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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Healthy Bites--Asian Salad

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

Ingredients

  • 2 cups iceberg or Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded or julienned
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups edamame beans, shelled

Asian Salad Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (I used Bragg liquid aminos)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add frozen edamame, cover with hot water and set aside.
  2. In a large salad bowl, add lettuce, cabbage, bell pepper, carrots, onion and cilantro.
  3. Drain edamame beans and add to the bowl with other veggies.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and toss well.
  5. Serve with chicken breastturkey burgers or meatballs.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Keep Calm, Shop Local--Support Southwest Oklahoma Business

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The impact of COVID19 has been felt throughout our community and surrounding areas. The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce is calling on our residents to help support our local businesses affected.

Feel free to use this page as a community resource to find local businesses who are offering curbside pickup, take out/delivery, or online gift card ordering.

To help support our small businesses and hospitality industry, please consider ordering for delivery or pick up from a local restaurant or by purchasing a gift card during this time. Be sure to tip the food delivery drivers and take out servers—your support means so much and helps support their livelihood!

Healthy practices are key to combating the virus pandemic. For a full list of resources, please click here

 

 

 

 

Click here for list of Restaurants.

 

Click here for list of businesses. 

 

 

State Business Resources
 
 
Oklahoma Restaurant Association 

Free business listing for restaurants offering take out or delivery food options. Submit form here
  

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Small Business Owners may now apply for SBA relief. Apply HERE.

 

COVID19 Health Resources

 

Local, State and National Contacts, free downloadable resources, and more!

Click here for more details. 

 

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Missed Your Favorite Restaurant or Local Small Business? Post Their Information For FREE Below!

 

 

IMPORTANT UPDATES ON OFFICE CLOSURE

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Chamber office isThe Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce has reopened its office as of Monday, May 18th to normal business hours.

The office reopening will have limitations, it will remain closed to the public and operating by advance appointment scheduling only. In compliance with safety precautions and social distancing, the office Staff members will be present and can service the needs of the business community. Please watch this page and the Chamber app for new information and opportunities we will announce as they become available. 

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

 

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Chamber Event Cancellations: Keeping You Updated On Chamber News

Posted by: Communications Manager on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
 
 
CANCELLATIONS
 
Annual DC Fly In 2020 March 24-26th
Ware On C Block Party April 2nd, May 7th 
Breakfast B4 Business: Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, & BancFirst
 
Chamber 101 May 7th 
 
 
POSTPONED
 
Chamber Annual Banquet October 2nd
 
Business After Hours Light Alive Marketing October 22nd
 
Southwest Oklahoma Legislative Reception NEW DATE PENDING
 
 
 
For any questions, please contact us at
(580)-355-3541.
 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

COVID19 Business and Community Resources

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

Provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma State Chamber, Oklahoma Chamber Executives and

Center For Disease Control (CDC)

 

Health Resources

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Local Announcements & Information  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

state ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFORMATION  

 Oklahoma State Department of Health

Office of Governor Kevin Stitt

 

State Business Resources

  
Oklahoma Restaurant Association 

Free business listing for restaurants offering take out or delivery food options. Submit form here
  

SBA Disaster Loan

Small Business Owners may now apply for SBA relief. Apply HERE.

 

Economic Impact Analysis


A weekly look at this impact will be included moving forward. See the full report here.

 

State Social Services  

 

ASSISTANCE OPTIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

There are hardship programs in place to help homeowners who have been directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus and are struggling to make their mortgage payments.

New Sick Leave & Family and Medical Leave Act Benefits

 Paid sick leave and FMLA related to COVID-19 are now required for some businesses with under 500 employees. Refundable tax credits will help employers pay for the new, required benefit.  

COVID-19 is having a unique impact on certain elements of Oklahoma’s Workforce System. This page will serve as an update on unemployment insurance, American Job Centers, companies hiring, resources, and other workforce needs.

national ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFORMATION  

Center For Disease Control (CDC)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. White House

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration 

World Health Organization (WHO)

 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Brenda Spencer Ragland - 1 March Article

Posted by: Brenda Spencer Ragland on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

On Friday, we hosted the monthly luncheon, this one was in coordination with the Lawton Arts and Humanities, as they presented their 2019 Cultural Awards.

It was a great luncheon, and several local contributors to the Arts were selected for this prestigious award.   It is a great opportunity to recognize the individual achievements and celebrate the talent, the diversity and the creativity that resides in our community.   It’s a reminder of why we can all be Lawton Proud.

Award recipients included Addam Tate, for the Roma Clift Montgomery Citizens of the Arts, Councilwoman Linda Chapman, for the Roma Clift Montgomery Citizens of the Humanities, KSWO TV for the Roma Clift Montgomery Business in the Arts, Phyllis Young for the Roma Clift Montgomery Educator in Humanities, Mandee Thomas for the Roma Clift Montgomery Educator in the Arts, Sandra Dunn for the Roma Clift Montgomery Artist of the Year, and Chris Martin for the Roma Clift Montgomery One to Six Art Competition Winner.   Well done to all recognized. It’s truly amazing to see such wonderful talent be highlighted and celebrated.

We were also provided the opportunity to help from the Keynote Speaker, Mr. James Glen Henry.   His passion for Arts is certainly recognized and appreciated. Glen as he is referred to in his bio is a champion not just for the Arts, but for Lawton. He moved to Lawton in 1983. He commenced working as the arts coordinator for the Lawton Public Schools until 2001. Later, he served as the State Director of Arts Education at the Oklahoma State Department of Education. After retiring from his state position, he started teaching as an adjunct at Cameron University in the areas of Sculpture, Advanced Sculpture, 3-D Design and Computer Graphic Design.   What a wonderful addition Glenn has been for our community and our state. I share this as I would challenge all of us to consider the impact arts has had on our personal life and our community. We are blessed with incredible talent. We should take every opportunity to celebrate our champions for the arts and celebrate the beauty the arts and humanity has made on our community. Truly, this is one more reason to be Lawton Proud.   

If you are interested in attending one of our monthly luncheons, please remember to check out our website at www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com.

Monday, March 2, 2020

MEET OUR STATE OF COMMUNICATIONS GUEST SPEAKER BRAD MCMULLAN!

Posted by: Communications Manager on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Brad McMullan is an Emmy Award Winning Journalist, turned Award Winning CEO & Public Speaker.

McMullan is the founder and CEO of bfac.com, an international mobile technology company, that focuses on mobile app development & mass texting for businesses and organizations. Today, bfac.com has clients in all 50 states and has 48 U-S states as clients (the actual states themselves are clients of bfac.com) and also the territories of Guam & Puerto Rico. The award-winning technology company is currently used by more than a million people around the world. Some clients include Toyota, Michelin Tires, Ozarka Water, Dell Computers, The Salvation Army, The National Guard, AMR and Goodyear.

 

McMullan was honored for his business accomplishments by the Business Journal, when he was named to the prestigious "Tech 21" list and was named to the "Top in Tech" list of influential technology leaders. McMullan has also been named the Executive of the Year by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. McMullan has also recently been selected by Harvard Business School, to participate in a special continuing education program on technology. 
                                                                                                                        
McMullan is an active volunteer, serving on multiple national boards including the Salvation Army's National Advisory Board and 4WordWomen.org's National Board of Directors. McMullan also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Innovate Mississippi & The Chamber of Commerce for the State of Oklahoma. McMullan recently finished a four-year term on the Madison County Business League Board of Directors and previously served on the Make A Wish Board of Directors of Mississippi and the Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors in Mississippi. For his extensive community work, McMullan was recognized as the Community Advocate of the Year by New Horizon Church International.


When he is not running his company or working in the community, McMullan can usually be found on the speaking circuit.  He was invited to speak at more than 70 events and conventions over the last few years including Google's Start Up Grind, The Crossing The Bridge Conference on Race Relations, The Conservation District's Annual Dinner, The Keller Williams Real Estate Annual Dinner, The Young Bankers Association Annual Conference, The Manufactured Housing Association Conference, The Oklahoma Marketing Association's Annual Luncheon, The Germantown Tennessee's Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon, The Independent Insurance Association of Oklahoma's Annual Conference, The FedEX e-Tech Conference, The Oklahoma Association on Associations Annual Conference, The Mississippi Economic Council's Annual Meeting, The Furniture Marketing Group's Annual Symposium at the Venetian in Las Vegas, The North American Rental Car Association's Convention at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and at the Better Business Bureau Regional Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. McMullan was also the keynote speaker for the Baptist Convention's Witnessing Through Media Awards. McMullan has been featured on NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS. iHeart Media and the Radio people.

Before entering the business world and the speaking circuit, McMullan was known by many as an Award Winning Broadcast Journalist. McMullan won two Emmy Awards and has five Emmy nominations to his credit.  He also has won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and received multiple honors from the Associated Press.

McMullan has interviewed a number of newsmakers including Former President Obama, Former President George W. Bush, Former Vice President Dick Cheney, the late Former President George H. Bush, the late Senator John McCain, J.C. Watts, Oliver North, Kelly Ripa and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  McMullan’s work has been featured on major news networks and in a number of newspapers around the world including the Washington Post.

 

STATE OF COMMUNICATION IS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH AT THE LAWTON COUNTRY CLUB

SPACE IS LIMITED, REGISTER TODAY!

 

Register Here 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Healthy Bites--Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package shiitake mushrooms, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 head butter lettuce

FOR THE PEANUT SAUCE

  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce, or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To make the peanut sauce, whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, chili garlic sauce and ginger in a small bowl. Whisk in 2-3 tablespoons water until desired consistency is reached; set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil and sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground chicken, mushrooms, carrot and shallot. Cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  3. Stir in garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in hoisin sauce, chili garlic sauce and fish sauce until heated through, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro.
  5. To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style, drizzled with peanut sauce.

https://damndelicious.net/2018/09/18/peanut-chicken-lettuce-wraps/ 

Healthy Bites Seared Salmon with Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

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

 

INGREDIENTS

4 salmon pieces (2 lb.)

kosher salt

Black pepper

1 lemon, zested and sliced into wheels

5 medium zucchini

extra-virgin olive oil

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. red pepper chili flakes

1/4 c. chopped parsley

Flaky sea salt, for garnish

Lemon zest, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Season salmon with 2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper; set aside.
  2. Trim one end of each zucchini and insert into a spiralizer. Turn to create noodles. If noodles are very long, cut them to approximately 7". Place noodles in a collander and season with 1 tablespoon salt. Mix gently to ensure all noodles are well seasoned to help remove excess moisture from zucchini. Set aside and let noodles drain over a dish.
  3. Preheat a large castiron skillet over high heat. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil until very hot and almost smoking. Sear salmon on each side for 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let rest.
  4. Meanwhile, drain zucchini noodles and pat dry with paper towels to remove as much water as possible. In the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add lemon slices and sauté quickly to deglaze the pan. Add garlic, chili, and noodles. Stir fry for 3 to 5 minutes until garlic is cooked and noodles are al dente.
  5. Serve salmon on bed of noodles and garnish with parsley, flaky salt, and pinch of lemon zest.

 

Healthy Bites : Asparagus with Scallops, Browned Butter and Prosciutto

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

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound white asparagus, peeled, or green asparagus

 

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

 

  • 1 ounce thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips

 

  • 1 pound sea scallops

 

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

 

  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

 

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

 

  • 1/4 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
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o   How to Make It

Step 1    

Cook the asparagus in a large sauce-pan of boiling salted water until tender, about 8 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a colander and leave the pan of water simmering on the stove.

Step 2    

Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet. Add the prosciutto and cook over low heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer the prosciutto to a plate.

    • Step 3    

Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in the skillet. Add the scallops, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the scallops to a plate.

Step 4    

Add the lemon zest to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and simmer for 10 seconds. Add the stock and simmer, scraping the bottom of the skillet, until reduced to a rich glaze, about 3 minutes. Swirl in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Return the scallops, along with any juices, to the skillet and cook over low heat until heated through.

Step 5    

Return the asparagus to the simmering water to heat through. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Using tongs, transfer the asparagus to a large platter and spoon the scallops and sauce over it. Top with the fried prosciutto and serve.