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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.

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Ware District

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (2)

 

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

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 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.  

 

 

                            

 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Business After Hours at Surgery Center of Southwestern Medical Center

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 1:50:00 pm Comments (0)

Thank you to Surgery Center of Southwestern Medical Center for hosting Business After Hours on July 19 at 5608 SW Lee Blvd! And thanks to all those in attendance.

 

Click here to view more photos

Let the Lawton Fort Sill CVB help your next event

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 9:25:00 am Comments (0)

Did you know that the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau can help you plan your next meeting, event or conference?

Below are some of the highlights of what the CVB can do for YOU!

  • Provide Visitor Packets: Are you getting ready for a reunion, conference, meeting, or special event? Give the Lawton Fort Sill CVB a call for welcome bags and current information for your attendees.
  • Event Promotion: The Lawton Fort Sill CVB wants to help you promote your event. We'd love to include your event in our Calendar of Events and press release program.
  • Meeting & Convention Planning Assistance: Do you need to know where the meeting rooms are for 10-500 people? Call the Lawton Fort Sill CVB, we would be happy to get you all the information you need to make your meeting, event or conference a success. We can also help make sure your group secures the best rates and availability.
  • Itinerary Planning: Whether you need hotel accommodations, unique dining, entertainment resources, historic site visits, or transportation assistance, we'll make sure that your Experience is Excellent!
  • Bid Packets: Are you involved in an association that you would like to see bring their event to Lawton? We can prepare bid packets or proposals to help recruit this event to our community.

 

For more information, email Taylor Burgess, CVB Director, or Shannon Yarbrough, CVB Manager, or call 580-355-3541.

2018 Lawton Ranger's Rodeo

Posted by: Special Projects Manager on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

 

  

The 80th Annual PRCA Lawton Rangers Rodeo will be held August 8-11th at the LO Ranch. Tickets are available at http://www.lawtonrangers.com/ or at the entry the day of.

 

The Lawton Rangers PRCA Rodeo is one of the top 50 rodeos in the U.S. Over 400 of the most skilled cowboys and cowgirls in the country will compete in tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Redcoats Host Ribbon Cuttings

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

On July 9, our Redcoat Ambassadors welcomed Faith Fitness Cafe with a Ribbon Cutting!

Faith Fitness Cafe is located at 701 NW 17th St.

 

On July 13, our Redcoat Ambassadors celebrated Goodwill's grand re-opening with a Ribbon Cutting!

Goodwill's new location is at the old Hasting's building, located at 616 NW Sheridan Rd.

Breakfast B4 Business at BancFirst

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Thank you to BancFirst for hosting Breakfast B4 Business on July 10 at its 67th Street location! And thank to all those in attendance.

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Convention and Visitors Bureau End of the Year Results

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Annual Celebration Wrap-Up

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

THANK YOU to our sponsors of the Annual Celebration and to those who celebrated with us! And congratulations to the 2018 Annual Celebration Awards winners!

We're looking forward to what the next year has in store.

Pictured are the winners of the 2018 Annual Celebration Awards. From left to right are Hossein Moini from Adventure Travel, Lifetime Achievement Award; Richard Pool, Wayne Gilley Ambassador Award; Dustin Hilliary from Hilliary Communications, Business of the Year; Yvonne and Jim Landmark from The UPS Store, Rising Star Award; Summer Hurleyjacks, Young Professional of the Year; Jennifer Ellis from Cosmetic Specialty Labs, Community Spirit Award; Debra Evans, Redcoat Rookie of the Year; Alicia Baughman, Redcoat Ambassador of the Year; and Barbara Curry, Shelia O. Lee Volunteer of the Year.

Click here to view more photos.

Apache Casino Hotel

Arvest Bank

BancFirst

Cameron University

City National Bank

Classic Lawton Chevrolet

Comanche County Memorial Hospital

DenMar Services, Inc.

Hilton Garden Inn

IBC Bank

Laugh Out Loud

Lawton Constitution

Liberty National Bank

Pam & Barry's Team @ Remax

The UPS Store

Townsquare Media

Full Table Sponsors

AUSA - Lawton Fort Sill Chapter

Brox Industries

Billingsley Ford of Lawton

Burgess & Hightower Law Firm

Corvias

JAMARK

KSWO-TV

Southwestern Medical Center

Half Table Sponsors

Apache Casino Hotel

Base Camp Adventure Outfitters

Fidelity Communications

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Leadership Lawton Fort Sill

Paul Warmuskerken-New York Life Insurance Co

Award Sponsors

Business After Hours Slated for July 19

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

Join us for Business After Hours at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at the Surgery Center of Southwestern Medical Center. The center is located at 5608 SW Lee Blvd. For more information on Southwestern Medical Center, visit its website.

Chamber to Host SWOK Business Expo

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We're excited to announce that we will host our annual Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo on Sept. 13 at the Comanche County Fairgrounds!

Click here to sign your business up for a booth.

Click here to sponsor.

For more information, contact Sharleen Gehers at 580-355-3541.

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