This year looks like it will be a wonderful year for all of us. Things are going to turn around and the future is looking bright. DEBA has several events in the works for 2021 along with the new VIBES coming in April (you will see more of that in this newsletter).
Our goal for this year to come together even more and show how amazing our district can be. We have many new members this year, we have new committee chairpeople, and we have some favorite events returning.
We would like all of your help to make sure that everyone is getting informed on the happenings of Downtown Edmond, so I am asking for some help with a few things:
- Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 405-471-2348 with the name of your business, contact person for that business and cell phone number and email. We want to make sure that our records are correct. This also helps us in case of an emergency.
- Take a little time and go visit a business in our area. It can be anyone in Downtown Edmond. We have so many businesses and sometimes it becomes habit to come to work and go home and we have found that some of us don’t know one another. It only makes us stronger when we know our neighbors and know what they have to offer.
- Share ideas with us. We are always looking for new ways to make Downtown even better. You can email or text me anytime. You can join a committee. You can volunteer during one of our events. There are so many ways to get involved.
Cheers to a New Year and we hope for Happiness, Health and Prosperity for you all.
We would like to welcome these new Members to DEBA!
Are you a Member?
Are you a member of the Downtown Edmond Business Association Private Member Page? If not, now is the time. Search for it on Facebook- Downtown Edmond Business Association Member, ask to join, and that is it. You will now be connected with up to date information.
It is also a place to share if you have something that would interest the group. Like news bulletins, specials for DEBA members only, events you are hosting, etc.
Hoot Gibson Award
It is that time again to nominate a DEBA member for the Hoot Gibson Award. This award is given out every year to someone in our district that exemplifies Downtown Edmond. The Nominee must be a member of DEBA or was a Leader in DEBA in 2020, shows pride and enthusiasm for Downtown, has gone above and beyond to make our district a better place.
Tell us your nomination and why you think they should be nominated.
Past winners were- Hoot Gibson 2018, Charles Lamb 2019, Stephanie Carel 2020
Join Visit Edmond as we continue to promote experiences, dining, shopping and more in 2021. Here are a few of our favorites:
- The indoor winter Edmond Farmers Market has been extended through March.
- The Eagle Watch at Arcadia Lake will be January 8-10. So far, there are no major changes to the event.
- The “Ada Trillo: La Caravana Del Diablo Exhibit” will be open at the UCO Melton Gallery January 14-March 4.
- The International Finals Rodeo will be at the Lazy E Arena January 15-17.
- January is the last month for viewing of the “Darci Lynne’s Got Talent” exhibit at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum.
Well here we are in November and it is time for the Holiday Season to go into full swing. We have some great activities ahead and Holiday decorations will be up soon. If you have some great decorations, store windows and restaurant themes, we would like to know. We will come by and take a picture and share it on social media.
- November all month- Holiday Open Houses begin
- November 6th- Christmas decorations go up
- November 7th- OK Ale Trail
- November 7th- Mural Festival
- November 11- Veterans Appreciation Day
- November 28- Horse Drawn Wagon Rides begin
- November 28- Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is going to be more important than ever this year with everything we have all been through. We would like to come together as a community and really promote everyone. We also ask that you share our posts that last week of November. When we help each other we become stronger together.
If you plan on doing something special on Small Business Saturday, we want to know so we can promote you with additional social media coverage. Please contact Stephanie at email@example.com
We would also like to know if you have any events coming up in December as well, such as Santa visits, charity events, shopping or restaurant events, etc. We would like to get those on our calendars now so we don’t double book.
Scarecrow Winners Announced
This years scarecrows were the best we have ever had and the public loved them. We got so many comments, shares and posts about the contest. Many people have now said this is one of their holiday traditions- coming to Downtown Edmond to see our scarecrows. We saw so many families down here taking photos with them.
For the month of October, we had 53,617 Facebook views and a similiar Instagram response. This brought more people to Downtown and it brought more attention to all of your businesses. We thank everyone who participated.
The winners for 2020 are:
- Sherri & Co: 1st place and winner of a $75 DEBA gift certificate and an ad in Edmond Life & Leisure
- Urban Forestry: 2nd Place and winner of a $50 DEBA gift certificate
- Edmond Fire Department: 3rd Place and winner of a $25 DEBA gift certificate
- Fine Arts Institute
- Edmond Tag Agency
- Edmond Police Department
- Hilton Garden Inn.
The City of Edmond began tree damage clean up in Downtown Edmond today. This will be a difficult job and may take a few days. Please tell them thank you if you see them or send a thank you email.
Time to Nominate or Volunteer
It is that time again please send in your nominations for the
DEBA 2021 Board:
We are also looking for chairpersons for the following:
- Streetscape– 3 decorating or planting projects a year
- Historian– helping to gather and compile publications and information
- Community Relations– charitable projects 3-4 times a year
- Sponsorship– communicating with potential sponsors for the arts festival and other events
- Signage- managing signage before and during the arts festival
- Stage Entertainment- Managing the stage entertainment before and during the arts festival. This includes scheduling acts and being here during the arts festival.
All of these positions require a monthly 1 hour meeting. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer, please email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to recognize all of our Veteran family on November 11th with some special social media posts. If you are a Veteran, you have a veteran in your family, or have an employee who is a veteran. Please email Stephanie at email@example.com or text 405-471-2348 so we can recognize them.
Please welcome our newest Associate Member –
The Edmond Way
From the Edmond Chamber of Commerce
It is with heavy hearts we inform you that Ken Moore passed away this morning. Ken was our President and CEO for 9.5 years and had a massive impact on our chamber and Edmond as a whole. Ken was highly respected in the community, and known as a “chamber legend” around the country after leading chambers in five different states for 47 years of his life. After he retired in 2016, Ken remained active in Edmond, the community he loved and served well. He will be missed dearly by many. We offer our condolence’s to Ken’s family and his many friends.
We will notify our members when funeral arrangements have been made. In the meantime, please share your photos of Ken in the comments below so that we may share with his family the happy chamber memories made.
DEBA will miss him!
The Edmond-based Artist
When Edmond’s largest interactive art piece was installed at the Festival Marketplace on October 15, it not only marked the city’s 235th public art installation, but also a new business trend. Interactive art is engaging visitors and citizens to stay downtown longer, and it’s working with Edmond businesses to do so.
The presence of art pieces in Edmond enhances our overall economic vitality. Interactive art brings Edmond citizens and people from outside the area to our downtown to eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores, and create experiences that make them want to return again and again. While it may be hard to put a number on that, the impact is tremendous.
Zonly Looman, an Edmond-based artist, created “Key to My Heart” as his sixth piece in the Edmond Public Art inventory.
“I designed this piece for more than visual attraction,” he said. “It will encourage people to touch and interact with the art, but also engage with local businesses. Most importantly, everyone needs a little more L-O-V-E in their life.” Looman plans to create a new art piece with the keys that are collected from the locks.
How it works
- Visit “Key to My Heart” on the north end of the Festival Marketplace at 30 West First Street.
- Scope out where you’d like to add a lock on the seven-foot-tall and 32-foot-long steel L-O-V-E letters.
- Visit a downtown Edmond business selling locks.
- Write a message on the lock.
- Walk back to “Key to My Heart” and attach your lock.
- Drop the key in one of the slots in the base of a letter.
Personally, I officially joined the lovers’ tradition of adding locks to art like the famous “Love Lock Bridge” in Paris, France, and “SkyDance Bridge” in Oklahoma City. I attached a lock with a birthday message to my son.
Business selling locks
Several businesses already have locks available for purchase, including The Edmond Historical Society & Museum, Edmond Tag Agency, Frenzy Brewing Company, Hello Love Salon, Office Depot, and Silver Leaf Gems.
Downtown Edmond business leaders expressed excitement about attracting new customers with interactive art.
Ashton Stovall, co-owner of Urban Okie, said, “I am a huge fan of Zonly Looman. This is a creative way to motivate people to spend more time in downtown Edmond.”
Evan Small, co-owner of Blocworks, said, “Art installation takes lots of cooperation and the collaborative spirit is contagious. I love the blooming creativity in our downtown.”
Kristy Woodson, general manager of Around the Corner, is also supportive of this concept. “I’ve seen this concept in other cities and we are really supportive of fresh ideas that bring new customers,” she said.
Private funding partners
The private funding partners for “Key to My Heart” are Matthew & Kim Myers, Chris Dingess, David Maschino, Ashley and Casey Massegee, Kyle and Lex Copeland, and Chris and Anabelle Anderson.
You can read more information about Edmond’s Public Art on the Visit Edmond website.
Edmond Chamber Women’s Summit
Synchronicity: Connecting your Team for Optimal Results!
In 2020 we have a plethora of artificial intelligence, data, and analytics yet still feel phenomenally disconnected in the workplace. Let’s create better interoffice relationships where each team member feels supported, encouraged and valued, where it’s more likely that interoffice relationships will improve, client connections will grow stronger, and your team’s productivity and performance will reach new heights!
Meet our Keynote Speaker, Shannon McKain:
For more than a decade, workplace culture expert, Shannon McKain, has motivated audiences to make changes for the better in their professional and personal lives. A gifted speaker, McKain’s authenticity and her ability to intimately connect with an auditorium filled with employees and executives aren’t performance art — she’s the real deal.
Before traveling the country to influence others, McKain was in her audience’s shoes, working in the corporate world where she saw, and even experienced herself, how The Great Divide impacted growth and success among her peers.
Calling on that past, she openly shares personal stories and her own encounters with culture issues in ways that not only build trust and empathy with her audience, they result in dramatic mindset shifts that help drive dynamic transformations within an organization.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:30 AM thru 02:00 PM
At: Gaillardia Country Club
5300 Gaillardia Blvd
RSVP Required; Cost: $75 for members; $90 for Non-members & Late Registrations
*only 75 participants will be able to attend in person – first come, first serve
$400 for a sponsored table of 4, $500 for a booth sponsorship (comes with 2 tickets and display space for your business )
$25 for virtual Zoom option – this option is listen only and participants will not be able to be seen
Spread the news about these self-guided art tour brochures that were recently completed by UCO students from a grant that Visit Edmond received. Digital versions are showcased here: https://visitedmondok.com/public-art.php
Scarecrows Are Coming
Thanks to everyone for picking up your scarecrows and thanks to Michelle, Enrique and Reagan for helping to deliver those who could not pick up. If you would have not gotten a scarecrow and would like to participate or need another one, I have a few left.
Let’s make 2020 the BEST SCARECROW YEAR EVER
This year as a bonus, everyone will get individual posts highlighting your scarecrow as well as information about your business or the owners.
End of September- Help place straw bales and pumpkins on the street corners. Takes about an hour
Middle of November- decorating the street corners for Christmas. Takes about an hour
The Arts Festival committee is looking for a Plaza Entertainment Captain and Sponsorship captains. Monthly virtual meeting (about an hour) and must be available the first weekend of May during the arts festival
Welcome To Our Newest Members
The Coop Work+Event Space
10 West 1st Street
The Rage Cage
514 South Broadway
Calm Heart Therapeutic Massage
700 West 15th St.
Essence of Nature Art Studio
649 North Broadway
Round 2 Applications
Applications for round two of the Edmond Small Business Microgrant Program will be accepted from Wednesday, August 26 to Wednesday, September 9.
The program is designed to offer a lifeline to local small businesses, which will result in greater continuity of operations and will sustain viability through the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide a local grant benefit to businesses to bridge their limited cash reserves as they proactively take steps to amass financing and capital from other sources.
To be eligible, applicants must be a for-profit corporation or business registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State; have a physical brick and mortar location in the city limits of Edmond, OK, with the majority of revenue normally coming from in-person transactions; have been established before January 1, 2020; and have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees. Priority will be given to minority applicants. Online businesses are not eligible. This program is administered by the Edmond Economic Development Authority.
What can we all say about 2020? We have made it to August and we are more than halfway through the year. It has been challenging to say the least. The challenges we have all faced as small business owners have been monumental but has also has forced us to take new directions in our businesses that we may have not taken before. Many of us have made websites or are looking into making websites which helps bring in more sales. All of us have used social media in a new way and it has become a daily habit to bring attention to your business. It has also been an easy way to keep your customers and potential customers updated to our ever changing world. Our businesses have never been cleaner or germ free. And our masks have now become fashion statements. It has also brought our Downtown even closer than it was before. Friends helping friends, customers supporting Downtown Edmond like never before, strengthening our bond to watch out for one another, I have never been more proud of DEBA in my life and the way each one of you have contributed to keep Downtown Edmond the best it can be. Way to go!!!
Thank you to all of the members who took our recent survey. We had a huge response and I even reached out non-DEBA members in Downtown Edmond so we could get a more accurate feel for what everyone was thinking. The comments sections were shared with our city council and we really appreciate all of the kind words that you sent regarding DEBA.
No matter which opinion you have regarding the issues that we face today. No answer is a wrong answer and we truly appreciate your honesty and feedback.
What would you like to see the City of Edmond do pertaining to the mask or no mask policy some cities are doing currently?
77% YES Masks
23% NO Masks
We know some of you have gotten some unkind feedback regarding your store policy, would it help you, as a business owner, if all places were required to follow the same guidelines?
Member Spotlight- Angie Clemens Byers
I have been with Back40 Design / Edmond Outlook Magazine since 2019 and the Account Executive for Edmond Outlook, which means I get the privilege of connecting businesses with the local community through advertising and…most importantly…telling their stories!
Dave Miller started Edmond Outlook 15 years ago and his heart and the “why” behind this publication are what make it so successful! When you’re heart is in the right place, you can’t help but GROW!
I love the way downtown Edmond embraces history and encourages modernization simultaneously. Enjoying downtown brings a connection with the past, a present worth savoring and the invigorating feeling that you’re part of a very special future.
Connecting with people and building relationships is what I am meant to do. My job isn’t necessarily about “sales”…it’s about seeing into the hearts of people and finding ways to build up, encourage and support them in their endeavors. Having a career that allows me to do this is a dream come true!
I grew up in Terlton, OK way out in the country. I moved to Edmond in the 90’s…just one month after I graduated high school…to go to UCO where I had received a minority achievement scholarship. I had so much clarity and conviction that this was where I was supposed to be. I knew absolutely no one here, but this was my path and I’ve always known that Edmond is “home”. I now get to raise my two boys here who are 12 and 9. As a family of three, we love all things outdoorsy and actively enjoy the Scouting community along with pretty much every sport imaginable. Our sweet little dog Cookie keeps us all in line.
Giving back to the community and contributing to the world around you is so important! I enjoy being an Ambassador for the Edmond Chamber and am looking forward to taking part of Leadership Edmond Class XXXVI. I’ve also been a member of Edmond Women’s Club for a few years and serve on the Membership committee. Being in leadership with Crossings Women’s Ministry has also brought joy over the past 12 years.
Your Business is on Route 66
With road trips on the rise, Visit Edmond has seen increased traffic along Route 66. Downtown Edmond is one of our main attractions along this popular and historic Mother Road. Let’s work together to encourage visitors to cruise through Edmond on a Route 66 road trip. Here are some sites and attractions on and just off our stretch of Route 66:
Edmond Historical Society & Museum
“Touch The Clouds” art
“Statue of Liberty” art
1889 Territorial Schoolhouse
Festival Market Place
“Blue Hippo” art
See more in Visit Edmond’s online guide: https://issuu.com/cityofedmond/docs/edmond_visitors_guide_20191216_web_mid/50.
Use these tags when you promote Edmond on social media: #visitedmond #edmondok #oklahoma #route66 #travelok #okherewego
Inaugural Cycle 66 Ride is rolling through Edmond
What – A combination rural/urban bicycling tour beginning and ending in Edmond and leading riders SAFELY through 66 miles of beautiful roads including Route 66.
Who – A partnership between Oklahoma Route 66 Association, Visit Edmond, the State of Oklahoma and OU Medical Center
Where – Inaugural Cycle 66 Tour will begin and end at 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 8 at Festival Marketplace in Edmond
Why – Nov. 11, 1926 is the day Route 66 was established – this bike ride will celebrate the anniversary every year. Capitalizing on the renewed focus on Route 66 tourism brought about by Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Cycle 66 will highlight Central Oklahoma communities and businesses along the Mother Road while promoting adventure, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Jennifer Seaton Director, Visit Edmond
EEDA Loan Program
The Edmond Economic Development Authority is offering E-Commerce Loans for businesses.
This 0% interest loan will help businesses build a website or improve on an existing one with the help of professionals.
If you are interested or would like more information, feel free to contact them.
Four Ways to Connect
It can take awhile to find your place in your community and often it takes trying different things to figure out where your passion lies. Below are four foolproof ways to get connected in Edmond.
- Leadership Edmond: You’ve likely heard us talk about Leadership Edmond (LE) before. We love talking about this program because we feel that it is the #1 way to get plugged into Edmond. The nine-month program takes those who are already interested in being involved in the community and equips them with the knowledge, connections and resources to be the ultimate civil servant. We’re currently taking applications for LE Class XXXVI (36), contact the chamber to learn more.
- Join a City Committee: Did you know the City of Edmond has more than two dozen committees for citizens to join? From the Visual Arts Commission to the Bicycle Committee, there are many ways to be a part of the betterment of our community. Visit the city website to apply!
- Diversity and Inclusion Series: New in 2020, the Edmond Chamber originally had the series scheduled to kick off in March, but COVID-19 had other plans for us. The series will now kick off virtually on June 30th and will continue monthly after that. We’ve partnered with the city to make sure this event remains free and accessible for all community members. Learn more and register on the Edmond Chamber website.
- Edmond Young Professionals: Chances are you or someone you know is a young professional living and/or working in Edmond. We can’t recommend our Edmond Young Professionals (EYP) program enough. The group meets several times a month (currently virtual) and provides opportunities to network, volunteer and learn something new. This fun, casual group is always finding ways to support the community. Check it out at edmondchamber.com/EYP.
As your local chamber, our passion is to help you connect. We’re here to be a resource to you and we’re eager to get you plugged in. If you have questions, give us a call!
Sherry Jordan, President and CEO
Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce
We would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. Hopefully everyone got to spend some quality time with friends and family over the weekend.
I cannot believe I am saying this but it is already July and already time to start planning your Krazy Daze Specials. The official date for this year is July 25th, but as you know you can hold your event for several days or just the one day.
This year is going to be a lot different than years past. We will not be holding a large gathering type of event but instead focus on each business individually. The focus on our end will be promoting you ALOT on social media. So we will need your help by emailing me what dates you plan on having your sale, what discounts or specials you will be offering, giveaways you might be having, etc. Please text those to me at 405-471-2348, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or messaging me on social media.
Some creative ideas for this event-
If you are a restaurant or bar- offer a special appetizer or drink special that day. Give away a couple of t-shirts or hats.
If you are a business that is still limiting the amount of customers in at one time- do social media sales events. List sale items with limited quantities on social media, days before the event. I bet they are gone before the end of the day. Hold a Facebook Live shopping event. Really fun and your customers will love it.
Extend your Krazy Daze Sale for several days so your customers will be spaced out to control social distancing.
Set up outside your store to promote outdoor shopping.
A big welcome to our newest members- Edmond Outlook.
Edmond Outlook has always be great supporters of Downtown Edmond so we are so happy ot have them as a part of the group.
It is with heavy hearts that the Downtown Edmond Business Association Executive Board has decided to cancel the 42nd Annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival.
Following the Governors guidelines and the City of Edmond’s Council orders, we do not feel that it would be safe for our artists, volunteers or citizens to hold such a large event.
If you are an artist, entertainer or food vendor, please check your email today about our process. It should answer everyone’s questions. If you still have questions beginning tomorrow, please feel free to contact email@example.com
We will look into planning a smaller Fall Event to have something to look forward.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who have worked so hard over the last year. We look forward to 2021.
We are getting updates from the city, getting advice and information from the Chamber, EEDA and Visit Edmond daily. Here is what we know and what we are doing at this time. This will change hour by hour I am sure but we will keep you as up to date as possible.
- The City will be holding an emergency city council meeting at 5pm today. We should know after that time what their recommendations will be for our city.
- DEBA is updating and posting often on the Downtown Edmond Business Member Facebook page. If you are not a member, we suggest that you join the group so you can share your information easily as well as get information easily.
- DEBA is sharing your business information on all of our social media formats. We need your help though, if you make changes, please email us or post on the group page so we can help spread the word.
- The Chamber, EEDA, Visit Edmond, Citizens Bank and the city have been sending us recommendations and information that we are sharing with the group. Things like Small Business loans, ways to keep your business social media relevant, cleaning techniques, ways to help your employees, etc. I am sharing those on the group page as well. If you have an idea, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share this with the group.
We want you to know that we are there for you and will try our best to keep everyone informed. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay Positive.
Ken Baker is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma and has lived in Edmond, OK for more than 40 years. A dedicated landscape painter, Baker’s oil paintings depict a variety of locations throughout the Southwest and include many historical sites with missions and early settlements. He has been showing his paintings at the Edmond Arts Festival for approximately 10 years and enjoys meeting and talking with so many of the people from Edmond and around the State of Oklahoma. He also participates in several shows including the prestigious NatureWorks show in Tulsa, OK that spotlights artists from across the nation. Baker’s paintings have been featured in several national magazines, including “Art of the West”, “Southwest Art”, “Western Art Collector” and others.
“All of my paintings have stories,” says Baker. “Since most are painted on-site in plein air, it is my belief that knowing details of the paintings such as location and circumstance adds to the pleasure of owning a
“I am humbled and honored to participate in the Edmond Arts Festival and hope to participate for many more years to come.”
Ken Baker can be contacted at:
The 2020 Downtown Edmond Arts Festival’s featured artist is Robert Cornman of Lakeland, Florida. Join us on May 1st – 3rd to check out Cornman’s original paintings in oil and acrylic.
“I consider myself an abstract expressionist trying to touch the observer with visual language. The art is set with rich, vibrant colors and evolves with multiple layers of texture and patterns. With a wash in color, depth and a collage of mixed media is used in my abstracts to bring life to each piece. Being influenced with action painting and the spontaneous or smeared flow of color helps me focus on bold strokes. I experiment with different styles to take on a visibility and an understanding to bring comfort to the viewer.
“Color constantly surrounds us but many people take them for granted. Abstract art is very much the expression of ideas concerning the spiritual, the unconscious and the mind. Think of my work as maintaining a balance between chaos and control as well as the paintings being a process rather than a product.”
– Robert Cornman
Hoot Gibson and other business leaders started the organization to provide a sense of community amongst the Downtown Edmond Businesses.
All these years later, it is still in operation and stronger than ever. The Association provides many events for the the city of Edmond like the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival which is in its 42nd year. The also provide support for the business members by using networking events, training, social media coverage, community outreach and keeping everyone up to date with newsletters and emails.
It is wonderful to be part of such a rich history!