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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Breakfast B4 Business - May 2017

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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Tuesday, May 2, Jimmy John's Sandwiches hosted Breakfast B4 Business. Attendees got to mingle and learn more about Jimmy John's fresh sandwiches and fast service.

 

We would like to thank Jimmy John's for hosting this event! If you missed this event, mark your calendars now for Business After Hours at Lawton Country Club on May 18, and our next Breakfast B4 Business at JAMARK Inc. on June 6.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon 2017

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon is at 11:30 am on June 9 at the Apache Casino Hotel. Come hear what the Legislators have accomplished while in session. Register for the event here.

To sponsor this event contact Sharleen Gehers at 580-355-3541 or by email at sgehers@lawtonfortsillchamber.com 

Sponsored by:

Experiment at Fort Sill leads to advances

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

From Fires Chapter of AUSA, Lawton-Fort Sill Oklahoma: A 10-day experiment at Fort Sill, Okla., using a 5-kW laser mounted atop a Stryker combat vehicle to destroy unmanned aerial vehicles succeeded in silently destroying 50 drones, but Army officials already knew a laser could work. The real advances were in the ability to search the sky for targets, increasing the distance at which a target can be destroyed and working on “soft” kills that leave the drone intact enough after a crash landing to provide useful intelligence.

What to watch: More powerful lasers with longer range, electronic warfare capabilities to enable “soft” kills and more sophisticated tracking and targeting methods are all coming soon.

Lawton Business owners receive award

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Congratulations to Chamber members Matt and Katrina from Affinitee Graphics! They received Oklahoma's Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Read the full story from KSWO here.

Young Professionals of Lawton Launch Weekend

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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Young Professionals of Lawton hosted their Launch Weekend this past weekend!

 

The launch started with a Kick-Off Luncheon on Thursday, April 27 at the Apache Casino Hotel Event Center. 

 

On Friday, April 28, the group spent the day focusing on the community service aspect of their launch and supported the United Way "Day of Caring" event cleaning up Harmon Park.

 

On Saturday, April 29, they hosted the last, but most highly anticipated event of the Young Professionals launch weekend, the After Party Bash.

We look forward to more from this young group, and we are excited to see the positive change they bring to our community!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Donít Believe Everything You Hear About Senate Bill 478

Posted by: John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Oklahoma Legislature is currently debating a bill that could help Oklahomans find more affordable health insurance. Senate Bill 478 authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to negotiate compacts with other states to allow insurers from those states to sell individual health insurance policies in Oklahoma. Oklahomans face an individual health insurance market with fewer options and higher premiums than ever before, so I support this effort to give our citizens more plans to choose from.

The bill has passed out of the House Insurance Committee and should be up for a House floor vote sometime in the next couple weeks. While the bill is destined for conference committee, it will inevitably improve from its current version. Many have made exaggerated or misleading arguments against the bill’s passage. I want to clear up these myths today.

Myth #1: SB 478 would eliminate the benefit mandates in Oklahoma law that many Oklahomans rely on.

Fact: All benefit mandates will remain in state law, and insurers selling policies in this state should be required to sell policies that meet our standards. I expect the final version of SB 478 to reflect this policy. The most likely candidates to come into Oklahoma to sell policies would be insurers from the states surrounding Oklahoma. Each of these states—Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas—has a higher level of mandated benefits than Oklahoma, including more robust coverage for autism spectrum disorders, which many worked hard to get into Oklahoma law just last year.

Further, every plan would still be required by federal law to offer essential health benefits such as ambulance services, emergency services, mental health services and addiction treatment, among others. Nearly two-thirds of states have higher benefit mandate levels than Oklahoma, and those policies could possibly be sold here. Oklahomans will not be getting sub-par insurance.

Myth #2: Oklahomans buying from out-of-state companies would not be protected and the Insurance Commissioner would not be able hold those companies accountable for bad behavior.

Fact: Insurers selling plans in Oklahoma are and will be subject to the authority of the Commissioner. If a policyholder is harmed by a company not paying claims appropriately, the company would be treated just like any other insurer in a similar circumstance. The Commissioner would be able to examine the market conduct of each and every insurer doing business in Oklahoma.

Myth #3: The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is opposed to this bill.

Fact: The NAIC has historically opposed any attempt by Congress to mandate the sale of health insurance across state lines because the organization believes each state should make such a decision for itself, as Oklahoma is doing now. It is the top-down federal meddling that the NAIC opposes more than anything else.

Myth #4: Being able to buy health insurance from out-of-state companies will solve all of our health insurance problems.

Fact: Buying health insurance across state lines is not a magic silver bullet, but it could be an additional tool to provide more choices for Oklahomans at a time when their choices are dwindling and their premiums are skyrocketing. There is no easy fix, and Congress must continue to work to provide long-term stability to our individual health insurance markets. Until they do, we must look for every opportunity for incremental improvements ourselves. I believe that SB 478 is one of those improvements.

As always, if you have any questions about insurance, please call our Consumer Assistance Division at 1-800-522-0071.

 

About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

For more information, contact:
Kelly Dexter
405-522-0683
Kelly.Dexter@oid.ok.gov

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Annual Celebration 2017

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We are looking to a new day at our Annual Celebration. The theme for this year’s event is “Lawton Proud. A New Day.” This is an event you will not want to miss! The Annual Celebration will be held on June 23, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center. Register here.

There are many sponsorship opportunities available see the various levels below.

Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon is at 11:30 am on June 9 at the Apache Casino Hotel. Come hear what the Legislators have accomplished while in session. Register for the event here.

To sponsor this event contact Sharleen Gehers at 580-355-3541 or by email at sgehers@lawtonfortsillchamber.com 

Sponsored by:

Center for Creative Living

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Center for Creative Living has been providing a meeting place for active senior citizens aged 55 and older since 1980. The Center for Creative Living (CCL) is non-profit organization with the purpose of providing a designated place for ACTIVE seniors to receive social, physical, and intellectual needs. The CCL was birthed by Dr. Charles E. Andrus, who later shared his ideas for the CCL with Dr. Charles E. Green, Dr. Royce Means, and Mrs. Lois Ann Smith, who later became a secretary for the CCL.

The Center is open 5 days a week from 8 am to 4:30 pm and provides activities that range from exercise groups (aerobic and arthritis), table games (dominoes, bridge, pinochle, chicken foot, Mexican train, and Farkle); quilting, basket weaving, crafts, arts (oil painting), and monthly trips.

We will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting for their Senior Health & Wellness Expo on May 19 at 8:30 am!

Business After Hours April 2017

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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We would like to thank Lawton Marketing Group for hosting April's Business After Hours. it was a fun evening to network and celebrating their new office space and growing team.

They had a theme for the event which was "Creativity." There was also an incredible live painting show and a raffle to win one of two paintings. Proceeds from the raffle benefited the Young Professionals of Lawton and the Lawton Public School Foundation. 

If you missed out on this month's event we hope you will make plans to attend Breakfast B4 Business at Jimmy John's Sandwiches on May 2 and Business After Hours at Lawton Country Club on May 18.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

MEETING WITH CONGRESSMAN RUSSELL

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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Many gathered to meet with Congressman Steve Russell at the Chamber on Aprill 11.

Congressman Russell gave a brief legislative update - what Congress and specifically the House has been working on.

Then he opened up the floor for questions from attendees. Congressman Russell serves on the Hours Armed Services committee.

Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op held the Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament last Friday. The teams competing powered through the 18 holes. The Bill Smith Memorial tournament is held every year in memory of a community leader and long-time chairman of the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op Executive committee. Mr. Smith organized the first Co-Op golf outing in April of 1992.

 

This tournament is unique, because it's goal is to foster relationships between the military and civilian personnel of Lawton Fort Sill. In fact, the teams consist of both military and civilians.

 

The golf tournament continues to represent the true spirit of the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op. Local businessman Kelly Harris was chairman of this year’s event. Teams were made up of a mixture of military and civilians.

 

We owe a great deal of gratitude for the following individuals and partners who helped make this a fun event!

 

Silver Sponsor

Alan & Debbie Sing

Fires Chapter – Association of the United States Army

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Kelly Harris

Johnson & Johnson Locksmith and Door Company, Inc.

 

Bronze Sponsor

Adventure Travel

Arvest Bank

Comanche Home Center

Coldwell Banker Crossroads, Realtors

EZ Go Stores

Fort Sill Federal Credit Union

Goodwill Industries of SW OK and N Texas

Hatch, Croke & Associates

Hilton Garden Inn

Pam & Barry Team at Remax

Storage-R-Us (Gore)

 

Donors

Cosmetic Specialty Labs

Pepsi

Southwest Sales

Storage-R-Us

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Breakfast B4 Business - April 2017

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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Tuesday, April 4, Planet Fitness hosted Breakfast B4 Business. Attendees got to mingle and learn more about getting healthy and fit before heading off to work.

We would like to thank Planet Fitness for hosting this event! If you missed this event, mark your calendars now for Business After Hours at Lawton Marketing Group on April 20, and our next Breakfast B4 Business at Jimmy Johns on May 2.

Planning for the Celebration

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Annual Celebration Task Force has been hard at work preparing for the event. There will be many changes this and we are looking forward to celebrating with all of you. Look for the announcement of this year’s theme in the coming weeks!

The Annual Celebration will be held on June 23, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center.

Welcoming Brad Cooksey

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation held a welcome reception for new LEDC Vice President, Brad Cooksey.

In March, The Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors announced that Brad Cooksey would assume the role as Executive Vice-President with the intent to assume the role of President no later than the end of the calendar year. We are excited to see the success Mr. Cooksey brings to this position.

Monday, April 3, 2017

37th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Golf Tournament

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Bring a Legislator to your table

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

The Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon is at 11:30 am on June 9 at the Apache Casino Hotel. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For $500.00 our sponsors receive reserved seating and lunch for 7, name recognition on agendas and all promotional materials, and the opportunity to place promotional items on entry table at luncheon.

To sponsor the event contact Sharleen Gehers at 580-355-3541 or by email at sgehers@lawtonfortsillchamber.com

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CHAMBER URGES SUPPORT OF CURRENT LEGISLATION

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Lawton, OKLAHOMA – The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce strongly supports legislation that is beneficial to the business community, educators, and the state as a whole.

Recently two bills were passed in the House of Representatives, House Bill 1845 and House Bill 1114. HB 1845 also passed the Senate and has been signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin.

HB 1845 gives Oklahomans the choice of either getting a Real ID compliant license or keeping their current Oklahoma driver’s license. HB 1114 calls for teacher pay raises across the state.

“The Chamber applauds the House for passing both bills making us Real ID compliant and taking steps to raise teacher pay,” said Chairman of the Board Mark Brace. “The Chamber absolutely supports a sustainable pay plan for our educators and is hopeful our legislators will craft a bill offering such a plan this year.”

The Chamber tracks bills at the Oklahoma Capitol every legislative session. This session the Chamber is tracking 16 bills.

Two of the bills the Chamber has monitored closely are HB 1187 and HB 1427. Both bills have passed the house and have been introduced in the Senate.

HB 1187 requires specific sunset dates on any new tax incentives. HB 1427 requires the Tax Commission to establish one field office in a state other than Oklahoma for purpose of collecting taxes owed. It allows the Commission to maintain a full time employee and not less than five out-of-state tax auditors

“Each year we survey our members when we begin putting together our Legislative Agendas,” said Jamie Southerland, Chamber Executive Vice President. “Part of the benefit we offer to our members is our ability to advocate for legislation they think is important.”

To learn more about Legislative Affairs at the Chamber go to www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

 

Do you have job openings?

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

Do you have positions to fill at your business?

Did you know that as a Chamber member you can post your job openings on our website for free?

Our website receives over 70,000 visits a year, and users spend over 2 minutes on our website on average.

Only members can post to our job board, but anyone can visit it to find job openings.

This is just one more place you can look for your next great employee.

Post your job openings here today!

 

 

New Members Welcomed

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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Twice a year the Chamber hosts a reception for our New Members. Wednesday, March 29, we invited Chamber members who joined in the past 6 months and Board of Directors to network, have some fun, and learn about the Chamber.

This reception is a chance for our newer members to meet the entire staff, Board members, and other Chamber members, as well as learn how they can best utilize their membership at the Chamber.

Please join us in welcoming this latest group of Chamber members!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Washington DC Fly-In

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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Last week we held the annual Washington DC Fly-In. March 22 – 23, 2017. 

The Chamber organized a group of local citizens to travel to Washington DC to meet with legislators, Army and agency officials.

Highlights of the event included a reception for attendees to meet with legislators and their staffs, as well as a high-profile breakfast hosted by Senator Jim Inhofe with Army leadership. This is an opportunity that is rare and valuable to our community. Special Advanced Teams met concerning the following areas: Transportation, Fires Center of Excellence Capabilities Portfolio, Regulatory and Education.

We hope you make plans to attend next year's trip if you were unable to this year.

 

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DC Fly In

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

This week a group of local citizens will travel to Washington D.C. to meet with legislators, Army and agency officials.

“This is a chance for Chamber members to meet with some of our Nation’s leaders,” said Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mark Brace. “There are many new faces in Washington, and this will give them first hand experience with Lawton Fort Sill.”

Highlights of the event include a reception for attendees to meet with legislators and their staffs, as well as a high-profile breakfast hosted by Senator Jim Inhofe with Army leadership. This is an opportunity that is rare and valuable to our community. Special Advanced Teams will meet concerning the following areas: Transportation, Fires Center of Excellence Capabilities Portfolio, Regulatory and Education.

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

State Legislative Updates

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Governor Mary Fallin, joined by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz and House Speaker Charles McCall, signed House Bill (HB) 1845, the REAL ID compliance bill. The new law will allow persons to obtain a compliant REAL ID driver's license or identification card.

Governor Mary Fallin also signed House Joint Resolution (HJR) 1028 to approve the assessment and accountability report recommendations required by legislation (House Bill 3218) passed and signed into law last year.  The key components of the report include recommendations for new assessments for Grades 3-8 and for high school students as required by the federal government, as well as a study of an enhanced accountability system.  In addition, the report contained recommendations on graduation requirements, and remediation and interventions.

DC Fly-In Briefing

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Attendees of the 2017 DC Fly-In met for a briefing to go over the expectations of the trip, and gain valuable information to make their experience a success.

Legislative Kick Off Luncheon

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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We hosted the Legislative Kick-Off Luncheon on Friday, March 10 at the Lawton Country Club.

As the state legislative session begins, this was an opportunity for guests to meet with state legislators and engage with them.

We look forward to hearing about the events of the Legislative Session at the Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon June 10.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Business After Hours March 2017

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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We would like to thank Billingsley Ford of Lawton for hosting Business After Hours for March!

 

At the event we celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of the renovated dealership.

 

If you missed this event, mark your calendars now for April 4 at Planet Fitness for Business B4 Breakfast and for our next Business After Hours at Lawton Marketing Group on April 20!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Breakfast B4 Business - March 2017

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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Tuesday, March 7, Sleep Inn and Suites hosted Business B4 Breakfast. 

Attendees got to mingle and get a great breakfast before they headed off to work!

 

We would like to thank Sleep Inn and Suites for hosting this event! If you missed this event, mark your calendars now for April 4 at Planet Fitness for Business B4 Breakfast and for our next Business After Hours at Lawton Marketing Group on April 20!

Young Professionals

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

Young Professionals of Lawton Fort Sill (YPLFS) will serve as a developmental hub to connect young career bound leaders to the social, civic, and business resources within the community. Alike, it will serve as the voice of the arising career bound generation while continuing to promote the positive image of Lawton, the successes of Lawton, and the reasons to live and pursue careers in Lawton.

The Young Professionals Board is making progress and inching closer to the GRAND LAUNCH to the entire community April 27, 28, 29 at the Apache Casino Hotel Event Center – If you’re a Young Professional in Lawton, you don’t want to miss out on the launch weekend

Corporate Sponsorship information and ticket information will be released in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation hires community leader

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors announced that Brad Cooksey would assume the role as Executive Vice-President with the intent to assume the role of President no later than the end of the calendar year.

Prior to joining the LED, he worked in commercial real estate for Insight Commercial Real Estate Brokerage. During his tenure with Insight, Cooksey procured new tenants for a portfolio of commercial properties that would bolster the growth of the Lawton-Fort Sill Community. He also has a background in commercial insurance working for J.T. Neal Insurance Agency, Inc. and Wilcox & McGrath.

“Brad is a long-time Lawton resident who has spent his 19 year career in roles focused on strengthening his community,” said Phil Kennedy, Chairman of the Board. “We are pleased to have him lead the Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation.”

Cooksey began his professional career as a teacher and high school coach at Eisenhower High School. He has served the Lawton-Fort Sill area in his community involvement, as well. He has served as the President of the Lawton Public School Foundation, member of the Spirit of Survival Marathon Committee, Chamber of Commerce Board Member, AMBUCS, Board Member of Cameron University Foundation, and Leadership Lawton Fort Sill.

“I am proud to be from Lawton Fort Sill,” said Cooksey. “Lawton is my home, and I want to make it a choice location for new businesses to bring their operations here.”

Cooksey is the son of the late Mildred and Johnny Cooksey. He graduated from Eisenhower High School, then went on to graduate from Cameron University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science with a Minor in Mathematics. Cooksey attended Cameron University on a full scholarship for the Men’s Basketball team. 

Cooksey and his wife, Karen, reside in Lawton where they are raising their boys, Carson and Colin. Cooksey continues to remain committed to the Lawton-Fort Sill Community and working to ensure it continues to thrive and prosper.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Business After Hours

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Commerce Circle