Top Perks of Joining the Lake Area Chamber

Are you curious about the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce? Our chamber works hard each and every day to best represent our members and help each business grow. We strive to raise awareness for area businesses and draw visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks. As a business owner, it’s important to get involved in our close-knit community and the Lake Area Chamber is a great way to do so! Take a look below to see just a few of the perks that you can expect when you join the Lake Area Chamber.

Increased Visibility As a new member, you have the opportunity to host a ribbon cutting. This is a great way to kick off your membership and draw attention to your business. A news release goes along with the ribbon cutting helping to increase your invisibility. Attending chamber events is another way to gain visibility for your business!

Networking Opportunities With a number of networking events throughout the year, our chamber encourages getting to know other business owners in the area. It’s a great w…

5 Tips for Setting Epic Networking Goals

The new year is a great time to set goals in your personal and business life. Networking can have a huge impact on your Lake of the Ozarks business. The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is involved with a number of networking events throughout the year. From special events to our monthly networking socials, there are a ton of opportunities for you to get out and meet fellow chamber members. Before you attend your first networking events for the year, think about your goals as a networker. If you don't have any goals set yet, now's the time to reflect on what you would like to achieve as you network in 2018.

1) Reflect on the Past Year In order to make a successful goal for the new year, it's important to think about the past year. What did you do right and what improvements can you make upon your networking habits. The reflection should be a positive experience - don't beat yourself up for missed opportunities. Take the knowledge you gained from your networking in the pas…

5 Success Tips for Starting a New Business at the Lake in 2018

The Lake of the Ozarks business environment is thriving! With many new ventures starting up and a strong base of existing businesses, it's the ideal place for you to start a new business. With ample resources readily available, your new venture can get up and running in no time! Our Lake Area Chamber of Commerce loves to help new businesses get up on their feet and help to establish their brand in our area. With business resources available, we would be honored to be a part of your business plan, as you start up your new business in 2018.

1. Promote Your Brand As soon as you establish a business name and logo, it's time to start promoting it! Get a head start when it comes to building your brand to help bring awareness to your business. Consider which advertising methods you are going to use and start getting your message (and business name) out there!

2. Prioritize Cash Flow There is plenty of upfront costs associated with starting a new business, therefore getting the cash f…

A Look Back at 2017

As the year comes to a close, the Lake Area Chamber would like to reflect on some of our events in the past year. It's a great way for us to showcase just a few of the fun events at the Lake of the Ozarks that we help put on and helps our members see how they can get more involved in the community. 2017 has been a fantastic year for our Lake of the Ozarks chamber and we look forward to continued growth and prosperity for our members in 2018! Take a look back with us as we cover some of our major events that took place over the past year.

Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals Recognized as one of the largest car shows in the Midwest, we cap our registration at 1,000 participants. The car show is held the first weekend in May each year, and is one of the largest events held at the Lake of the Ozarks annually with an average of 10,000 spectators Thursday thru Sunday. This event supports businesses across the Lake area, not just the Bagnell Dam Strip. This is one of our major events each…

Networking Tips for Our Upcoming Christmas Social

Networking can do wonders for you and your business. From meeting business prospects to getting to know fellow business people in the area, you can gain a lot from proper networking. While some may attend a social event and visit with a friend or familiar face the entire time, it's much smarter to try to make new connections at every networking event you attend.

The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas at Willmore social is Tues, Dec 19 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Santa shows up at 5:30, we'll have free appetizers, and a cash bar hosted by Baxters. We hope you'll plan to attend and bring the kiddos to see Mr. Claus himself!  While your're here, try putting some of these networking tips into action and make a goal to generate at least one new contact during the event!

6 Networking Tips to Help Make New Connections 1. Stay Approachable
It's important that others feel comfortable around you, especially at a networking event. Try to smile at everyone you come across and…

Make Your Business STAND OUT with the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Your business is your livelihood - we get that. Getting in front of your prospective customers can help your business succeed in a number of ways. At the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we provide several ways for you to get your business in front of customers. It's all part of the benefits of being a Lake Area Chamber member.

From networking at our events to taking advantage of our newsletter program, there are a wide range of ways to reap the benefits of being a member of the Lake's foremost Chamber of Commerce. We truly want to help YOU and your Lake of the Ozarks business grow. Find some traditional and unique ways to get noticed below.

1. Shine a Spotlight on your Business with a Ribbon Cutting Highlighting your business for other chamber members and non-members is a great way to draw attention to your venture. If you are new to the chamber, don't miss out on the opportunity to host a ribbon cutting for your business. With advertising on social media, bringing people i…

GET INVOLVED With The Lake Area Chamber!

As a member of the Lake of the Ozarks community, it's important to get involved. Especially if you are a business owner or want to gain exposure for your business venture, community involvement can benefit you in a number of ways. From helping to get your face in front of others to drawing positive attention to your business name to feeling good about giving back to our area, there are a TON of perks of getting involved.

As one of the largest organizations of it's kind in the area, the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce works hard to provide great benefits for all of our members. If you'd like to get your business more involved in the community, we'd love to help facilitate it! With community projects and member driven organizations, you can give back while staying involved with our Lake of the Ozarks chamber. Take a look below to find some fun ways to get involved with the Lake Area Chamber.

Participate on a Committee: The Lake Area Chamber has over a dozen committees in wh…