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CenterState CEO Collaboration Provides A Boost To Chamber

Oswego farmers' market

OSWEGO – The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization leading a regional collaboration that builds a vibrant retail/commercial/residential environment through the use of its many resources.

Enjoying a taste of summer - chocolate covered strawberries - at the opening night of the Oswego Farmers' Market.
Enjoying a taste of summer – chocolate covered strawberries – at the opening night of the Oswego Farmers’ Market.

About a year and a half ago, the chamber entered into a partnership that enabled it to better serve its members.

“Over the past 17 months our chamber has worked with the team at CenterState CEO and created a new business model that adds significant value to the chamber through financial stability, back office support and efficiencies and most importantly, by creating a broader advocacy voice and stronger link to regional and state resources,” said Katie Toomey, executive director of the chamber. “Our partnership with CenterState CEO has enabled both Sara Broadwell, members engagement coordinator, and I to be out and about in both Oswego and Fulton business communities. Our members also benefit from greater access to business-to-business connections across the region, and more comprehensive programs and services to help small businesses become more competitive.”

The local chamber is a fully integrated affiliate of CenterState CEO, enabling it to be a strong chamber, dedicated to the needs of the Oswego- Fulton community, while bringing the area prominently into the overall growth and success of the region, according to its website.

They have also received a lot of feedback over the past year, which inspired and shaped the chamber’s programs and events including a Dual Membership Program – offering increased access to CenterState CEO’s 2,000 regional members, listing on both GOFCC and CenterState CEO directories and increased access to events; a prepaid “All Access Events Pass” that allows access to events like training and education, roundtables and networking events and a Member Referral Incentive Program.

“We are a new organization, charting a course for our membership. We worked closely with our friends at SUNY Oswego and the students of our Smart Neighbors program who inspired our new logo,” she told Oswego County Today. “And I am pleased to announce that we launched a new website in 2018. These updates were all designed to increase member engagement, streamline processes and better showcase all that our organization has to offer.”

The chamber has a lot planned for the coming months.

Project Bloom helps brighten the Port City
Project Bloom helps brighten the Port City

“This year, we continue to offer a variety of training and educational sessions, networking events and roundtables with government officials,” the director said. “We will proudly continue community events like Tunes in June in Fulton and The Oswego and Fulton farmers’ markets.”

And, they will host their key anchor events including:

• Annual Chamber Golf Social – June 18 at Oswego Country Club
• The GOFCC Company Picnic and Pig Roast – (new this year!) – August 15 at Bay Shore Grove
• The GOFCC Annual Holiday Social – in December

“These events were designed for our membership, by our membership,” Toomey said.

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce advances the business and community interests of the region through advocacy, member services and community enhancements.

For more information, visit www.oswegofultonchamber.com