MSN Ranked Lawton in the Top Ten of America's Military Cities
MSN ranked Lawton in the top ten of America's Military Cities! According to the article, the military community makes up "19.7% of the Lawton metro area population", which is the seventh largest in the country. The percentage also military veterans who continue to reside in the city following the end of their military careers. The large military presence is due in part to Fort Sill which has been in use since 1869 and serves to train thousands of soldiers annually. To read more about the article, please click here.
Chamber Member Exclusive Sale: YMCA Y Fry Lunch Special
Breakfast B4 Business at the Aaragon Chiropractic & Decompression Clinic
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.
2018 Wichita Mountains Classic Show
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.
Join us as a Wichita Mountains Classic Show Vendor here.
For more information contact Shannon Yarbrough at 580.355.3541
City National Bank & Trust named as one of Forbes Magazine Best-in-State Bank!
Interim President and CEO Visits Washington DC with the State Chamber
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
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.
Young Professionals Meet With Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Drew Edmondson
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
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!
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
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.
Sandler Training Seminar
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.
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
New Members Reception
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
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 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
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
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.
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 December 6th, 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. This Ware On C will have an all-new lineup of activities, live entertainment, giveaways and many opportunities to shop local businesses ahead of the holiday season. The Ware on C community event will take place on 4th & 5th and C Avenue from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, please contact the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber at (580) 355-3541. For all media inquires, please contact Brandi at (580) 355-3541 ext 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating 2 year with the CVB
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!
Armed Services YMCA ribbon cutting
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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
Early Voting for Election
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.
Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo Postponed
The Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo has been postponed due to lack of participation.
Stay tuned for new date!
Spencer-Ragland to take Chamber post
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.
Monday Minute Advertising
Monday Minute Advertising
For the latest, up-to-date information concerning Chamber activities, the Monday Minute hits your e-mail box every Monday morning.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Advocating for Business
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.
Walmart Neighborhood Market Online Shopping Ribbon Cutting
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
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.
Exclusive Visit Lawton Getaway Package
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!