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LAWTON, OK —On Monday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released the names of all Oklahoma organizations that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans of $150,000 or more.

You’ve done the hard work. You have a new business idea or you’ve found an existing business to purchase. Want to help ensure your business success? Pay attention to correctly setting up your business’ accounting system. Here’s how:

LAWTON, OK — Public Service Company of Oklahoma will be going to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission later this year with an energy request, after signing a lease with the U.S. Army for an energy resilience project on Fort Sill.

The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends have ranked Pam & Barry’s Team at Re/Max of Lawton No. 2 for Transaction Sides among small teams in the United States for 2020. The team led by Pam Marion and Barry Ezerski completed 551 transactions for 2019.

Lawton construction continued its tentative recovery in June as builders purchased permits worth more than $5.6 million.

State businesses can request to apply for Oklahoma Business Relief Program funds through participating financial institutions now through July 10. The financial institutions will evaluate applications based on the program rules and make a preliminary determination of business eligibility.

With close to 85% of purchases made with credit or debit cards, many people have forgotten the satisfying clinking sound of tossing a penny, nickel, dime or quarter into a glass jar of spare change. But all that is starting to change.

LAWTON, OK — Gene Love has been named chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, and he said he's excited about the opportunity to continue overseeing the improvements that OTA will bring to the state at large and Southwest Oklahoma in particular.

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Lawton, OK — The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on supply chains for some Lawton businesses, causing longer wait times for receiving goods from manufacturers or not being able to get any products.

LAWTON, OK — The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Crowe & Dunlevy are teaming up to present a one-hour online seminar to educate employers on federal COVID-19 regulations.

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Many Americans have been focused on their own finances over the past several months. But don’t neglect helping those closest to you with their finances as well, especially aging parents. Here are some questions to ask your parents to help them sort through their financial picture.

Numerous new laws provide economic relief to individuals and businesses hardest hit by this year’s pandemic. This much-needed financial assistance, however, comes with a few strings attached.

LAWTON, OK — The Comanche County Fairgrounds is back up and running, and the staff will soon have a new weapon in its war against mold, mildew and COVID-19. Hint: It takes an aerosol to decimate an aerosolized virus.

Fort Sill Federal Credit Union’s 64th meeting has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. July 29 at the Sunset Room in the Prairie Building of the Great Plains Coliseum, 920 S. Sheridan.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) board approved a long-term commercial ground lease Friday for a 4,349-acre solar facility in Comanche County.

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LAWTON, OK — The Prosperity Hub in Lawton is the latest launched by the software company Intiuit in cooperation with Sitel, which specializes in customer satisfaction and service.

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you may be able to take money out of a qualified plan, like a 401(k), or an IRA, with favorable tax consequences. But should you do it? You might view withdrawing money from a retirement account as a last resort.

It’s ironic that on a day where the temperature reached the century mark for the first time this year, Southwest Oklahoma farmers were talking about freezing temperatures that have taken a big bite out of the 2020 wheat harvest.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Most people asked to define “critical infrastructure” would probably think first about things like airports, roads, bridges or flood control dams vital to keeping life flowing at a normal, well-managed pace.

The IRS is warning you to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and e-mail phishing attempts related to COVID-19. They will come in the form of e-mails, text messages, websites and social media attempts that request money or personal information.

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus crisis has sent U.S. unemployment surging to 14.7%, a level last seen when the country was in the throes of the Depression, and Oklahoma continued to shed jobs at a record pace at the end of April.

In addition to filing delays and stimulus payments, the IRS is implementing many changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the major topics that could affect you and your family.

The pace of commercial building permits slow in February as builders purchased business permits totaling $837,000.

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently signed into law provides a one-time payment, among other items, to individuals to help ease the economic strain caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

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Arvest Bank was scheduled to launch its annual two-month Million Meals initiative earlier this month to fight hunger in the four-state region the bank serves.

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: While the author is a long-time sports editor/writer with The Constitution, he grew up on a farm/ranch west of Apache where he learned the ups and downs of farming. He was also active in FFA, earning the State Farmer degree in 1969.)

The April 15 federal income tax filing due date has been moved to July 15, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS recently announced.

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Oklahoma grain elevator cash bids as of 2:00 pm Thursday.

LAWTON, OK — Started by Chris Coast, his company installs audio and visual systems, lighting, security systems, surveillance camera and other technologies for residents, schools, businesses, churches and government contracts.

Pam Marion, broker associate and co-owner of Pam & Barry’s Team RE/MAX Professionals, is the first recipient of RE/MAX’s Luminary of Distinction Award in the mid-state region of Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri.

FREDERICK — Tillman Producers Co-op, an ag cooperative based out of Frederick, officially began operating as part of CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, on March 3.

FORT SILL, OK — With the semi-annual hiring fair only a few weeks away, agencies on and off post are offering prospective job-seekers opportunities to prepare themselves to make a good first impression.

What better place for online thieves to target than a database that contains 300 million+ Social Security numbers and a treasure trove of financial information? The IRS has 52 Internet applications to help U.S. citizens comply with their tax obligations. But these online portals, which colle…

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