Articles by Michela Owen

About Michela Owen

Michela Owen is an Oklahoma native and passionate wordsmith with a knack for creative problem-solving. After obtaining her associate's in business management from Baptist Bible College, she went on to receive her bachelor's of journalism with a focus in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma. During her time at OU, she was the news lead of OU Esports.

Michela is also a Marketing Strategist at Backslash Creative, where she helps businesses and nonprofits be strategic about how and where they spend their marketing efforts.

Lodging tax increase vote

By Michela Owen | June 7, 2024

Edmond residents will soon vote on a proposition to increase the city’s lodging tax from 4% to 6% during the primary election on June 18, 2024. This tax, applied to overnight stays in local hotels, bed & breakfasts, and vacation homes, is the lowest in the metro area. If passed, the increase is estimated to generate an additional $500,000 in revenue annually, which would benefit the city in various ways.

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New association CEO elevates real estate

By Michela Owen | May 9, 2024

In a significant leadership shakeup to enhance and uplift local real estate operations, the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) announced Bryan Hutchinson as its new Chief Executive Officer in February. With a robust background in real estate, including stints as the CEO for associations in New Jersey and Texas, Hutchinson is poised to drive OAR forward amid evolving market dynamics.

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Young Professional Q&A: Britley Little

By Michela Owen | April 30, 2024

Britley Little with Anna’s House Foundation is a woman of many talents and a big heart, leveraging her many skills across the community. Serving wherever she goes, this Edmond resident can be found building relationships and loving people.

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Edmond-owned Sandler office awards scholarships

By Michela Owen | April 16, 2024

Sandler Custom Growth Solutions recently awarded two scholarships to two different recipients. The winners were Kaley Field, a young professional passionate about transformative leadership with IntelliShift, and No Boundaries International (NBI), represented by Dr. Lori Basey, focusing on global and local crisis response.

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Downtown Edmond’s first Transformation Manager

By Michela Owen | February 22, 2024

In an ambitious move to shape the future of its central district, the City of Edmond recently welcomed Leana Dozier as its first Downtown Transformation Manager. This strategic role marks a significant commitment from the City of Edmond to enhance and evolve its downtown area through focused development projects and partnerships.

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Empathetic business success

By Michela Owen | January 19, 2024

Dr. Daniel Rowe is one of those people. There are few physicians of any kind with the deep compassion, empathetic listening skills, and business savvy as Dr. Rowe. In a world of people ready to sell you a quick fix for your business or body, Dr. Rowe stands apart as an example to those in any profession.

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Pawsh’s approach to pet wellness

By Michela Owen | January 19, 2024

Marie Riehl of Pawsh has loved animals since childhood. But working with animals isn’t all fun and games. Marie has worked for seven years to take her in-home grooming operation to new heights. 

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Local roofing company innovating

By Michela Owen | December 14, 2023

A home in Edmond just got a significant upgrade with the installation of Tamko’s StormFighter IR® shingles, a new type of shingle designed to be installed in and endure severe weather. The installation, completed on December 5, 2023, by Land Enterprises Roofing, marks a first for the United States.

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Transforming lives and bodies worldwide

By Michela Owen | November 7, 2023

Sling Bungee Fitness, a cutting-edge fitness studio nestled in Edmond, is spearheading a fitness revolution under the expert guidance of local Candace Williams. As an entrepreneur and fitness aficionado, Williams has transformed her life. She has left a lasting impact on the local community and the broader fitness industry through her various fitness enterprises.

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Renewal Beauty is more than skin-deep

By Michela Owen | October 6, 2023

Behind the services they provide, Renewal Beauty has real challenges to overcome to serve its clients and grow the business.

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