Articles by Ashley Neese

About Ashley Neese

Ashley Neese currently serves as editor of Edmond Business and a freelancer specializing in overall communication strategy. She previously served as the communications and marketing manager at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, where she promoted chamber events, helped members gain exposure, and spearheaded the Edmond Young Professionals organization, as well as the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

An Edmond native, Ashley graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017 with a degree in Strategic Communications. In her free time, she enjoys brewing coffee and finding the best local eats.

UCO hosts future business leaders & top-talent faculty

By Ashley Neese | December 6, 2022

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Business is an AACSB-accredited school, which is given to the top business schools in the world, with only 5% of schools achieving the recognition. These schools must pass rigorous quality standards evaluating their programs, faculty, student GPAs, post-graduation recruitment, and more. UCO achieved this status in 2017 and was reaccredited in 2022 with the help of Jeremy Oller.

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Q3 2022 education and community announcements

By Ashley Neese | November 29, 2022

Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma recently announced staff changes and student competition results, while two local sports events were nationally recognized.

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August and September 2022 ribbon cuttings

By Ashley Neese | November 1, 2022

The Edmond Chamber of Commerce held thirteen ribbon cuttings celebrating local grand openings in August and September. There were a variety of new businesses in various industries, including real estate, health services, and even a mobile gaming theater. Two Edmond nonprofits, Daily Living Centers and Oklahoma Blood Institute, celebrated their long-awaited improvements to continue serving residents. Congratulations to these businesses on their major milestones!

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Provision Concepts opening soon at Fox Lake

By Ashley Neese | October 4, 2022

The new Regent Center at Fox Lake North is nearing completion and is expected to open before the end of 2022. The fast-growing restaurant group Provision Concepts will open three new dining locations and relocate its headquarters to the new complex. The Regent Center, just west of I-35, will host three new locations of existing Provision Concepts restaurants: Sidecar Barley and Wine Bar, Hatch Early Mood Food, and Chicken Foot.

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June and July 2022 ribbon cuttings

By Ashley Neese | September 6, 2022

The Edmond Chamber of Commerce held seven ribbon cuttings in June and July, with five grand openings and two anniversary celebrations. New businesses in Edmond include TeamFit, a training studio and gym; Evolution Imaging, a woman-owned imaging center; Wash Me Power Washing, a mobile residential or commercial power washing service; and Craft Homes, a home builder focused on affordable pricing. Neptune Society celebrated one year of services in Edmond, Torchy’s Tacos recognized their Edmond location, and S&B’s Burger Joint opened its second Edmond location. Congratulations to these businesses on their major milestones!

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Daily Living Centers to open new Edmond Center

By Ashley Neese | August 30, 2022

It’s been an exciting first quarter of 2022 for many Edmond area professionals, as they have had various changes in their careers! Here are some highlights from several.

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Q2 2022 career announcements

By Ashley Neese | August 23, 2022

Edmond residents continue to be locally and nationally recognized for their service, leadership, and achievements. Here are a few highlights from the first half of 2023. 

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East Edmond development challenges

By Ashley Neese | August 2, 2022

As Edmond continues to expand east beyond I-35, the neighborhoods are booming, but there has been a lack of commercial real estate interest and development. Ward 2 City Councilman Josh Moore and Randy Entz, director of planning and zoning at the City of Edmond, are working together to educate the community on the challenges and efforts involved in increasing business in east Edmond. 

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April and May 2022 ribbon cuttings

By Ashley Neese | July 5, 2022

Spring brought booming business to Edmond with fourteen ribbons cuttings hosted by the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. Local businesses celebrated nine grand openings of new locations, two anniversaries, and three service launches in the Edmond community. Long-time Edmond staple Prime Time Travel celebrated 42 years in business, Big River Footwear (formerly New Balance Edmond) launched its new branding, and Project 66 announced the expansion of its current facilities.

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Arcadia Lake improvement plan continues

By Ashley Neese | June 7, 2022

The City of Edmond’s investment in Arcadia Lake is progressing as officials recently hired LandPlan Consultants and secured funding for the project. More than $2 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan Act has been designated to support the infrastructure investment. 

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