Oconto Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce promotes supports and assists in the development of the community as an advocate for business interest, business development, city beautification, and tourism.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE OCONTO AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Community leadership, business prestige and credibility.
- Proactive planning of events that affect the future of our area
- Free listing on the Chamber website with a link to your website
- Ability to add your events to the calendar on the Chamber website
- Listing in the Oconto County Discovery Guide
- Referrals of your business to residents, other members & tourists contacting the tourism office
- Cost-saving coo-op advertising opportunities
- Door decal indicating your business is a current Chamber member
- Promotion of new businesses through ribbon cuttings, grand openings, and open houses
- Networking opportunities at monthly meetings (3rd Tuesday of each month) & social events
- Reduced registration fee for annual Business Expo
- Advertising bulletin board opportunities at the Harbor and Holtwood Campground
THE OCONTO AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTS AND OR SPONSORS:
- Website: www.ocontoareachamber.com
- The monthly Newsletter- “The Chamber Chat”
- Miss Copperfest Queen Scholarships
- Sponsorship of Miss Wisconsin at Copperfest activities
- Winter Wonderland/Lights of Love
- Santa’s Visit/Letters to Santa
- Christmas Parade
- Business Expo
- Harvest Fest
- Chamber Golf Outing
- Customer Appreciation Events
- Adopt a Family for Christmas
History on the Bay!
Oconto has a rich historical past, this is mainly due to its location along the west shore of the waters of Green Bay.
Approximately 5000 years ago an archaic people, who were later referred to as the Copper Culture, would hunt, fish, and bury their dead on the banks of the Oconto River near the bay. The French Canadians came here in the 1600’s to trade for the fur of beaver, muskrat and fox, canoeing by way of Mackinac and down the bay.
Early settlers arrived by steam powered boats traveling on the Great Lakes. Of those, a Norwegian community grew on the bay shore and began fishing commercially, sending barrels of salted herring, whitefish, and trout to eastern markets.
Beginning in the 1850’s lumbering was the primary focus. Logs were floated down the Oconto River where they were sawed into lumber at one of seven mills in Oconto and shipped out by boat to large growing cities on Lake Michigan.
Today we tend to rely on highway vehicles to carry passengers and cargo. The rivers, lakes, and bay fulfill the recreational needs of fishing boats, canoes, pontoons, kayaks, sail and pleasure boats. However, we still hunt, fish, snowshoe and ski just like the people did long ago.
The city of Oconto has thirty-three structures on the National Register of Historic Places. A visitor can take a self-guided tour of the city, walk the Historic West Main Street District, and in the summer tour the 1890’s home of wealthy George Beyer located on Park Avenue.
Bellin Health Bond Community Center