financial institutions, the business community remains well served.

Located at the Oak Cliff Municipal Center on Jefferson Boulevard, the City of Dallas’ Permit Center handles the issuing of most of the permits and licenses needed for doing business in the city of Dallas. The convenient Permit Center was organized to simplify the construction and development application and review processes. In addition to the array of information and services offered, the Permit Center houses a knowledgeable staff from the Building Inspection Division and other City divisions.

The City of Dallas’ Economic Development Department has been an integral force in the retaining, attracting, redeveloping and expanding of businesses of all sizes in the Dallas area. The office operates a division of the department at the Oak Cliff Municipal Center. The division places its focus on doing business in southern Dallas by offering valuable resources and assistance to businesses interested in relocating or expanding in the area.

The City also operates the Business Assistance Center Program (BAC), a vital resource for businesses seeking valuable information and orientation, training/seminars, financial/accounting services, management assistance, administrative support, business plan assistance, loan referrals and incubator space.

The Southern Dallas Development Corporation (SDDC), a partner with the City of Dallas, was organized as a nonprofit organization in 1989 with a mission to “leverage private debt and equity, promote access to capital, facilitate job creation and foster economic development.” The SDDC has offices located along Jefferson Boulevard in the heart of Oak Cliff and is a source of non-traditional funding for small businesses, and minority and women-owned operations.

The area’s learning institutions are further resources utilized by local businesses. Job training services are available in a variety of settings — through community colleges, the Dallas Can! Academy, the Bill J. Priest Center of the Dallas County Community College District, and others.

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