The Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture is the self-governing organization of agriculture in Lower Saxony. It emerged on January 1, 2006 from the merger of the Hanover Chamber of Agriculture in Hanover and the Weser-Ems Chamber of Agriculture in Oldenburg. The Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture represents the professional interests of employers and employees in agriculture, forestry and horticulture. The most important tasks of the Chamber of Agriculture are to provide advice and education, training and continuing education for employers and employees in agriculture and forestry. In addition, the Chamber of Agriculture performs numerous tasks in the sovereign sphere. These include the implementation of laws and ordinances and the administrative handling of numerous tasks in state agricultural subsidies.
The Agrar- und Ernährungsforum Oldenburger Münsterland e.V. (AEF, Agricultural and Nutritional Forum Oldenburger Münsterland e.V.) has established itself as a spokesperson for the local agricultural and food industry over the past few years. The association sees it as its special task to promote understanding for the economic concerns of the Oldenburger Münsterland within and beyond its borders and to help develop this unique economic area.
The Oldenburg Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) currently has around 66,000 member companies from the Oldenburg region, 23,000 of which are entered in the commercial register. As an IHK, it has the legal mandate to represent the political interests of its member companies vis-à-vis the state and politicians. It comments on draft legislation and advises the responsible parties at federal, state and local level; through its umbrella organization, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), also in Brussels. The aim is to enforce good framework conditions for business. The Oldenburg Chamber of Industry and Commerce offers a wide range of services and further education. It informs and advises member companies locally and at its headquarters in Oldenburg or at a variety of events in the region. The IHK is a platform for entrepreneurs to exchange experiences. Around 2,500 managers and specialists are involved on a voluntary basis.
The „Wirtschaftliche Vereinigung Oldenburg – DER KLEINE KREIS e.V.“ (Oldenburg Economic Association - THE LITTLE CIRCLE) pursues the goal of addressing pressing reform issues and initiating public discussion about them. DER KLEINE KREIS gets involved and sees itself as a "critical motor" of innovative economic development in the Northwest region. In doing so, the Oldenburg Economic Association is committed to the idea of a modern social market economy. The promotion of the Northwest as a business location is a central concern of the KLEINER KREIS. A main focus is the cooperation with the regional universities and their support. Since its founding in 1951, KLEINE KREIS has always been a stable and reliable association of regional entrepreneurs, which to this day knows how to maintain and preserve tradition, but which also and above all focuses on the further development and promotion of economically progressive thinking.