Chamber Foundation

The Lima Area Chamber Foundation is a 501c3 organization run through the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber Foundation is the parent organization for several of our programs including: Lima Allen County College Access Program, Allen Lima Leadership, and the Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center.

Foundation Partners

The following businesses have donated over $5000 to the Lima Area Chamber Foundation. We appreciate these valued Foundation Partners.

Lima Allen County College AccesscollegeAccess

The College Access Program provides free assistance to individuals of all ages from Lima, Allen and surrounding counties in pursuing an education beyond high school with emphasis for those who are first-generation and/or low-income.  Since 2002, the program has assisted students, parents, and adults with workshops, individual or group sessions, and classroom presentations on academic, career, and college preparation (college applications, visiting colleges, registration and prep for the ACT/SAT, scholarships, financial aid, and career searches).



  • Advisors in the local schools
  • Workshops, presentations, and individual/group sessions on the college process
  • Resource Center at the YMCA Annex
  • Weekly ACT prep sessions
  • Financial aid advisors in the spring
  • Last Dollar Scholarships
  • Allen County students who demonstrate financial need
  • Financial aid workshops
  • College Goal Sunday
  • Financial aid nights
  • Summer Early Awareness Program
Allen Lima Leadershipall

Allen Lima Leadership (ALL) is a county-wide leadership program designed to develop new leaders for our community. The purpose of ALL is to be a catalyst to promote positive change in Allen/Lima communities by providing an education which will improve understanding of community issues, institutions, self and others and train individuals in advanced leadership principles.


Enhancing leadership skills of the participants which are already in leadership positions throughout Allen County makes the graduates a stronger resource for our community. ALL motivates the graduates into action by conducting ongoing community awareness programs. Empowered with a new understanding, leaders then can help improve the quality of community life. Their impact is great. For additional information on the Allen Lima Leadership program visit their website at

Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur CenterwalterCpotts

The Chamber Foundation, in collaboration with the Small Business Development Center, Diversified Management Services, Inc. and other local business leaders, established the Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center. The goal of The Center is to identify and advance opportunities to support economic development and expansion of small and minority businesses.


The Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center provides a full range of programs and expert services to help start and grow businesses. The staff of The Center guides clients through the process to make sure their business gets started on the right foot. The Center provides business counseling and conducts a needs assessment, develops an action plan and helps clients move to the next level, provide incubation services and assists them in securing access to capital. The Center also targets middle and high school students throughout Allen County teaching them how to plan business strategies and instills a drive for entrepreneurship at a young age. For additional information regarding the Walter C. Potts Entrepreneur Center, visit their website at