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.

April and May 2021 ribbon cuttings

By Ashley Neese | June 1, 2021

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce staff and ambassadors had a busy spring with twelve ribbon cuttings and celebrations for Chamber members, including five grand openings, three service launches, one anniversary, and one groundbreaking. Our Ambassadors are great advocates for the Edmond business community and continually welcome, support, and highlight members. We are thrilled to…

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2021 Edmond Chamber golf tournament

By Ashley Neese | May 25, 2021

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament presented by OU Health Edmond at the Golf Club of Edmond. On Friday, May 7, 36 teams represented various industries and businesses across Edmond. Local celebrity players included newly elected Mayor Darrell Davis, Major Ed Pulido, Edmond Police Chief JD…

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March Madness brings boosted business

By Ashley Neese | May 4, 2021

The Edmond Chamber and Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) recently wrapped up the 2021 March Madness Restaurant Rebate, which rewarded residents with gift cards for supporting restaurants in Edmond city limits. The rebate program brought in nearly $20,000 in generated sales, translating to almost $3,000 in gift cards purchased from local restaurants. Residents could submit…

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Edmond Chamber 2020 award winners

By Ashley Neese | April 6, 2021

On March 25, the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2020 Annual Awards Banquet, recognizing individuals and businesses that made considerable contributions to the community over the past year. The event was especially impactful and meaningful after a difficult year for many local businesses.  The 2020 Small Business of the Year designation was awarded…

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February and March 2021 ribbon cuttings

By Ashley Neese | April 6, 2021

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce was proud to host eight ribbon cuttings throughout February and March to celebrate three anniversaries, three new businesses, and two new locations. We appreciate our local business owners’ dedication and look forward to watching them flourish in the Edmond community!

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Candidates weigh in on Edmond business issues

By Ashley Neese | March 2, 2021

The Edmond Chamber recently held a forum with the six city council and mayoral candidates to learn about each individual and understand their priorities.  When asked about what makes them the best candidate, Davis and Miller leaned heavily into their previous city council experience. Davis has been on the city council for the last nine…

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The importance of Edmond’s local elections

By Ashley Neese | February 2, 2021

There is no government that affects the daily lives of local business owners and stakeholders more than local government. So why is local voter turnout historically less than 20% of eligible voters?  On April 6th, Edmond residents will vote for a new mayor and two new city council seats, and now it’s more important than…

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December & January ribbon cuttings

By Ashley Neese | February 2, 2021

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce was proud to host four ribbon cuttings throughout December and January. Our masked-up Ambassadors braved the cold weather to mark the opening of three new locations for established businesses and to celebrate a 25th anniversary! As we dive headfirst into 2021, the Chamber is here to support Edmond businesses…

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The Edmond Chamber’s guiding stars

By Ashley Neese | January 5, 2021

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce has been recognized with 5-Star Accreditation by the United States Chamber of Commerce for the second time. The Edmond Chamber was first distinguished with a 5-Star rating in 2015. Accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the only program that defines…

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Give a gift, get a gift

By Ashley Neese | November 24, 2020

The holiday season looks a little different this year, and small businesses need our help more than ever. More than half of all small business owners across the country are worried about permanently shutting their doors due to coronavirus, and nearly one in five anticipate their business won’t make it to the end of the year. But we can…

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