About Us

Bank of Commerce History

At Bank of Commerce, we’ve been proudly helping communities prosper for over 120 Years! The oldest location in our network is in Chelsea, OK and was founded in 1896 in Indian Territory under the laws of Arkansas, as Bank of Chelsea, making us one of the oldest Bank’s in the State of Oklahoma. Soon after statehood the charter was re-incorporated as an Oklahoma Banking Corporation. Oklahoma’s State Banking Department creation was part of the 1907 State Constitution that formed our wonderful state and that is what allowed Bank of Commerce to become an Oklahoma Banking Corporation.


In 1904
The Bank of Chelsea checks, said Chelsea, I.T. (Indian Territory)


In the 1914
Chelsea yearbook the Bank’s ad read:
“THE BANKING HABIT MEANS, sound sleep, good digestion, cool judgement and independence. We invite you to open an account with us. We do not insist on a large beginning. The main thing is to make a start….”


During World War II
The bank furnished Liberty Loans for their customers.


In 1980, Adair State Bank was formed in Adair, OK and has proudly served Adair and Mayes County since that time. Both Bank’s had successful tenures as independent Banks and each opened branches in 1998. Adair State Bank became Bank of Commerce and branched to Catoosa and Bank of Chelsea branched to Sequoyah, north of Claremore. The ownership structure between Bank of Chelsea and Bank of Commerce was similar and in 2000 the Banks were merged into Bank of Commerce, retaining the original 1896 Bank of Chelsea Charter and Bank of Chelsea’s unique logo.

Since the combination, Bank of Commerce has continued to grow and opened a location in Tulsa in 2001 and in Claremore in 2006. Our latest expansion has been into Pryor, to continue to provide the service to Mayes County that began with the opening of Adair State Bank Bank of Commerce operates as a community bank today, much like it did in 1896, with employees serving the local communities through a wide variety of programs and social activities, such as local Chamber of Commerce boards, Rotary, city and civil boards and committees, and through outreach programs at our school districts.

While there have been many changes in banking and our communities since 1896, BOC is proud to continue to be a partner in those communities and we appreciate you continuing to place your trust and financial needs in our hands.

Bank Memberships

Member Oklahoma Bankers Association



It is the policy of Bank of Commerce to only accept applications for a posted position. When a position is posted, applications are accepted at any Bank of Commerce Branch. If a position is not available, applications will not be accepted.

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