Business Membership

The Oelwein Chamber & Area Development....

.....A Great Investment For Your Business!

The Oelwein Chamber office was established in 1934. OCAD was formed in 2002 to merge the Oelwein Chamber and Oelwein Economic Development groups. Four Staff personnel are currently employed by OCAD to service the almost 300 members. OCAD reaches all of Fayette County and beyond. Monthly Board meetings are held and one Membership Annual meeting is held in October. The most satisfied members are those who get involved and participate in activities and events. Employees of members are always welcome to participate.

OCAD community promotion and development includes also inlcudes working with Fayette County Economic Development, assistance with financial opportunities, new and expanding business assistance, Community Foundation of Waterloo/Cedar Falls affiliation, downtown revitalization & development, promotion of City housing incentives,training classes/seminars and promotion/support for Positively Oelwein group. OCAD also sponsors many community events including an annual golf outing, Adopt-A-Block and downtown flower baskets, new teacher business promotion, Easter Basket Hunt, Daddy Daughter Dance, Summer Series "Party in the Park", Oelwein Heritage Days, Fall Fling and Olde Tyme Christmas. To help promote local businesses and shopping locally, a "Shop Oelwein...... We're Awesome" campaign was established in 2015. This committee assists in marketing the local shops to potential customers across the state of Iowa. Shopping events, brochures, billboard, TV campaign, Text Marketing program and more were established.

OCAD is:

  • Retention of existing businesses and retail establishments
  • Recruitment of new bueinsses
  • Recruitment of Technical Industries

Your Public Relations Specialist:

  • OCAD articles published in ODR
  • Ambassador visits and ribbon cuttings to celebrate a special event
  • Responds monthly to over 100 requests for community and relocation infromation
  • Newspaper & media coverage of monthly meetings and special events

Your Researcher:

  • Up to date data on business trends, cost of living, population, taxes and other info.
  • Listing of community resources available

Your Spokesperson:

  • The business community is presented on issues involving state and local government

Your Receptionist:

Your Lobbyist:

  • Local, state and federal laws and regulations are monitored for their effect on business
  • Coalitions are formed to advocate pro-business issues

Increased Credibility:

  • OCAD membership gives customers assurance that the business is involved, making Oelwein a better place to live, work and play


Membership in OCAD has its privileges. Here are some of the benefits of belonging, that make OCAD a sound investment.

Free Services:

  • Membership lists and labels
  • Clubs and Organizations list
  • City Maps
  • Telephone Books
  • Maps
  • Free Conference Room usage
  • Link to OCAD web page through business listing


  • OCAD Staff
  • Fellow OCAD members
  • OCAD publications and directories

Networking Contacts

  • Buinsess After Five Monthly gatherings
  • Annual Meeting
  • Ambassadors

Publicity & Exposure

  • OCAD Member business guide
  • Oelwein Dollars good at any Oelwein business
  • Newspaper accounts of events
  • Business of the Week in ODR
  • KOEL & ODR partnerships
  • Website & Facebook


Oelwein Chamber

Oelwein was named "Hub City" because of the rail lines coming into town and the repair shops located there.

Deb Howard

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  6 South Frederick Oelwein, Iowa 50662