Who We Are
We serve western Douglas County including the communities of Bennington, Elkhorn, Waterloo, Valley and West Omaha, all of which have rapidly growing businesses and residential communities. Our purpose is to help businesses, organizations and communities prosper by promoting the business and civic interests of Western Douglas County Chamber members and residents.
Each event that we hold offers opportunities for members to network, meet area business leaders, connect with other business owners, learn business techniques and much more. Our events are open to members and visitors, to encourage guests to “try before you buy”. We firmly believe that once you attend one of our events that you’ll see we truly are an open, fun, interactive and personal Chamber.
One of the goals of the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce is to help you get the most out of your membership by providing you with a variety of networking and educational events. There are many ways for you to get involved and increase your exposure, whether it is through sponsorship opportunities or participation in community events, the Chamber is here to help you and your business grow! Below is a partial list of events the Chamber holds to help make your networking efforts more effective.
- Coffee and Connections
- After Hours
- Lunch with guest speakers
- Educational Workshops
- Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
- Annual Events
- Listing in online membership directory
- Business referrals for members
- West "O" Expo
There are many opportunities to contribute and give back to the communities we live in. Below are several examples of how the Chamber participates in the communities in which we work and play.
- Annual Golf Outing - Raises money to provide four $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors at DC West, Elkhorn, Mt. Michael and Bennington schools.
- Community Celebrations - Our members serve pancakes to community residents early in the morning.
- Holiday Food Basket Program – Provides over 450 families in our communities that are less fortunate, the opportunity to enjoy a holiday meal and gifts that otherwise might not have been possible. Products, services and time donated by our members make this event a huge success
Our objective is to serve as a highly visible, quality membership organization that promotes the Western Douglas County Business Community. Our goals are to:
- Serve as a leadership source for the business community.
- Promote business between Chamber members.
- Advance economic prosperity for the region.
- Provide programs for Chamber members where they can meet and learn how to improve their business.
- Host social networking events
- Welcome members’ participation, feedback and input.
- Identify opportunities for Chamber members to help improve the quality of life in the Western Douglas County area and encourage “corporate responsibility.”
- Sponsor events, fundraisers, and other activities that promote arts, education, the community, and social advancement