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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Community Welcome Expo Gives New Residents Insight On Lawton Fort Sill

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We want to invite you to participate in the first Community Welcome Expo September 11th! 

 

 

State of City Highlights Mayoral Address On City of Lawton

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lawton Fort Sill Chamber adds new Vice President

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Healthy Bites-- Skinny Orange Chicken

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 1:21:00 pm Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS

2 c. all-purpose flour
 
large Eggs, beaten
 
2 c. panko bread crumbs
 
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
 
kosher salt
 
Freshly ground black pepper
 
Juice and zest of 2 oranges
 
1/3 c. low-sodium soy sauce
 
1/4 c. honey
 
cloves garlic, minced
 
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
 
2 tbsp. cornstarch
 
2 c. cooked jasmine rice
 
Sesame seeds, for garnish
 
Sliced green onions, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Set up a dredging station with one bowl of flour, one of eggs, and one of panko. Dredge the chicken in flour, then coat in eggs and cover in panko. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange chicken on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until no longer pink, 18 to 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make sauce: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine orange juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch. Whisk until combined and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer chicken to a large bowl and toss in orange sauce.
  6. Serve over rice with orange zest, sesame seeds, and green onions.
 
 
 

Check out the NEW 2019-2020 Business & Visitors Guide

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the latest issue of the Business & Visitors Guide! The premier publication for the Southwest Oklahoma region will highlight our Chamber membership, products and services as well as things to do and see for residents & visitors of the community. Be sure to check your company mailbox for the new issue! 

 

You Don't Want To Miss: State of Economic Development With Community Involvement August 29th!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Meet The Guest Speaker

Vicki Horton Bio

Vicki has been a professional site selection consultant for approximately 30 years. She is an entrepreneur and business owner.  Through her businesses, she assists her corporate clients with location strategy, community evaluation, site selection, real estate negotiation, and economic development incentive negotiation collectionion, supply chain optimization, entry into the US market, location strategy, community evaluation, site selection, real estate negotiation, and economic development incentive negotiation and collection.  She also works with the community, regional and state leadership conducting economic development strategy and implementation plans and funding of projects. 

 

Vicki works with Fortune 100, 500 and middle market companies.  Some of her current and past clients include Porsche, Cox Enterprises, PPD, HCA, ConAgra, Hobart, Avery Dennison, Russell Stover, Under Armour, Springs Industries, ADP, Chicos, Simmons, Fisher Scientific, Owens Corning, Gaylord Entertainment, and AOL. Vicki earned a Bachelor of Science degree for the University of Akron and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University. She is an active member of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), The Association of Operations Management (APICS), The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), International Tax Professionals (ITP) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She is a part-time professor for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  She also is on the faculty of the United States Chamber of Commerce and teaches at the University of Georgia.  She teaches courses on Site Selection and Economic Development and public/private collaboration. Vicki is a paid speaker, professor and an award winning published author.  Her award winning book, The One You Feed, is a compilation of short stories, reflection questions and quotes designed to assist in the development of key character traits in children ages 7 to 14.  In 2013 The One You Feed won the National Indie Excellence Award in the categories of Young Adult Non Fiction for content and Book Cover Non Fiction.

 

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President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Shares Membership Growth

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

I am excited to share we have seen more than 110 new members join the Chamber in the past few months. This is exciting. Many are returning members. Many are new businesses and young entrepreneurs that are interesting in networking and growing their businesses, professional relationships, or to show support for the growth and prosperity of this great community. Regardless if you are looking for more as an individual or a business, I would challenge you to consider joining the Chamber of Commerce.  

 

Membership in the Chamber of Commerce creates a strategic partnership that links you or your business with the proven Chamber of Commerce brand, and that affiliation enhances your personal and business credibility by showing the community that you are invested in prosperity.  

The chamber is a network of people who are in business and who have a joint collective goal to further improve or enhance the business economy in our community.  As well, through many of the reports and surveys provided by the U.S Chamber of Commerce, it is reflected consumers trust businesses that are aligned to their Chamber of Commerce and consumers are more likely to purchase good/services from those businesses.  

Your membership will create better visibility.   You will be able to stand out and get noticed by being actively involved in many community events that the Chamber either hosts or sponsors.   You can take full advantage of the many professional development opportunities including monthly luncheons as well as educational and professional development opportunities.  The Chamber Board and staff will serve as strong advocates for you and your business. Networking is a key element of chamber membership. It is not just who you know, but who knows you and who they know that you need to get to know. For individuals looking to network to expand their career, no organization can produce a higher return on investment than your local Chamber of Commerce. Get involved, learn, grow, and lead as a Chamber member.  As well, we simply could not do all we do without the incredible support of a highly professional and diligent Board of Directors and a vast number of volunteers. One specific volunteer group that is deserving of high praise and appreciation is our Redcoat Ambassadors.   Tom Abram serves as the Chair for the Chamber’s Redcoats and together with his highly professional and compassionate brigade of volunteers, they attend many events for the betterment of our Chamber and the community. You will see them out early in the morning at our Business B4 Breakfast, they attend every ribbon cutting ceremony, monthly luncheons, and multiple other events.   They truly are amazing and quite honestly, we could thank them daily and it would still fall pale in comparison to their boundless support. If you see a Redcoat, help me thank them. If you are interested in becoming a Redcoat, please contact the Chamber and we can help get you connected to start the application process.  

 

If you are interested in learning more about the many opportunities available to be an active chamber member, stop by the Chamber of Commerce Office or give us a call at 580-355-3541.  

Brenda Spencer-Ragland 

 

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

 

 

Breakfast B4 Business Meets With Oklahoma Dept. of Rehabilitation Services

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Our upcoming Breakfast B4 Business will take place on Tuesday, August 6th at 8 a.m, and hosted by Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. The monthly Breakfast B4 Business is designed to offer members 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, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) expands opportunities for employment, independent life and economic self-sufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success in the workplace, school and at home. Don't miss the upcoming Breakfast B4 Business at 8 a.m. hosted by DRS at the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, 302 W. Gore Blvd.

To learn more about the services offered at the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), please click here.

Business After Hours At Farmers Insurance Angela Schertle

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Business After Hours, which is a signature networking event known for its formal opportunity to connect Chamber members with other business leaders in the community. The next Business After Hours will take place on August 15th from 5:30pm-7pm and will be hosted by Farmers Insurance Angela Schertle, 28 NW 44th St. Grab your business cards and meet us at Farmers Insurance Angela Schertle, for Business After Hours!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Welcome the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, Jennifer Ellis!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the new Chairman of the Board, Jennifer Ellis! Jennifer Ellis is the CEO, President & Chief Chemist at the Cosmetic Specialty Lab, Inc.  Please join us in wishing her a warm welcome to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce board! 

Jennifer Ellis Bio 

Jennifer Ellis is a speaker, regulatory consultant, and President/CEO and Chief Chemist of Cosmetic Specialty Labs, Inc., a custom private label cosmetic and OTC manufacturing company founded by her late grandmother, Edna Hennessee, in 1972. Jennifer oversees the operation of a 170,000 square foot, turn-key manufacturing facility which produces product shipped all over the world, including China, S. Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Norway, Germany and more.

Personal and professional advancement to help better the lives of all women is an important cause to Jennifer, and she knows education is that key to a better life, particularly education in the fields of science, engineering and math. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds memberships in several professional organizations related to her business.

Jennifer and her husband, Mark, have three sons, Zachary, Joshua, and Peter. She lives in Medicine Park, Oklahoma with Mark.

Communications & Conflict: How To Handle Crisis Communication in the Social Media Age

Posted by: Communications Manager on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

One of my more recent experiences in handling crisis communications through social media occurred as expected in an unexpected way. While working for an east coast based public relations agency, a former client who was a 4x NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl Champion had decided to announce his retirement-- via Instagram. From ESPN and Sports illustrated to Forbes and CBS Sports as well as countless local media, our agency in an instant fielded calls from the masses to explain the sudden retirement from the NFL. Of course, our agency easily managed through the pre-established "rules of engagement" when dealing with the aftermath of a crisis or situation. I take this and many other instances as reminders of the importance of creating a strategic plan for handling conflict in communications. 

It appears that preparation in advance of conflict has grown exponentially with advances in technology and the use of social media as a new medium for individuals to express themselves. This is evident as "a number of scientific studies have also offered online and social media crisis communication practitioners practical implications and/or “best practices” in the areas of informatics: marketing, public relations, and communications". Developing a cohesive plan of action for how conflict is handled is the first step towards acknowledging and taking control of how your brand's image is displayed. It is best said that no response IS, in fact, a response and when handling the demands/needs of clients, it is important to address efficiently, directly and in a timely manner. 

To determine the best approach to handling conflict on social media, make sure that your organziation is aware of these socal media tips. 

Think Before You Post

While you can be limited in determining clients life decisions, you are limitless in determaining how your business is represented. This starts with thinking logically before posting on your business behalf. When deciding to post on social media, ensure that your responding as the organization, not as a single individual. Also, ensure that the content that is posted your brand's social media is consistent with your organziation's mission and values. 

Be Professional

Nothing makes headlines like an organziation or CEO that attacks a customer on Facebook. When receiving a complaint on social media, maintain professionalism and good customer service. Acknowledge the complain, take ownership of the receipt of sed complaint and take the complaint offline. Again, nothing makes headlines like seeing a well-known business leader fighting on social media with customers so maintain control of who manages your social media and tap into a good customer service approach when dealing with issues online. 

Develop A Social Media Policy 

While the idea of developing a social media policy appears daunting, the extent of the policy is solely based upon how much detail your company would like to include. From Coca-Cola to Walmart, each company has a developed a social media policy that varies based upon the company mission statement. While some are several pahges of extenvies docuements, others are more conversational and brief. There are many examples of social media policy but it is important to ensure that at any size, the developed social media policy should be consistent with the overall company mission, and provide an specific rules or expectations for how the online community engages with one another. 

 

 

For the full referenced article, please click here

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Shares Stats On Growing Housing Market

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00:00 am Comments (0)

As part of our monthly luncheon series, we had Barry Ezerski, Board Member for the
Chamber of Commerce, and Chuck Webber, President of the Board of Realtors provide
an overview of our housing market. I was certainly pleased to hear the Lawton Fort Sill
community remains one of the most affordable communities for housing in the United
States. This is both for sales and rental. In fact, based on the April 30, 2019 Zillow
survey, the following was released:


MOST AFFORDABLE U.S. HOUSING MARKETS (Sales)
(Population over 100,000 in the Metropolitan Statistical Area MSA)


SOURCE: ZILLOW SURVEY APRIL 30, 2019


METRO AREA ZILLOW MEDIAN PRICE


 JOHNSTOWN, PA $66,700
 POTTSVILLE, PA $67,000
 LUMBERTON, NC $74,100
 JAMESTOWN, NY $81,800
 WHEELING, WV $85,400
 YOUNGSTOWN, OH $87,300
 CHARLESTON, WV $89,600
 TERRE HAUTE, IN $93,700
 BROWNSVILLE, TX $93,800
 WICHITA FALLS, TX $96,500
 LAWTON, OK $96,900
 BATTLE CREEK, MI $96,900
 FLORENCE, SC $99,400


For the United States rental market, Lawton came in at the second most affordable.


MOST AFFORDABLE U.S. HOUSING MARKETS (Rental)
(Population over 100,000 in the Metropolitan Statistical Area MSA)


SOURCE: ZILLOW SURVEY APRIL 30, 2019
 METRO AREA ZILLOW MEDIAN PRICE
 Johnstown, PA $681/Month
 Lawton, Ok $736
 Terre Haute, In $761
 Anniston, Al $772
 Joplin, Mo $783

Both Barry and Chuck shared the good news that we have quality homes for sale and rent
within our community. As well, it was shared those looking to purchase a home, will
find the interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage remains low. I would ask all to
continue and help us communicate the message that Lawton has both availability and
affordability for those looking for housing within our community.


These monthly luncheons are a great opportunity to hear the latest, up to date
information, directly from the subject matter experts within the diverse areas that impact
the overall quality of life within a community. If you have not attended one of the
luncheons, I do encourage you to consider. We will be hosting a luncheon that addresses
how each of us play a role in economic development for our community. Please visit our
website at www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com or call us at 580-355-3541 for more
information.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

New Chamber Website Launching August 2019!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the launch of the new Chamber website! Chamber membership as well as residents and visitors will be able to benefit from the newly designed website that will make the Chamber website your one stop shop for business and community resources! With enhanced functionality and new updates, the Chamber website

 

Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming weeks!

 

We’re All Shook Up! Join Us For Our First Adult Date Night Package!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 9:40:00 am Comments (0)

All Shook Up! Adult Date Night will feature an incredible evening of exotic
dishes, live entertainment, and dancing—only for one night! Don’t miss your
chance to dance the night away with the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce!
All Shook Up Evening Lineup:
Progressive Dinner
Hor doeuvres prepared by The Bent Fork Catering Company.  
Appetizers prepared by Chef India.  
Main course prepared by Apache Casino Hotel, 360 Restaurant.
Entertainment:
Traditional Indian Dance, compliments of Chef India.
Travis LeDoyt: Memories of Elvis Concert with VIP seating.
Disco & Free Play
Following the concert, you will receive $10 in free play compliments of Apache
Casino Hotel, and a the remainder of the evening to dance at the DISCO!

Come Dressed To IMPRESS!
Best Dressed Competition for India attire, Elvis and Disco. Also, exclusive door
prizes and giveaways for guests!
Click here to purchase your tickets!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Healthy Bites-- Blackened Tilapia

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 8:56:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS

FOR TILAPIA

 
2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
 
4 tsp. ground cumin
 
2 tsp. kosher salt
 
2 tsp. paprika 
 
2 tsp. dried oregano
 
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
 
1 tsp. garlic powder
 
(6-oz.) tilapia filets
 
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

FOR AVOCADO SALSA

avocados, diced
 
tomatoes, diced
 
jalapeño, minced
 
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
 
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
 
Juice of 1 lime

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. n a small bowl, combine brown sugar and spices. Rub spice mix all over tilapia. 
  2. In a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add tilapia and cook until crust is deeply golden and fish flakes easily with a fork, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. In a medium bowl, toss avocado, tomato, jalapeño, and cilantro. Add oil and lime juice and season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Serve tilapia topped with avocado salsa.
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Inhofe Talks Defense Budget With Chamber Members Over Breakfast

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer Ragland Thanks Membership, Board of Directors For Contributions

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

We just closed out the fiscal year for the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. This year officially ended with the annual meeting, the banquet, and saying farewell to our 2018/19 Chairman and Board of Directors. We provided a warm welcome to our incoming Chair and Board of Directors. It was a great annual meeting and banquet. Many individuals deserve our sincere appreciation and thank you. The sponsors that made it possible were once again simply wonderful. I have highlighted them in a separate note, but when it comes to thanking sponsors – we can always do more. The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me.

The consistent and generous donations we receive from our membership is truly what makes many of our events possible. Beyond the members that sponsor these events, there is another group deserving of our sincere and heartfelt thank you, and that is our general membership.   Without members, Individual and Business level, there simply would not be a Chamber of Commerce. Every successful city has a strong Chamber and we are proud to say we have both. Therefore, to the more than 900 members, thank you. Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce.

I believe the general membership is what makes the Chamber of Commerce special. Individuals and Businesses have made the decision to invest in the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Through their support to the Chamber, and simply their presence in the community, they add tremendous value to the overall well-being of Lawton Fort Sill.   Please know, the Board of Directors, and the staff of your Chamber of Commerce, truly appreciate all you do for our community and for the Chamber.  

For a complete listing of all Chamber members, please visit our website www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com, or stop in and see us at our office at 302 W. Gore Blvd. and pick up a copy of our Business and Visitor’s Guide.

As we proceed with planning out support and activities for the coming year, I would encourage you to stop in for a visit, join us for a monthly luncheon, come to one of our outdoor events, or give us a call. We are out and about, and we will stop in to see all 900 of you, I can assure you of that – in the interim, please know the staff and I love nothing more than to receive visits from our valued members.

 

Brenda Spencer-Ragland 

 

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please visit www.swoknews.com.

 

Thank You To Our 2019 Annual Chamber Banquet Sponsors!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Lawton Fort Sill Convention & Visitors Bureau Sponsors The Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest, Generates Tourism In Community

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 2:53:00 pm Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Convention & Visitors Bureau is sponsoring the Western
Swing Music Society of the Southwest (WSMSSWOK) 2019 Annual Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony: Dance & Jam at the Great Plains Coliseum from July 11th-
13th. From cake walks to exclusive door prizes, the 2019 Annual Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony: Dance & Jam will be an exciting new edition of events in
the area. WSMSS (Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest) is a Texas
based non-profit organization founded in 1998 by 5 musicians. These founders
envisioned a group of artists playing and singing Western Swing music as
popularized by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Spade Cooley, Leon McAuliffe,
Tex Williams, Hank Thompson, Asleep at the Wheel and many others.


Tickets are $5.00 for (WSMSSWOK) members, $10.00 for non-members. To
purchase ticket, please call Great Plains Coliseum at (580)-357-1483.

Get Involved! Community Driven Events, Ware On C & Chamber on the Move Set To Return In August!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 2:41:00 pm Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to making a positive
impact on the community and we look forward to continuing our efforts in the
Fall/Winter season of Ware On C and the new Chamber on the Move. The Ware
On Block Party will be celebrating its first year since its introduction last fall as a
community block party dedicated to quality entertainment, live music, food
trucks and local vendors. Chamber on the Move follows a similar format but
incorporates more activities to encourage physical activity and promote healthy
initiatives. As a Chamber member, both events are an incredible opportunity to
promote products and services with general attendance in the hundreds. As a
bonus, Chamber members are FREE to register for any Chamber on the Move or
Ware On C Block Party event.


To register as a vendor for Ware On C, please click here. For Chamber on the
Move, please click here. For more information about the events, please call (580)-
355-3541.

State of Education Explores Status of Our Educational Institution in the Community July 11th

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 1:48:00 pm Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to making a positive
impact on the community and we look forward to continuing our efforts in the
Fall/Winter season of Ware On C and the new Chamber on the Move. The Ware
On Block Party will be celebrating its first year since its introduction last fall as a
community block party dedicated to quality entertainment, live music, food
trucks and local vendors. Chamber on the Move follows a similar format but
incorporates more activities to encourage physical activity and promote healthy
initiatives. As a Chamber member, both events are an incredible opportunity to
promote products and services with general attendance in the hundreds. As a
bonus, Chamber members are FREE to register for any Chamber on the Move or
Ware On C Block Party event.


To register as a vendor for Ware On C, please click here. For Chamber on the
Move, please click here. For more information about the events, please call (580)-355-3541.

Healthy Bites-- Garlicky Lemon Mahi Mahi

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 9:54:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS

 
3 tbsp.  butter, divided
 
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 
4  (4-oz.) mahi-mahi fillets

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lb.  asparagus
 
cloves garlic, minced
 
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
 
lemon, sliced
 

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
 

DIRECTIONS

 
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon each of butter and olive oil. Add mahi-mahi and season with salt and pepper. Cook until golden, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  2. To skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add asparagus and cook until tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a plate.
  3. To skillet, add remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Once melted, add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, 1 minute, then stir in lemon, zest, juice, and parsley. Remove from heat, then return mahi-mahi and asparagus to skillet and spoon over sauce.
  4. Garnish with more parsley before serving.

Welcome New Vice President, Director of Sponsorship and Advertisement, Dennis Wade

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Introducing the new Vice President, Director of Sponsorship and Advertisement, Dennis Wade! Mr. Wade has officially joined the staff and we are thrilled to announce our latest addition to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wade previously worked for the Lawton Constitution and has extensive knowledge in publishing, journalism, advertising and sales. Welcome Dennis to the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and we look forward to working with you!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Offers Keys To Excellent Customer Service

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1:10:00 pm Comments (0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In just a few weeks we will provide our community the opportunity to hear how we
all play a role in economic development. We have invited a national site selector to
come and share with us the steps we can take to enhance our ability to attract new
businesses, new opportunities and support those we already have within the
Lawton Fort Sill community.


Customer service is essential for the sustainment and growth of business within a
community. It’s a key ingredient for building relationships that last a lifetime.
Albert Johnson, Jr. and I have known each other for more than 30 years. It started
when I was beginning my career as a housing management specialist while
stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. Albert was graduating Command General Staff
College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. I overheard a conversation that
many of the Soldiers and their families that were graduating and departing Fort

Leavenworth, were frustrated they could not secure quality housing because those
that were doing a normal post change of command ours arrive prior, get on the
waiting list and secure the housing first, and those graduating were often left with
fewer choses as to where they would live. So I asked my supervisor if I could
simply go brief the graduating class on the housing processes so they could make
informed decisions, and educate them on how to apply timely, affording them the
same opportunity as others. She approved, so I made the short trip from Fort Riley
to Fort Leavenworth and I met Major Albert Johnson, Jr. and his lovely family.
Albert is one of many I met and became friends with, and it all started with
customer service.


Bob and Brenda Pirtle and I met when they were starting their career, again at Fort
Riley, while I was serving as a housing management specialist. General Gordon
Sullivan was the post commander and he would step in to the housing office on a
Saturday morning, if he saw my car. He simply wanted to check in to make sure all
in the housing world at Fort Riley was on track. He would sit, laugh at a time or two
either him or his wife would drop off a donut, or pastry. Relationships are essential.
As well, just as employees’ value being appreciated so does the customer. Nobody
wants to feel as if they are not valued, or that they are simply a wallet with a person
attached. Smiles, eye contact, and personalized conversations with the customer
pays dividends. Major Johnson appreciated the personal touch I applied to his
housing situation, he trusted my advice and I earned his lifelong friendship, as did
he earn mine. The same is true with the Pirtle’s, and yes, the memory I have of the
Sullivan’s is how they made me feel. They cared enough to simply stop in, visit and
check to make sure my day was going okay. As you know, he went on to do great
things for our Army and nation. For me, the best thing he did was treating me
kindly and shows he truly cared about his employees on the installation.


If we all made the time to greet those coming to our community with consistent,
accurate, quality customer service, we too would make them feel valued and we
would make the decision to relocate here or stay here the easy choice. When it
comes to economic development, it does take all of us. I am sure we will hear that
again, and I would ask that as we all work for the betterment of this great
community, let’s start by simply providing quality customer service to all that
choose to enter our business establishments. Who knows, it could start a friendship
that builds loyalty and trust that lasts a lifetime. I know for me, there are
businesses here locally that I will always support, as what started as a simple
business transaction, sparked into a lifelong friendship by the way they treated and
valued me as a customer.

For the latest Lawton Constitution: Chamber of Commerce View articles provided
by our President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland, please
visit www.swoknews.com.

Marketing To Millenials: How To Attract The Experience Seekers

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

As many have learned, millenials pack an incredible punch when it comes to consumer spending, but many businesses are challenged to determine how to market to the largest generation by population. In a research study conducted by Harris Group, 72 percent of millenials preferred to spend their money on experiences rather than material items. The study claimed, “this generation not only highly values experiences, but they are increasingly spending time and money on them: from concerts and social events to athletic pursuits, to cultural experiences and events of all kinds”. How do you market to the experience economy? Here are some tips to develop a new approach!

 

  1. Add A Personal Touch The Customer Experience

Clients want to feel valued when they purchase your product or utilize your services. Whether it’s the barista adding the your name on a cup of Viridian Coffee or custom packaging your gift and having it taking to your car from the associates at Massad’s, offer you’re an experience that is unique to them that shows that you value their support.

 

  1. Invest Into Your Digital Marketing

As technology continues to advance, it is important that your business is adaptable and visible to a variety of audiences, especially on social media and the web. With experienced professionals from both traditional and digital forms of media, our Chamber members offer unique ways to enhance your digital presence. For a full list of services offered by other Chamber members, please visit our Membership Directory here

 

  1. Don’t Forget The Power of WOM (Word of Mouth)

             Millenials are more likely to consider a product or service based upon recommendation from a friend or co-worker. Encourage customer feedback and follow with sharing your product or service with a friend. Offering a reward or incentivize the referral can help to spread the word about your product or service.

 

For the full study from the Harris Group, please click here.

 

State of Education Explores Status of Our Educational Institutions in the Community July 11th

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

For the July State of Industry Luncheon, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of
Commerce will cover education from the perspective of industry leaders. For
State of Education, our featured guest speakers will be 2018-2019 Chairman of
the Board & Cameron University Vice President for University Advancement,
Albert Johnson Jr. and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Ronna
Vanderslice. The State of Education Luncheon will take place on Thursday, July
11th at Cameron University, McCasland Ballroom from 12pm-1pm. Each
luncheon offers guests the opportunity to learn more about the selected industry
for the month from the professional leaders who facilitate its organization within
our community. Don’t miss an incredible discussion on the state of our
education!


To purchase your ticket for the State of Education Luncheon, please click here or
call (580)-355-3541.

 

Biography for Ronna Vanderslice Ed.D

Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cameron University is a position that Dr. Ronna Vanderslice has
held since 2013. Ronna began her tenure at Cameron in 2006 as Project Director for the National Council
for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the following year was appointed Dean of the
School of Education and Behavioral Sciences, a role she filled for six years.


Ronna holds a doctorate in educational leadership and a master’s degree in reading education from Texas
Tech University, a master’s degree in school counseling from East Central University and a bachelor’s
degree in elementary education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.


Upon graduation from Southwestern, Ronna took her first teaching job in Plainview, Texas where she
taught fourth grade for five years before taking an administrative counselor position at Ash Sixth Grade
School. Ronna returned to Oklahoma and took her first position in higher education at her alma mater-
Southwestern Oklahoma State University where she remained for thirteen years working her way to full
Professor and serving as Department Chair for six years. Ronna taught undergraduate and graduate
classes in Special Education, Elementary Education, Psychometry, and Educational Leadership before
taking her job at Cameron.


Dr. Vanderslice served for over ten years on the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance
Abuse Services Board. Recognition for Ronna’s dedication to Oklahoma includes the statewide Jane
Morse Service Award. In 2017, she graduated from Leadership Oklahoma Class 30 as one of fifty leaders
from the state committed to improving Oklahoma’s future. Highlighting Ronna’s passion for education is
her involvement with children and adults who have special needs. Ronna held a 25 year term as Area
Director of Special Olympics. In 2009 she founded “Cameron’s Camp of Champs,” a summer camp for
children with special needs.

Your Member Benefit: We Want to Feature Your Business In The Next Monday Minute

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Did you know part of your chamber membership benefits is a feature in our e-newsletter, the Monday Minute? Every Chamber member receives one FREE placement in our featured member spotlight each year! The Chamber Featured Member spotlight offers chamber members the opportunity to highlight their business as well as products and/or services to the entire chamber membership and its affiliates. Whether your business is celebrating a birthday, grand reopening or simply wanting to share what you offer, a featured member is an exclusive Chamber benefit that helps promote YOU!

Would you like to find out more about becoming a featured member? Please call 580-355-3541 or email bsims@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Healthy Bites-- Roasted Shrimp & Poblano Salad

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 8:37:00 am Comments (0)

Ingredients

medium shallots
 
poblano peppers
 
1 tbsp. canola oil
 
2 tsp. chili powder
 
radishes
 
lime
 
avocado
 
1 lb. large shelled, deveined shrimp
 
5-ounce container mixed greens
 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Slice 2 medium shallots. Remove the seeds from 3 poblano peppers, then slice.
  2. On baking sheet, toss shallots and poblano peppers with 1 tablespoon canola oil and 2 teaspoons chili powder. Roast for 20 minutes.
  3. Slice 4 radishes and thinly slice 1 avocado. Set aside. From one lime, squeeze 3 tablespoons juice and set aside.
  4. Once peppers have been in the oven for 20 minutes, add 1 pound large shelled, deveined shrimp to the baking sheet. Return to oven and roast for 5 minutes. Cool slightly.
  5. When ready to serve, combine the shrimp mixture with the sliced radishes, lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and one 5-ounce container of mixed greens. Add the sliced avocado on top.
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Chamber To Hold Annual Banquet Friday

Posted by: Communications Manager on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 3:28:00 am Comments (0)
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Business After Hours Meets At Chef India

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Business After Hours, which is a signature networking event known for its formal opportunity to connect Chamber members with other business leaders in the community. The next Business After Hours will take place on July 18th from 5:30pm-7pm and will be hosted by Chef India, 2621 NW Cache Rd. Grab your business cards and meet us at Chef India, for Business After Hours!

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