Business After Hours November 2016
We would like to thank Fairfield Inn for hosting November’s Business After Hours.
In lieu of Business After Hours in December we ask that you join us for our annual Holiday Open House. The event will be from 4:00 - 6:00 pm on December 16, at the Chamber.
Miss Oklahoma in Lawton
Miss Oklahoma 2016, Sarah Klein, will be in Lawton for the Great Plains Technology Center Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on November 30th, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. at the GPTC Worley Center.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Elementary Education. During her undergraduate career, she was involved in many campus organizations and activities including: Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Dance Marathon, Big Event, Campus Activities Council, University Sing, Sooner Scandals, Sooner Scouts, Camp Crimson Counselor, and Pre-Education Majors Club. Sarah was awarded Big Woman On Campus, The Sylvia Corwin Excellence Award, and the OU Honor’s Scholarship. She was selected to be in the prestigious President’s Leadership Class and was placed on President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and Alpha Lambda Delta for her scholastic achievement.
Sarah plans to travel the state as Miss Oklahoma and spread the awareness of her platform, supporting our Troops from Deployment to Employment and the importance of taking care of our military men and women who have done so much for us. As an educator herself, she is excited to empower students throughout the schools of Oklahoma.
The event cost $50 per person and proceeds will help provide Business Development Center Scholarships.
Military Affairs Fall Social
The Military Affairs Committee hosted their Fall Social November 10 at the Lawton Country Club. It was a time to catch up with friends as well as a chance to welcome new officers to our community. Military Affairs works to promote unity among business leaders and military command staff.
The Military Affairs Committee hosts a social every Fall and Spring.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Military Affairs Committee contact Jamie Southerland today!
Economic Development Forum
Board members of Lawton Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce focus on Lawton’s economy, incentives and plans to move forward in a special forum.
The group heard presentations from Dr. Mark Sneed and Joe Gallagher, Deputy to the Commanding General, then received a reality check from Dr. Tom Thomas.
Chamber Management Institute
Membership Director, Andrew Duffy, graduated from the Chamber Management Institute.
Chamber Management Institute (CMI) is a 4-month program offered through OCCE (Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives), and housed at the State Chamber of Oklahoma. During the 4 month period, the program is geared at developing new Chamber Executives across the state to educate them on all facets of the Chamber industry (to include membership, governmental & legislative affairs, budgeting & finance, tourism, volunteer management, and event management.) Seminars and panel discussions are provided to the students from many top-tier senior executives across the state, representing many different communities, both large and small.
Senate President-elect Mike Schulz
Senate President-elect Mike Schulz will be in Lawton for the Great Plains Technology Center Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on November 30th, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. at the GPTC Worley Center.
Schulz was born on March 5, 1964 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. He received a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University. He is an active member of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, he served as chairman of the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee in 1996 and also worked for the organization for many years as Field Representative. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Class V. He continues to be an active member in the Altus Kiwanis Club as well as the First United Methodist Church. He won election to the Senate in a special election in May of 2006. He married the former Reenie Reid. The couple has two children, son Benjamin and his wife, Emily, and daughter, Abby.
He currently serves as the Majority Floor Leader and as an Ex-Officio member of all Senate committees.
Lawton voters faced with 4 propositions
Lawton residents will have 4 propositions on their ballot November 8.
Proposition 1 will change the definition of how many meetings a council member may miss before he or she would lose his or her office.
Proposition 2 will bring charter provisions into compliance with the city code and state law.
Proposition 3 will remove specific dates for council primary and general elections.
Proposition 4 will require the City Council to conduct review of the charter and its provisions at least every five years.
See a sample ballot here.
2 new Member to Member benefits
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- Sapphire $50.00 (37.50 for Chamber) 7 class package
- Emerald $75.00 (56.25 for Chamber) 10 class package
- Black pearl $125.00 (93.75 for Chamber) Unlimited package
- Diamond $200.00 (150.00 for Chamber) Unlimited w/vip guest
- Walk in $10.00 (7.50 for Chamber)
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Take advantage by stopping by to see them today!
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Oklahoma Works Summit
Dr. Tom Deighan, Superintendent of Lawton Public Schools, and Patty Neuwirth, Chair of the Education Action Group, attend the Oklahoma Works Summit where Lawton was featured for its progressive programs.
This November ballot is going to be long and you can expect the lines will be too. One way to save time this election is to skip the line altogether. You can vote early at the Comanche County Courthouse November 3-5. This gives you more freedom in when you choose to go vote. Mark your calendars now!
SW Oklahoma Business Expo
The Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo was a huge success!
The Small Business committee worked to plan the event. We want to thank the committee and our volunteers for all their hard work to make this event happen.
We saw many people from the community come out to enjoy the expo, win prizes, and network with local business.
To enter the expo, guests brought two non-perishable food items that we donated to the Lawton Food Bank to help local families during the upcoming holiday season.
At the end of the night our Grand Prize winner went home with a Smart TV and a sound bar from Apache Casino Hotel.
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
Grand Prize Sponsors
Hilton Garden Inn & Lawton-Fort Sill Convention Center
Lawton Living Magazine
Public Service Company of Oklahoma
Senator Lankford Introduces Bills to Delay Overtime Rule and Protect Small Businesses, Colleges and Nonprofits
We would like to thank Senator Lankford for hearing our concerns and moving legislation forward to provide regulatory relief in delaying the enforcement of the overtime rule. The overtime rule would have unfairly effected small businesses, and Senator Lankford saw that and acted accordingly. We appreciate his continued support.
New Member Cookout and Open Mic
What a terrific Wednesday afternoon it was last week as the Chamber conducted the largest New Member orientation event to date.
Under a large commercial tent placed on the Chamber’s parking lot, over 80 new members joined Chamber staff and board members for a delightful cookout. One couldn’t have picked better weather for an outdoor event.
To top off the excellence, 3 food establishments made an already great day, a premier day, as new members had a buffet style of options to choose from.
A special thanks to Chick-Fil-A Cache Rd, 360 Restaurant Apache Casino Hotel, and The White Buffalo Food & Beer Co.
The best part of all was seeing the eagerness and excitement these new members expressed to be a part of an organization striving to better our community. Thank you to all whom participated!
MG & COL McKiernan's Welcoming Reception
Last Thursday, the Military Affairs Committee had the pleasure of welcoming the new Commanding General to Lawton Fort Sill.
MG Brian McKeirnan and his wife, COL Sharon McKeirnan, are pleased to be back in Lawton Fort Sill community and hope they are able to stay here for some time. MG McKiernan and his family were previously stationed at Fort Sill when he served as the Commandant of the Field Artillery School. The next Military Affairs event will be our Fall Social scheduled for Thursday, November 10th where we will welcome the rest of the new Fort Sill leaders!
Governor Mary Fallin to Take Part in Bring Small Business Back Event in Oklahoma City
Part of nationwide bus tour highlighting hurdles facing small businesses
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin will be among the speakers at a Bring Small Business Back event this week in Oklahoma City. The event is scheduled from 9:30 until 11 a.m. Friday at the student center building on the Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City campus, 900 N. Portland Ave.
The Job Creators Network (JCN) is hosting the event. Fallin and JCN President and Chief Executive Officer Alfredo Ortiz will talk about threats facing small business owners. Reservations to attend the event can be made here.
The event is part of JCN’s Bring Small Businesses Back campaign which consists of a nationwide bus tour to hear the challenges that real local small businesses are facing.
“Governor Fallin’s participation in our Bring Small Businesses Back campaign showcases her commitment to the small business job creators that power her state’s and the nation’s economy,” said Ortiz. “If more legislators understood the importance of small businesses to the country as a whole, the economy could finally start working again for everyone.”
The event will focus on finding solutions to the problems most commonly cited by small business owners: overregulation, over taxation, and lack of access to credit. Small businesses in Oklahoma make up 97 percent of all employers in the state.
In a nationwide poll of small businesses commissioned by JCN earlier this year, two-thirds of respondents identified over taxation as preventing their businesses from thriving. Three out of five said the same about overregulation. As a result, the survey found that only one in five small business owners plan to hire additional employees over the next year, and only around one-quarter believe that doing business over the next year will be easier than the previous one.
To address the over-taxation hurdle, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., recently announced the Bring Small Businesses Back Tax Reform Act (H.R. 5374), which would reduce the tax burden on the nation’s small business job creators, which make up half of the nation’s jobs and two-thirds of its new jobs.
The proposed legislation would lower the tax rate to 10 percent on pass-through businesses’ first $150,000 worth of income. And it would lower the rate to 20 percent on income between $150,000 and $1 million.
Read the full text of the Bring Small Businesses Back Tax Reform Act here. Read the white paper JCN released earlier this year assessing the state of American small businesses here. Find out more information about the campaign at DefendMainStreet.com.
To schedule an interview, contact Andrew Ransom at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (916) 258-2396.
For more information on JCN, visit www.JobCreatorsNetwork.com
Cameron University Bill W. Burgess Jr. Business Research Center to present “The Power of the Wind – Challenges and Prospects of Wind Energy in Oklahoma”
Cameron University’s Bill W. Burgess Jr. Business Research Center (BBRC) will present a public forum on “The Power of the Wind – Challenges and Prospects of Wind Energy in Oklahoma” on Wednesday, October 5 at 1 p.m. The keynote address will be presented by Dr. Scott Greene, Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma. The forum will take place in the CETES Conference Center and is open to the public at no charge.
“According to the American Wind Energy Association, Oklahoma ranked third in the nation in 2015 for total wind energy generation,” says Dr. Syed Ahmed, Director, BBRC. “Wind power has emerged as a viable, alternative form of energy for the state. The forum will provide an overview of the Oklahoma wind industry, its economic impact, challenges and prospects of the industry.”
A panel discussion will follow Greene’s keynote address. He will be joined by Kylah McNabb, Energy Policy Advisor, State Energy Office, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment; and Russell Philpott, Co-Founder and Lead Consultant, Precise Building Performance LLC.
Greene will provide a brief primer on wind energy, an overview of the wind industry in Oklahoma, a description of some of the economic impacts, and case studies illustrating the relative importance of the industry, particularly in those areas with fewer revenue sources.
For the last 15 years, Greene has also worked with, and is currently director of, the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative (OWPI), an award-winning collaboration between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. The initiative is focused on researching various social, economic and physical science issues associated with wind energy in Oklahoma. Under his supervision, OWPI has received awards for excellence in research and outreach from the American Wind Energy Association, the U.S. Department of Energy, and The Journal Record.
For more information, contact Dr. Syed Ahmed at 581-2430.
Members ONLY Opportunity
Time is running out. Is your business looking for sponsorship opportunities. SPONSOR THE EXPO TODAY!
If you are looking for exposure this is the best opportunity where you will get exposure to over 300 people to include the public, networking with other Chamber members, Showcasing your business, Marketing opportunities and establishing one on one relationships.
Grand Prize Sponsor
Hilton Garden Inn Lawton-Fort Sill & Convention Center
Lawton Living Magazine
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)
2016 Buffalo Burger Cookout
MG Brian McKiernan and incoming chamber chairman Nate Slate flip burgers as part of the annual Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op event hosted by Fort Sill Family and MWR.
Members BE AWARE
The Chamber is not selling, endorsing or distributing any magnets. It has come to our attention a company has been contacting our members using the Chamber as leverage to sell ad space on their products. We are in no way affiliated with this company and have not told them to contact our members.
When we do contract with a company to sell ad space in our publications we always make you aware by sending an email prior to commencement of advertising sales. Please be aware of companies using the Chamber's name to sell their products, and if you have any questions feel free to call us at 580-355-3541
Business After Hours Springhill Suites
We would like to thank Springhill Suites for hosting Septembers Business After Hours. Springhill Suites had art on display from a local artist! It was a wonderful night of networking and fun.
In lieu of Business After Hours in October we ask that you join us at the SW Oklahoma Business Expo October 13th! The event will be from 4:00 - 8:00 at the Great Plains Coliseum. Find out more about the event here.
State of the City Luncheon 2016
Friday, September 16th was the 2016 State of the City Luncheon at the Lawton Country Club.
Attendees were able to hear from Mayor Fred Fitch about the what is taking place in Lawton right now. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear from our City Leadership.
We would also like to thank our sponsors:
Federal Focus Group
The Federal Focus Group will meet Thursday, September 15th at 3:00 pm in the First National Boardroom at the Chamber. We will receive an update from our DC Consultants regarding the current Federal environment, review the 2016 agenda and consider the input received from the legislative survey sent to our members as we set forth the Chamber’s 2017 Federal Legislative agenda.
Barry Albrecht's Farewell
Barry Albrecht is leaving the LEDC. On August 17th we bid farewell at a reception hosted at the Chamber. There was a special presentation for Albrecht to thank him for his dedication and hard work.
We wish him luck in his future endeavors.
Business After Hours August 2016
We would like to thank Holiday in the Park for hosting August’s Business After Hours at City Hall. We are all excited for this year’s Holiday in the Park!
If you missed this month's event, make sure you mark your calendars for September’s Business After Hours at SpringHill Suites on September 15th.
Find out what Co-Op is all about!
On August 24th the Co-Op Coordinating Council will meet to plan the events for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. With many events on their calendar they look forward to a busy year of community service and new friendships! You are invited to come find out more about Co-Op.
The Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op works to promote unity between Lawton businesses and Fort Sill Soldiers. Co-Op builds lasting relationship through partnership. Business leaders look forward to developing relationships with Fort Sill Soldiers, Marines and their families in the coming year. If you aren’t a Co-Op member yet, it is never too late to join. For more information contact Sharleen Gehers today.
Classic Celebrates One Year
Classic Chevrolet celebrated their one-year anniversary on Aug. 4.
At the YCC Membership event in May, the Randle’s were dubbed the "Godfather" and Godmother" due to their team, The Green Team, obtaining the highest number of memberships. In honor of this accomplishment, they were awarded "green Fedoras" during their 1 year anniversary event.
It is always great to see our members’ accomplishments and we congratulate Classic Chevrolet on their One Year Anniversary.
AT&T Makes Huge Announcement
Steve Hahn, President of AT&T Oklahoma was in Lawton to announce plans to provide the highest level of technology for the Innovation Campus currently planned for development at the Lawton Fort Sill Regional Airport.
The Innovation Campus, a project of the Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), will be marketed as a facility for businesses to relocate or expand their operations in Lawton.
Don't Miss Out - Cameron University Benefit ends in ONE WEEK
ATTENTION BUSINESS MEMBERS! There is only ONE WEEK left to take advantage of this amazing benefit from Cameron University!
Cameron University has offered Chamber members a benefit to say thank you to the business community in our area. The program, called Learn While You Earn, will provide scholarships to 180 Chamber Members to take a TUITION FREE three-credit-hour class.
Through Learn While You Earn, Chamber members are invited to take one TUITION FREE class during the Fall 2016 semester. Members are welcome to take any Fall 2016 course for which they are eligible and for which space exists. See here a list of courses Cameron offers that are most often requested by employers for immediate applicability of skills.
To ensure success of this quick enrollment process, please reply to the Chamber promptly if you are interested. The first 180 members to notify the Chamber will be accepted. Eligible participants must complete the admissions and enrollment process prior to August 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
In order to start the process, call the Chamber today (580-355-3541) to receive the Tuition Waiver Request Form. Following receiving the form from the Chamber, the student must submit it to the Admissions Office at Cameron University at Go2CU@cameron.edu or 580-581-2289
Do you lead a multigenerational team?
Turn your challenge into an opportunity for growth.
On September 8 the Chamber will host a workshop with Meegan Mackay from Artes pro Vita at Cameron University’s CETES Conference Center. Mackay will use principles introduced by Zig Zigler, Stephen Covey, and other pioneers in the field of teambuilding and motivation.