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Friday, April 24, 2020

Set To Start : Chamber Business Blueprint Virtual Session 4/24

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

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Cleaning Services Our Members Can Offer You!

Posted by: Chamber Intern on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

AmeriCab Solutions

11 SW I Ave

Lawton, OK 73501

(580) 563-9126

AmeriCab has partnered with Endeavor Solutions to offer an effective disinfection solution to the COVID-19 issues that each of our businesses are facing. 

 

A-Team Carpet Clean

1808 SW F Avenue, Lawton, OK  73501

(580) 713-1018

https://ateamcarpetclean.com/

A-Team Carpet Clean provides the highest quality cleaning, customer service, dependability, and 24-hour Emergency water extraction service. A-Team is teaming up with other local cleaners and offering a Disinfectant Service for Comanche County with same day completion. 

 

Cobb's Floorcovering

1602 SW Sheridan Rd

Lawton, OK 73501

(580) 353-6839

Cobb's Floorcovering offers professional cleaning services for both residential and commercial spaces. 

 

Kingdom Keepers Cleaners

209 SW Lee Blvd

Lawton, OK 73501

(580) 595-9515

https://kingdomkeeperscleaning.com/

Kingdom Keepers Cleaners provides residential and commercial cleaning services to the Lawton community and surrounding areas. They are now offering a new office disinfectant package.

 

Jamark Cleaning

201 SE Lee Blvd

Lawton, OK 73501

(580) 353-0330

https://www.jamark.com/

Jamark Cleaning offers commercial cleaning services, as well as move out cleaning for military and apartments. 

 

Power Washing Xtreme 

10 Baylee Creek Circle

Lawton, OK 73501

(580) 917-5050

 

SERVPRO of Lawton

1701 SW Sheridan Rd

Lawton, OK 73505

(580) 699-2662

https://www.servprolawton.com/

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.

 

Sparkling Clean Services

621 SW D Avenue

Suite 1

Lawton, OK 73501

(580) 699-2486

http://www.sparklingclean.services/

Sparkling Clean offers house cleaning, maid services, and janitorial services for all of your needs. 

 

PO Box 7227

1415 SW F Ave

Lawton, OK 73506

(580) 588-3717

www.stanley-steemer.com

Stanley Steemer offers cleaning and sanitation, carpet cleaning, and tile and grout cleaning. At participating locations, Stanley Steemer has introduced an EPA-Registered Disinfectant into their cleaning processes and offer a sanitation wipe down service to effectively disinfect a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses within minutes. 

 

Waste Solutions

1016 NW Bell Ave

Lawton, OK 73507

(580) 353-6184

www.wastesolutionsllc.com

Waste Solutions offers a variety of facility support services including industrial support, commercial cleaning, and custodial services. 

 

Friday, April 10, 2020

Treasury and IRS Announce More Tax-Related Extensions, Guidance on Net Operating Losses Under CARES

Posted by: Communications Manager on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 
 
 
·         IRS extends more tax deadlines to cover individuals, trusts, estates corporations and others: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-extends-more-tax-deadlines-to-cover-individuals-trusts-estates-corporations-and-others
 
·         Update to Notice 2020-18, Additional Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-20-23.pdf and attached
 
·         IRS provides guidance under the CARES Act to taxpayers with net operating losses: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-provides-guidance-under-the-cares-act-to-taxpayers-with-net-operating-losses
 
·         IRS urges taxpayers to use electronic options; outlines online assistance:https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-urges-taxpayers-to-use-electronic-options-outlines-online-assistance
 
 
U.S. Treasury Department 
Office of Public Affairs
 
Press Release:           April 9, 2020
Contact:                    Treasury Public Affairs, (202) 622-2960  
 
Treasury and IRS Extend Over 300 Tax Filing, Payment and Administrative Deadlines
 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced they are extending the deadline for many administrative acts under the tax law as well as the tax filing and payment deadlines for fiscal year businesses, tax-exempt organizations and certain estates and trusts.
 
“In an effort to relieve taxpayers during these challenging times, Treasury and the IRS are extending tax deadlines for fiscal year businesses, tax-exempt organizations and more than 270 other tax-related deadlines,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.
 
Relief for tax-exempt organizations and fiscal year businesses
Tax returns and payments for tax-exempt organizations and fiscal year businesses due between April and June are postponed until July 15, 2020
 
Estate taxes
Tax return and payment deadlines for estate taxes and associated gift taxes, typically due within nine months from the date of death, are postponed to July 15, 2020
 
Administrative deadlines
For all taxpayers, Treasury and the IRS are extending an additional 270 administrative deadlines to July 15, 2020
 
For more information click here.

 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

New IRS Portal to Track Economic Impact Payments Opens April 13th

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 
The House Committee on Ways & Means provided the following information on tracking Economic Impact Payments as of 8 Apr.
 
Background
Treasury and the IRS initially estimated that there would be 171 million rebate payments under the CARES Act and 101 million of these payments would be paid by paper check unless the IRS receives direct deposit information for these payments before a paper check is mailed. 
 
Individuals have three options for providing their direct deposit information to the IRS before a paper check is mailed. An individual could:
•       file his or her 2019 tax return and include the requested banking information on the return (for individuals required to file a federal tax return in 2019 that have not done so); 
•       file a simple tax form with a few questions, including the requested banking information (for individuals not required to file a federal tax return); or
•       provide his or her banking information in a new online portal
(for individuals who already filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 without this information).
 
Treasury has moved up its timeline for starting to mail paper checks from the beginning of May to the end of April. 
 
These checks will be issued at a rate of about 5 million per week, which could take up to 20 weeks to get all the checks out. 
 
At the same time, Treasury will continue to make direct deposits weekly for individuals providing banking information. 
 
Portal
The IRS plans to open a new, online portal the week of April 13 for economic impact payments.
 
The portal will allow taxpayers, once authenticated, to find out the status of their economic impact payments and, if no payment or check has been issued, they can provide their banking information for direct deposit. 
 
The portal will be similar to the Where’s My Refund portal that is available for taxpayers to track the status of their federal tax refund. 
 
No other updates may be provided through the portal.

ACT NOW: We Need Your Help, Chambers Not Included In Latest Stimulus Package

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

 

Congress is debating a massive economic stimulus package. The current bill language includes “nonprofit organizations” as eligible for the $350 billion in support for small businesses, but they define nonprofits being included as exclusively 501(c)(3) groups. The package does not include 501(c)(6) organizations. 
 
Contact your elected officials and encourage them to ensure all associations are eligible for the emergency stimulus included in this package.
 
TODAY, we are urging you to write your members of Congress, Senators, or VP Pence for the next round of stimulus funding to allow benefits like the PPP to Chamber organizations. Please use the link provided below to express of the local Chambers. 
 
 
Thank you for your support during this challenging time.

 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

CDC Running Essential Errands

Posted by: Communications Manager on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Running Essential Errands

Grocery Shopping, Take-Out, Banking, Getting Gas, and Doctor Visits.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/essential-goods-services.html

 

As communities across the United States take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how to meet basic household needs, such as buying groceries and medicine, and completing banking activities. The following information provides advice about how to meet these household needs in a safe and healthy manner.

 

Find additional information for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

 

Shopping for food and other household essentials

  • Avoid shopping if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • If possible, order food and other items online for home delivery or curbside pickup.
  • Only visit the grocery store, or other stores selling household essentials, in person when you absolutely need to. This will limit your potential exposure to others and the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • When you do have to visit in person, go during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night).
  • Here are ways to protect yourself while shopping:
    • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.
    • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk. If they do, try to shop during those hours. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
    • Disinfect the shopping cart, use disinfecting wipes if available.
    • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying.
  • After leaving the store, use hand sanitizer. When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • At home, follow food safety guidelines: clean, separate, cook, chill. There is no evidence that food or food packaging has been linked to getting sick from COVID-19.

 

Accepting deliveries and takeout orders

  • If possible, pay online or on the phone when you order.
  • Accept deliveries without in-person contact whenever possible. Ask for deliveries to be left in a safe spot outside your house (such as your front porch or lobby), with no person-to-person interaction. Otherwise, stay at least 6 feet away from the delivery person.
  • After receiving your delivery or bringing home your takeout food, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • After collecting mail from a post office or home mailbox, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

 

Banking

  • Bank online whenever possible.
    • If you must visit the bank, use the drive-through ATM if one is available. Clean the ATM keyboard with a disinfecting wipe before you use it.
    • When you are done, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

 

Getting gasoline

  • If available, use gloves or disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons before you touch them.
  • After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home or somewhere with soap and water.

 

Going to the doctor or getting medicine

  • Visit the doctor when you need to, but only when you need to. Use telemedicine, if available, or contact your doctor or nurse by phone or e-mail.
  • If you must visit the doctor, follow recommendations to protect yourself:
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • If available, use disinfecting wipes on frequently touched surfaces such as handles, knobs, touchpads.
    • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while inside and in lines.
    • When paying, use touchless payment methods if possible. If you cannot use touchless payment, sanitize your hands after paying with card, cash, or check. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.
  • If you think you have COVID-19, let the office know and follow guidance.
  • Talk to your doctor about rescheduling procedures that are not urgently needed.
  • If possible, plan to order and pick up all your prescriptions at the same time.
  • If possible, call prescription orders in ahead of time. Use drive-thru windows, curbside services (wait in your car until the prescription is ready), mail-order, or other delivery services. Do the same for pet medicine.
  • Check with your doctor and pharmacist to see if you can get a larger supply of your medicines so you do not have to visit the pharmacy as often.

 

If you or a member of your household has signs of COVID-19, call your doctor first, instead of going to the office or the emergency department. Call 911 if you believe it is an emergency. See also: What to do if you are sick.

 

CDC What's New https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/whats-new-all.html

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Healthy Bites--Teriyaki Chicken and Cauliflower Skillet

Posted by: Chamber Intern on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp soy sauce, divided 
  • 4 tbsp raw honey, divided
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 small garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1.5 – 2 lbs cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch, organic
  • 3 green onion sprigs, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Brown rice or quinoa, for serving
 

Instructions:

1. Cook brown rice or quinoa as per package instructions.

2. In a medium bowl, add 3 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp honey, rice vinegar and garlic; whisk to combine. Add chicken and mix well to coat. Let marinate while chopping cauliflower and up until cooking it.

3. Preheat large non-stick wok or deep skillet on medium heat and swirl 1 tbsp of oil to coat. Add cauliflower, cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. It should be cooked al dente and not mushy. Transfer to a large bow

4. Return wok to the stove and swirl remaining 1 tbsp of oil. Using a large spoon, scoop chicken from marinade pressing the spoon to the side of a bowl and draining marinade into the bowl (we will be using it shortly, do not discard) and adding chicken to a skillet. Reserve marinade, cover chicken and let it cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. To the bowl with marinade, add remaining 3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp honey, water and cornstarch; whisk well. Add to the wok with chicken and stir. Cover, reduce heat to low and let cook for about 10 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat, add previously cooked cauliflower and stir. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve hot with brown rice or quinoa.

For more recipes like this please visit ifoodreal.com

Healthy Bites--One Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies

Posted by: Chamber Intern on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (~1 small) red potato
  • 3/4ths pound green beans
  • 1 large head of broccoli (~ 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped bell peppers 2 large or 6-7 mini sweet bell peppers
  • 9 ounces smoked sausage I use turkey or chicken, not ground sausage
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Serve with: fresh parsley, quinoa/rice, lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Line a large sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.

  3. Prep the veggies: chop the red potatoes (pretty small pieces here so they will be tender in time), trim the green beans and halve (see video above recipe), chop the broccoli, chop the peppers into thick squares, and coin the sausage in thick slices.

  4. Place all the veggies and sausage on a sheet pan. Pour the olive oil and all the spices on top. Toss to evenly coat all the veggies and meat. (I use this 15x21 inch sheet pan)

  5. Bake 15 minutes, remove from the oven and flip/stir all the veggies around. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender and sausage is browned.

  6. If desired, sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the veggies and sausage as soon as they come out of the oven.

  7. Enjoy with rice or quinoa and fresh parsley if desired.

    For more recipes like this please visit chelseasmessyapron.com

Healthy Bites--Burrito Bowl

Posted by: Chamber Intern on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Ingredients

  • Seasonings: Chili powder, taco seasoning and salt and pepper to taste

  • Vegetables: Red bell pepper, sweet onions, corn and diced green chiles

  • Legumes: We used black beans, but pinto beans would work too

  • Tomatoes: Diced tomatoes and Thick n’ Chunky Salsa

  • Rice: Jasmine rice, uncooked (or add in precooked rice at the end and stir)

  • Cheese: Shredded cheddar jack is our go-to cheese to use for this recipe

  • Meat: Our preference is lean hamburger, but you can substitute chicken if preferred

  • Liquid: We used chicken stock, but vegetable broth works too

Instructions

  1. Saute onions/peppers and brown hamburger. In a large pan over medium-heat, heat the olive oil. Saute onions and red peppers, then add in hamburger and cook until browned. Drain any excess grease.

  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Stir in salsa, black beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, jasmine rice, taco seasoning and chili powder. Pour in chicken stock and bring to light bowl.

  3. Cover and cook. Cover the pan and reduce heat to low. Cook until rice is all the way cooked, about 15 to 20 minutes. Once done, S&P to taste.

  4. Add favorite toppings and serve! Top with favorite toppings and serve over lettuce in a salad bowl.

For more recipes like this one, please visit iheartnaptime.net

Healthy Bites--Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup

Posted by: Chamber Intern on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Ingredients

  • Ground turkey

  • Brown rice

  • Bell peppers

  • Onion, garlic and celery (optional)

  • Diced tomatoes

  • Tomato sauce

  • Spices

Instructions

  1. Saute ground turkey. I like to do so in generous amount of olive oil in my beloved 6 quart Dutch oven. We cook onion, garlic and meat at same time for about 5 minutes. The goal is to break meat into small pieces and extract the most flavor from the veggies.

  2. Saute veggies and rice. Bell pepper and celery contain a lot of water. It is good to saute them after meat. Sauteing rice with spices also makes it more flavorful. It does not speed up its cooking time though.

  3. Add liquids and simmer for 40 minutes. I like to use diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and broth. All are low sodium. Simmering covered for 40 minutes I find is the best time for flavorful bell pepper soup.

  4. Serve. Just like stuffed bell peppers, I like this soup with a dollop of plain yogurt and fresh herbs. You can adjust seasonings to taste. I love sweet and sour taste with addition of maple syrup and vinegar.

For more recipes like this one, visit ifoodreal.com