• About Us


    The mission of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce is to create and maintain a positive business climate that fosters economic prosperity through programs that sustain local businesses, promote tourism, enhance our members' success, and contribute to a thriving quality of life.

    Office Hours:

    Summer Hours:
    Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM
    Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM

    Winter Hours:
    Monday - Thursday 9AM - 5PM
    Friday 9AM to 5PM

    The  Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce represents a major portion of the Westerly-Stonington area's business and professional community. We are the largest southern Rhode Island chamber of commerce.  The 800+ member businesses of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce represent many aspects of the business world. From local retail trade and professional services to manufacturing and international exporting, Chamber members provide goods and services, jobs, and tax revenue to benefit our residents, our community, and our world. Primary objectives of the Chamber include creating a strong business voice and improving the local economy while maintaining the area's high quality of livability.

    A voluntary association of businesses, professionals and individual citizens working together to make the ocean community the best possible place to live and work. The Chamber is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors. A paid Executive Director and a staff of four coordinate and implement the organization's policies and programs, supervise volunteer efforts and manage membership services. The activities of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce vary in response to the needs of the community and according to the desire and ability of the membership and staff.


    The Chamber Values

    Vision- Anticipate, evaluate and choose relevant opportunities

    Integrity- Be honest and trustworthy in every action and intent

    Collaboration- Respect and encourage broad participation in community dialogue and decision making

    Courage- Act with strength and conviction, even in the face of adversity

    Excellence- Exceed all customer expectations


    The Chamber office serves as a contact point for numerous business and residential prospects, operates the official tourist information center directly off of Route 1, and promotes the ocean community economy in general. For the resident, the Chamber of Commerce is a reliable source of community information, and a dependable resource for business referrals. General information and business referrals are available by phone (401-596-7761) during office hours.

    The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce office is located at One Chamber Way, and is stocked with a wide variety of brochures, maps and information about our area. We welcome visits from business people, residents and tourists alike.

    As the only organization representing the entire business and professional community, The OCCC is a unifying force in Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut. Through involvement by service as well as financial support, Chamber members and staff are part of an organizational effort which mutually benefits their community, their businesses and their families. Anyone interested in community progress and economic prosperity is invited and encouraged to join the members of The Chamber working to accomplish these goals.


    Affiliations with other southern Rhode Island chambers of commerce

    We work collaboratively with chambers from CT, RI and all over New England. In fact, our President, Lisa Konicki, was named “Chamber Executive of the Year for New England” by the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, 2011-2012.

    The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce is not affiliated with the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce.   In September 2011, this group undertook a new name that the OCCC and numerous other southern Rhode Island chambers of commerce, municipalities, and many businesses staunchly opposed. We understand how the name Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce may be confusing to you and the public since there are several chambers of commerce operating in southern Rhode Island.

    You may be contacted and invited to join the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce through a “discounted” membership that is marketed to members of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce.  Do not be confused into thinking this discount implies affiliation or collaboration in any way with the OCCC.  If you have questions please contact 401-596-7761.

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