As your new Director I welcome to the 2013 Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce Website. This site is intended to provide the Chamber and its member's exposure, networking, awareness as well as a tool to meet new business partners and customers. The site also allows visitors to learn about our great community of Ottumwa as the great place it truly is. Ottumwa is a growing community with great businesses, organizations and best quality of all, its people.
The Chamber exists 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 300 members and is directed by the board of directors and officers. Since we are a 501 (c) (6) corporation, we are dedicated to serving the Ottumwa area businesses, churches and civic organizations.
We are here to help serve the community and provide services to you and your business or family. Our board members are from a wide variety of businesses. We meet monthly to address issues and to develop policies and programs to enhance business and personal opportunities. Some of those opportunities include our annual Home Expo, Holiday Night n Lights display, Image & Banners, Teen Leaders. Networking opportunities such as our annual Golf Outing, Ambassadors group, monthly "Coffee with the Chamber" series, publishing of both the yearly Chamber Directory (great marketing tool) and monthly "Connections" newsletter distributed via newspaper. Other networking possibilities' include the annual Chamber Banquet, Chamber Mixers, Referrals, and helping put our members in touch with prospective clients and customers. We offer a variety of services so please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.
Our plan is to work very closely with Ottumwa and its elected officials. We are always willing to assist and provide resources and personnel for many beneficial programs for our citizens and business community.
Good things are happening in Ottumwa, the Chamber is excited about this new era of business growth and strength. As a member you have made a commitment to our mission - promote growth and prosperity of our members and actively support civic and cultural activities. We value your experience, knowledge and opinion to help us become the best business organization that we can.
I hope that you intend to become more familiar with the Chamber of Commerce and all of our activities. I encourage you to participate in one or more of the Chamber committees. Serving on anyone of our committees will give you another opportunity to build relationships with your fellow Chamber members, while also contributing to the organization and your community. Information on all of these committees and the events that the Chamber hosts will be included in our monthly newsletter. We are fortunate to live and work in such a growing, healthy and beautiful place that we want to make it an even better place to live, work and shop.
I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead. We are confident that your investment in the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce is of the best investments you can make for your business.
Tim Kurtz, Executive Director