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Friday, February 2, 2018

Sponsor the 23rd Annual SWOK Legislative Reception

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To sponsor, contact Sharleen Gehers at sgehers@lawtonfortsillchamber.com or at 580-355-1541.

Young Professionals To Host Monthly Social

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Don't miss February’s Young Professionals of Lawton at Chianti Wine Bar! Bring your business cards for a chance to win Give-A-Ways from Chianti, Texas Roadhouse and Lawton Community Theatre. The monthly social will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 9 at Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 NW Cache Rd, Ste 5.

Young Professionals of Lawton will also be collecting dog and cat food for its give back focus.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

February Business After Hours at Museum of the Great Plains

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February's Business After Hours will be hosted by the Museum of the Great Plains. The post work networking event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the museum, 601 NW Ferris. The event will also be an opportunity to view the museum's latest renovations.

The Museum of the Great Plains is one of the first hands-on history museums in the Southwest Oklahoma region. With more than 16,000 square feet of space in the main gallery, and a large outdoor area, the Museum of the Great Plains features a wide range of exhibits. For more information on the Museum of the Great Plains, visit its website.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Chamber Verification Forms Are On Their Way

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The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce will be mailing out verification forms the first week of February. It's important to return the forms to the chamber to ensure each member's accurate information is on file for the printing of the 2018-19 Business and Visitors Guide. It's also important for the chamber to have this updated information in order to refer members properly and efficiently.

For more information, contact the chamber at 580-355-3541.

Opportunities to Meet Your Legislators

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is pleased to sponsor several events for our members to make their voices heard within our state and federal legislators.

 

Southwest Oklahoma Legislative Reception

Feb. 20

5-7 p.m.

Oklahoma History Center

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive

Oklahoma City

RSVP Deadline Jan. 31

Register

 

Legislative Kick-Off Luncheon

March 2

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lawton Country Club

4601 W. Gore Blvd.

Register

 

Annual DC Fly-In

March 14-15

Washington D.C.

Register

 

Legislative Wrap Up Luncheon

June 15

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Apache Casino Hotel, Summit Room

2315 E Gore Blvd.

Register

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Support Local Arts, Sponsor the Arts for All Luncheon

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Sponsors are needed for this year's Arts for All Luncheon. Arts for All Inc.'s mission is to foster the arts in Southwest Oklahoma. The nonprofit works to raise funds for five member groups and two affiliated groups. The annual Arts for All Luncheon kicks off Arts for All's annual spring Fund Drive. This year's luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Lawton Country Club, 4601 W. Gore, and the guest speaker will be Mary McClure.

A $500 sponsorship of the luncheon will include:

  • Reserved seating for eight
  • Name recognition on promotional material
  • Opportunity to place promotional items on luncheon entry table
  • Recognition at the event

For more information, contact Sharleen Gehers at sgehers@lawtonfortsillchamber.com or by calling 580-355-3541.

Breakfast B4 Business At the Hilton

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Join us for Breakfast B4 Business at 8 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 135 SW 2nd St. February's BB4B is hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn with co-host Oklahoma Sports Network.

The Hilton Garden Inn is a modern hotel with 162 rooms and a convention center located in Lawton's business district. For more information, visit the hotel's website.

Oklahoma Sports Network provides HD -TV live streaming for Lawton MacArthur, Lawton High, Lawton Eisenhower, Elgin, Duncan, Cache and Cameron University. For more information, visit the program's website.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Ribbon Cutting at Good 2 Geaux

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We're excited to welcome Good 2 Geaux to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce! Our Redcoats greeted them with a Ribbon Cutting at Good 2 Geaux's location, 1707 NW Sheridan Rd. To learn more about the cajun eatery, click the video below!

Redcoats Host Quarterly Luncheon

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On Jan. 19, our Redcoats hosted a quarterly luncheon at Mike's Sports Grill. Three Redcoats were honored as Top Redcoat of the Quarter: Debbie Evans, Jill Peters and Sharon Means. And Joe Diaz was honored for having the Most Retention Visits of the Quarter.

Business After Hours at Cherry's Place

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Thank you to Cherry Phillips and her crew for hosting Business After Hours on Jan. 18 at Fit for Life inside Cherry's Place! Click here for more photos.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Fit for Life to Host Business After Hours

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Fit for Life will host January's Business After Hours inside Cherry's Place at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Owned by Cherry Phillips, the fitness center is located at 301 SW C Ave. in downtown Lawton. Join us for an evening of networking and learning about local businesses.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Congratulations to Jamie on Completing Institute!

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Press release from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation News

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Jamie Southerland, IOM, Interim President & CEO, of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

Comanche County Basketball Tournament Slated for Jan. 15-10

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The 2018 Comanche County Basketball Tournament will take place Jan. 15-20 at the Great Plains Coliseum, 920 SW Sheridan. Competing in the tournament will be the following area schools: Big Pasture, Chattanooga, Fletcher, Frederick, Geronimo, Indiahoma, Sterling and Walters. Admission for students is $4 and $5 for adults.

The Comanche County Basketball Tournament has been a staple event in Southwest Oklahoma for over 70 years. Last year's tournament saw over 8,000 attendees of the five-day tournament. During the course of the tournament, teams and their fans come to Lawton from three surrounding counties and eight different communities. The Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau is a proud sponsor of this year’s tournament.

Click here for the boys bracket. Click here for the girls bracket.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Welcome to Lawton, Urban Air!

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Our Redcoats were happy to welcome Urban Air to the Lawton community Jan. 5 with a ribbon cutting. The trampoline park hosted its grand opening Jan. 6. Urban Air features large-scale, indoor trampolines hosting open jump, fitness classes, dodgeball and parties. For more information on Urban Air, visit its website.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

CVB By the Numbers

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We're half way through the fiscal year, and the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau has produced impressive numbers thus far!  From July 1- December 31, 2017, the CVB has been able to track 1,441 room nights in the past six months, and Lawton has seen over 50,000 visitors in the community.

July

Event

Type

Date

Participation

Room Nights

 

LCC Firecracker Golf Tournament

National

7/1-3/17

106

30

 

2017 Western Swing Music Society

State

7/13-15/17

307

111

 

 

2017 Grand National Horseman’s Association

 

National

 

7/25-29/17

 

120

 

67

 

 

 

August

OKNW Women’s Convention

State

8/7-11/17

100

69

Chapman Construction Conference

National

8/21-23/17

50

129

2017 Hotter ‘N Hell Bike Race

National

8/24-27/17

13,000

        12

 

2017 Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo

National

8/8-12/17

31,000

            4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September

Multi Gun Championship

National

9/16/17

250

    12

 

Spirit of Survival

National

9/30-10/1/17

3,400

    64

 

Lead to Succeed

Sate

9/12-13/17

27

7

Oklahoma Museums Association Fall Conference

State

9/20-22/17

207

130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

2017 Horn Showcase

National

10/5-8/17

250

         321

 

Rocky Mountain Training Conference

National

10/5-6/17

75

12

Warriors of the Wichita’s

State

10/6-8/17

100

10

Sliver-Line Plastic National Sales and Marketing Meeting

National

10/18-19/17

25

32

Shriners Association Conference

National

10/20-22/17

100

97

Bank of Cherokee Conference

State

10/26-28/17

26

13

Ink in Oklahoma Tattoo Convention

National

10/27-29/17

3,000

72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November

Perfect Timing Pig Sale

National

11/2-4/17

1,400

                                  130

 

POW Speakers

National

11/20-21/17

4,000

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

Wichita Mountains Classic

National

12/1-3/17

460

113

Arts for All Luncheon Slated for Feb. 23

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The Arts for All Fund Drive Kick Off Luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Lawton Country Club, 4601 W. Gore. The luncheon will begin Arts for All's annual spring fund drive, which raises funds for its member groups. Cost is $20 per person for chamber members and $25 for non-chamber members. Click here to register.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Chamber Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce will be closed Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The chamber will reopen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 16.

 

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Martin Luther King Jr.

Annual “On Target with Kiwanis” Archery Shoot Jan. 6

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The Lawton Kiwanis International will host its annual “On Target with Kiwanis” archery shoot Jan. 6 at the Great Plains Coliseum.

The competition is for 3rd-12th grade students to qualify for state competition in February in Oklahoma City. It is anticipated that over 400 participants from cities as far away as Pauls Valley, Ardmore, Madill and Marietta will compete. Many teams will travel over an hour to compete in an over six tournaments. Typically, over 60 medals, trophies or rings are awarded. This is the fifth year for the Lawton Kiwanis International to host the tournament. The civic organization believes archery gives all children, even those with special needs, a sport to call their own.

The Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau is a major contributor to the Lawton Kiwanis International “On Target with Kiwanis” archery shoot.

Breakfast B4 Business at Imperial Coffee

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January's Breakfast B4 Business will be hosted by Imperial Coffee. At 8 a.m. Jan. 9, join local business associates for breakfast while learning about the vending machine and office coffee service. Imperial Coffee is located at 1623 SE 1st St. To learn more about the company, visit its website.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Seven Seasons of Celebration

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December 2017 Chamber Column by President and CEO Debra Welch

Tis the season of gift giving -- let me encourage you to consider the best gifts you have ever given anyone, and celebrate how you have blessed the recipients. Reflecting upon the several years, I have been blessed with the gift of this column, and this year I want to celebrate seven seasons of gift giving instead of just one.

The ever-changing chamber leadership has accomplished much to celebrate in our community. With a steady focus on the mission of the chamber, these volunteers have guided activities to create economic opportunities and an enhanced quality of life for our citizens through leadership, relevancy and innovation. To that end, the following list shows seven of the significant gifts the chamber has provided our community over the past seven years:

  • Lawton Economic Development Corporation formed to recruit jobs
  • Increased promotional opportunities and referrals for local businesses
  • New chamber location established to provide professional center of operations
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau created to encourage, promote and foster conventions and tourism
  • Passing legislation and the Hotel-Motel Tax, supporting passage of Capital Improvement programs, Student Investment programs and advocating for Fort Sill
  • Community image campaign initiated to instill pride in our community – Lawton Proud
  • Young Professionals Group launched to develop new community leaders

 

…and a Happy New Year!

CVB Brings in Pig, Lamb and Goat Show

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The 2018 Great Plains Winter National Pig, Lamb and Goat Show will take place Jan. 5-6 at the Comanche County Fairgrounds. The show is sponsored by the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Holiday Open House Wrap Up

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We had a festive time celebrating and thanking our members during our Holiday Open House on Dec. 15!

Click here to view photos.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Give the Gift of Membership This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is upon us, and you may be wondering what you can do for a small, local business. Why not give them a one year chamber membership? The gift of membership is a great way to help and mentor new businesses. Within our Chamber, there are so many positive benefits that a member experiences. The chamber is considered the “resource center” for the Lawton-Fort Sill community. We are a network of business members that create opportunities, share ideas, help drive new business, build relations with our military partners, and most importantly – we work together to build economic empowerment across our community.

Want to give a small, local business the gift of membership? Call 580-355-3541 for more information.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mary Spannagel Testimony

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For Mary Spannagel, her chamber journey began when she started working for the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

"I've been a member for a long time," she said.

OBI is also a member of the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op, which she said has been instrumental in building relationships between Fort Sill and OBI.

"I believe it is important to be engaged and involved with our community," she said. "The chamber offers many avenues to do this, like Breakfast B4 Business and Business After Hours."

Spannagel is also a Redcoat and enjoys "the opportunity to meet and get to know those new businesses in town."

"Our chamber is the go-to place to get information on what’s going on in our community," she said. "They offer a variety of committees you are encouraged to be a part of. I have met the neatest people who have become lifelong friends."

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Host Business After Hours

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Business After Hours is one of the chamber’s most popular programs, usually bringing from 50 to 100 people right in your front door. Word of mouth is still the best advertising, and this event provides an opportunity for you to showcase your goods and services to those that will spread the good word.

 

Business After Hours is always held on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. The events are typically booked a year in advance.

 

The Chamber will

  • Promote the event by two exclusive email broadcasts to the Chamber membership
  • List the event on the website’s Chamber Calendar
  • List the event in the ‘Save the Date’ Section of the Monday Minute
  • Take photographs during the event
  • Have a photo follow-up in the Monday Minute
  • Provide greeters - the Chamber’s Redcoat Ambassadors
  • Provide the assistance of staff and volunteers at the event
  • Provide sound system, unless you have one that meets Chamber standard
  • Collect business cards of attendees, scan and email them to you for follow-up

 

The cost to host Business After Hours is $250.00.

For more information on how to host Business After Hours, contact Sharleen Gehers at sgehers@lawontforsillchamber.com.

Christmas in Lawton

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

Spend Christmas in Lawton and enjoy a myriad of activities the whole family will find merry and bright! Below is a list of holiday events.

Holiday in the Park -- Click here for more information.

MacArthur High School Drama Club Kabuki Christmas, Dec. 19 -- Click here for more information.

Trail of Cheer -- Click here for more information.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Economic Development – An Important Impact to Consider

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CenterPoint Energy and AEP/PSO will host a forum with Commissioner Dana Murphy to discuss the role of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the impact the role has on economic development. The forum will be from 1-2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, 302 W. Gore, in the First National Bank and Trust Board Room. The forum is open to the public. Seating is limited and advance registration is requested. Those interested in attending may register by calling the chamber at 580-355-3541.

Murphy formerly served as the Oklahoma Corporation Commission chairwoman from January 2011 to July 2012. She has also served as the administrative law judge at the commission. Murphy is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), where she serves on the Electricity Committee. She is the Oklahoma member and vice president of the Regional State Committee of Southwest Power Pool. She also serves on the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute Advisory Board; is the OCC representative on the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System; serves as vice chair of the advisory board of the Financial Research Institute; and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Oklahoma City Geological Society and Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. She was a member of the board of directors of Farmers Royalty Company and a member of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. Murphy earned a Law degree cum laude from Oklahoma City University.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

James Taylor Testimony

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By CAPT James Taylor, US Navy (Ret.) – Program Manager, American Job Center (Lawton Workforce)

I became a member of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce in 2015 in order to better network and collaborate with business leaders and individuals in the Lawton Fort Sill area. Through my more than 20 years in the military, I had the great opportunity to utilize those memberships with local and regional chambers. These memberships allowed me to establish and foster my connections in order to broaden my reach and strengthen valuable partnerships in speaker forums, business after hours, subject matter experts in finance and industry, business synchronization, education and academia, STEM, foreign collaborations in space and aviation technology, entrepreneurial and economic development and so much more.

The chamber has locally benefitted me and the Lawton Workforce by allowing us to further our message as to who we are and what we do for and with the Lawton Fort Sill market. Lawton Workforce is the Employment, Reemployment, Adult and Youth Services office, not just the Unemployment Office as it is often misunderstood. Our number one customer is the employer. At Lawton Workforce, provide active job postings, job fairs and hiring events, on-site training and registration functions. Lawton Workforce also provides guidance and employer support when meeting state employment guidelines and responses to queries, and connecting employers with state and federal agencies that further their workforce compliance with WOTC, Federal Bonding and Labor Law. Through this process, Lawton Workforce continues to grow and expand its support to job seekers by providing commercial and federal resume development, interview training and dress for success workshops in our office or on Fort Sill.

I will continue to be a chamber member because I believe that our chamber matters for all the right reasons. The return on my investment through my membership is only as good as my participation in programs, events and connections that I make, which allow me to collaborate with others in the outstanding community that is my home, place of work and the businesses that make me Lawton Proud.

What I would say to encourage someone or another business to join and remain a member of the chamber: "This is your Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce – it is imperative that you invest your membership, time and talent in order to garner the return on your investment. If it is not working for you, ask, inquire, press for more information and even ask for help from the chamber staff. Make your investment for you and your business."

Save the Date for Our Annual DC Fly-in

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For more information, call 580-355-3541.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Shop Local Gift Guide

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The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is putting together a Holiday Shop Local Gift Guide for this giving season. The guide will be distributed throughout our social media channels allowing our followers to see which local chamber members offer holiday gift shopping. We're wanting to keep Christmas in Lawton this year, so help us by letting us know if your business offers holiday shopping.

Send your information to Monica McCleary at mmccleary@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

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