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The Chamber’s role in a community’s economic development


Have you wondered what role the Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce plays in local economic development? It's is a significant one.

“A chamber is absolutely relevant to every economic development discussion,” Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce President Angie Hibben said.

That’s because the entity serves as a catalyst for economic growth by making introductions, facilitating projects, maintaining data on the areas served and their economic climates, and keeping abreast of pending development projects.

“Chambers create a higher quality of life and create jobs,” Hibben said.

The latter, she said, is especially important because a community’s economic health is only as good as the jobs provided by local businesses.

“The Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce understands local businesses need support to be successful. We are focused on helping businesses solve problems and capitalize on opportunities, all with the goal of retaining and creating well-paying jobs in the area,” Hibben said.


“We create networking opportunities so businesses can make connections with other like-minded individuals/entrepreneurs and power partners in the community,” she said.

Attracting new businesses is also key to increasing the strength of the local economy. To that end, the Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to working with key partners to assist and advocate for recruitment that aligns with the community’s values, builds on its strengths, and supports the existing businesses.

“We field calls to our office regarding opportunities in our area and forward those individuals and businesses onto the Oswego economic development director, local commercial realtors, and more,” Hibben said. “We invite potential businesses to attend our events to meet other chamber members and to learn more about our community.”

The Chamber’s top priorities are its members and creating a healthy business community.

“Economic development strategies and programs are vital to every community that wants to compete and expand,” Hibben said. “And this holds true whether the local chamber is the ‘belly button’ for economic development or not. A chamber undoubtedly has a place at the economic development table.”

Oswego Area Chamber of Commerce : 73 W Van Buren Street : Oswego, IL 60543 : 630.554.3505