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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Healthy Bites: Cauliflower Grilled Cheese

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Cauliflower Grilled Cheese

You've never had cauliflower like this before! Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Cut cauliflower into florets. Process cauliflower florets in a food processor until the texture resembles rice. Alternatively, you can grate the cauliflower. In a medium bowl, combine processed cauliflower, eggs, Parmesan and oregano. Mix until evenly combined then season with salt and pepper.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Buy Local, Support Local: Order The New Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Office Sanitizers

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 

We've partnered with Cosmetic Specialty Labs to produce our very first Chamber office sanitizers. The proceeds will help to support Chamber operations and production.

Since the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic in March,

the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce has experienced many challenges with reduction to budget, staff cuts and resources. Support your local chamber, shop a local business and supply your team with quality sanitizing product.

 

PREORDER FORM

Friday, July 24, 2020

Healthy Bites: Striped Bass With Radish Salsa Verde

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Striped Bass with Radish Salsa Verde

Rich in flavor and nutrients, this dish can be made ahead for busy weeknights. Even better, if you buy radishes with the tops still attached, you can use any leftovers in salsas, sauces and sautés.

Healthy Bites: Seared Coconut-Lime Chicken with Snap Pea Slaw

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Seared Coconut-Lime Chicken with Snap Pea Slaw

Raw snap peas add freshness and crunch to classic chicken breast. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below In large bowl, whisk together sesame oil, ginger, 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add snap peas, snow peas and scallions, and toss to combine.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Lawton Fort Sill Serve Day 2020

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Serve Day movement encourages churches in their local area to support their community through volunteer service projects. Serve Day provides churches around the world the opportunity to service the community through acts of kindness. The 2020 Lawton Fort Sill Serve Day will take place on Saturday, August 1st. The event is FREE to register as a church or volunteer, please email bsims@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.  

 

General Schedule/Timeline:

8:30 a.m. Rally/Welcome Volunteers

9a.m. - 12p.m. Working on Community Service Projects

11a.m.-1p.m. Wrap Up/Lunch For Volunteers 

Participating Churches 

Lawton First Assembly

Grace Fellowship

Love Sick Ministries  

Day Springs Community Church 

Community Projects

Day Springs Community Church 

Will be making and serving meals for the bridge ministry at 2001 SW D Ave. Lawton OK

Volunteer Need: 6-8 people to help set up and serve.  

Also need people who will help make a meal to feed about 80 people.  

Schedule 

  • Arrive to set up at 8:15
  • Free clothing & diapers 9:00am-10am
  • Praise and worship / Message 10am
  • Fellowship& Lunch 11:00am
  • Help pack up 12:00pm

 

Volunteer Sign Up Link: 

https://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5565731/

Special Notes From Church: 

We will be collecting food for their food pantry.  They have a specific list of items they are collecting I have attached that list.  People can drop these items off at Dayspring Community Church 8612 NW Cache Rd between 9:00AM – 12:00PM.  Please direct them to not bring the pantry items to the bridge house as they will not be able to receive those items while they are serving.

Lawton First Assembly 

Serve Day brings together hundreds of churches in dozens of countries to help the local community. LFA is excited to host Serve Day 2020 as part of LFA's Love Your Neighbor initiative. On August 1, we will be repairing, repainting, cleaning, giving, and serving our city. This is an amazing opportunity to bless others! #LOVEONLAWTON

Grab your family and serve together! Some of our Random Acts of Kindness projects provide opportunities for families with children under age 16 to serve together.

Schedule 

8:30 a.m. Rally/Welcome Volunteers

9a.m. - 12p.m. Working on Community Service Projects

11a.m.- 1p.m. Wrap Up/Lunch For Volunteers 

 

Volunteer Sign Up Link: 

https://lawtonfirst.wufoo.com/forms/q1wbzvqx15iz0te/

 

 

Friday, July 17, 2020

URGENT Mask Ordinance Being Voted on Ė Contact Your Councilmember Now!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Chamber members:

 

Today at 2:00 the Lawton City Council is having a special meeting to determine whether masks should be required.  The Chamber believes this is a critical issue for the entire business community.  As you know, the primary goal of the Chamber is to support our businesses and help them thrive and grow.  The facts are these:

 

  • The COVID-19 numbers continue to rise locally
  • Medical fact: wearing face masks significantly reduces the spread of viruses, including the coronavirus
  • If the virus continues to spread, the result will be a negative impact on business; aside from people fearing to venture out, there is the potential for another restriction on some types of businesses
  • If mandatory wearing of masks helps prevent businesses from being shut down and encourages customers to continue to frequent businesses, the business climate will improve for all our members.

 

We strongly encourage all of you to take a position, and to let your Council member know how you feel they should vote.  Whether you are pro or con, please take action this morning!  We hope your action will be in favor of the measure in order to help save the business environment.

 

The Mayor and Council members wards, phone numbers and email addresses are below.  Again, please take action  now!

 

Stan Booker, Mayor

581-3279   512-9799

sbooker@lawtonok.gov

 

Mary Ann Hankins:

585-2037

ward1@lawtonok.gov

 

Keith Jackson: 

357-8386

ward2@lawtonok.gov

 

Linda Chapman:

704-6376

ward3@lawtonok.gov

 

Jay Burk:

591-2224

ward4@lawtonok.gov

 

Allan Hampton: 

704-0297

ward5@lawtonok.gov

 

Sean Fortenbaugh: 

678-2837

ward6@lawtonok.gov

 

Onreka Johnson:

917-0266

ward7@lawtonok.gov

 

Randy Warren:

678-4200

ward8@lawtonok.gov

Healthy Bites: Spiced and Seared Flank Steak with Carrot Mash and Snap Peas

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Spiced and Seared Flank Steak with Carrot Mash and Snap Peas

Steak, peas, and carrots are a familiar trio, and usually not very exciting. Here, each element is transformed: a smoky spice rub on sear...

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Healthy Bites: Roasted Veggie Salad

Posted by: Communications Manager on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Roasted Veggie Salad | Shape Your Future Recipes | OK TSET

Make meal planning easy with dozens of quick, delicious & healthy recipes. Learn how to make roasted veggie salad with Shape Your Future!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Office Closure Update

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is actively monitoring and making adjustments to our daily operations to support the health and safety of staff, members, board members, partners, and the greater community. As such, the Chamber office, including our conference rooms, is currently closed. Staff will continue working remotely, and our phone lines remain open and voicemails will be checked on a regular basis. Our main phone number is operational at 580-355-3541 and we are available by email directoroffirstimpressions@lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

Chamber Office Hours: 

M-F 8:30a.m.-5p.m.

Chamber Office Number: (580)-355-3541 

Chamber Office Email: directoroffirstimpressions@lawtonfortsillchamber.com

Chamber Staff Email List

Interim President & CEO: (580)-467-1851

 

Download The New Chamber App For Latest Updates & Happenings!

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Curly Fries

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Curly Fries

This healthy recipe combines two bar food favorites--fried zucchini and curly fries--into one tempting package. Serve these baked zucchini fries with a simple dipping sauce made with ranch dressing and marinara sauce for a crowd-pleasing appetizer or a side dish for burgers, chicken or pizza.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Office Closed For Independence Day

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

For any questions, please call us at (580)-355-3541 or email directoroffirstimpressions@lawtonfortsillchamber.com 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Redcoat Quarterly Recognition

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Redcoat of the Quarter 

Rose Duckett, Owner of Brims & Accessories 

Redcoat of the Quarter & Most Retention Visits 

Joe Diaz, Owner of AA Computer Services 

Redcoat of the Quarter 

Lavonne Caldwell, Marketing Coordinator of Audiotech

Redcoat of the Quarter 

Bill Shoemate, Apache Casino Hotel

Oklahoma Small Business Relief Fund

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Developed to help local businesses across the state overcome the economic challenges of COVID-19, the Oklahoma Business Relief Program (OBRP) offers vital funding for qualifying businesses that have suffered revenue loss due to the pandemic. Governor Kevin Stitt has designated $50 million in Federal CARES Act funds for the program.

Starting June 29, Oklahoma businesses can request to apply for OBRP through participating financial institutions. The financial institutions will evaluate applications based on the program rules and make a preliminary determination of business eligibility.

Applications and supporting documents will be submitted by the financial institution to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for a final determination of eligibility. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and funds will be provided to the business through the financial institution; however, at least twenty-percent of the program funds will be designated for minority owned businesses.

Please see Program Rules for full details.

Download Program Information 

 

For more information, please visit www.okcommerce.gov/relief 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Meet Our Guest Speaker For Chamber Topics At 12: Education

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Hime began his education career as a high school history teacher and coach in Hugo. He went on to teach in Woodward and Idabel; served as athletic director and elementary principal at Detroit Texas ISD; and served as superintendent at Woodland and Clinton Public Schools. 

Hime holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Professionally, he has served as past president of the Oklahoma Association of School Business Officials, past president of the Southwestern Oklahoma School Administrator Association, president of the United Suburban School Association, member of the University of Oklahoma Education Professions Division Advisory Council, chair of the OSSBA For the People (Physical Resources Committee) and member of the State Department of Education Teacher Shortage task force. He also presented at various education conferences on topics which include finance, school communication, safety, equity, innovation and technology.

He has been involved in the Clinton community, serving as past president of the Clinton Rotary Club and member of the Custer County Health Board.

Chamber Topics At 12: Education takes place on July 8th at noon!

REGISTER HERE 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Congratulations to our Chamber Members!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Representative Daniel Pae, District 62 visited several Chamber members and presented them with a Citation of Appreciation for their work in supporting the community and our Keep Calm Shop Local!

WellFast Urgent Care, Annette Wiseman

WellFast Urgent Care, Dr. Manuel Delarosa

CSM Local, Shykira Smith 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Healthy Bites: Grilled Chicken with Red Pepper-Pecan Romesco Sauce

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Grilled Chicken with Red Pepper-Pecan Romesco Sauce

Many variations of the Catalonian roasted tomato sauce, romesco sauce, add roasted red peppers for a little sweetness. Here, we scorch the peppers and tomato on the grill alongside the chicken to keep things simple.

Healthy Bites: Strawberry & Bean Sprout Salad with Spiced Potatoes

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Strawberry & Bean Sprout Salad with Spiced Potatoes

This combo may seem wild, but trust us--it works. Indian-American chef and cookbook author Raghavan Iyer developed it to have everything he thinks a perfect recipe should: a balance of heat, sweetness, a little pucker and a hit of salt combined with a tango of textures.

Healthy Bites: Lemon Shrimp & Orzo Salad

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Lemon Shrimp & Orzo Salad

Consider making a double batch of this easy pasta salad--it's delicious the next day. The orzo will absorb the dressing as it sits, so add a little more olive oil and lemon juice if you'd like.

Healthy Bites: Shrimp-&-Grits-Stuffed Peppers

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Shrimp-&-Grits-Stuffed Peppers

Shrimp and grits are stuffed inside bell peppers and baked in this healthy stuffed peppers recipe. Add the optional hot sauce if you want to give the filling some kick. Look for bell peppers--use any color--with even bottoms, so that they stand upright on their own when they're cooked.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Payment Protection Plan Forgiveness Information Update and Calculator

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

In determining the forgiveness amount, the SBA will forgive the LESSER of three things:

  1. Total of:
  2. Payroll costs incurred or paid during the Covered Period or Alternative Payroll Covered Period PLUS
  3. Amount of mortgage interest payments paid during Covered Period on real or personal property on an obligation incurred prior to 2/15/20 PLUS
  4. Amount of business rent or lease payments for real or personal property paidduring covered period pursuant to agreements in place prior to 2/15/20 PLUS
  5. Amount of business utility payments paid during the covered period for business utilities for which service began before 2/15/20 MINUS
  6. Any salary/hourly wage reduction amount required {this calculation is spelled out in the application} MULTIPLIED BY
  7. FTE Reduction quotient {this calculation is spelled out in the application}
  8. PPP loan amount
  9. Payroll costs divided by 0.75

 

Additional Points to Consider

  1. Covered period begins on the date the loan proceeds disbursed to the borrower.
  2. In some portions of the loan forgiveness calculation, the application requires the borrower to use the covered period. In other portions of the loan forgiveness calculation, certain borrowers can choose the Covered Period or the Alternative Payroll Covered Period. {Those borrowers with a biweekly (or more frequent) payroll schedule can elect to calculate eligible payroll costs using the 8 week period that begins on the first day of their first pay period following the PPP loan disbursement date.} Those borrowers who choose the Alternative Payroll Covered Period for payroll calculation MUST apply the Alternative Payroll Covered Period whenever there is a reference to that or Covered Period – i.e., must apply it consistently throughout loan forgiveness calculation.

 

PPP Expense Tracker Forgiveness Calculator develop by a friend of Cornerstone who is a CPA (attached)

Spreadsheet  

PPP Application 

Please Help the Chamber - Urgent Action Request

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Dear Chamber Friends –

 

It appears that the Senate may take action as early as today to make changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). However, adding 501(c)(6) non-profits to the program is NOT a part of the bill they will be considering. Please reach out to your senators today and urge them to include all non-profit organizations in any bill making changes to the PPP.

Thank you for your quick action of this important issue!

 

Monique and John, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

 Oklahoma Senate & House Members Contact:

 

JAMES INHOFE (R)

U.S. SENATOR

Phone: 918-748-5111

Email: inhofe.senate.gov

 

 

JAMES LANKFORD (R)

U.S. SENATOR

Phone: 918-581-7651

Email: lankford.senate.gov

 

Tom Cole (R)

U.S. CONGRESSMAN

Phone: (580) 357-2131

Scott.Chance@mail.house.gov

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Chamber 101: Maximize Your Membership

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Join us for our reboot of the monthly - Chamber 101!

Presented by VP of Communications & Membership, Brandi Sims

This event is perfect for new members and potential members interested in learning how to best take advantage of chamber membership.

During the call you would get more information about: networking opportunities, peer groups, committees referral groups, member to member discounts, chamber directories, advertising options and social sharing!

A great way to meet the Chamber staff, learn about all of the advantages and ways to get involved in your Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce!

This event takes place every first Tuesday of the month.

 

Sign Up Here!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

OTIA: Industry Marketing Begins to Show Signs of Return

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

COVID-19 MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: MAY 5

 

Industry Marketing Begins to Show Signs of Return
As a number of states began allowing businesses to reopen over the weekend, leisure travel sentiment is beginning to show signs of increase and travel brands are preparing to respond. In the most recent U.S. Travel Association Travel Intentions Pulse Survey (TIPS), travelers demonstrated a 7-point increase in likelihood to take a leisure vacation in the next six months. 

 

Travel is the New Normal
The U.S. travel industry submitted to the White House and governors a document containing detailed guidance for travel-related businesses to help keep their customers and employees safe as the country emerges from the pandemic. It describes vigorous measures the industry will follow to reduce the risk of spread. The goal: to allow travel to safely resume as states and municipalities relax physical distancing guidance. Click here to read the full guidance.

 

FREE eLearningU Opportunity for OTIA Professionals: May 7th

The Oklahoma Travel Industry Association has teamed up with eLearningU to bring you tourism online marketing webinars during this uncertain time. We would like to encourage you to explore the archive of tourism marketing webinars from the team at eLearningU.

 

You have access to 350+ hours of recorded tourism marketing courses, as well as access to live tourism marketing webinars every Thursday. The time you'll be able to spend absorbing cutting-edge marketing knowledge will be well-spent when travelers are able to start exploring again. Our next live webinar starts this Thursday, May 7th, so register here!

 

US Treasury Department Releases New Guidance on PPP

We have heard from many operators on the challenges to comply with PPP rehiring mandates in an era of enhanced unemployment benefits. In a series of filings with the government, the hospitality industry has continuously urged the U.S. Treasury Department to fully utilize its "de minimis" exemption authority under the CARES Act to prevent employers from being penalized. SBA and Treasury intend to issue a final rule excluding laid-off employees whom the borrower offered to rehire (for the same salary/wages and same number of hours) from the CARES Act's loan forgiveness reduction calculation. (To qualify for this exception, the borrower must have made a good faith, written offer of rehire and the employee's rejection of that offer must be documented by the borrower.) Employees and employers should be aware that employees who reject offers of re-employment may forfeit eligibility for continued unemployment compensation.

 

We are also seeking guidance on a number of other issues, including Calculating FTEs, using aggregate wages vs average wages, forgiveness of eligible expenses from a PPP loan, etc. Click here to read the most up-to-date list of FAQs for PPP loans. We will update you as soon as we learn more.

 

OTRD Campaign

The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department Travel Promotions team has been working on a new campaign to encourage Oklahomans to travel, dine, shop, stay and play local as the state eases into the reopening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about the full campaign through a Zoom meeting at 3:30 p.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, May 6. Click here to join.

 

Adara Webinar
On Wednesday, May 6th at 10am (CDT) Adara will be hosting a webinar regarding hackers stealing customer data and identity. This webinar will include information on how to defuse third party cookies as well. Click here to register.

 

Webinar Series

On Wednesday, May 6 at 11 am (CDT), Sojern will be hosting a webinar regarding resources, insights and assistance as the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact travel focusing on travel insights and provide tips and best practices on how to prepare for recovery. Click here to register.Sponsored by Sojern

 

Monday, May 4, 2020

ORA Restaurant Industry Recover

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Back to Work: Legal Issues Operators Should Consider As They Reopen

As you begin the process of re-opening your restaurant, there are still many questions about the impact of COVID-19. In this 1-hour webinar on May 5th at 2:00pm (CDT), the team from Barrow & Grimm, one of our partners in the ORA Legal Resourc e Center, will address issues regarding employer liability, HR issues and general legal matters you need to think about. Click here to register.

 

IRS: Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

Recently, the IRS issued guidance on the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) in the form of 94 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Of particular note for our members are FAQ 15 which stipulates that an employer cannot get a PPP loan and use the ERC and FAQ 83 which states that employers cannot claim the ERC and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). We also want flag FAQ 65which says that employers with more than 100 employees cannot utilize the ERC for health benefits unless the employers also pay monetary wages. FAQ 65 is clearly problematic for many operators who have continued to cover their furloughed employees health benefits. We have heard that a number of Congressional offices do not agree with the IRS interpretation and we expect these concerns to be raised with the Administration.

  • #15: May an Eligible Employer receive both the Employee Retention Credit and a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan that is authorized under the CARES Act? No. An Eligible Employer may not receive the Employee Retention Credit if the Eligible Employer receives a PPP loan that is authorized under the CARES Act. An Eligible Employer that receives a PPP loan should not claim Employee Retention Credits.
  • #65. May an Eligible Employer that averaged more than 100 full-time employees in 2019 treat its health plan expenses as qualified wages if it continues the employees' health care coverage, but does not pay the employees' wages for the time for which the employees are not providing services? No. If an Eligible Employer that averaged more than 100 full-time employees does not pay its employees any wages for time that the employees are not providing services, the employer may not treat any portion of its health plan expenses as qualified wages for purposes of the Employee Retention Credit because no portion of the health plan expenses would be allocable to wages paid to its employees.
  • Example: Employer A averaged more than 100 full-time employees in 2019. Employer A is subject to a governmental order that partially suspends the operation of its trade or business. In response to the governmental order, Employer A reduces all employees' hours by 50 percent and pays wages to its employees only for the time that the employees are providing services, but Employer A continues to provide the employees with full health care coverage. Because Employer A is not paying wages to its employees for time that the employees are not providing services, it may not treat any portion of the health plan expenses as qualified wages.
  • #83. May employers receive the credits under section 51 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Work Opportunity Tax Credit or WOTC) and the Employee Retention Credit for the same employee for the same period? No. An Eligible Employer may not claim the Employee Retention Credit and the WOTC for the same employee for the same period of time.

 

New COVID-19 Food Establishment Reopening Guidance for Oklahoma Restaurants

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has released its updated COVID-19 Food Establishment Reopening Guidance. Regulations in Spanish are available here. These reopening guidelines were previously listed on the state's website, however have been revised. The ORA was instrumental in providing input to state officials in order to help restaurants reopen within Governor Kevin Stitt's multi-phase reopening plan. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

 

Some cities have created their own guidances or mandates. Here are several other reopening guidances and executive orders based on city health departments and city mayors. We will include more as they are released: 

 

*Note: This is the most up-to-date information available at the time this email was sent. Some information may have changed since then, so we encourage you to check other sources as well. 

 

Liability Protection: Broad Liability Shield in Next COVID-19 Bill

As businesses begin to reopen, broad liability shield for businesses and hospitals will be a top Republican priority for the next round of stimulus legislation. There will likely be "endless lawsuits" which will only slow recovery efforts. Click here to learn more.

 

ServSafe Food Handler Program: Extended to May 31
The ServSafe Food Handler training is free
through May 31, 2020. It’s a basic, line-level employee training program that is 100% online. It is temporarily being accepted while the ServSafe Managers Certification course and exam are unavailable. People who complete a learning suite are prepared to take the proctored exam to complete certification. We encourage you to pass this opportunity on to your employees!

 

Need Help Finding PPE, Menu Solutions?

In light of the new guidelines for standards of cleanliness, hygiene, and social distancing, hospitality operators are in search of much-needed PPE products such as face coverings, gloves, sanitizers.

In order to serve our members in recovery and restart efforts, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association has developed a "live"Ě google document of businesses who offer products and services specific to COVID-19 recovery efforts, as well as a list of providers for menu and promotional solutions. Relative businesses may at any time add themselves to this list, which can be accessed through this link

 

If your business supplies one of these essential products or another relevant product for hospitality operators during this time, please use this live online google doc to enter your business information, and other details as soon as possible. You must fill in all applicable information.

 

ORA Job Postings & Resumes
To further assist members, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association's Job Bank, as well as social media platforms, will feature available job postings that have been submitted to our online ORA Job Bank. Any member or nonmember can post a job to the ORA Job Bank by clicking here. If you know someone who is currently looking for a job, please send your resume to Chandy Rice. We're here to help! 

Chamber Internship Opportunities

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Internship Opportunities

The Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer internship opportunities for college and technical vocational students during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Throughout the year, the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce hosts a variety of educational and professional development events as well as networking opportunities amongst the membership and business leaders. LFSCC provides an incredible opportunity to gain hand on experience working in community and government relations, communications, marketing and politics. An internship with the LFSCC will offer responsibilities that include administrative tasks, strategic writing, website maintenance, communications, and event coordination. Selected interns will have ample opportunities to demonstrate skills and abilities amongst the various networking opportunities allotted by the Chamber.

Who Qualifies
College students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or technical program. Qualifying students must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong computer research skills; working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; be a self starter; and have strong organizational and time management skills. Interns set their own hours, we request a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours weekly. College credit can also be approved.

Current Summer Internship Openings

Administrative Assistant

Communications Assistant

How to Apply

Please e-mail, mail, or fax your resume, cover letter, and brief (1-2 page) writing sample to the address below.

 

Natalie Cope

Office Manager

Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce

302 W. Gore Blvd.

Lawton, OK 73501

E-mail: ncope@lawtonfortsillchamber.com

Fax: 580.357.3642

 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Letís Get Creative: Looking For A Fun Activity? Download our new Chamber coloring sheet!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Healthy Bites: Grilled Fish Tacos with Chipotle-Lime Dressing

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS 

  1. To make the marinade, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning, black pepper, and hot sauce in a bowl until blended. Place the tilapia in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover, and refrigerate 6 to 8 hours.
  2. To make the dressing, combine the sour cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning. Add salt, and pepper in desired amounts. Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate. Set grate 4 inches from the heat.
  4. Remove fish from marinade, drain off any excess and discard marinade. Grill fish pieces until easily flaked with a fork, turning once, about 9 minutes.
  5. Assemble tacos by placing fish pieces in the center of tortillas with desired amounts of tomatoes, cilantro, and cabbage; drizzle with dressing. To serve, roll up tortillas around fillings, and garnish with lime wedges.

For more recipes like these, please visit allrecipes.com

Healthy Bites: Black Bean and Salsa Soup

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

INGREDIENTS 

DIRECTIONS

  1. In an electric food processor or blender, combine beans, broth, salsa, and cumin. Blend until fairly smooth.
  2. Heat the bean mixture in a saucepan over medium heat until thoroughly heated.
  3. Ladle soup into 4 individual bowls, and top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of the sour cream and 1/2 tablespoon green onion.

For more recipes like these, please visit allrecipes.com 

Healthy Bites: Pesto Chicken Florentine

Posted by: Communications Manager on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into strips
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 (4.5 ounces) package dry Alfredo sauce mix
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 (8 ounces) package dry penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese

DIRECTIONS 

Step 1 Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, saute for 1 minute; then add chicken and cook for 7 to 8 minutes on each side. When chicken is close to being cooked through (no longer pink inside), add spinach and saute all together for 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 2 Meanwhile, prepare Alfredo sauce according to package directions. When finished, stir in 2 tablespoons pesto; set aside.
Step 3 In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.
Step 4 Add chicken/spinach mixture to pasta, then stir in pesto/Alfredo sauce. Mix well, top with cheese and serve.

 

Healthy Bites: Balsamic Bruschetta

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INGREDIENTS

  • 8 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced

  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 loaf French bread, toasted and sliced

DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Serve on toasted bread slices.

 

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