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Friday, March 9, 2018

Business After Hours at RV Connection

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Thank you to RV Connection for hosting this month's Business After Hours on March 8! Click here to view more photos.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ribbon Cutting at Attorney Referral Services

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Our Redcoat Ambassadors welcomed Attorney Referral Services with a ribbon cutting on March 6 at its location inside the Great Plains Business Development Center, 1601 SW Park Ridge Blvd.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Legislative Kick-Off Luncheon Wrap Up

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Thank you to those who attended our Legislative Kick-Off Luncheon on March 2 at the Lawton Country Club.

Lawton business leaders and community members had the chance to ask local legislators questions concerning state budget and upcoming elections.

We'd also like to thank our sponsors:

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ribbon Cutting at William Nelson & Co

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Our Redcoat Ambassadors welcomed William Nelson & Co to the chamber on Feb. 28 with a ribbon cutting! The real estate company is located at 1305 W. Gore Blvd, Suite A in Lawton. For more information, visit the William Nelson & Co website.

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Business After Hours at RV Connection

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

RV Connection will be the host for the March Business After Hours at 5:30 p.m. March 8. The RV dealer is located at 2202 S US Hwy 281-B. For more information on RV Connection, visit its website.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fires Patriots Committee Receives Updates From DC

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Twenty plus members of the Fires Patriots committee received an exclusive update from the chamber’s two lobbyists, Mike Hogan and Bob Milner. They discussed the way ahead with five upcoming events for the year, including two Fort Sill activities and a Fires Patriots trip to Washington DC in the fall. To learn more about the Fires Patriots Committee, contact Jamie Southerland at jsoutherland@lawtonfortsillchamber.com or Mike Brown at brownm@cdblinc.com.

Arts for All Luncheon Kicks Off Spring Fund Drive

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We're #LawtonProud to support Lawton arts! On Feb. 23, the Arts for All Luncheon honored the Lawton Arts and Humanities Awardees and kicked off Arts for All Inc.'s annual Spring Fund Drive.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Breakfast B4 Business at Frog Printing and Awards Center

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Frog Printing and Awards Center will be the host for the March Breakfast B4 Business! At 8 a.m. March 6, come network with local business owners and browse the printing and awards shop. For more information about Frog Printing and Awards Center, visit its website.

Southwest Oklahoma Legislative Reception Wrap Up

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to those who braved the weather and attended the 2018 Southwest Oklahoma Legislative Reception on Feb. 20.

Despite the inclement weather, we had a great time and positive conversations with our local legislators.

We would also like to thank our sponsors:

Click here to view more photos.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Business After Hours at the Museum of the Great Plains

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Thank you to the Museum of the Great Plains for hosting Business After Hours Feb. 15! Attendees enjoyed networking in the museum's latest remodeled reception room and touring the museum's various exhibits.

Click here for more photos.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

MG and Mrs. Shoffner's Welcoming Reception

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Our Military Affairs had a joyous time welcoming MG Wilson A. and Carron Shoffner back to the Lawton-Fort Sill community on Feb. 12 at the Cameron University McCasland Ballroom.

The couple was gifted with a "Lawton" brick, a copy of "Silent Witness: The Diary of a Historic Tree at Fort Sill" by Towana Spivey, a dozen red roses and rose rocks.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sponsor the Legislative Kick-Off Luncheon

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Plan Your Next Event with the Convention and Visitors Bureau

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12:00:00 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.

Chamber Closed Feb. 19 for Presidents' Day

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce will be closed Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents' Day. The chamber will reopen Feb. 20 for regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Breakfast B4 Business at the Hilton Garden Inn

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Thank you to the Hilton Garden Inn and Oklahoma Sports Network for hosting Breakfast B4 Business on Feb. 6!

 

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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

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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

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

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

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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

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

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!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

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

Commerce Circle