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Monday, February 22, 2016

Top 10 Reasons You Should be a Chamber Member

Posted by: Andrew Duffy on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

10 WAYS A CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP WILL BENEFIT YOU

  1. Network with Lawton Fort Sill’s Leaders

When you join our Chamber, you are joining the inner circle of roughly 1,000 business leaders from every sector of the Lawton Fort Sill economy. Through Business After Hours, Chamber Luncheons, New Member Receptions, Committee Meetings, and many other social gatherings, you have multiple opportunities to meet-n-greet with your next customer!

  1. Promote Your Business

Whether becoming the “Featured Member” on our Monday Minute newsletter, conducting a Ribbon Cutting event, or receiving a listing in our printed and online Business & Visitors Guide, there are many free publicity perks to your Chamber membership. In addition, the Chamber also offers members with exclusive sponsorship & advertising opportunities for our events and publications.

  1. Take Advantage of Our Resources

The Chamber is considered the “Resource Center” for the Lawton-Fort Sill Community. Whether it’s receiving real-time community news, utilizing our members to build clientele, or uploading your business news/events to our community calendar, the assets we have at the Chamber are here for you to use! Because the Chamber holds the mission of being the “Resource Center”, as a member, you have the opportunity to be included in our “Relocation Packets” that are distributed weekly to newly relocated families moving to Lawton Fort Sill.

  1. Find Your Next Great Hire

The Chamber’s website serves as a job posting board for our members! Check out Lawtonfortsillchamber.com under “Employment Opportunities” to post your vacancy today! The Chamber staff also shares our member’s job vacancies on our Facebook page to reach the widest dissemination. We are here to help you build your staff!

  1. A Voice For Your Business

Are you facing any legislative challenges at your business today? One of the Chamber’s focal missions is to advocate on behalf of the business community in Lawton Fort Sill, and to be the voice for our business leaders. Whether you are faced with local, state, or even federally mandated regulations, the Chamber is here to be your voice! Keep us informed so we can take the steps necessary to create pro-business legislation!

  1. Referred business from the Chamber

Between local residents and also visitors to our community, the Chamber receives multiple communicative opportunities to refer out our local businesses. Whether it’s a phone call, a walk-in customer, or an online web-link, we make it our priority to refer business to our members only! At the end of the year, we send you data as to how many times your business has been referred.

  1. Leadership & Professional Development Opportunities

Are you a business professional seeking leadership development opportunities within our community? Whether you’re interested to serve on Chamber committees, or even just attend local business seminars that provide education, Chamber members have first opportunity to take advantage of these opportunities. There’s no better way to receive personal & professional growth opportunities than to serve at the Chamber! For a list of active Chamber committees, visit Lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

  1. Business Credibility in the Community

When a business joins the Chamber, there is a sense of credibility provided to them amongst the community. A Chamber business is one that is invested in the community, and has the economic growth of our community at top of interest. Once you join, our first step is to provide you with a Membership Window Cling so you can proudly display your affiliation on your front doors. Research shows 60% of customers are more likely to business with members of their local Chamber of Commerce.

  1. Member-to-Member Benefits

As a member of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, not only would you receive many benefits from the Chamber, but there are also many perks from other members. Joining the Chamber is about creating partnerships and connecting businesses with other businesses, this is one way we will connect you!   Our Member-to-Member benefits are listed at LawtonFortSillChamber.com

  1. Credibility with our Military Community

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber is unique in that we not only build relations with our business leaders, but we also strive daily to build relations with our military leaders on Fort Sill. As a Chamber member, allow us to represent you at Fort Sill! Each week Chamber staff visits the Family Days ceremonies to welcome our visiting military families to our community. Many of the choices they make for touring, dining, or shopping could include your establishment!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Growing our Economy

Posted by: Debra Welch on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Written by Debra Welch | President and CEO

Growing our local economy is done through a multi-faceted set of strategies.  Our economic development team is comprised of several Chamber member representatives who recently worked together to upgrade their system of recording retention visit information on a secure platform designed to maintain confidentiality.   Tracking information about local businesses is an integral strategy of our overall economic development plan as it relates to business retention and expansion.   The new system adds organization, record keeping and report building systems to allow the entire team various levels of access to collect, input and analyze data.

Being able to stay connected with existing business entities and their plans, helps our economic development team assist these employers with workforce, training, promotion and available incentives for expansion opportunities.  Growing our economy by retaining and expanding existing businesses is a key strategy of a strong economic development plan for Lawton Fort Sill.

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