Here at the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, we’re proud of the many benefits we provide for our members.  From free marketing to legislative advocacy, we’re dedicated to serving our community leaders and organizations.

One of the biggest accomplishments we’re excited about, is the 300+ satisfied Chamber members we have the privilege of serving. In this week’s blog post, let’s take a look at what some of our members have to say about Chamber membership and what it’s meant to their business…

Community Connections

I have been a Chamber member since 2004.  What I like best about being a member are the coffees and mingles, that allow us, as a community and business members, to get together in a relaxed atmosphere; to visit and learn more about each other.  We have a fantastic community and anytime we can get together and have fun and enjoy each other’s’ company, makes working and living in this community more fun!

Betty Birzer

Reece & Nichols Town & Country Realty Inc.


Grow Your Business

There is a sense of community found in the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce. With our frequent coffees on most Fridays, to our new sponsorship of the First Friday Forum, to our educational Opportunities and trips, this chamber is truly the lifeblood of this community.

There is a true connection to our city once you join. If a new store front needs a ribbon cutting, or a new feature or service that needs to be promoted in an existing business, the chamber is the best place to start. With the helpful staff and membership ready to promote your business, you can’t lose. So if your business needs a “jump start”, the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is your energy source.

Mike Skidmore

Mayor of Ottawa


Organizational Support

Hepner Appraisal Service is proud to be a long time Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce member.  We love attending Chamber Coffee events and networking with individuals in our area of business.  John, Sandy and Sherri are always available to help our business any way possible.  We are the “little guy” in Ottawa but the Chamber has always treated us like the “big guy”.  We appreciate all the support and we look forward to a long relationship with the Chamber.

Wade Hepner

Hepner Appraisal Service


Make a Difference

Membership offers so many ways to interact with other business professionals and community leaders that add value to your life.  For a small yearly donation you can engage and make a difference in the community as well as take advantage of many learning experiences that flow through relationships and activities the chamber offers involvement in.  Promotion of yourself and your business are accessible through chamber membership and its activities.

Tom Weigand

Realty Executives of Kansas City


Exclusive Access

The best part about Chamber membership is being able to get involved so easily.  I was part of two communities before moving to Ottawa.  In both communities, the Chambers were exclusive instead of inclusive. John and his staff do a great job of trying to foster an inclusive community!

Casey Colbern

Bartlett & West, Inc.


Build Your Network

Being a chamber member has allowed me to really feel connected to the community. I have lived here for almost 10 years, but never really made many connections (outside of the classic car scene) until I started working at the body shop and met many of the current members. I have learned a great deal about this city and its rich history through these wonderful people and am proud to feel like a true part of the Ottawa community.

Sabina Huskey

Bienie’s Body Shop


Promote Growth and Economic Vitality

The Chamber staff carries out its mission “to promote growth and economic vitality of its membership and to provide leadership for the improvement of the business climate and overall quality of life in our region” with excellence.  There are no finer people than John, Sherri and those who assist them.  Attending Chamber events is always the highlight of my week.

Scott Schultz

ComfortCare Homes of Baldwin City and Ottawa


Interested in joining?

If you’re interested in learning more about how a Chamber membership can help you reach your goals, contact Sandy Sample, Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Director, at (785) 242 – 1000 or [email protected] .

Be sure to ask about our “Try It – You’ll Like It!” New Member offer!