About the Chamber
Ainsworth Area Chamber of Commerce builds on a long tradition of promoting the commercial interests of this region in North Central Nebraska. The varied memberships reflect retail trade, farmers, ranchers, organizations, and individuals who what to do their part in promoting the business community. The Chamber office located at 310 N. Main Street and is the center of activities, visitors, phone calls, emails, and organizational meetings making the Chamber Office a community center. Close cooperation with the North Central Development Center facilitates chamber awareness of economic growth and welfare of the region.
Mission Statement
Enhance the economic activities and improve the quality of life by providing assistance, leadership, and direction to the area.
The Ainsworth Area Chamber keeps this spirit alive, by hosting and participating in several community events:
January can be a month of snow, ice and plunging temperatures, local sportsmen take advantage of this by ice-fishing on the lakes south of Ainsworth. North of Ainsworth, however, the Polar Bear festival is held at the Niobrara River and the Meadville Store. January is time for the annual Chamber Membership Banquet and Awards Night. Each year the chamber awards two community service awards, as well as the outgoing chamber directors, past-president, and new Chamber Board Members are elected. The Brown County Arts Council hosts the visiting actor/director team from Missoula Children’s Theatre every other year during the first week in January. Some fifty to sixty children grades K-l2 have the opportunity to audition, train and perform a major musical.
February quite often is when the Chamber helps the local community college, Northeast Community College at Norfolk, NE, hold community non-credit courses, such as basic computer skills, yoga, water aerobics, and craft type classes. The Chamber/NCDC meeting room provides a location for many of these activities.
April is a big month for the Chamber, it starts with Radio Takeover Day of the local KBRB radio station.  Chamber members man the radio station during the day and use this opportunity to conduct a community auction of items donated from Chamber members as well as a membership promotion opportunity. Garage Sales and the Bargain Buyway are where fantastic bargains can be found. Vendors and Businesses in surrounding towns will be having specialty products: rummage sales, antiques, old machinery, tools, equipment and food fairs—new, used, cherished and abused. It’s a weekend of treasure hunting and sightseeing. This is a good fund raiser and promotional activity for the business community. The Lions Club hosts the All Sports Banquet where Ainsworth High School athletes receive recognition. 
May is a full month of events, school activities wrap up for the summer and high school graduation takes place on the 3rd Sunday of May. The sand hills start to green up and become alive with a myriad of wild flowers, many ranchers congregate at each other’s place as they work the spring calves and ready them for summer pasture. The migration of the thousands of birds can be witnessed over the sand hills. Summer baseball and softball start, and the swimming pool opens over Memorial Day weekend. A flurry of agriculture practices take place, irrigation canals are once again filled and the yards and gardens of the city provide a show of natural beauty. The Brown County Arts Council sponsors the annual Fine Arts Awards Night where high school students in a variety of fine arts activities receive recognition. 
June is a busy tourist month for the lodging places in Ainsworth. The Ranch Expo takes place in Bassett, Alumni Banquet is held in Ainsworth and the Chamber sponsored Carnival Days, 3 days of exciting rides and entertaining games.  The Johnstown Bible Rodeo Camp is held at the Brown County Fair Grounds in the neighboring village of Johnstown. 
July is the time when beautiful yards are recognized by the Chamber awarding a “Yard of the Week” for several weeks. The annual 4th of July Celebration is held in conjunction with the Ainsworth Golf Course and Ainsworth Fire Department.
August is a busy month getting our youngsters ready for “back to school”.
October fall is here! Many local churches hold annual community dinners and bazaars. The Ainsworth High School Homecoming Parade is also a usual late September or early October event.  Deer, turkey, and water fowl hunters visit the area to seek their limit from the plentiful game that abounds in the surrounding area.
November is the kickoff for the Christmas shopping season, through the approximate four week Chamber Bucks promotion the Chamber distributes a total of $2,000 to lucky shoppers who have their slip drawn from the weekly entrants. Those lucky winners receive the amount of their slip back in the form of chamber checks (to be spent locally with participating chamber members). 
December spirit is abundant with various decorations, restaurants are busy with annual Christmas Dinner parties for a variety of businesses and organizations, the Ainsworth Lions Club hold their annual family Christmas Party and delivers fruit baskets to some of the community’s elderly. Senior Center hosts a craft fair and soup dinner and lighting of the City Christmas lights takes place. Santa takes time to visit Cottonwood Villa for all the young at heart and the Chamber also sponsors Santa and his reindeer arrival at the park, held in conjunction with the Women’s Club community Christmas Pageant.
Ainsworth Chamber of Commerce
310 N. Main Street
Ainsworth, NE 69210

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