Business Development

Strengthening and Growing Businesses

We believe that one of the most important economic development strategies for our community is to help our members grow and create new jobs. The Chamber works hand-in-hand with local economic development leaders to help our members get access to the information and resources they need. If your business is looking to expand your workforce, or if you’re worried about the future, let us know how we can be of service. We also provide support and guidance to entrepreneurs working to create new businesses in the community. We’re here to help ease the weight during the early stages of development so that entrepreneurs can focus on building a business that thrives and grows.

Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help you connect with these local economic development leaders:

  • Clinton County Port Authority – Kevin Carver, Executive Director
  • Clinton County Regional Planning Commission – Chris Schock, Executive Director
  • Clinton County Economic Development – Mark Brooker, County Administrator

The Chamber promotes the development of its members through its support of business development organizations:

Weekly Briefing

Each week, the Chamber sends out a members only Weekly Briefing aimed at getting practical information to our members to help them make informed decisions. The e-mails provide analysis of key local, state, and national public policy issues, economic data and indicators, and news about local businesses and events, all in a once a week e-mail package. View an example of the Weekly Briefing.

Buy Local First Clinton County

The Buy Local First Clinton County campaign is a coalition of business owners, residents, and public officials working to support the growth and vitality of local businesses in Clinton County. The effort–with financial support from the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission–has built a network of more than 200 local businesses and more than 3,000 consumers to support local entrepreneurs by strengthening the relationships between consumers and local business owners.  The campaign coordinates a comprehensive marketing and branding campaign for local businesses, and hosts the website.

Main Street Wilmington

The Chamber supports the work of Main Street Wilmington to revitalize the Historic Downtown Wilmington business district by providing leadership to Main Street’s Organization Committee. Main Street Wilmington coordinates marketing, events, and promotions for Downtown Businesses. In recent years, Main Street’s work has contributed to lowering the vacancy rates within the Historic District to the lowest rate in a decade, and has brought new vitality to downtown through unique events and beautification efforts.

More on Main Street Wilmington.