This is the goodwill and social arm of the Chamber. Ambassadors visit area businesses, welcoming them to the community or celebrating their accomplishments.
Banner & Image Committee
This is a newly formed committee that is working to put together a city wide Banner program. This committee also is looking at signage, billboards and other ways to promote and beautify the Ottumwa area. Creating positive ads and messages through print, radio, TV and other is also a goal of this committee.
Teen Leaders in Action Committee
This committee has a mission is to strengthen the ties between education and business. The subcommittee of Teen Leaders in Action education program is active in providing leadership training for high school juniors and in providing opportunities for our future leaders.
Public Affairs Committee
This committee assists the Chamber staff in researching and monitoring national, state and local issues affecting the Ottumwa area and business community by formulating and representing the Chamber’s position if necessary. It also co-sponsors legislative forums with the League of Women Voters.
Home Expo Committee
The committee is responsible for assisting the Chamber staff in offering a regional home improvement Home Expo. The Home Expo provides exposure for area businesses to show their products and services to thousands of potential customers. Event held in March.
Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic
The committee assists the Chamber staff in hosting its major social fundraising event of the year, the Annual Chamber Golf Classic. It includes marketing teams and hole- sponsors, prize collection, food planning, fundraising, and coordination of activities for the day. Meetings are held between January and August. The event is normally held the last Monday in July.
Holiday Nights N’ Lights
Holiday Lighting Committee meets to organize and promote Holiday Nights N Lights. This event is possible because of a huge number of sponsors and volunteers that put together the one mile spectacular lighted display. Holiday Nights N Lights is an awesome community event that attracts visitors from all over Iowa and several other states.
Shop Ottumwa & Retail Committee
The committee established goals to promote Ottumwa as the Retail Hub of Southeast Iowa. It brings the different shopping districts together as they sponsor various retail events throughout the city and encourages everyone to “Shop Ottumwa.” Crazy Days, Coupon Promotions, Informative Seminars are examples of this committee activity.
Gene Schultz Award Committee
The committee meets prior to the Annual Banquet in January each year to select the recipient for the Gene Schultz Community Service Award. Members are selected to represent various aspects of community service.