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OC School of Business brings values to business

By Phil Klutts | September 6, 2022

After more than 50 years of serving students, the Oklahoma Christian School of Business continues to be a top program at the college, boasting hundreds of graduates every year. Jeff Simmons, professor and chair of the School of Business, shares the mission of the program and his plans to expand opportunities for its students. 

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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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Edmond restaurants need support post-pandemic

By Alyssa Weathers-Murphy | July 5, 2022

Local Edmond restaurants—especially family-owned and operated restaurants—need our compassion, support, and dollars now more than ever. Yes, even now, over two years since the pandemic came to the United States. In the interest of full disclosure, my perspective on this issue is from someone who runs a marketing company that helps restaurants with the daily tasks of promoting their businesses. Happy hours, specials, dine-in, curbside, delivery apps, holiday catering, you name it, my team and I have helped our clients advertise it online. 

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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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Good VIBES return to Edmond

By Jennifer Seaton | May 3, 2022

As Edmond’s VIBES returned in April for a second season, 43 businesses, 44 visual artists and 10 performing artists entertained guests along 15 downtown blocks. These continually growing numbers are a demonstration of the community partnerships and participation that make VIBES special. 

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Heard on Hurd returns for first full season post-pandemic

By Ashley Neese | April 5, 2022

At the beginning of the food truck boom in 2014, Citizens Bank of Edmond launched a new local food truck event hoping to bring around 300 residents to the downtown Edmond area. Eight years later, Heard on Hurd has hosted more than one million attendees to celebrate great food and music, becoming a staple event in the Edmond community. 

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Exploring local fitness options

By Jackie Bell | March 1, 2022

Exercise is essential to living a healthy lifestyle, and Edmond, Oklahoma has many awesome fitness opportunities for you to choose from. Whether you are looking for a kid-friendly gym or a variety of fitness classes to explore, Edmond is filled with great options.

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AXIS powered by FT helps grow businesses

By Phil Klutts | February 1, 2022

Francis Tuttle Technology Center is no stranger to helping businesses succeed. The career-tech was formed in 1979 as part of Oklahoma’s vocational education system to provide professional and career advancement at various levels for high schoolers, higher education students, and adult professionals. Francis Tuttle’s brand new campus on Danforth Road in Edmond is doing more than just training workers with traditional vocational skills. The school also supports local business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Sandler Training offers yearly scholarships

By Jackie Bell | January 4, 2022

Many small businesses make an effort to give back to the community, but not many offer over $90,000 in scholarships each year. Sandler Training of Oklahoma specializes in sales, management, and leadership development. Each year, the Sandler team offers two scholarships: the Brian Land Memorial Young Professional Scholarship and Sandler Training Non-Profit Scholarship.

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Local businesses overcome supply chain issues

By Phil Klutts | December 7, 2021

The Port of Los Angeles is 1,300 miles away. The Suez Canal is even further from Edmond at almost 7,000 miles on the other side of the globe. These two places, along with factories and transportation hubs worldwide, have had an impact right here in Edmond. Supply chain disruptions have delayed or halted shipments coming to stores and companies near you.

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