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Friday, January 18, 2019

City of Lawton Presents the 2019 Adult Easter Egg Hunt

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City of Lawton Parks & Recreation Department Presents the 2019 Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt, April 20, 2019! Registration is required to participate and age groups are listed by category. Don't miss your chance to join the fun! 

Are you a vendor looking to showcase your business? Apply here.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information, click here

 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 14 - January 20

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 14 - January 20:

Last Week's Results:

Men's Basketball:

vs Western New Mexico won 82-70 (5-10) (1-4)

vs University of Texas Permian Basin lost 89-93 (5-11) (1-5)

Women's Basketball:

vs Western New Mexico lost 54-67 (4-9)(1-4)

vs University of Texas Permian Basin won OT 77-67 (5-9)(2-4)

 

This Week's Schedule

Tuesday, January 15: Women's Basketball vs Midwestern State @ Aggie Gym 5:30pm (oksportsnet.com) Joe Jones Night!

Tuesday, January 15: Men's Basketball vs Midwestern State @ Aggie Gym 7:30pm (oksportsnet.com) Joe Jones Night!

Saturday, January 19: Women's Basketball @ Texas Woman's (Denton, TX) 2:00pm (www.cameronaggies.com)

 

State of the Workforce Luncheon: 5 Dimensions of Workforce, Presented By Great Plains Technology Center Business Development

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

                               

                                 5 Dimensions of Employment Experience

These are a few of the wonderful comments, ideas and suggestions from the State of the Workforce Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on January 10th, 2019!

For more information on the State of the Workforce Luncheon Presentation, please contact Great Plains Technology Center- Business Development, Lynn Null at lnull@greatplains.edu. 

 

Belonging:

Treat like family (time off for family)

Monthly Department Celebrations

Recognize employee birthdays- Birthday off with pay

As an employee, what makes me happy is being included in the team & receiving recognition for accomplishments, even the small ones. Also being listened to & heard by my superiors.

Activities that the employees help plan and conduct in order to bring unity to the team.

Carry – In Luncheons, Holiday events, Seasonal Activities, Cookies, Candy, Donuts, and Breakfast.

Promote teamwork thru job sharing and training.

Share with customers, team members, “I have an Idea”.

Ask questions about work - talk thru issues instead of telling what to do.

Responsibility & Accountability go hand- in- hand.

Team meetings, team retreats, and potlucks.

Add value to the organization through sharing of responsibility. How the person fits into the organization to support the mission, vision, and goals.

Open discussion on topics, collaborative input.

We have regular team meetings for our very diverse group of employees. We have mentor/trainee meetings as well, getting regular updates from the mentor in regards to trainee strengths and weaknesses so we can make sure the new employee is in the right spot in our firm.

 

Purpose:

Incentives are given. Honor employees and give recognition. Help them understand their importance in making everything flow together.

Employee appreciation days/ lunch. Updates from corp. emails, newsletters.

Recognize top performers in the company.

Help promote economic development, help start/catalyze business and create new opportunities. Raise quality of life. Promote community development. Leadership development of students, staff, and clients. Encourage others to read others goals and aim high/dream big. Enhance quality of education.

Understand why ones work matters leads to understand their drive. What makes them come to work, why they come to work? Points to how you can show appreciation specifically to fit the employee.

Pinpointing how an employee is motivated and working to use that as their “why”.

Finding their “feel good”. Generally words of appreciation.

More recognition for doing a good job instead of just focusing on mistakes.

Rewards monthly or quarterly for doing a good job or going above and beyond.

We reward employees for a job well done along with when we complete our jobs as a team. We give customers the help they require and with the best professional and hometown atmosphere as we can give. Customer experience!!

Monthly awards or honors when employee reaches a goal.

Find out what motivates each employee and come up with individual awards.

Show employees testimonials from clients that show advertising. Working and growing their business.

Our work matters because we are passing on knowledge to students who will be entering the workforce.

Understand why ones work matters? Letting your employees know where they fit in and how their work positively impacts their customers.

Recognize quality work of employees monthly in front of the whole organization.

Establish feedback mechanism for employees and make sure employer addresses the whole organization.

Why ones work matters: Life experiences to be fulfilled positively and as a whole.

Idea: Consistently keep employees informed on $, Growth, etc. to feel part of the team organization. “I made that philosophy”.

Employees need to feel they are a valued part of the team and they need a clear vision. We communicate their value in our common purpose.

Purpose is the fuel for the engine, it’s what creates clarity, drive and focus. Every decision can be tied back to “does it fit the purpose or not?”

Help them understand their individual purpose through the internal customer concept.

To make a quality product efficiently.

Helping to bring a better quality of life by finding the next big idea for our community and bring jobs. Bringing community together.

Evaluate, productivity, expand.

Evaluate policies and procedures with staff to streamline effectiveness and quality of the organization.

OK Workforce center.

 

Achievement:

Celebrate employee birthdays, work anniversaries, Team Christmas party, party with spouses.

Team collaboration on projects, coaching sessions.

Pay/bonuses, recognition, annually, certificates, team recognition, collaboration, set goals individually, group, & organization.

Random gift cards given for appreciation, verbal praise.

Being results oriented, connecting day to day “chores” to successes-large & small.

#1 recognize people on the team, #2 give them rewards, and #3 promote them to new levels of opportunities within the company.

Pam & Barry’s team: Include sales staff in weekly meetings, roll dice for every sale made the previous week, they pick. A support staff person and whatever the roll of the dice is we give a dollar for each amount of the dice and give that to both the staff person & sales person this really builds camaraderie.

Rolling dice & $ for sales, shout outs at weekly meeting, gift cards to shop or eat.

Recognition & awards for excellent work.

Incentives for sales achievements, annual awards, Bridge builders-job shadow experiences, Internal training opportunities, Intranet shout outs.

Incentives

Set goals & celebrate with lunches when achieved.

 

Happiness:

Staying connected; regular lunches with a main purpose of fellowship and organizational updates.

Fun atmosphere, cash incentives, commission structure, connectivity.

Scheduled weekly meetings to discuss any issues, share successes, and strategize about the upcoming week. Open door policy.

Feeling appreciated.

Feeling appreciated, verbal recognition. Being given clear instructions, feeling like part of the team.

The pleasant feeling arising in and around work.

2 hours off on Friday, Cash incentives – positive attitude from management -“Good Job!”

Breakfast on Monday morning sales meeting. Leader board with star recognition.

Able to help another business be successful. Organizational trust, Employee relationships.

Small notes, words of affirmation. , Getting to know your coworkers, Remember details about their life (feeling like a person rather than a number).

Giving “survival kits” during busy times. These can be as simple as a bag with chocolate, gift cards, Tylenol, etc. Letting them know you are thinking of them.

 

Vigor:

Know your audience, encourage feedback, set the tone for the day.

Be more deliberate at positive and happy energy.

Starting the day on a positive note-setting the tone for the day.

Leave personal issues at the door-do not bring negative vibes into the office.

Ask for feedback and coaching opportunities.

Energy is contagious: enter your workday with vigor. Explain everything, keep employees excited, and set the tone for the day.

Without vigor we grow stagnant and do not get everything done. We cannot provide good client experiences without hard work and vigor.

Sense of ownership (Employee owned)

Help team members feel important.

Investment in the business not just going thru the motions.

Ask team members-include them in the discussion.

Develop relationships between team members-make friends at work.

Pay increases, bonuses, plurality, positive work atmosphere, and friendly relationships with superiors; recognition.

Promote within the company, positive coaching’s, yearly Christmas bonuses, Store of the month-trophy, Daily recognition for meeting goals.

Store of the month, annual review, Christmas bonus, senior retreat.

Paid holidays, having insurance coverage, good benefits, fair wage, and Great boss!

Positive coaching performance, promote within, offer management classes, yearly bonuses, daily recognition for goals met , management thanking employee(s) for achieving goals.

 

 

Friday, January 11, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Talks About Mayor Fitch’s Integral Role in Shaping The Community

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I heard a story about a traveler that met three stonecutters along a road and he asked them what they were doing.   The first man responded that he was cutting stone. The second said he was shaping a cornerstone. The third smiled and said, “I am building a cathedral.”

 

As we see the change of office with our Mayor, I believe we owe a great deal of gratitude to those that serve in public elected positions. When I think of the Mayor, especially Mayor Fitch, I believe that he woke up each day, greeted the morning with the hopes of building a cathedral.   I believe Mayor Fitch has a unique gift of seeing the big picture.   It’s been said that great leaders see things years down the path. They look beyond today and tomorrow and they work to see the reality decades away.

 

I believe during Mayor Fitch’s tenure in public service he was thinking about the future of our community.   In fact, he was thinking about the future of others when he donated personally earned funds for the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center, which many within Southwest Oklahoma have greatly been blessed by such generosity. I know I am forever grateful to have this beautiful, lifesaving facility is available right here locally.   Honestly, it’s quite remarkable that we have such a state-of-the-art facility that has touched so many lives. Such commitment and support of our community is not to be taken lightly. I admire individuals such as Mayor Fitch, and now our new Mayor, Mayor Booker for taking on the challenge of public office and putting themselves out there to be willing participants working to improve our community.   What both have done and will continue to do for our community, as a whole is also reflective of the commitment and support they have made to us individually.

With the dedication and attitude of a Cathedral builder, Mayor Fitch served us well.   He worked diligently for the betterment of the community he loved and appreciated, and I thank him for that. French moralist Joseph Joubert said, “Monuments are grappling irons that bind one generation to another.”   I believe that public servants, such as those that serve as Mayor and City Council are the faithful stewards of our society that bind our diverse strengths together for the betterment of the next generation. They are making informed decisions, working actions that may not be realized during their life, but the next generation will benefit for their tireless efforts. For that, I am very much appreciative.   If you see a member of our City leadership out and about, thank them for their efforts. As well, if you see Mayor Fitch out, thank him.   You may not agree with every decision made, but I believe we can all agree, it takes a great citizen to stand up and take on the diverse challenges we face in our communities. Public service is not for the weak of mind, or heart.        

 

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Join Us For State of Arts Luncheon, A Kick-Off Celebration

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On Friday, February 22nd, 2019, the Chamber will host the second series of the new monthly luncheon called State of Arts Luncheon from 11:30am-1pm at the Lawton Country Club.
 
State of Arts will be presented by the Lawton Arts For All in a kick-off celebration. Our guest speaker for the event will be guest speaker retired U.S. Magisterate Judge and artist, Sam Joyner. Join us as we learn about the current issues impacting the arts community.
 
Sponsorship opportunities are available. To sponsor the State of Arts Luncheon, please call us at (580)-355-3541.

State of the Workforce Is A Hit In Debut!

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State of the Workforce took place on Thursday, January 10th at the Apache Casino Hotel with nearly 100 guests from businesses throughout the community. The luncheon was introduced by Chairman of the Board, Albert Johnson Jr.

Following the introduction, the presenters took to the stage to share insight on the workforce topics. Great Plains Technology Center Small Business Management Coordinator, Lynn Null began the discussion with the Five Dimensions of Employment and offered an interactive segment for guests to participate. The next presenter, Great Plains Technology Center Small Business Management Coordinator, James Taylor shared research and study to support the new ways to train and develop our workforce. Finally, Oklahoma Works Candace Garcia concluded the presentation by sharing resources that are available to employers and employees. 

Thank you to our guests for participating in the first of many informative and engaging conversations on topics affecting our community!

Missed the State of Workforce Luncheon? Check out the presentation here.  

Many thanks to our generous sponsors for supporting the event! 

 

To view images taken form the event, please click here

 

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Brings In The New Year With Special Message Opportunity For Growth

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2019 a New Year, a new opportunity to focus on growth, both in our personal lives and our professional lives. I recently received a note from someone I really appreciate having in my life, as she challenges me to think deeper. She shared she will be focused on growing in wisdom in the new-year.   I must admit I thought that was much better than the normal resolution of working out more, losing ten pounds, or saving toward the first million.   We may look back at our past resolutions and smile, or commit to adopt them again in 2019. Whatever we choose to do, we should all resolve and commit to improve ourselves, our workplace, our community, and yes our nation. Yes I do believe as individuals, as a community, we can impact the nation.   I believe in the saying “goodness happens at the local level.” Individuals create community, and communities create a nation, thus the goodness that starts locally can flow throughout the nation.

 

Every January for the last 30 plus years I’ve resolved to be more efficient in my workplace, be better at time management, create a savings or an improvement that produced measurable results for the organization. I am sure the driving factor has something to due with the fact I grew up professionally in the Reagan era.   I recall the drills of zero-based budgeting, as well as Lean Six Sigma. As I look to 2019 I believe my desire to be more efficient in my workplace remains a good goal.   But I believe I will focus on not just being more efficient but trying to create opportunities for others to be more efficient. If I have learned anything in 2018, it’s that time passes by swiftly, and before you know it the year is coming to an end and you are entering a new year. As that new-year takes off, you need to be ready for the challenges and the changes you will face.  

 

To read more from this Chamber of Commerce View article, click here.

 

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

Membership Director Melissa Beck Debuts Chamber 101 With New Businesses Eager to Learn About The Chamber

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The debut of the new Chamber 101 lunch series kicked off with a bang! The First National Bank and Trust Board Room was full, new connections were made, and new chamber memberships were born. Eighteen attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch from Jimmy John’s Sandwiches while watching a slideshow presentation about the Chamber. The presentation was given by Membership Director, Melissa Beck. Chairman Albert Johnson Jr. provided the introduction. Next was a question and answer session and overview of the benefits of chamber membership and how to work with the Chamber to promote financial growth. A guided tour of the building and introductions to Chamber staff followed. Many participants lingered after for networking. A good time was had by all!

This lunch series will take place on the first Tuesday of every month and is intended for new and prospective members to learn what the Chamber is and how it can help their business succeed, but it is also open to other Chamber members and members of the community. The event is by invitation only. Please contact Chamber Membership Director, Melissa Beck, if you or someone you know would like to attend at 580-355-3541, or email at mbeck@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

For images from the January Chamber 101, please click here

Monday, January 7, 2019

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of January 7 - January 13

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Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the

Week of January 7 - January 13:

Last Week's Results:
Men's Basketball:
vs Tarleton State lost 48-86 (4-9) (0-3)
vs Texas A&M Commerce lost 80-97 (4-10) (0-4)
 
Women's Basketball:
vs Tarleton State won 83-79 (4-7)(1-2)
vs Texas A&M Commerce lost 67-86 (4-8)(1-3)
 
 
This Week's Schedule
Monday, January 7: Spring Semester Classes Begin!
 
Thursday, January 10: Women's Basketball vs Western New Mexico @ Aggie Gym 5:30pm (oksportsnet.com) 
Thursday, January 10: Men's Basketball vs Western New Mexico @ Aggie Gym 7:30pm (oksportsnet.com)
 
Saturday, January 12: Women's Basketball vs University of Texas Permian Basin @ Aggie Gym 2:00pm (oksportsnet.com)
Saturday, January 12: Men's Basketball vs University of Texas Permian Basin @ Aggie Gym 4:00pm (oksportsnet.com)

DC Fly IN 2019

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Lawton Fort Sill, Oklahoma – The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the annual Washington DC Fly-In which will be held March 27-28, 2019. The Chamber will organize a group of local citizens to travel to Washington DC to meet with legislators, Army and agency officials.

Highlights of the event include a reception in the Mike Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol for Lawton citizens to meet with legislators and their staffs; and a breakfast featuring Senator James Inhofe and Pentagon leaders. This is an opportunity that is rare and valuable to our community.

To reserve your spot at the upcoming DC Fly-In, please contact Jamie at jsoutherland@lawtonfortsillchamber.com

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Shares Insight on Community Health Initiatives and Diverse Issues

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Happy Holidays… It’s a wonderful time of the year. For me, as part of my Christian faith, it’s one of the most special times of the year – one, well because it points to Easter which is the other most special time as a Christian believer. Brother Wayne says he loves Christmas as it points to the Cross-, and to Easter. As I was writing this article, I found myself thinking about how to begin, as I wanted to truly say Merry Christmas, as it’s my faith. But I did not want to offend others that perhaps do not celebrate Christmas, or perhaps have not accepted Christianity. Thus, I had a mental block, as I truly don’t want to offend anyone.   But I don’t want to offend my God, the most important person in my life.   So, I do very much wish to all, Happy Holidays, for whatever the reason it is you choose to celebrate.

 

As I was pondering the diversity in our society, it made me think about the diversity we have in our lives professionally. For me as the Chamber President and CEO, I have a very diverse membership base that I get to support, and I am so very thankful for this diverse group of members. Additionally, I have a diverse, professional, and strong Board and staff to help navigate through the many ways we support our members.

 

The Board and I fully recognize we have members that are both small business owners, box stores/chains with a local management team, large construction companies, medical professionals, realtors, non-profit organizations, and individuals. We have members such as Goodyear that has stood beside us and trusted us to support them, as they support our community for the 40 years they have been in Lawton.   In fact, we have an amazing member that told us her husband shared with her as he was passing, to please never drop their support of the Chamber of Commerce. To this day, this absolute precious member of our community remains a member of our Chamber.   So, what is it we are doing to support them? How do we give back to our members that give so much to the Chamber and our amazing community? I can share we are working many diverse issues. We are busy advocating for enhanced quality of life for all that live, work and play in the Lawton Fort Sill community.

 

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

Breakfast B4 Business Returns At Viridian Coffee & The UPS Store Tuesday, January 8th!

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Our upcoming Breakfast B4 Business will take place on Tuesday, January 8th, at Viridian Coffee 2nd St. The monthly Breakfast B4 Business is designed to offer members the opportunity to network and share insight on the business environment in the community--all before businesses open. In this edition of the monthly series, Viridian Coffee and The UPS Store are featured Chamber businesses. Viridian Coffee is a locally owned and operated coffee shop providing not only 100% Arabica beans in every fresh cup, but also sells a variety of delicious packaged blends within each location.The UPS Store is a locally owned and operated printing, packing, shipping and business services location. With a full service location and professional staff, the UPS Store can assist with all your business needs. Don't miss the upcoming Breakfast B4 Business at 8 a.m. at Viridian Coffee, 343 NW 2nd St.

 

To learn more about the services offered at the Viridian Coffee, please visit www.viridiancoffee.com.

To learn more about the products and service offered at the UPS Store, click here

Join us Thursday for the New Monthly Series, State of the Workforce Luncheon

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Introducing the new monthly series, State of the Workforce Luncheon will take place on Thursday, January 10th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Apache Casino Hotel. The State of the Workforce Luncheon is presented by Great Plains Technology Center Business Development representatives, James Taylor and Lynn Null. During this presentation, the duo will discuss topics concerning workforce, training for development and the overall employee experience.

 

Tickets are on sale until January 7th. Register Today!

 

General Admission $25

Chamber Members $20

Learn, Grow & Repeat With Chamber 101!

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Welcome to the New Year with a new Chamber benefit—Chamber 101! On February 5th, Membership Director Melissa Beck will present Chamber 101—an invitation-only, informative luncheon and presentation designed to educate business owners on the benefits of joining the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Participants have the opportunity to learn about the role of the Chamber of Commerce in the community, how to utilize a chamber membership to fit different needs, tour the facility, and meet the Chamber staff.

 

If you are interested in participating or learning about how the Chamber can benefit your business, please contact Melissa at (580)-355-3541.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of December 24 - December 30

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Flash & Dash Weekly Aggie Update for the Week of December 24 - December 30:

Last Week's Results:

Men's Basketball:

vs Arkansas Fort Smith won 91-86 (4-6)(0-2)

vs Rogers State lost 59-61 (4-7) (0-2)

 

Women's Basketball:

vs St. Mary's lost 55-67 (3-7)(0-2)

 

This Week's Schedule

Saturday, December 29: Women's Basketball @ Stephen F Austin (Nacogdoches, TX) @ 2:00pm (cameronaggies.com) EXHIBITION

Saturday, December 29: Men's Basketball @ Dallas Baptist @ 3:00pm (cameronaggies.com)

 

Military Hiring Event At Chesapeake Energy Arena January 24th

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Attention Active Duty Military, Veterans & Spouses: Oklahoma Thunder Hiring Our Heroes Returns January 24th at the Chesapeake Energy Arena! Learn ways to improve networking, improve resume and more! To view the full schedule or register, please visit hiringourheroes.org/events

Did You Know? Impact of Advertising on ROI

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Did You Know? According to the 2017 Oklahoma Advertising ROI Research article, for every $1 spent, return to economy is $75 which includes $6 in State and Local taxes! To read more, click here

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Get In The Know With Chamber 101

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The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce would like to introduce an exciting new monthly event! Starting on January 8th and continuing the first Tuesday of every month, we will host the Chamber 101 in our First National Bank and Trust Board Room, located within the Chamber building. This informational lunch is by invitation only, and exclusively for prospective and new members of the Chamber.

 

As leaders in Lawton Fort Sill business, we invite up to twenty new businesses to the Chamber to have lunch on us! During the Chamber 101, guests will also view a brief presentation on the advantages of Chamber membership, receive a guided tour of the facility, and meet the Chamber staff—an exclusive team of professionals designed to assist in all your business needs!

 

Interested in refreshing your Chamber knowledge or learning how the Chamber can benefit you? Please contact Chamber Membership Director, Melissa at 580-355-3541 to be a part of Chamber 101.

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Breakfast B4 Business Seeks News Hosts For 2019 Calendar

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The Chamber is seeking new businesses to host the 2019 Breakfast B4 Business monthly series. Each month, a new Chamber business hosts the event to allow every Chamber member the chance to make new contacts and connect in our community.

If you are interested in hosting a Breakfast B4 Business, please contact the Chamber at (580)-355-3541.

Mayor Fitch Bids Farewell With Evening Reception

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Join us as we celebrate the distinguished service of Lawton’s 31st Honorable Mayor, Mayor Fitch on Monday, January 7th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Atrium, 212 SW. 9th Street. Since 2010, Mayor Fitch has proudly served the community through empowering leadership and commitment. This event is free and open to the public.

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Talks Citizens Ready to Support the Community

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What I have always known is an army of citizens stands ready to support our community in so many areas, but recently while attending the annual Board of Realtors banquet, I was once again reminded of the generosity and absolute professionalism of the Lawton Fort Sill community, specifically our Lawton Board of Realtors. 

It was evident: the Board of Realtors had a busy year in 2018. They collected hundreds of coats to donate to those in need; they also have been aggressively supporting other projects such as the handicap accessible playground project. The efforts of this professional organization to promote quality of life opportunities for all are truly inspiring. I have been fortunate to work with them during my career and I have witnessed first hand the absolute professionalism, and the untiring commitment they provide for our community.

I share often that there has never been a time when I picked up the phone seeking assistance that I did not find it from the Board of Realtors.   I was very proud to see three of the Realtors I consider mentors and friends recognized for their contributions to the realty profession. Those recognized, John Jones, Lon Parks and Johnny Kinder. While you are out and about, if you see them, please congratulate them and thank them for all they do for the betterment of our community. Likewise, if you see a member of the Board of Realtors, thank them.   They are busy not only trying to ensure we have adequate leadership and management of our housing market, but they are also the ones working many community enhancement projects such as the handicap accessible playground. We are blessed as a community to have such a professional and dedicated team working on the behalf of our community.  

To read more from this Chamber of Commerce View article, click here.

 

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber Releases The New 2019 Community Video Tour

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Each year, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce in partnership with various committees, members and organizations showcase in brief video tour highlighting the benefits of working, and living in the community. From shopping our local small businesses to taking advantage of the incredible outdoor recreational activities, Lawton Fort Sill has much to offer and even more in store for the New Year.

To view the new 2019 Community Video Tour, click here.

Your Chamber Celebrates YOU! Chamber Staff Receive Recogition By Executive Board For 2018 Success

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Your Chamber Celebrates YOU! Our Chamber Staff was honored for outstanding service and exceptional service at the Annual Executive Board Breakfast. Congratulations and thank you for your contributions! 

Monday, December 10, 2018

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Talks New Beginnings & Positive Changes

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As the President & CEO of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, the stakeholders, and the members of this great organization, I was welcomed as a new employee to their team on October 8th, 2018. 

In all honesty, I had not thought of being here. As many of you know, I enjoyed a wonderful career working for the Army, a career that I loved, working with and serving those that I adored. However, the time was now if I were going to continue to work on behalf of the community that I believe in… Lawton Fort Sill. I knew that in the moment when a friend and mentor asked me if I was ready to make a change, and contribute to something positive for the community that I call home.

When I entered the office on October 8th, 2018, my job was to commence working for the members and the residents of this beautiful community. It goes without saying, I will work with the Chairman, Albert Johnson, Jr, and the Board to enable us to fulfill our fiscal and governance responsibilities, as well as, our goals and objectives as outlined in our bylaws within the 2018/2019 Business Plan, which includes a dedicated approach toward enhanced Economic Development, Tourism, Membership Services, Military and Government Affairs, and Community Enhancement.

To read more from this Chamber of Commerce View article, click here

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

First of Monthly Luncheon Series Kicks Off

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On Thursday, January 10th, 2019, the Chamber will host the first series of the new monthly luncheon called State of the Workforce from 12pm-1pm at the Apache Casino Hotel. State of the Workforce will be presented by the Great Plains Technology Center, James Taylor and Lynn Null as they provide an update on the workforce in the Lawton Fort Sill community. Amongst the topics to be discussed include 5 dimensions of the employee experience, finding employees, and training our future workforce.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. To sponsor the State of the Workforce Luncheon, please call us at (580)-355-3541.

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Your Member Benefit: Scheduling Your Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

As a Chamber member, you have the opportunity to showcase your business through an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Ribbon Cutting ceremonies are a great way to not only highlight your business, but celebrate with the public your achievement and get acquainted with fellow business leaders in the community.

To Schedule Your Official Ribbon Cutting, please email Sharleen at sgehers@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

Annual Chamber Holiday Open House Celebrates Chamber Members

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

On Friday, December 14th, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Chamber community for the Annual Holiday Open House. During this annual event, chamber members and guests were invited to join the Chamber staff in celebration of the holidays as well as membership and collaboration. Happy Holidays from your Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and we look forward to serving you in the upcoming year!

To view images from the event, please click here.

Friday, December 7, 2018

State of Fort Sill Luncheon Highlights Exciting New Updates For Military Community

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

 

MG Shoffner delivered the State of Fort Sill address on Thursday, December 13th to an audience of over 100 at the Lawton Country Club. Providing the introduction of the event, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland offered special remarks of insight and hope for the progressive movement between the military and civilian community. Amongst those in attendance was current Lawton Mayor, Fred Fitch and incoming Lawton Mayor, Stan Booker as well as several military and business leaders.

To view images from the event, click here.

 

Many Thanks To Our Sponsors For Supporting The Event! 

Click here for images showcasing the event sponsors. 

Ware On C Puts A Spotlight On Shopping Small

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Although the last Ware On C for 2018 took place on December 6th, the impact of the monthly community block party remains, as many residents are encouraged to shop small businesses. Amongst the activities provided, guests were supplied with an event passport, which required each participant to visit the vendor booths offered, but also to visit the brick and mortar retail stores located on C Avenue.

Eddie Hamra, owner of Edward’s Menswear, stated, “Even though the weather was relatively cold, I felt like we had people show up with the passports that were new to our store. All in all, I feel that the passport promotion is a great way for people to see who we are and what we are about".

 As planning will commence for Ware On C next year, local residents are encouraged to continue shopping local small business and supporting our Chamber members.

See pictures of December’s Ware on C event.

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Offers Insight On Small Business & Chamber Benefits

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Board and staff of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce are very excited to announce a new partnership between our Chamber and the State Chamber of Oklahoma to provide affordable group health coverage to our members through Oklahoma Chamber Blue. 

 Through Oklahoma Chamber Blue, businesses can choose the right health care plan, priced within their budget, with the physicians and health care providers they trust.   With eight different plans to choose from, as well as vision and dental coverage, Oklahoma Chamber Blue gives small businesses the buying power of big business to secure affordable coverage for their employees. The plan was announced earlier to a group of small business owners, our partners with the FitKids Coalition, Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust team, and Comanche County Health Department. We want all that are interested to know of this great initiative to help our small businesses to provide affordable health insurance. We are equally proud that coverage is beginning January 1, 2019.

To read more from this Chamber of Commerce View article, click here

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

 

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