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217 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 308
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
Message from the Director

We welcome you to the 2016 Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce Website.  This site is a positive tool that provides opportunities for the Chamber and its' members to gain maximum exposure, build networking groups, increase both business and community awareness. Visitors are able to learn about Ottumwa, its' vast opportunities, activities and vitality; plus showcase how we are growing as a community with great businesses, organizations and a wonderful quality of life with the amazing people that call Ottumwa home.

The Chamber is dedicated to provide services and support to our area business community and to enhance our community as a whole.  We do this through many different programs and activities. Our organization consists of over 330 members and is guided by the board of directors and officers. Since we are a 501(c)(6) corporation, we are here to serve the Ottumwa area businesses, churches and civic organizations.

We offer a wide variety services for your business, you and your family. Our board is made up of members that come from varied business backgrounds We meet monthly to address business and community issues, develop policies and programs that may well enhance business, community and personal opportunities. Some of those include our annual Home and Garden and Recreation Expo, Holiday Night 'N Lights, Retail Committee, Chamber Ambassadors and the Image & Beautification Committee. Networking opportunities include our annual Golf Outing, the monthly "Coffee Talk" events held at varied members business locations, publishing of both the annual Chamber Directory (a great marketing tool), and a bi-weekly e-newsletter and the monthly Chamber Link. Other networking opportunities include the annual Partners Banquet, Chamber Mixers and Lunch and Learns; these events help put our members in touch with prospective clients and customers. We offer a variety of concierge type services, please feel free to contact us with any questions or to request assistance.

We work very closely with both Ottumwa and Wapello County's elected officials. We are always willing to assist, provide resources and even personnel for a variety of community building programs that promote our business community and quality of life for our community.

Good things are happening in Ottumwa, the Chamber is excited about this new era of business growth and development. As a member you have made a commitment to our mission - "To promote, support and advocate the needs of business and industry that will encourage positive growth in which to live, work and do business" We value your experience, knowledge and opinions to help us strive to become the best business building organization possible.

I hope that you choose to become more involved with the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce and all of our varied activities. I encourage you to consider participating in one or more of our dynamic committees. Serving on any of our committees will give you one of the most important business tools: the opportunity to build relationships within your community, with fellow Chamber members; all the while contributing to this amazing member based organization!  Information pertaining to all of our committees and events are included in our bi-weekly e-newsletter. Ottumwa is a great place to build a business; we are progressive, yet we still have that small town feel. Your Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce is here to assist in improving the quality of lives and businesses in the greater Ottumwa area!

We are confident that your investment in the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce is one of the best investment you can make for your business and our community.

Warm Regards,

Connie Hammersly-Wilson, Executive Director and Chamber Board of Directors

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