Friday, September 22, 2017

Business After Hours at Jimmy John's

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We had a great time at Business After Hours on Sept. 21. Thank you to Jimmy John's for hosting!

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McKiernan Delivered State of Fort Sill Address

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On Sept. 22, Maj. Gen. Brian J. McKiernan, Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill commanding general, delivered his State of Fort Sill address to a captivated audience at the Cameron University McCasland Ballroom. He had landed in Lawton only two hours prior after an extensive trip to the United States Pentagon. His address spoke of the past success of Fort Sill and its optimistic future.

He boasted of Fort Sill's volunteer efforts within the community, which saw soldiers in local schools and assisting various nonprofit organizations. Fort Sill's Healthy Base Initiative, and multiple other health-based initiatives, has allowed the Army base to be considered a model installation giving it a gold level standard for a healthy generation. The military base has increased its efforts in STEM programs for 5th grade students in 17 districts, which has improved students' math and science subjects by 10 points. McKiernan also boasted about the relationship between Lawton and Fort Sill, which he believes is the best community/military base relationship across bases. He believes he will only see this relationship increase over the coming years.

As for the future of Fort Sill, McKiernan had only positive outlooks. Fort Sill will see growth in its Fires Center of Excellence over the next decade, which will enable the maneuvering of ground forces with field artillery and air defense artillery. He predicts capabilities in the near term to see solutions to the Army, which will lead to the increased capabilities of the National Guard by increasing its weapon strength. Growth across the Army will continue over the next couple of years, which includes enlistees, instructors and support personnel for training. An increase in troop strength and combat training will shape the lay of Fort Sill, including housing and facilities. McKiernan sees significant growth in Fort Sill's future, which means there will be an update to its Visitor Control Center. He said last year the center issued 115,000 short-term passes and 7,500 passes, so the center is seeking an easier process for passes.

He concluded by stating that Fort Sill is continuing to increase its relationship with the Lawton community. Its youth concert earlier this year saw 2,000 attendees and its annual Fourth of July Celebration saw 5,000 attendees. He hopes to utilize the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau's Visit Lawton app to make incoming service men and women and their families aware of what Lawton-Fort Sill has to offer. He also hopes to work together more with the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and local leaders to make Fort Sill a "destination" for families. On the horizon, he sees positive changes for Fort Sill and is optimistic for what it means for Lawton and its bright future.

McKiernan ended his address by stating that he will be departing from his post at Fort Sill in November to be the Deputy Commanding General in the 18th Airborne Corps. But he stated that he is "dragging his feet" on the change in command because it will be difficult for him and his family to leave Lawton. He said Fort Sill is "home" and will be homesick as soon as he leaves, but he plans have his retirement ceremony at the post’s Old Post Quadrangle. McKiernan wished a "thank you" on behalf of his family, the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill for "the best community relationship our Army has."

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Breakfast B4 Business Hosted by Classic Chevrolet

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Classic Lawton Chevrolet prides itself in doing business the "classic" way. Located at 8308 N.W. Cache Road, Classic Lawton Chevrolet is owned by Erv Randle with partner Tom Durant. Classic Lawton Chevrolet is the sister store to Classic Chevrolet in North Texas -- the No. 1 volume Chevy dealer for over a decade. Family owned an operated since 1960, Classic Chevrolet has decade-long streak in leading nation-wide retail sales; is GM's No. 1 parts dealership in the nation; and for 14 consecutive years, it has been named GM Dealer of the Year.

Classic Lawton Chevrolet will host Business B4 Breakfast at 8 a.m. Oct. 3. To read more about Classic Lawton Chevrolet, click here.

Twelfth Annual Spirit of Survival to Take Place

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The 12th annual of Spirit of Survival is right around the corner. Various events will make up the weekend's event from Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Elmer Thomas Park, including the half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K run/walk, 1m Kid’s Marathon and 0.4m Spirit Walk, and new this year, bike rides (14, 26, 51 and 64 mile). All proceeds from the Spirit of Survival go towards the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma.

Click here for the Spirit of Survival website.

City Sets Groundbreaking for Public Safety Facility

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From the City of Lawton

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 -- The City of Lawton is pleased to host the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Public Safety Facility at 10 a.m. Oct. 2 in the lot between Southeast Larrence and Railroad Streets, south of East Gore Boulevard.

The ceremony will feature addresses by Mayor Fred Fitch, City Manager Jerry Ihler, Lawton Police Chief James Smith, Lawton Fire Chief Dewayne Burk, Chamber of Commerce Representative Nathan Slate, Project Engineer Billy Tramel and Dr. Keith Miles of Central Baptist Church.

“This is a great day for the Lawton Police Department and the citizens of Lawton Fort Sill,” Smith said. “This will be one of the focal points that will enhance the downtown center nad make the community a wonderful place to live.”

The facility comes at a construction cost of 33.7 million, funded by the 2015 Sales Tax Extension, and will include a new police station, city jail, municipal court and fire facility. The 112,100 sq. ft. building will house 350 work stations and hold 126 inmates with future expansion opportunities to hold more than 300 inmates. It was approved by Lawton City Council to be designed by Dewberry Architects; a construction bid was awarded to Flintco LLC of Oklahoma City in August 2017.

“The start of the construction of the new Public Safety Facility marks the beginning of a new era for public safety for the city of Lawton,” Burk said. “This new facility will provide opportunities for additional growth and allow personnel to utilize new technology, which should aid in their ability to perform their jobs.”

During the ceremony, a community time capsule with items collected from longtime community agencies and organizations will be presented to attendees and City of Lawton staff. Items within the stainless steel capsule will be vacuum-sealed and then placed in the ground beneath the bell tower to be erected in front of the facility. In 50 years, they will be uncovered. Contributors include the Chamber of Commerce, Cameron University, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Fort Sill.

“Lawton Fort Sill has a unique culture that should be preserved and celebrated,” said Community Relations Director Tiffany Martinez Vrska. “Our community is branded by wonderful partnerships and people that continue to grow and progress with each passing year. In 50 years, it will be fascinating to uncover and study the items placed in this capsule – to remember our history and see just how far we’ve come.”

The groundbreaking ceremony is free and open to the public. Event formalities and remarks will be followed by coordinated photos. Those who plan to attend are requested to enter off of Larrance Street and follow posted parking signs.

Please call the City of Lawton Engineering Department at 580-581-3385 for additional questions or information.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Business After Hours at Jimmy John's

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Since 1983, Jimmy John's has been the launching pad for success story after success story. The franchise founder himself, Jimmy John Liautaud, graduated second to last in his graduating class and had no sights for college. His father encouraged him to join the United States Army, but Jimmy had a vision of opening his own business.

His dad conceded by agreeing to give him $25,000 to open his business, but if it didn't make a profit within a year, it would be off to boot camp. Jimmy's first-love was Chicago street food, mainly hot dogs. He discovered he would need at least $45,000 to open a hot dog stand and decided that was no good. After his discovery, he wandered into a sandwich shop, noticed the minimal equipment and saw his future. He started by learning how to make his own bread by checking out books from his local library. After many baking trial and errors, he came up with a recipe that helped shape Jimmy John's famous French bread. Next he bought deli meat and began crafting a menu.

With four sandwiches, Jimmy opened his first shop in Charleston, Illinois. Within his first year, $155,000 in sales and made $40,000 profit. In more than 30 years since, Jimmy John's has grown into 2,500 locations across the United States, including one location in Lawton, which opened in early 2016. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 21, Jimmy John's Lawton will host Business After Hours where attendees can gather to build connections, enjoy gourmet sandwiches and learn more about the Jimmy John's franchise.

To read more about Jimmy John's story, click here.

Volunteers Needed for Longhorn Auction

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On Sept. 21, the Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Agriculture Task Force will be serving lunch to 300 attendees of the Longhorn Auction and are seeking volunteers.

The Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge is one of Lawton's top tourist attractions. The refuge attracts visitors from all over to experience breathe-taking sites, outdoor adventures or embark a vibrant wildlife, including the Texas longhorn and the American bison.

Every year, the refuge conducts annual public auctions of excess Texas longhorns and American bison in order to maintain appropriate numbers of the animals within the confines of the refuge. The number of animals to be auctioned varies from year to year, but generally consists of cows or bulls which are no longer needed for reproduction within the herd and excess calves of the year.

Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. with the auction following at noon on Sept. 21 at the Refuge Headquarters. If you or your business would like to volunteer, please contact Taylor Burgess or Shannon Yarbrough at 355-3541.

Strides Taken for Passenger Rail

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On Sept. 6, a six member Lawton-Fort Sill delegation team traveled to the Oklahoma State Capitol to participate in an interim study. Lawton City Councilman Keith Jackson coordinated a group from the City of Lawton and the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce to participate in the interim study with a goal to restore the state's passenger rail system.

“Keeping Lawton-Fort Sill represented at the state capitol on transportation issues and opportunities is vital to our continued growth as a city,” Jackson said.

Interim study 17-107 discussed solutions for the completion of the Eastern Flyer route, which is a passenger rail service intended to extend from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, and ideas for the Heartland Flyer, the passenger rail service running between Oklahoma City and Dallas. Lawton's local leaders hope to extend the passenger rail service from Tulsa, through Oklahoma City and into Comanche County.

Bill Phelps, consultant at the State Capitol for the City of Lawton and the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, arranged for Lawton-Fort Sill to provide a presentation at the interim study. Richard Rogalski, planner for the City of Lawton, gathered the research and made the presentation, which highlighted the number of commuters to and from Lawton. He concluded that if the passenger rail was restored in Comanche County that passengers' productivity would increase, crowded roadways would ease up and the increased benefits the city would receive from an influx of tourism.

According to Debra Welch, Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, the chamber's primary mission is "creating economic opportunities" for the citizens of Lawton-Fort Sill.

"This is just the first step in a long range plan to have Lawton-Fort Sill included in any plans the State of Oklahoma may make in restoring passenger rail service that could enhance transportation options and provide increased connectivity to other states," Welch said.

International Festival Set for Sept. 22-24

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Mark your calendars for Lawton's annual International Festival Sept. 22-24 at Elmer Thomas Park. The three-day festival will highlight a myriad of cultures through live entertainment, food and vendors.

The festival will kickoff at 5:45 p.m. Friday with a Naturalization Ceremony and the Parade of Nations. The weekend festival will also feature an interactive children's area and evening concerts from Tequila Azul and Oklahoma Fancy Dancers on Saturday.

The International Festival is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Show Off Your Business

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The Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo is a unique way for local businesses to come face-to-face with the community.

Take Jim Landmark, president of The UPS Store in downtown Lawton, for instance, and his first experience with the expo. His store participated in the 2015 expo before the store’s doors were even open. He said it gave The UPS Store a “tremendous platform” to introduce his business to the Lawton-Fort Sill community, “as well as forge valued business relationships.”

“The exposure at this event ensured that we were off to a great start,” he said of his 2015 expo experience. “Thanks in part to the SWOK Business Expo, we hit the ground running.”

Landmark and The UPS Store will have a vendor booth at this year’s Southwest Oklahoma Expo on Oct. 26 because he believes it's “a great opportunity for businesses to market to other businesses, as well as consumers.”

“During the 2016 expo, we shared our expanded offerings and continued to build valuable relationships,” he said. “We anticipate the 2017 event will be our best yet. We plan to use the opportunity to introduce another exciting addition to our business.”

There’s still a chance for Chamber Members to participate as a vendor during the 2017 Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo on Oct. 24 at the Great Plains Coliseum. The deadline for Chamber Member vendor applications is Sept. 15. After that date, vendor applications will be open to the public.

“As an active Chamber Member, whose primary customers are small businesses, we strongly encourage other businesses to consider participating in the Chamber and at this event,” Landmark said.

Click here for a vendor application. Or for more information, contact Sharleen Gehers at 580-355-3541 or via email,


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

SHRM Summit Set for Sept. 13

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Needing clarity on employment law cases? Are you curious about different opportunities to provide employee benefits?

On Sept. 13, the Employment Law and Benefits Summit will host breakout sessions with attorneys who specialize in employee law. Hosted by the Great Plains Chapter Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the summit will also feature keynote speaker Greg Hawks, a corporate culture specialist who has spent more than two decades mentoring leaders, developing teams, crafting culture and empowering employees. Lunch will be provided, and the summit will conclude with a networking event.

Cost to attend is only $10 for SHRM members and $25 for non-members. Registration can be completed here.

Mattie Beal to Celebrate Birthday

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The Lawton Heritage Association will host Mattie Beal's Birthday Bash from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Historic Mattie Beal Home, located at 1008 SW 5th. During the free event, Mayor Fred Fitch will declare Sept. 16 as "Mattie Beal Day."

The event will also feature free cake and lemonade, and live performances from South Central District Squaredancers and the Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus. Food trucks will also be onsite, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets to picnic on the lawn.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Prompts Immediate Need for Blood Donors

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From Oklahoma Blood Institute

August 28, 2017 -- Catastrophic flooding in Houston and the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey are prompting Oklahoma Blood Institute to issue an immediate call for blood donors of all blood types. Blood centers in Houston and other affected areas are unable to collect blood, and Oklahoma Blood Institute is taking part in the nationwide relief effort to help shore up the life-saving blood supply.

Oklahoma Blood Institute has already sent 300 units of blood and 25 units of platelets to areas affected by flooding, and has been asked to provide 400 more units this week. This can only be done if generous donors step up and become part of the disaster response. A major problem blood centers in Southeast Texas are facing is transporting blood to hospitals. Oklahoma Blood Institute is working with a Dallas-based blood center to help transport the blood to hospitals and patients who need it.

“Blood centers affected by this disaster could be shut down for days or weeks,” said John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Oklahoma Blood Institute is ready to help our neighbors dealing with this unprecedented flooding in Houston, and we know that we can count on our donors to make the commitment to give blood or platelets.”

If you would like to donated blood to those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, the Southwest Oklahoma Blood is located at 211 SW A Ave. in downtown Lawton. For more information, call 580-350-6100.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Early Voting Set for Special Elections

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Early voting is set for the September Special Elections for new City Council Members for Wards 6, 7 and 8.

Those residing in City of Lawton Ward 6, Ward 7 and Ward 8 may cast their votes early from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 at Lawton City Hall, 212 SW 9th St. If unable to vote early, voters can vote at their polling place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12.

On the ballots, qualified voters will only be asked to vote for a new City Council Member for their ward. No city questions will be on the ballots.

Below are links to the sample ballots for each ward.

If voters are unsure of their ward or polling place, they can visit or call the Comanche County Election Board at 580-353-1880.

Shop Local, Show Local, Share Local

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By Chamber President Debra Welch

Shopping locally benefits the entire community -- neighbors supporting neighbors. Local shopping allows consumers to put a face to a business.

The Chamber’s Small Business Action Group will gather 62 local businesses under one roof to showcase their services and products. Entry to the expo is open to the public and the only cost is a chance to share prosperity with the Lawton Food Bank through a donation of two non-perishable food items. Enjoy a convenient opportunity to shop local, showcase your business and share with the community.

The convenience factor is critical for shoppers with hectic lifestyles. Early adopter shoppers get a chance to see the latest and greatest in their community in this up close and personal format. More analytical consumers take advantage of options to speak with people that know their products best and can answer questions immediately without being put on hold or losing a computer connection. Social shoppers know this event offers a fun atmosphere to enhance the shopping experience and win prizes. The best benefit is that local businesses get to see the support they depend upon from our local citizens.

Local businesses can choose to promote their name through sponsorship with or without a vendor booth. Both sponsors and vendors will receive new trade show training from marketing professionals as well as experienced vendors that will help them prepare for and enhance this unique marketing opportunity. These short training opportunities are being developed in a new delivery format for optimum availability.

Shop local, show local and share local by contacting the Chamber for more information on how you can benefit from this economic opportunity created for our community. Make the Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo your destination of choice on Oct. 26 at the Great Plains Coliseum.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Chamber Welcomes Fall Intern

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We’re pleased to welcome Edward Muniz as our Communications Intern for the 2017 fall semester.

Edward is a junior at Cameron University studying communications. He’s a Cameron PLUS Scholar, an officer for the Student Alumni Association and a slightly above average disc golfer. He graduated from Lawton High School in 2015 and was a left tackle and team captain on the 2014 State Runner-up Wolverine football team.

He’s excited for the experience he’ll receive while interning for the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce.

“I believe this experience will not only benefit my school experience, but also prepare more for my career,” he said.

The Chamber’s new Communications Manager, Kaley Patterson, will be Edward’s supervisor during his time with the Chamber.

“I’m looking forward to working with Edward and guiding his knowledge in his future career path,” she said. “As a Cameron graduate, I know the university’s goal is to efficiently prepare students for their next story post-college. I’m proud to say that the Chamber supports this mission.”

According to Chamber Executive Vice President Jamie Southerland, the Chamber began a mutually beneficial partnership with Cameron University’s Communications Department in June of this year.

“We began working with an intern to assist us with getting our message out there in social media and other platforms,” she said. “This venture was so successful we decided to engage again this semester. We are pleased to announce that Edward Muniz joined us last Monday. It’s very exciting to bring these bright minds with fresh eyes into our workplace to observe what we do and assist us in telling our story. We are looking forward to seeing how Edward improves our communications.”

Welcome aboard, Edward!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Chamber Welcomes New Communications Manager

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We’re excited to welcome Kaley Patterson to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce team.

She’s joining us as our Communications Manager after working two and a half years as a staff writer for The Lawton Constitution. As a 2015 graduate of Cameron University and Frederick, Oklahoma, native, Kaley is knowledgeable in the Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma communities.

“I’m overjoyed to have this opportunity with the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce,” she said. “From growing up in Frederick, to attending Cameron University and working for The Lawton Constitution, I’m excited to be able to serve Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma in this new capacity.”

Executive Vice President Jamie Southerland said the chamber is thrilled to welcome Kaley to the team.

“With her prior experience and natural talent, she will be such an asset as we continue to tell our story about the Chamber’s efforts to create economic opportunities and why our members make us Lawton Proud,” she said.

Welcome aboard, Kaley!

Oklahoma Museum Association Coming to Lawton

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For the first time in Lawton, the Oklahoma Museum Association will host its annual State Conference.

On Sept. 20-22, Lawton will receive an influx of people and business from the conference, which will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Lawton Fort Sill and Convention Center, 135 NW 2nd. All staff, volunteers and board members from the 523 Oklahoma museums are invited to attend.

This year’s conference is hosted by Lawton’s own Museum of the Great Plains and the Lawton Fort Sill Convention and Visitors Bureau. A few topics being presented at the conference includes Mobile Museums, Museums and the Military, Economic Impact of Cultural Organizations and much more. For more information, visit the Oklahoma Museum Association’s website.

Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo Set for Oct. 26

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It's time to gear up for this year's Southwest Oklahoma Business Expo set for Oct. 26 at the Great Plains Coliseum.

The four-hour exposition will feature piped and draped booths, as well as a reception for sponsors, booth holders and Chamber members. Sponsors will receive extensive promotion through television, radio, newspaper and email blasts, offering a tremendous opportunity to attract new clientele.

If interested in being a vendor, click here. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well, click here to learn more.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

JAMARK To Host Breakfast B4 Business

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In 2004, Mark Rodriguez founded JAMARK as a janitorial company. Today, it offers not only comprehensive janitorial services, but also security services and vocational training throughout Southwest Oklahoma.

JAMARK Cleaning is a no hassle professional solution to commercial and office cleaning needs. JAMARK Security features first-class protection with 24-hour patrol services, marked and unmarked patrol units, business property patrols, mobile patrols, alarm response, emergency response and private investigation services.

JAMARK Training offers vocational training in CLEET training phase I-IV, defensive tactics, defensive shooting phase I-III, first aid and CPR training, Oklahoma Concealed Carry class and taser and stun gun training.

JAMARK is the host for September’s Breakfast B4 Business, which will take place at 8 a.m. Sept. 5. JAMARK is located at 201 SE Lee Blvd. For more information, call the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce at 580-355-3541.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Business After Hours at Audio Tech

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Thursday, August 17th, Audio Tech hosted Business After Hours.  Many gathered to network and mingle with friends. We would like to thank Audio Tech for hosting this month's event!


We would like to thank Audio Tech for hosting this event. Stop by their store this week to find awesome items for your home or vehicle, located in Cache Road Square. If you missed out on this one, be sure to mark your calendars now for and our next Breakfast B4 Business at JAMARK on September 5 and Business After Hours at Jimmy John's Sandwiches on September 21.

See all pictures from event here.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lawton Soccer Club presents Taya Kyle

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The Lawton Soccer Club presents Taya Kyle


Friday, September 8, 2017 at McMahon Auditorium

Tickets are on sale at McMahon Auditorium | 801 NW Ferris Ave | Lawton

Southwest Chemical Co | #1 SW C Ave | Lawton


Life with my husband taught me many things, shares Taya Kyle.  "Probably the biggest thing it taught me was how to turn a life of fear into a life of faith.  I learned strength and humility through Chris.  I do my best to share that strength with others."  Of course, Taya is referring to her late husband, "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, Navy Seal.


New York Times Best Selling author, and perhaps the deadliest man to ever peer through the scope of a military rifle.  Since his tragic death in February of 2013, Taya has focused on keeping the spirit of his service alive.  As Taya puts it, "Chris left us with a lot to do.  Everyone struggles.  I believe if we are open to it, we can see how God prepares us ahead of time for the hardships we will face in our lives.  He also takes care of us afterward and shows us how to help others."


For sponsorship of this fundraiser or for sponsorship at The Big Green Soccer Complex, email Shawn Mcgrath at or call 580-647-2020 for more information.

Congressman Tom Cole

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Congressman Tom Cole

Identified by Times Magazine as "one of the sharpest minds in the House," Congressman Tom Cole will be coming to Lawton to engage in political discussion.

Congressman Tom Cole will be hosting the Lawton Town Hall Meeting on August 29th in the Main Auditorium of the Great Plains Technology Center.

Since 2009, Cole has served on the House Appropriations Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies; he is also assigned to the Subcommittees on Defense and Interior.

In 2017, Cole was reappointed to the House Budget Committee for the fourth consecutive Congress.  He serves on the panel as one of the three members of the majority party who also sits on the Appropriations Committee.  He is currently considered the Senior Appropriator on the panel.

Cole was appointed in 2013 to serve on the House Rules Committee.  In addition, Congressman Cole serves as a Deputy Whip for the Republican Conference.  In October 2013, he was appointed to serve as one of four House Republicans on a House-Senate joint budget conference committee that negotiated a bipartisan budget deal for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

To find out more about Congressman Tom Cole and see his Town Hall schedule visit his website.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

State of Fort Sill Luncheon

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Commanding General Brian J. McKiernan will be speaking on items concerning Fort Sill at the State of Fort Sill Luncheon. The Luncheon will begin at 12:00 pm on September 22 at the McCasland Ballroom at Cameron University.

Tickets are $20 for Chamber Members and $25 for General Admission. Purchase of tickets will be available until September 13th. Sponsorship slots are also available for a limited time. 

For more information about this event please contact Sharleen Gehers at 580-355-3541 or

Thank you to our current sponsors!                                                        



Young Professionals After Hours Social - August 2017

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Young Professionals of Lawton had their second after hours social since their initial launch. 

Thursday, August 10, at Back Porch Drafthouse West many Young Professionals showed up to network and have fun. Attendees had a chance to meet their fellow YP members, expand their network, and enjoy some marvelous food and drink. See all photos from the event here!


Attendees were asked to bring non-perishable items for entry into the event. The Young Professionals of Lawton ended up donating 116 pounds of canned goods to the Lawton Food Bank. 


Don't miss the next YP Social on September 14 at Mike's Sports Grille. As a reminder, if you haven't signed up as a member of Young Professionals of Lawton you can do so at today. 

Audio-Tech, Advancing Technology

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Audio-Tech has recently undergone new management and is now an employee owned company. Despite these changes, the employees at Audio-Tech average over 15 years of experience working at the store and with the equipment. When you walk in to Audio-Tech you know that you will be speaking with someone who knows about their equipment and is loyal to it.

Audio-Tech has a wide range of audio, visual, and lighting services and products in categories such as home, commercial, and 12 volt. They do custom car installations and only stock the best brands for a quality you can count on. Their newest project is the Control 4 smart home system. For only one upfront fee you can control as much or as little of your home as you desire such as lights, AC, locks and so much more directly from your phone.

Stop by their store to see demonstrations and learn how you can get the most for your money. Don’t miss Business After Hours this Thursday at Audio-Tech and learn how they can get you the most for your money.

Visit Audio-Tech at their website or connect with them on Facebook to keep up with all the latest technology. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lawton Soccer Club Benefit Concert

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The Lawton Soccer Club Presents William Michael Morgan

As a Grammy nominated producer and Executive Vice President of A&R at Warner Music Nashville, you might say that Scott Hendricks qualifies as an expert on country singers.  So when he gets excited about someone, it's worth paying attention.  And right now he's excited about Warner Bros. Records newcomer William Michael Morgan.

"William Michael Morgan is seriously one of the very best singers I have ever recorded and I have recorded a bunch," Hendricks said, "Recording a voice typically reveals any and all imperfections.  I will never forget the first time we went into the studio and heard William Michael's voice come across the speakers.  It was a jaw-dropping experience.  I'm anxious for the world to hear what I heard.  It truly is a special voice."

Tickets on Sale NOW!

McMahon Auditorium | 801 NW Ferris Ave. | 580-581-3472

Southwest Chemical Co | #1 SW C Ave. | 580-355-5926


For more information contact Shawn Magrath at or call 580-647-2020 



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Breakfast B4 Business - August

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Tuesday, August 1, Crutcher's Western Wear hosted Breakfast B4 Business. Several members came together to mingle and learn more about the store and win some door prizes before starting their work day. 



We would like to thank Crutcher's Western Wear for hosting this event. Stop by their store this week to find awesome articles for your Rodeo apparel, located on C Ave. If you missed out on this one, be sure to mark your calendars now for Business After Hours at Audio Tech on August 17 and our next Breakfast B4 Business at JAMARK on September 5. 

See all pictures from the event here.

Lawton's 116th Birthday

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Celebration of Lawton's 116th Birthday kicked off at 5:30 Thursday evening at City Hall with the Lawton's Birthday Reception and Ceremony. The Lawton Award in Excellence was given to Gilbert "Gib" Gibson for outstanding excellence in service to community, state, and nation. The Lawton Rangers and the Pioneer Women's Club were also recognized for their 79 years of service. See more pictures from the event here


The celebration continues this week with the Lawton Rangers Rodeo and Parade. Parade activities include contests for best dressed Cowboy, Cowgirl, and Rodeo Clown. Also, the Marlow Gunfighters will be performing. 

For more information on Rodeo activities, click here!

Legislative Survey

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)


We invite you to voice your opinion with our Legislative Survey. Make your concerns known at the federal, state, and local levels through our advocacy program. Legislative actions impact our economy, and part of our economic development program is monitoring what is happening on all levels of government to keep our community actively engaged as well as our economy conducive to business growth


To be heard today, click here. 

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