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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Breakfast B4 Business at the Aaragon Chiropractic & Decompression Clinic

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

On September 11th, we introduced our monthly Breakfast B4 Business at the Aaragon Chiropractic & Decompression Clinic. Local business leaders, the Redcoat Ambassadors, and the Aaragon Chiropractic & Decompression Clinic staff attended this Breakfast B4 Business as part of the series. To kick off the event, Chairman of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Board, Albert Johnson Jr., welcomed guests and offered encouraging words about business development and being active with the Chamber. New attendees also had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their businesses to other leaders in the community. The event included special remarks from the owner of the host location, Dr. Rose Lepien, who introduced her staff and discussed services offered at her location as well as the impact of Chamber involvement. The Aaragon Chiropractic & Decompression Clinic was established in 1976 and has since served the Lawton Fort Sill community. 

To learn more about the services offered at the Aaragon Chiropractic & Decompression Clinic, please click here

View images from the event here

Friday, September 7, 2018

2018 Wichita Mountains Classic Show

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Wichita Mountains Classic Show

November 30 - December 2, 2018

Comanche County Fairgrounds

920 S. Sheridan Road

                         

Register here for the 2018 Wichita Classic Show. 

 

For more information contact Shannon Yarbrough at 580.355.3541 

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

City National Bank & Trust named as one of Forbes Magazine Best-in-State Bank!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
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City National Bank &Trust received the special acknowledgment from leading global business magazine, Forbes on City National Bank & Trust, which is headquartered in Lawton, has been operating since 1901 and currently has 38 branches over 20 communities in Oklahoma and Kansas. The Forbes Best-in-State winner are selected amongst each state through consumer surveys which serve to highlight their experiences, recommendations as well as quality of services provided within their respective communities. Congratulations to City National Bank & Trust for being an example of quality customer service in the banking industry for Oklahoma! To read more about the special acknowledgement, please visit www.cnb1901.com/forbes.

 

Interim President and CEO Visits Washington DC with the State Chamber

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Our Interim President and CEO, Jamie Southerland attended the State Chamber of Oklahoma Washington D.C. Fly-In on September 4-6. The 2018 Washington D.C. Fly-In was designed to offer Chamber members and business leaders in Oklahoma the opportunity to network with other industry leaders and participate in discussions that affect the business community. 

The topics included policy-specific Issue Panels, Breakout Lunches and a tour of the National Cathedral. During the Issue Panels on Wednesday, members heard from national experts on trade and tariffs, net neutrality and mid-term election forecasts. Breakout sessions included energy infrastructure and regulations, innovation in education and pivotal Supreme Court decisions. On Thursday, Oklahoma’s congressional delegation addressed issues including immigration, armed services, trade and tariffs and the mid-term elections.

Amongst the speakers in attendance were U.S. Representative Tom Cole, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, U.S. Senator James Lankford, U.S. Representative Frank Lucas, and a host of others representing the state of Oklahoma. The event coincided with a dramatic week in the capital, including Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings and the appointment of Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to serve as the Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.

 

Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Visits Dallas/Fort Worth Ultimate Women's Expo

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Did You Know? WOMEN CONTROL OVER 85% OF ALL CONSUMER SPENDING! 

On September 8-9 our CVB Director, Taylor Burgess and Altus Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Brian Bush worked together to promote all that Great Plains Country has to offer at the annual DFW Ultimate Women’s Expo in Irving Texas passing out more than 450 brochures. The annual event is the largest Women’s Expo in the country and featured celebrity guest speakers, exhibitions of a variety of products and services offered by vendors and more as thousands participated to find places to see and products to try. 

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Young Professionals Meet With Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Drew Edmondson

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Lawton Young Professionals met with Democratic candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, Drew Edmondson to discuss his goals throughout the campaign trail and how he hopes to improve the state of Oklahoma. The YPL hosted the discussion in the Chamber's conference room which was packed with members of the organization as well as citizens in the community. The discussion forum allowed participants to address questions to the candidate with topics ranging from the challenges with budget cuts towards the educational system to the views of Nurse Practitioners seeking full practice authority. The Young Professionals had the opportunity to discuss concerns in the community and learn how he plans to address those needs. 

 

The Former Oklahoma Attorney General not only offered insight on his long term goals for the state, but also provided background on initiatives that he previously contributed to including the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, which resulted from a record breaking settlement with the largest tobacco companies in the country. 

 

To learn more about the gubernatorial candidate, please visit drewforoklahoma.com. 

Age of Agility Summit OKC

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

To represent the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, our Interim President Jamie Southerland travelled to Oklahoma City to participate in the Age of Agility Summit Oklahoma on August 30th. The Age of Agility Summit, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber Foundation, was designed to engage leaders in the local business communities in developing strategies and tactics for improvements in education, training and overall workforce readiness. Not only were chambers represented, there were business leaders and educators in attendance. 

Through a series of scheduled events, participants have the opportunity to engage with fellow business leaders, policy makers and gubernatorial candidates to engage in dialogue on topics affecting the business community to include developing adaptive policies on education in response to workforce demands. Each state holds the Age of Agility Summit annually and participants consist of members of local Chamber of Commerce throughout the state. 

To learn more about the Age of Agility Summit OKC, please visit www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/age-agility-summit-oklahoma.

Enter to Win Two Tickets to the OU vs. Army Game!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (2)
 
 
Want free tickets to the upcoming OU vs. Army game? As a Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce member, you will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win two seats at the OU vs. Army NCAA Football game on September 22nd at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Stadium Oklahoma. The tickets will offer exclusive seating with access to the Sooner Club. Courtesy of EZ GO Stores. 

 

Official Rules:

 

 

The deadlines to enter is Monday, September 17th at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 18th. 

 

*Must be a current member of the Chamber to add the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Facebook Group (Private Page will require membership verification)

League of Women Voters Lawton Candidate Forum on Oct. 11th

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The League of Women Voters Lawton will be holding a candidate forum on October 11th at 5:30 p.m. The candidate forum is designed to allow City Council Candidates of Wards 1 & 2, state legislator candidates, judges and the general public to speak on issues concerning the community. The candidate forum will be held at City Hall located on 212 SW 9th St.  

About the League of Women Voters Lawton 

The purpose of the League of Women Voters of Lawton is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan, in that it does not support or oppose any political party or candidate; it is political in that it takes positions on selected governmental issues after members study and agree on the content. The League of Women Voters of Lawton performs many services through different venues. The League works to have an educated and informed voter. As a group, the League studies issues that are important in the local area as well as in the state and in the nation in a timely fashion, in order to have a position to act from or to advocate for. We gather nonpartisan information on candidates and bills for elections and make it available on websites and as an insert in the local newspaper.

UPDATE: The event previously listed for October 4th has been rescheduled to October 11th. Thank you and we look forward to your attendance. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sandler Training Seminar

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Learn how to take the pressure, stress and stigma out of personal selling with this new training course! Offered by Sandler Training of Oklahoma 

Hate being perceived as a salesperson?

Worried how others perceive you when you are selling?

Frustrated at the pressure you feel in selling more?

Anxious when you have to ask for the sale?

Upset at the way your sales interactions go with prospects?

Come to this informational session and learn how to create more comfortable interactions for your prospects, clients, and yourself. These interactions will allow you to sell more, and sell more easily. In addition, you will experience less pressure, stress, and stigma in your interactions with others.

Cost/Pricing:

Chamber Member $99.00 per person

General Admission $120.00 per person 

 

To register for the training seminar, click here.

 

This event is hosted in partnership with Great Plains Technology Center's BDC www.greatplains.edu/business-development-center

Training presented by Sandler Training of Oklahoma www.customgrowth.sandler.com

 

 

Friday, August 24, 2018

New Members Reception

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Help us welcome our newest members to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce! Since April, we have brought on 30 new fantastic businesses and we need you to come help us celebrate and hear what they have to offer. So come unwind from your day with some food and drinks and the best company you’ll find in Lawton!  It’s here at the chamber on Wednesday, September 26th from 4:30 – 6:00.  Click here to register.

2 New Chamber Staff Added

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Brandi Sims

Brandi Sims is the new Communications Manager at the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Brandi, who is a former Lawtonian, was previously stationed in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband, two children and two small dogs. As a previous PR Consultant for a small agency, Brandi has provided public relations and marketing work for non profits, sports, public sectors and a host of small and large businesses in the Hampton Roads area. In addition, Brandi has worked with several local organizations to include City National Bank, Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra and Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Brandi is an graduate of Lawton High School, Cameron University and soon to be MBA graduate of Virginia-based college, Liberty University. Welcome to our Lawton Fort Sill Chamber team, Brandi! 

 

“I look forward to contributing to the growth and development of the Lawton Fort Sill community”! - Brandi Sims 

 

 

Natalie Cope  

Natalie Cope is the new Receptionist at the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Natalie, who is originally from OKC, eventually settled in Lawton thirteen years ago upon meeting her military spouse. Natalie was previously stationed in SC and has since relocated back with her husband, two children and two dogs. Natalie Cope is also graduate of Cameron University. Welcome to our Lawton Fort Sill Chamber team, Natalie! 

"I chose to work at the Chamber of Commerce because I wanted to be actively engaged in the Lawton community and felt this was the right place to immerse myself” - Natalie Cope 

 

 

 

 

Ribbon cutting for Lawton Fort Sill Gold Exchange

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

 

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On August 24th, our Redcoat Ambassadors welcomed Lawton Fort Sill Gold Exchange with a Ribbon Cutting!

Lawton Fort Sill Gold Exchange is located at 1919 W Gore Blvd. 580-248-CASH (2274)

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Op Coordinating Council meeting

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Co-Op Coordinating Council meeting

Different businesses and Fort Sill MWR came together at the Great Plains Technology Center on August 22nd to brainstorm on new ideas and to make improvements to current events the Co-Op has now.  For more information on how to become a Co-Op member call 580-355-3541.

Click for more photos 

Ware District

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

 

Introducing Lawton’s first community district – the “Ware District". The Ware District was named in honor of MG Henry Ware Lawton, the city's namesake. The "Ware District", which is located in Lawton Downtown area, will encompass a variety of local businesses, galleries, restaurants as well as shopping and recreational activities for the community to enjoy. 

On November 1st, we will host the upcoming “Ware on C” community event, which will have the look and feel of a local block party to encourage community members to embrace what downtown Lawton has to offer. The event will feature a variety of activities for participants to enjoy including food trucks, live entertainment, exclusive giveaways and so much more. The Ware on C community event will take place on 3rd & 5th and C Avenue from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

For vendor information, click here.  Interested in volunteering? Please register here

For more information, please contact Taylor at (580) 355-3541 or tburgess@visitlawtonok.com. For all media inquires, please contact Brandi at (580) 355-3541 ext 207 or bsims@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Celebrating 2 year with the CVB

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Congratulations!

We are celebrating Taylor Burgess' 2 year anniversary with the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Thank you Taylor for all your hard work for our community!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Armed Services YMCA ribbon cutting

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

 

         

 

On August 15, our Redcoat Ambassadors welcomed the Armed Services YMCA's Before and After School Program with a Ribbon Cutting.

Armed Services YMCA is located 900 NW Cache Rd

 

Cameron University Opportunity Fair

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

 

Area businesses seeking part-time workers, interns and volunteers invited to register for CU Opportunity Fair

Area businesses are invited to participate in Cameron University’s upcoming Opportunity Fair. The event provides CU students and alumni as well as community members with opportunities to meet and interview with local companies which seek quality applicants for part-time jobs, internships, and/or volunteer positions. Vendor registration is free; however, limited space is available.  For online registration information, call CU’s Department of Career Services at 580-581-2209. The deadline to register is Friday, September 7, at 5 p.m.

 

The Opportunity Fair is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. It will be held in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex.

 

For more information, contact Paula Merrifield, Career Services Coordinator, at 580-581-2209.

Tourism Workshop

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Thank you to the Apache Casino Hotel for hosting the Tourism Workshop on August 15!

 

We look forward to the positive outcomes and a great year in the tourism industry!

 

If you would like to be more involved in tourism, please contact Taylor Burgess, CVB Director 580.355.3541 or tburgess@visitlawtonok.com

SafeCam Program!

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

         Check out the Lawton Police Department SafeCam Program!

 

                                                                                                           

  

The Lawton Police Department is committed to our partnership with the residents and businesses owners in our community. Many business owners and residents currently operate surveillance systems at their businesses and/or homes. As crimes occur nearby, they are not always aware that their system may have captured information that could help solve the crime, thus keeping our community safer. In turn, the police are also not always aware who may have this potentially vital information. This program connects Lawton Police officers with citizens who have surveillance video in the event of a crime.

By registering with the Lawton Police Department, we can quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity. If a crime occurs in your neighborhood, you may be contacted by the Lawton Police Department. Police personnel would contact you to ask if you would examine the time frame in question for potential leads in the investigation. If your equipment was able to capture pertinent information, we would arrange a convenient way to retrieve the information from you.

Since you own the camera, your participation always remains 100% voluntary. Your information will be kept safe and secure; never made public.

If you would like to participate in the program by providing your video surveillance footage and allow officers to contact you should a crime occur in or near where your cameras are installed, we ask that you let us know by filling out the registration form provided in the link below.

Once your system is registered, you still have the ability to choose not to share footage when asked. This does NOT allow the Lawton Police Department remote or inclusive access to your cameras.

 

Click here to register! https://goo.gl/forms/kBeVAaSKokxtYlup1

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Early Voting for Election

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

You will be able to do early voting on August 23rd and 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on the 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Comanche County Courthouse located at 315 SW 5th Street.

If you live in Comanche County you can do early voting at the Connection Church in Elgin located at 102 NE Windy Road on August 23rd and 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on the 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Find your sample ballot  here.  You will have to put your name, and birth date then it will give you the ballot and who is on it for you to vote for.

 

If you have not registered for the Primary Election in November you still have time!

The League of Women Voters will be at the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber located at 302 W Gore Blvd on August 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to help you register and answer questions. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo Postponed

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (3)

 

 

The Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo has been postponed due to lack of participation. 

Stay tuned for new date!  

Spencer-Ragland to take Chamber post

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (2)

Brenda Spencer-Ragland to take Chamber Post

 

Albert Johnson Jr., chair of the chamber's board of directors, said the chamber was happy to find someone like Spencer-Ragland who thoroughly knows the community and has a record of success working with people on and off post. 

 

Brenda has this to say to our members:

I am so very honored and proud to have been chosen to lead our Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce.

I have goals and objectives that I want to present to our board, all geared toward enhancing quality of life for all residents of the Lawton Fort Sill Community.

I will work tirelessly to promote our current and future chamber members, our beautiful community, while I simultaneously stand in support and pursue economic development opportunities, with the desired outcome of quality of life, second to none.

I am thrilled to think of the many opportunities available to strengthen our relationships with current and future members by increasing collaboration, communications and value added programs and services.

Thank you to our members, our board for trusting me.  I will work diligently, daily to protect and grow your trust.

 

 



 

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Monday Minute Advertising

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Monday Minute Advertising

Profile

For the latest, up-to-date information concerning Chamber activities, the Monday Minute hits your e-mail box every Monday morning.

Benefits

Your advertisement hyperlinks to your web site, which provides direct access to your site and tracking statistics.  This advertisement is an exclusive opportunity for members only.

Distribution

There are currently more than 2,000+ e-mail addresses on our Chamber database.  This is your way to enter the e-mail inboxes of a perfect pool of prospective clients.

Digital File Requirement

All ads must meet web standards of RGB color and 72dpi with a file size no larger than 40k.  All fonts and graphics should be embedded and the format should be .jpg or .gif.

Investment

Banner Advertisement (728 X 125) is $150 per week or one consecutive month for $500.  Sponsorships are on a first come-first serve basis and limited to one banner per newsletter.  All Monday Minute advertisements must be paid in full prior to publication distribution date.

For more information contact Melissa at 580.355.3541 or mbeck@lawtonfortsillchamber.com

 

Advocating for Business

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Are you aware of the countless hours the Chamber puts in behind the scenes to create a legislative environment most favorable to the business community?  It's not all socials and networking gatherings, in partnership with local advocates and legislators, the Chamber works hard every day to make our community "business friendly" - so our citizens can enjoy an abundance of services, and our entrepreneurs can pursue their business dreams.  We will be contacting you in the fall about the 2019 Legislative Agenda's.  Click here for the 2018 Local, State and Federal Legislative agendas.

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Walmart Neighborhood Market Online Shopping Ribbon Cutting

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

On August 7, our Redcoat Ambassadors welcomed Walmart Neighborhood Market Online Shopping with a Ribbon Cutting!

Walmart Neighborhood Market is located at 3745 SW Lee Blvd

Monday, August 6, 2018

Member Benefit

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Have you tried our E-Blast advertising?

 

Get the word out to over 2000+ members of the Lawton business community with a full-page flyer showcasing your business for only $100.00! Just design the flyer for your promotion or event and submit it to us via email and we will send it out to our entire email mailing list. It’s targeted marketing to all the right people! For more information call Melissa at 580.355.3541.  

Friday, August 3, 2018

Exclusive Visit Lawton Getaway Package

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Experience the Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo to the fullest with a Visit Lawton Package!  This one of a kind package includes 4 rodeo passes for the night of August 11th hotel accommodations at Homewood Suites, and a $40 gift card to Crutchers; Western Wear to get rodeo ready, all for only $99!  To reserve your space call 800.872.4540.  Spaces are limited, so call today!

 

Why should you be a Lawton Redcoat Ambassador

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Why be a Redcoat Ambassador?

 

The first question should really be what is a Redcoat Ambassador?

We are ambassadors to the Lawton Fort Sill Community, promoting businesses and supporting the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce in a multitude of functions. 

 

 

 

Reasons to be a Redcoat:

 

  • Actually learn what the Chamber does, benefits of being a Chamber member, and how being a member affects your business.
  • You support your community, through your participation in Chamber activities.
  • Networking
  • You see new businesses coming into our community, meet them during ribbon cuttings, and foster a new relationship among the Chamber Membership, which can assist in networking you and your business.
  • You promote your brand, by merely participating in Chamber events.
  • Learn to improve your marketing and business techniques through the successes of others.
  • Provide an invaluable service as an interface between the Chamber and businesses scheduled for retention at 120 days out of membership retention.
  • Work and play with likeminded folks who have experience as a Redcoat Ambassador.
  • Have Fun!!

 

For more information, contact Sharleen Gehers at 355-3541

Monday, July 30, 2018

Redcoat Celebration

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Redcoats surpassed their goal of 800 and reached 1106 retention visits.  This is a first time in Chamber history for the Redcoats!  WAY TO GO REDCOATS!

If you are interested in being a Redcoat ask a Redcoat or call Sharleen at 580-355-3541.  

 

 

                            

 

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