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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Healthy Bites - Skinny Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Dip

Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese, softened

1 cup mozzarella

1 cup greek yogurt

1/3 cup basil pesto

1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes

Toasted whole grain baguette, to serve

Directions

Heat an oven to 350 degrees. Grease a small oval baking dish and set aside.

In a medium size mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, yogurt, half of pesto and sun dried tomatoes.

Pour dip into baking dish and spread out evenly. Top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella.

Bake 20 minutes until completely melted on top and heated through. Remove from oven.

Top with remaining pesto and serve immediately.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Bites - Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Ingredients 

1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil

pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 c. lime juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided

2 small corn tortillas

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

4 c. chopped romaine lettuce

1 c. black beans, draine

1 avocado, chopped

2/3 c. corn

1 c. Shredded Monterey Jack

1/4 c. Chopped cilantro

Directions

Make dressing/marinade. Whisk together olive oil, red pepper flakes, lime juice, garlic and cumin until emulsified.

Place chicken breasts in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour about half of the lime dressing over the chicken, close bag and toss chicken to coat.

Marinate 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cut tortillas in half, then slice the halves into ½”-thick strips. When the oil is shimmering and very hot, add the strips to the oil. Fry until crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and season immediately with salt.

In a separate skillet, heat remaining vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 6-8 minutes per side, until the chicken is cooked through. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Assemble salad. Toss remaining ingredients in a large serving bowl. Top with cooked chicken and crispy tortilla strips then toss with dressing.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Healthy Bites - Apple Cinnamon Fruit Roll Ups

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS


4 c. assorted apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp) peeled and chopped
1/3 c. water
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon

DIRECTIONS


1. Preheat oven to 175°. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment and lightly
grease with cooking spray.
2. In a medium saucepan, add apples, water, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Bring
to a boil, then simmer until apples begin to break down and liquid is mostly
evaporated, about 15 minutes.
3. Transfer to a food processor and blend until very smooth. Spread evenly onto
prepared baking sheet and bake until dried out and no longer sticky, about 3 to 4
hours.
4. Using scissors or a paring knife, cut leather into vertical strips and roll up.

Healthy Bites - Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS

2 lb. baby potatoes, halved or quartered if large
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh rosemary sprigs for serving

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400º. Add potatoes to baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, garlic,
and rosemary and season generously with salt and pepper.
2. Roast until crispy, stirring occasionally, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.
3. Add more rosemary sprigs for serving.

Healthy Bites - Tuscan Butter Roasted Chicken

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Ingredients

1 (3-lb.) whole chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. baby potatoes, halved

1 large head broccoli, cut into florets
1 large red onion, cut into wedges
2 c. cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch red pepper flakes
4 tbsp. melted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Spinach, for serving
1/4 c. thinly sliced basil

Directions 

1. Place a large skillet in oven and preheat to 450°. Pat chicken dry with paper towels
and season generously with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temp while oven
preheats and you prepare remaining ingredients. 
2. In a large bowl toss together potatoes, broccoli, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and oil.
Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. 
3. In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Brush all over chicken.
4. Carefully remove skillet from oven and place chicken in center, then scatter
vegetables around. Bake until skin is crispy and golden and internal temperature of
thigh registers 165°, about 1 hour. Let rest 15 minutes. 
5. Serve chicken and vegetables over a bed of spinach. Spoon additional pan drippings
over, if desired and top with basil.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Breakfast B4 Business Meets At Brookridge Retirement Community

Posted by: Communications Manager on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

 

Our upcoming Breakfast B4 Business will take place on Tuesday, September 10th at 8 a.m at Brookridge Retirement Community.

In this edition of the monthly series, Brookridge Retirement Community will host BB4B and showcase the variety of services available at the location as well as the facilities for loved ones.

Don't miss the upcoming Breakfast B4 Business at 8 a.m. hosted by Brookridge Retirement Community at 7802 NW Quanah Parker Trailway.

To learn more about the services offered at Brookridge Retirement Community please visit brookridgeliving.com

Business After Hours At Central Mall "The Outpost"

Posted by: Communications Manager on Saturday, August 31, 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 September 19th from 5:30pm-7pm and will be hosted by Central mall “The Outpost”, 200 SW C Ave. 

Grab your business cards and meet us at Central Mall, “The Outpost”, for Business After Hours!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Healthy Bites-Grilled Halibut

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE HALIBUT

(4-6-oz.) halibut steaks

2 tbsp. 

extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE MANGO SALSA

mango, diced

red pepper, finely chopped

1/2 

red onion, diced

jalapeno, minced

1 tbsp. 

freshly chopped cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

 

DIRECTIONS

 
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high and brush halibut with oil on both sides then season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Grill halibut until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
  3. Make salsa: Mix together all ingredients in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Serve salsa over halibut.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Apache Balloon Fest: Volunteer Opportunity

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE:

Thursday night - August 22 - (12-16 people) 5:30p-7p

 

Friday morning - August 23 - (12-16 people) 6am-9am

 

Friday night - August 23 - (50 people) 8pm-10pm

 

Saturday morning - August 24 - (50 people) 6am-9am

 

Saturday night - August 24 - (50 people) 8pm-10pm

 

Sunday morning - August 25 - (50 people) 6am-9am

 

To sign up email at info@apacheballoonfest.com  or simply report to Balloon Ops in Summit Room B at 15-minutes before any of the listed shifts. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Healthy Bites-- Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 10:23:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
 
1/4 c. 2% Greek yogurt
 
Juice of 2 lemons, divided
 
anchovy fillets
 
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
 
Garlic clove, minced
 
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 
kosher salt
 
Freshly ground black pepper
 
4-oz. chicken breasts
 
large bunch Tuscan kale, cleaned and thinly sliced
 
1/2 pt. red grape tomatoes
 

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a mini food processor, combine Parmesan, Greek yogurt, ¼ cup lemon juice, anchovy paste (or anchovies), Worcestershire sauce, and garlic and pulse. With the motor running, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and rub with olive oil. Grill until golden and cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes per side, then pour remaining lemon juice over chicken breasts and transfer to a cutting board. Let rest 5 minutes, then slice into thin strips.
  3. In a large bowl, toss kale and tomatoes. Add half the Caesar dressing and taste, adding more if desired.
  4. Divide salad among 4 plates and top with grilled chicken and more Parm.
 
 

Healthy Bites-- Spinach Artichoke Baked Tortellini

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 9:19:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS

(9-oz.) packages cheese tortellini
 
3 tbsp. butter
 
cloves garlic, minced
 
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
 
3 c. milk
 
1 1/4 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
 
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
 

Juice of 1/2 lemon

(10-oz.) package frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed of excess water
 
(15-oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large pot of boiling salted water cook pasta until almost al dente, about half the time called for on box. Drain. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add flour and stir until golden and fragrant, about 1 minute more. Slowly add milk and whisk until no lumps remain. 
  3. Add ½ cup mozzarella, Parmesan, and lemon juice and simmer for 5 minutes. Add spinach and artichokes, stirring until well coated. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. 
  4. Add cooked tortellini and toss to combine. Pour pasta into a large baking dish and top with remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella. 
  5. Bake until cheese is melty and sauce is bubbly, 20 minutes.  

 

 
Friday, August 9, 2019

Healthy Bites-- blackened shrimp bowls

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:23:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS

2 c. cooked brown rice
 
1 lb. shrimp, tails removed, peeled and deveined
 
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
 
1 tsp. paprika
 
1 tsp. garlic powder
 
1/2 tsp. onion powder
 

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
 
1 c. fire roasted corn
 
red pepper, diced
 
2 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

Juice of 1 lime, divided

avocado, thinly sliced
 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make shrimp: in a large bowl, toss shrimp with cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add shrimp and cook until opaque and charred.
  2. Make corn salad: in a medium bowl combine corn, pepper, and cilantro. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, juice of half a lime, and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Build bowls: divide rice between 4 bowls. Top with shrimp, corn salad, and 1/4 avocado each. Garnish with cilantro, squeeze with lime and serve. 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Bang Bang Cauliflower

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 
DIRECTIONS
FOR THE OVEN:
  1. Preheat oven to 425º. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, lime juice, and garlic.
  2. On a large baking sheet, toss cauliflower in sauce until fully coated. Season generously with salt and pepper. Spread into an even layer and roast until slightly charred and tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve.
FOR THE AIR FRYER:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, lime juice, and garlic.
  2. Add cauliflower to the bowl, season generously wth salt and pepper, and toss well to combine.
  3. Place one third of the cauliflower in a single layer in the basket of the Air Fryer. Cook at 360º for 12 minutes, tossing halfway though.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

CEO & President Brenda Spencer-Ragland talks about Data-driven innovation

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:39:00 am Comments (0)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is busy working on our behalf to develop and support a nationwide
data privacy policy that puts consumers first by allowing them to see and control how their personal
information is being used. If you have ever been a victim of identity theft than you know all to well
just how important it is to protect our information. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also shared
information that underscores what we all assume, and that’s Americans today enjoy more
purchasing options, higher-quality products, and lower out-of-pocket costs than ever before. Our
consumer-friendly marketplace has helped drive the last several years of economic growth, while
improving the health and well-being of men and women across the country.
According to a recent article published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, our growth has been
made possible using “data.”
“Data-driven innovation is empowering Americans by expanding access to education and health
care, as well as entrepreneurial and employment opportunities. It’s helping small business owners
streamline their operations, farmers increase their crop yields, and medical professionals save lives.
Data fuels our information economy and is an integral part of 21st century life. Smartphones are the
perfect example. These devices have more computing power than the NASA rockets that sent a
man to the moon. They are treasure troves of personal information that make our lives infinitely more
convenient – but also more complicated and susceptible to risk. And it’s the need to protect this
personal information that has pushed the issue of data privacy to the forefront. Data privacy is a new
frontier for regulation. In fact, all 50 states are racing to regulate how companies use data. To be
sure, it’s in everyone’s interest to safeguard business and consumer data. But it must be done in a
way that promotes innovation, provides regulatory certainty, and respects individual privacy and
choice. That’s why earlier this month the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted Data Done Right, a
national technology summit that convened business leaders from a cross-section of industries to
build support for smart solutions, including the Chamber’s draft data privacy legislation.”
The Chamber doesn’t often ask for more regulation, nor does the Chamber often write legislation.
However, I believe we can all agree, federal regulation in the area of protecting our consumer and
business data is essential. I believe we need national level policies, not a variety of policies from
each state. Consistency when it comes to protecting data will allow us to better protect our data,
again as consumers and businesses. The U.S. Chamber also points out the responsible use of
personal information is the linchpin of trust in today’s tech-driven economy. That’s why we should all
be interested in the policies and protection we are provided as consumers when it comes to using
our data. Thanks for all you do to make Lawton Fort Sill a great place to live, work and play.

CEO & President Brenda Spencer-Ragland

CEO & President Brenda Spencer-Ragland talks about How confident are we really?

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:34:00 am Comments (0)

Have you paused at a time in your career, perhaps as you were preparing for a big event,
working a big project, or simply engaging with a Boss and asked, “am I as confident as I should
be in this project, this initiative, or my performance?” I am sure we have all done so once or
twice in our career if we are truly honest and self-evaluating when answering this question. I
know I have certainly asked the question of myself, and the response required me to do some
more analysis. In fact, I recall a very big initiative that I was working years ago, and not only did
I ask myself that question, but my mentors, Ed Thiessen and Dennis Hergenrether, challenged
themselves to ask and assess their own response to the question. It was a barracks project,
part of a strategic map we developed to renovate our barracks that were required to house our
Soldiers and Marines. We planned out the projects for completion by working our installation
Master Planner, Frank Lepine. We laid out a plan to complete the projects within fifteen years.
As a team, we were fully prepared to brief the plan and get started. Then we had to ask the
question – were we confidant we would succeed? After we reviewed the facts gathered, which
would serve as the data that would drive the decision, we analyzed, prepared options, and
went forth confidently with our recommended decision.
This was a valuable lesson that has stuck with me throughout my career. The lesson taught
early on was to first start with facts, conduct an honest analysis of all facts, and then you are
more confidant in your developed course of actions and recommendations. I am proud to
share we completed the project within eight years. Now I must give credit where credit is due;
our commanding generals during this time, MG Baxter and MG Stricklin, both supported our
strategy and worked numerous opportunities to help us inform the appropriate decision
makers who would be making the funding decisions.
As individuals, teams, and a community, we must seek out opportunities to build confidence in
ourselves and in our actions. You can go to any bookshelf and find numerous books that will
provide insight on techniques that will support our ability to instill confidence in our actions,
techniques such as seeking out leadership training opportunities that will enhance our
knowledge base. As well, we must lay out a strategic map, and link whatever actions or
initiatives we are pursuing to the strategic map – and then show how accomplishing the action
will advance our overall strategic plan. We must also seek appropriate counsel from an attorney
that is experienced in whatever action/initiative is being pursued. We must also call on
mentors and leaders that have pursued similar actions and have them share their experiences,
suggestions, and support. As well, look to counterparts and really be open to their evaluation
of what’s being suggested. Lastly, and most importantly, simply be trustworthy and honest,
and that includes being honest with our self-evaluation – perhaps the toughest of all actions.

I am excited to share we have a National Site Selector joining us for our monthly luncheon on
August 29, at the Hilton Garden Inn at 12:00 pm. This will provide us an opportunity to hear
from an expert in site selections on what we can all do to help our community be looked at for
further growth. If you have not RSVPed for this luncheon, I would encourage you to do so by
contacting Sharleen Gehers at 580-355-3541. Thank you in advance for your attendance, and
most importantly, thank you for what you do each and everyday to support our community.
We have much to be proud of with our community, and I appreciate you sharing the goodness
that’s happening each day.

CEO & President Brenda Spencer-Ragland talks about The Most Shocking Interview Behaviors

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:06:00 am Comments (0)

I recently read an interesting article I believe is worthy of Sharing.  The article may seem a little
exaggerated for many, but the reality remains, interview skills for potential employment, both
for the employer and employee is essential.   
The Results Are In: The Most Shocking Interview Behaviors
RefreshLeadership.com – July 10, 2019
In a recent Refresh Leadership poll, we asked our readers about the most shocking interview
behaviors they’ve witnessed, and a few of them may surprise you. "I was interviewing a
registered nurse who ate through the entire interview," wrote one respondent. "First, a banana
... then, a jar of peanuts ... then, an apple! All while I was asking her questions. At the
conclusion of the interview, she handed me her banana peel, apple core, and empty peanut jar
to throw away."
Along with adding their own shocking stories, respondents were also able to choose multiple
answers to the question "Which of these behaviors have you witnessed from a job candidate
during an interview?" The results are as follows:
 Showing up late – 85%
 Inappropriate clothing – 83%
 Inappropriate language – 49%
 Eating or chewing gum – 48%
 Responding to text messages – 39%
 Answering a phone call – 37%
 Bringing a child into the interview – 31%
 Bringing a friend into the interview – 31%
 Bringing a parent into the interview – 26%
 Under the influence of drugs or alcohol – 24%
"An interview is an opportunity to show your future employer your full potential," said Bill
Stoller, CEO of Express. "If you don't show you care about the interview or respect the time and
influence of the person who will hire you, no one will believe you'll care about doing a good job.
If you answer a phone call during an interview, you might as well tell the caller you didn't get
the job, because it's a pretty safe bet you won't. Interviewers need to be self-aware, too. In this
tight labor market, the smallest thing could turn off a qualified candidate, and that's not
something you can afford."
Considering this article, I think we have all heard a story about an interview gone wrong.   One
of my favorites was a young man that entered the office and prior to me starting the interview,
he eagerly shared “I am not interested in the job, I was just told I needed to be here.”   Second
favorite was a spouse calling to ask if he could attend as he did not feel his spouse would make
the right decision. I must admit I had a Jeff Foxworthy moment “Here’s your sign.”  Truthfully, I
have had some amazing interviews also. I encourage all to fully prepare for that important
interview. Research the company and the job to insure it aligns with your values, goals and

objectives.  If not, forego the interview.  I believe trust and respect is a must, and if you feel as if
either is lacking – save yourself and the potential employer grief and time.  I am pleased to
share we have many opportunities within our community for employment, with some
outstanding employers that’s dedicated to providing a quality workplace experience.
 We are also updating our Chamber of Commerce website so we can provide ease of access
with researching employment opportunities with our chamber members.   Keep your eyes open
as we unveil the update.   In the interim, please stop by and visit the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber,
or our existing website www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

CEO & President Brenda Spencer-Ragland

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Maple Rosemary Pork Tenderloin

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 2:15:00 pm Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS

(2-lb.) boneless pork tenderloin

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 lb. baby potatoes, quartered

1/2 c. plus tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 
1/4 c. maple syrup
 
cloves garlic, minced
 
1 tbsp. whole grain mustard
 
2 tsp. freshly chopped rosemary, plus more for garnish
 
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Season tenderloin on both sides with salt and pepper. Place potatoes in a 9”-x-13” baking dish and drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and season with salt and pepper. Place tenderloin on top. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ½ cup oil, maple syrup, garlic, mustard, rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper then brush over tenderloin. 
  3. Roast for 1 hour or until potatoes are tender and tenderloin is cooked through. Internal temperature should read 145°. 
  4. Garnish with more rosemary to serve.

 

Friday, July 26, 2019

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Talks About Interview Behaviors

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:53:00 am Comments (0)

I recently read an interesting article I believe is worthy of Sharing.  The article may seem a little
exaggerated for many, but the reality remains, interview skills for potential employment, both
for the employer and employee is essential.   
The Results Are In: The Most Shocking Interview Behaviors
RefreshLeadership.com – July 10, 2019
In a recent Refresh Leadership poll, we asked our readers about the most shocking interview
behaviors they’ve witnessed, and a few of them may surprise you. "I was interviewing a
registered nurse who ate through the entire interview," wrote one respondent. "First, a banana
... then, a jar of peanuts ... then, an apple! All while I was asking her questions. At the
conclusion of the interview, she handed me her banana peel, apple core, and empty peanut jar
to throw away."
Along with adding their own shocking stories, respondents were also able to choose multiple
answers to the question "Which of these behaviors have you witnessed from a job candidate
during an interview?" The results are as follows:
 Showing up late – 85%
 Inappropriate clothing – 83%
 Inappropriate language – 49%
 Eating or chewing gum – 48%
 Responding to text messages – 39%
 Answering a phone call – 37%
 Bringing a child into the interview – 31%
 Bringing a friend into the interview – 31%
 Bringing a parent into the interview – 26%
 Under the influence of drugs or alcohol – 24%
"An interview is an opportunity to show your future employer your full potential," said Bill
Stoller, CEO of Express. "If you don't show you care about the interview or respect the time and
influence of the person who will hire you, no one will believe you'll care about doing a good job.
If you answer a phone call during an interview, you might as well tell the caller you didn't get
the job, because it's a pretty safe bet you won't. Interviewers need to be self-aware, too. In this
tight labor market, the smallest thing could turn off a qualified candidate, and that's not
something you can afford.
"Considering this article, I think we have all heard a story about an interview gone wrong.   One
of my favorites was a young man that entered the office and prior to me starting the interview,
he eagerly shared “I am not interested in the job, I was just told I needed to be here.”   Second
favorite was a spouse calling to ask if he could attend as he did not feel his spouse would make
the right decision. I must admit I had a Jeff Foxworthy moment “Here’s your sign.”  Truthfully, I
have had some amazing interviews also. I encourage all to fully prepare for that important
interview. Research the company and the job to insure it aligns with your values, goals and

objectives.  If not, forego the interview.  I believe trust and respect is a must, and if you feel as if
either is lacking – save yourself and the potential employer grief and time.  I am pleased to
share we have many opportunities within our community for employment, with some
outstanding employers that’s dedicated to providing a quality workplace experience.
 We are also updating our Chamber of Commerce website so we can provide ease of access
with researching employment opportunities with our chamber members.   Keep your eyes open
as we unveil the update.   In the interim, please stop by and visit the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber,
or our existing website www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

 

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland

President & CEO Brenda Spencer-Ragland Provides Insight On U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is busy working on our behalf to develop and support a nationwide data privacy policy that puts consumers first by allowing them to see and control how their personal information is being used. If you have ever been a victim of identity theft than you know all to well just how important it is to protect our information.   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also shared information that underscores what we all assume, and that’s Americans today enjoy more purchasing options, higher-quality products, and lower out-of-pocket costs than ever before. Our consumer-friendly marketplace has helped drive the last several years of economic growth, while improving the health and well-being of men and women across the country.

According to a recent article published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, our growth has been made possible using “data.”  

“Data-driven innovation is empowering Americans by expanding access to education and health care, as well as entrepreneurial and employment opportunities. It’s helping small business owners streamline their operations, farmers increase their crop yields, and medical professionals save lives. Data fuels our information economy and is an integral part of 21st century life. Smartphones are the perfect example. These devices have more computing power than the NASA rockets that sent a man to the moon. They are treasure troves of personal information that make our lives infinitely more convenient – but also more complicated and susceptible to risk. And it’s the need to protect this personal information that has pushed the issue of data privacy to the forefront. Data privacy is a new frontier for regulation. In fact, all 50 states are racing to regulate how companies use data. To be sure, it’s in everyone’s interest to safeguard business and consumer data. But it must be done in a way that promotes innovation, provides regulatory certainty, and respects individual privacy and choice. That’s why earlier this month the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted Data Done Right, a national technology summit that convened business leaders from a cross-section of industries to build support for smart solutions, including the Chamber’s draft data privacy legislation.”

The Chamber doesn’t often ask for more regulation, nor does the Chamber often write legislation. However, I believe we can all agree, federal regulation in the area of protecting our consumer and business data is essential. I believe we need national level policies, not a variety of policies from each state. Consistency when it comes to protecting data will allow us to better protect our data, again as consumers and businesses.   The U.S. Chamber also points out the responsible use of personal information is the linchpin of trust in today’s tech-driven economy. That’s why we should all be interested in the policies and protection we are provided as consumers when it comes to using our data.     Thanks for all you do to make Lawton Fort Sill a great place to live, work and play.

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.

 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Ware on C September 5th

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Meet us on C Avenue for the Ware On C Block Party Thursday, September 5th! The
Ware On C Block Party is a monthly community event taking place on 4th and C
Avenue where guests can take advantage of outdoor activities, local shopping,
food trucks and more. For the September Ware On C Block Party, compete in an exclusive Ware On C
corn hole tournament, and a fashion show featuring local retailers. 


This event is FREE & open to the public. Pet friendly and stroller friendly.

 

 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Healthy Bites-- Pineapple Salsa Grilled Chicken

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INGREDIENTS

 

Juice of 4 limes, divided

1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro

1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grill

2 tsp. honey

Kosher salt

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
 
2 c. chopped pineapple
 
avocado, diced
 
1/4 red onion, diced

Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together juice of 3 limes, 1/4 cup cilantro, oil, and honey and season with salt.
  2. Add chicken to a large resealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Let marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.
  3. When ready to grill, heat grill to high. Oil grates and grill chicken until charred and cooked through, 8 minutes per side.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together pineapple, avocado, red onion, remaining lime juice, and remaining tablespoon cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon salsa over chicken before serving.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Community Welcome Expo Gives New Residents Insight On Lawton Fort Sill

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We want to invite you to participate in the first Community Welcome Expo September 5th! 

 Join us for the 1st Annual Welcome to the Community Expo on Thursday, September 5th! The Welcome to the Community Expo will encourage new residents and visitors to explore what the Lawton Fort Sill community has to offer. From education to job opportunities, each vendor provides helpful information and resources to new residents. This event is FREE & OPEN to the public.

 

Check out what's in store here: 

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State of City Highlights Mayoral Address On City of Lawton

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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!