Your Chamber in the NEWS: Ware On C
Downtown Lawton was dealt a heavy blow when much of the area was demolished in the 1970s as part of urban renewal. The goal was to redevelop what critics complained had become a seedy bar district into a place that families could meet and shop.
But now the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and downtown businesses are launching a new effort to breathe life into downtown. The Ware District comprises a swath of the central business district stretching from Elmer Thomas Park to Central Mall, from east of Railroad Street to City Hall. That’s a huge area, so the initial effort will be along C Avenue from Southwest 2nd Street to Southwest 7th. The first event, on Thursday, will be between 4th and 5th Streets.
To read more about Ware on C in the Lawton Constitution, visit click here.
Breakfast B4 Business At Roadback Inc.
Thank you for joining us for the latest edition of Breakfast B4 Business! For the month of October, we visited Roadback Inc. who is a certified Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) as a Certified Comprehensive Area Recovery Center. Not only did the organization host the event but they are also celebrating their 50th year operating in the Lawton Fort Sill. Congratulations on your 50th year helping members of community!
To learn more about the services offered at the Roadback Inc., please click here.
View images from the event here.
New Member Reception September 2018
The New Members Reception for Fall 2018 took place on Wednesday, September 26th to a large crowd of Chamber members and supporters. The semi annual new Members Reception allowed new members to introduce their businesses and share information about their industries, products and services. In addition to sharing information about their businesses, new members also had the opportunity to speak with current members about potential business needs and trade information in a networking session. Welcome newest members of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce!
To view images from the event, click here.
Thank you to our sponsors for providing refreshments for the New Members Reception!
New Members Reception Sept 2018 Sponsored by Rib Crib, McAlister's Deli, Golden Corral and the Cache Road Discount Liquor and Wine.
The CVB Welcomes the Texas Longhorn Breeders & Upcoming Events
We would like to invite our community to help us welcome the upcoming visitors we have in town for the month of October!
October 4 – 6 the Texas Longhorn Breeders will be hosting their 2018 Horn Showcase at the Great Plains Coliseum. This will be their 4th year in Lawton Fort Sill. The weekend will kick off with Bull and Embryo Alley on October 4th starting at 6:30 at the Great Plains Coliseum. This is a one of a kind event and is free to the public! The weekend will continue on Friday with educational seminars and a Banquet at Apache Casino Hotel. On Saturday at 10am the Horn Showcase Sale will wrap up the exciting weekend. The showcase brought in about 930 entries from around the world, including Canada, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, and the U.S.
For more information visit http://www.tlbaa.org/.
The Unity Christian Fellowship International Pastor’s Summit will be in Lawton on October 12-14th. This will be their first time to host the summit in Lawton Fort Sill.
Ink in Oklahoma will return to Lawton Fort Sill for the 2nd year on October 26-28. This years Tattoo Convention will be held at the Apache Casino Hotel. The weekend will consist of local and national tattoo artist, contests and live entertainment for more information visit http://www.inkinoklahoma.com/.
From Longhorns to Tattoos, October will be a busy month!
Upcoming Sandler Training Program Helps Business Improve Sales Results
Working with them helps an owner adopt a system for business development and sales growth that ensures they maximize their efforts and time to increase revenue.
I highly recommend Sandler Training to our members, and other business owners."
Breakfast B4 Business at Roadback Inc.
Our upcoming Breakfast B4 Business will take place on Tuesday, October 2nd at Roadback, Inc. The monthly Breakfast B4 Business is designed to offer businesses the opportunity to network and share insight on the business environment in the community--all before businesses open. In this edition of the monthly series, Roadback Inc., who is a certified Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) as a Certified Comprehensive Area Recovery Center, will not only be hosting but they will also be celebrating their 50th year operating in the Lawton Fort Sill community. Don't miss the upcoming Breakfast B4 Business at 8 a.m. at Roadback Inc. 1202 SW A Ave.
To learn more about the services offered at the Roadback Inc., please click here.
New Member Reception September 26th, 2018
The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the New Members Reception on September 26th! Join us as we celebrate recent additions with an evening of business networking, great refreshments and information about your local chamber. The New Members Reception is a semi-annual event to showcase the new members that have joined during the recent months. In addition to business networking opportunities, guest are also able to meet Chamber staff, the Redcoat Ambassadors and fellow Chamber members in business casual setting.
The upcoming New Members Reception is sponsored by Rib Crib, McAlister's Deli, Golden Corral and the Cache Road Discount Liquor and Wine.
To register for the New Members Reception, click here.
Your Chamber on the NEWS: Chairman Albert Johnson Jr. Visits KSWO & KLAW 101
Business After Hours At Cache Road Liquor & Wine
Business After Hours was an incredible success! With 119 guests in attendance, Business After Hours Hosted by Cache Road Liquor and Wine featured the locally owned and operated business celebrating its grand reopening and 45 years operating in the Lawton Fort Sill community. Amongst those an attendance were several business owners, Chamber staff and the leaders in the community. To kick off the event, the Redcoat Ambassadors supported the reintroduction of Cache Road Liquor and Wine by providing ceremonial duties for the official ribbon cutting and sharing with guests the great opportunities available in the Lawton Fort Sill community as well as business networking opportunities. With the reintroduction some new products to expect will include fine cigars & tobacco products, extended food items such as meat & cheese products for entertaining and more--all Oklahoma grown & Oklahoma made. Big thanks to the Cache Road Liquor & Wine owner and staff for allowing us to share the grand reopening of the staple in our community and business!
To view images from the event, please click here.
About Cache Road Liquor & Wine:
Cache Road Discount Liquor and Wine is owned by JP Richard and is one of the biggest liquor stores in Oklahoma. We really pride ourselves on trying to have lowest prices, best service, and widest selection in the area. We have a great staff of employees that is always willing to help; we're also a bunch of sarcastic, still 14-year-old kids that tend to have fun at work and try to make your shopping that much more fun. As we say, the booze costs money but the show is free (which is good because we probably wouldn't get paid for most of our attempts at humor). The most recent expansion of Cache Road Discount Liquor and Wines was completed in May of 1998. The 12,500 sq. feet of floor space makes Cache Road Liquor and Wines the largest liquor store between OKC and Dallas. The business has steadily grown since 1959. J.P. Richard and Bill Doolin purchased the business in 1974 and Doolin stayed on as an equal partner till 1980. In 1978 they expanded the original building to 5,000 sq. feet and in 1985 J.P. enlarged it to 8,000. The most noticeable change, and what a lot of people still call us by, came in 1987 when J.P. built the Tunnel next door to the liquor store. To read more about the iconic Lawton based store, click here.
Security Choice ADT Ranks Lawton as one of the Comeback Cities
In a research study conducted by Security Choice ADT, which is a branch of the ADT home security systems, the company sought to determine the impact of local crime and how it compares to the area population. The data was comprised from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Database that tracks criminal activities in every city across the country. While crime rates have been on the decline across the country, to make the Comeback Cities list, the city would need to show a significant change by comparison in the past ten years and based upon the population. Through the collective efforts of community policing by the Lawton Police Department and dedicated citizens, Lawton has become a safer place for the community. To read more about the article, click here.
Spread the Word Ministries Presents Clean & Unfiltered Comedy Show With Kevin Bozeman
Spread the Word Ministries Presents Clean & Unfiltered Comedy Show With Comedian Kevin Bozeman. Enjoy a night of unfiltered fun and laughter at the Cameron University Cetes Building on Saturday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Purchase Your Tickets TODAY!
New York Fashions 2126 W Gore Blvd.
Anointed & Appointed Hands 616 NW 19th St.
Shoe Heaven 1605 W Gore Blvd.
Greater Antioch FGBCF 2705 S Agnew Ave. Oklahoma City, OK
Member Exclusive Sale: Anderson Pharmacy Annual Flu Shot Vaccinations
Schedule An Appointment For Your Business TODAY!
New Walters PIKEPASS Store Opening & Exclusive Offer
Lawton Proud T-Shirts on Sale!
Lawton Proud Shirts are on Sale For $20! Don't miss your chance to be decked out in Lawton gear that showcases your Lawton Pride. Deadline to order is quickly approaching, order your Lawton Proud shirt TODAY!
To place an order for a Lawton Proud T-Shirt, click here.
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.