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There is growing diversity and an economic vitality
that is flourishing in Oshkosh and its surrounding
communities. Our businesses are strong and world-
renowned. And, I am proud to say that members
of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce have been
at the heart of it all. We are exceedingly proud of
all our members and their many accomplishments
in 2017. Chamber members have been expanding
their businesses, launching new products and
services, hiring more people and attracting new
talent. Our members have reached out to legislators
and elected officials. The voice of the Oshkosh
business community has been heard in Madison
and in Washington D.C. I would like to personally
congratulate all of our members’ successes, and
sincerely thank the business community for
working with and through the Oshkosh Chamber of
Commerce. It is because of the committed support
and continued engagement of our members that we are
able to act as your ally and advocate.
We are blessed with an abundance of natural resources
that have created the backbone of a strong economy, a
talented workforce, and a culture of entrepreneurship.
The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce has made great
strides in recent years to improve our business climate.
We continue to promote our community in an effort
to attract visitors, new residents, and new employers.
Our community is fortunate to have a group of
dedicated business leaders committed to improving
Much work yet remains. We find ourselves in an
increasingly challenging global economy where
competition is intensifying for talent and capital.
Communities around the country are working
strategically to reinvent themselves.
As Oshkosh’s voice of business, we believe now is the
time to aggressively leverage our assets and capabilities
and become further united in our pursuit of a more
prosperous community. Our commitment to business
development, business advocacy, skills training, and
talent growth has been and will continue to be the
tools of our success.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, I am pleased to
share with you the successes of 2017 in this annual
report. Working alongside our members, the Chamber
has achieved great accomplishments in support of our
businesses and our community. As we launch 2018, we
look forward to another year of making Oshkosh truly
2016-2017 Oshkosh Chamber
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CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
As I reflect on the past year as Chairman of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce,
I am reminded how Oshkosh is such a great community to live, work, and play!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2017-18 Chairman - Jon Doemel* - ZaRonis
Javad Ahmad - Oracular IS, LLC
Robert Albright - R.J. Albright Inc.
John Anderson - InSight Eye Care, LLC
Jeff Bard - Aurora Medical Center & Aurora Medical
Brad Baumann - CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Tom Belter* - Economic Development Advisory Council
Tom Blaze - Oshkosh Community YMCA
Nicole Brayton - Brayton Bed & Breakfast
John Casper* - Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
Steven Davis - Ardy & Ed's Drive-In, Inc.
Hallie Detjen - Henry Schein Veterinary Solutions
Connie Drexler - interGen web solutions - West Side
Mike Floyd - Continental Girbau, Inc.
Stephen Ford - Lapham-Hickey Steel
Kimberly Gordon - Dream by Thimke Jewelers
Paul Greeninger - Oshkosh Safety Council
Devon Hudak* - ARC Contracting Inc. - Propel
Phil Janes - Oshkosh Marine Supply Co.
Wilson Jones - Oshkosh Corporation
Andrew Leavitt - University of Wiscconsin Oshkosh
Joe LeRoy* - Stannard Dry Cleaners and Launderers
Dennis Lewandowski* - A.P. Nonweiler Co.
Karen Liu - Oshkosh Corporation
Bob Mathers - von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Grant Schwab - FirstWeber Group
Scott Sitter* - Choice Bank
Regina Sobojinski - Fox Valley Physical Therapy &
John Supple - Fox River Brewing Co. & Taproom
Amy Vanden Hogen - Caliber Law
Brian Wierzbinski* - Experimental Aircraft Association
Joan Woldt - Bank First National
Bill Wyman - Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
Wayne Youngwirth - Youngwirth Associates, LLC
* Executive Committee member
Total Revenue $1,280,720
Total Expenses $1,204,354
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BUSINESS IS BOOMING
Oshkosh businesses are growing at a phenom-
enal rate. Led by a broad and diverse economic
base and an emerging high-tech business sec-
tor, the community ranked #77 in the US for
Business Climate and #38 in best cities in the
US for Recent College Grads. Oshkosh is home
to two companies on the Fortune 500/1000 list
- Oshkosh Corporation and Bemis Company.
Oshkosh employment is at an all-time high,
with 40,456 people in employed in Oshkosh.
Oshkosh-based companies created 1,717 jobs
last year and invested over $21 million dollars
in new construction.
“Oshkosh is a dynamic marketplace. Other
communities are taking notice. The selection
of Oshkosh as the site for the Wisconsin Herd,
the Milwaukee Bucks G-League developmental
team is a demonstration that Oshkosh is on
the move,” said Tom Belter, Chairman of the
Chamber’s Economic Development Advisory
Council. The Council consists of business peo-
ple, local developers and finance professionals
that oversee the Chamber’s work in economic
development, one of the strategic pillars of the
2017 Strategic Drivers
• Promote and implement economic develop-
ment services to attract, develop and retain
• Collaborate with local, regional and state-
wide economic and workforce development
partners to help grow our economic base.
• Support Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and
Business Startup Culture.
• Diversify the Local Economy.
34,801 Oshkosh Residents Employed
706 more Oshkosh Residents Employed
in 2017 than 2016
40,456 people employed by Oshkosh
-1,717 New jobs
102 Business Cases
63 Qualified Business Prospects
11 Project Wins
27 Site Tours Provided
Secured $1.2 Million in Incentives
which leveraged $3.6 Million in
private investmentREVOLVING LOAN FUND &
2 Oshkosh Area Economic Development
Corporation Loans Closed
-$155,000 in Private Investment
-Up to 13 New Jobs Created and 32
8 Existing Loans Serviced
6 Loans Paid off
$526,000 in Historic Tax Credits