Jill Castilla teams up with Mark Cuban to launch PPP.Bank

By Selina McGee | July 7, 2020

The world as we know it has been turned upside down. Many small business owners, non-profits, and sole proprietors had to completely shut their doors or drastically reduce hours back in March. Obviously, this put a great strain and hardship on many of our businesses here in Edmond. On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into…

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All are welcome at the table

By Koshia Silver | July 7, 2020

The death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 ignited a conversation long overdue.  It has sparked necessary dialogue between family, friends, and yes, businesses and their consumers. If you think things have “calmed down” or that people are beginning to “move on,” I have bad news, but this is not the time to opt…

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Park 17 brings unique amenities to Edmond

By Thomas Berger | July 7, 2020

In recent years the “shop local” movement has gained increasing popularity as more people seek to support their communities through buying and using services from local independent businesses instead of large retail stores and franchises.

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Frenzy Brewing opens in downtown Edmond

By David Brandon | July 7, 2020

Matt Conner, his wife Beth, and his business partner, Jeremy Estle, are the brains behind Frenzy Brewing, Edmond’s first brewery. As Matt spoke about the new endeavor, Jeremy was wearing galoshes and cleaning out stainless steel tanks for the next run of beer. “We’re just glorified janitors, honestly,” Matt said, laughing. These brewers are staying…

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New law untangles PPP loan forgiveness provisions

By Jim Denton | July 7, 2020

If you own or manage a business or not-for-profit, and you have a Paycheck Protection Program ( PPP ) loan, you are aware of the terms and conditions of the loan. As originally crafted, the program is a U.S. Small Business Administration loan where you have a 1% interest rate and a maturity date of…

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Leadership Edmond: A backstage pass to your city

By Brittany Willison | June 1, 2020

Every city provides necessities like public safety, street maintenance, and water services, but excellent cities take it a step further. From an extensive public art program to new trails through town (and more to come), Edmond has proven itself to be a community that invests in its people. Leadership Edmond (LE) gives participants a backstage…

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Life after coronavirus: Reopening Edmond

By David Brandon | June 1, 2020

COVID-19 infections might not have hit Oklahoma as hard as other areas. But they hit just as hard economically. The shutdowns, social distancing, and other consequences of the Coronavirus have had a big economic impact on Edmond. Though some businesses were classified as essential, many others weren’t, and the hospitality sector in particular was devastated.…

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#OKHereWeGO launches in Edmond to encourage local travel

By Staff Writer | June 1, 2020

The past several weeks were uncertain times for many Edmond businesses and families as the COVID-19 pandemic altered daily life. Spring break and summer vacations plans were scuttled, with residents instead focusing on social distancing to keep themselves and each other safe. Now, as the state begins to open back up, Edmond is hoping to…

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Three Edmondites celebrate prestigious honors

By Staff Writer | June 1, 2020

Three Edmondites are celebrating one of the most prestigious honors in our state. Diane Surtees, Mark Becker, and Scott Brown received the Most Promising New Business award for their work with Galvanic Energy during a recent virtual awards ceremony with more than 80 online participants. “Learning that we were a finalist re-validated our venture’s opportunity,…

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Planning and attending virtual events in Edmond

By Susan Hoover | June 1, 2020

The business of how we conduct business changed significantly in March with the shift to remote work for non-essential roles. Names like Zoom and GoToMeeting have now entered our daily vocabulary. During this significant pivot under social distancing orders, the virtual community became the only community many had to interact with outside of our homes,…

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