Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Summer Season Is Coming ... Are You Ready?

Just like that, another winter has come and gone. The bright spring flowers and the steadily rising temperatures make it impossible to ignore the fact that the summer season is right around the corner. As the owner of your own Lake of the Ozarks business, now is the time to ensure your company is ready for all that the busy summer season will bring. Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help!


Advertising Your Business

Advertising your business is the only legitimate, measurable way to get your company name in front of potential and existing customers to generate new and repeat business. Radio, television, and magazine ads are powerful examples of traditional forms of advertising, but they aren't the only ones available to businesses today. 

Joining Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is a great way to round out your advertising strategy. We proudly promote our members' businesses by displaying their brochures in Willmore Lodge, posting about their involvement on our Facebook page of over 2,500 fans, and hosting monthly networking socials for our members to support one another's businesses. By getting people talking about your business, we also promote powerful word-of-mouth referrals for your business.

Securing Your Staff

Your staff members are your company's lifeblood. You could have all the customers in the world, but if you don't have a talented staff dedicated to meeting your customers' needs, they will quickly take their business elsewhere. 

Even if your company is open year-round, you can most likely expect to see an increase in business during the summer months as the Lake Area is inundated with tourists and second-home owners. Since the temperatures are rising early this year, we've already seen an increase in traffic as people begin making their ways to the Lake of the Ozarks.

If you haven't already, now is the time to organize your summer staff so that you will be prepared to meet the needs of your customers when the busy season hits. Our Lake of the Ozarks community job fair is a great place to start. Click here for more information about our upcoming job fair.

Enhancing Your Image

Advertising your business is only part of the equation. Promoting your company's name and getting in front of new and potential customers is important, but these efforts cannot stand on their own. In order to be truly successful, your advertising must be built on a firm foundation of a positive company reputation.

Joining the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is a powerful way to enhance your company's image (and generate those positive word-of-mouth referrals that we talked about earlier). Our members care about the community and take every opportunity they can to get involved. Their efforts speak volumes to us as well as to their customers.

Visit Our Website For More Info!

If you would like more information about Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and how we can help you prepare your business for the busy summer season, call us at 573-964-1008 or visit our website at www.LakeAreaChamber.com. We would be thrilled to assist you however we can!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

5 Networking Statistics You Can't Ignore

As the modern world becomes increasingly digitally focused, traditional forms of communication are becoming lost arts. Many business professionals - especially the Millennial generation - tend to favor texting, email, and social media over phone calls and, in some cases, in-person visits. Despite the many conveniences it offers, however, modern technology will never be able to compete with the power of face-to-face communication.


Since our March Lake of the Ozarks business networking social is next week, we thought it would be appropriate to take this opportunity to share with you some eye-opening statistics about the power of in-person networking. The numbers speak for themselves!

5 Face-To-Face Networking Stats
Source: Hubspot
  • 95% say that face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships.
  • 85% of professionals say they build stronger, more meaningful business relationships during in-person meetings and conferences. 
  • 77% of professionals say they prefer in-person meetings because of the opportunity to read body language and facial expressions.
  • 75% say they prefer in-person meetings because they lead to more social interactions and the ability to bond with coworkers/clients.
  • 49% say they prefer in-person meetings because they allow for more complex strategic thinking. 

The Power Of In-Person Networking

Digital communication is valuable, but it will never measure up to the strength of in-person relationship building. Taking the time to meet face-to-face builds credibility in a way that no other form of communication does. It also allows you to make a lasting impression by giving you the opportunity to showcase your personality through real, in-person interactions with clients and prospects.

Don't Miss Out On This Valuable Networking Opportunity!

At Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we make it our mission to enhance the economic prosperity of our members. We host monthly business networking socials to provide both current and members with the opportunity to grow their businesses by fostering strong relationships and generating new leads.

March Networking Social
  • Date:  Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Time:  5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Place:  Vista Grande Mexican Restaurant

A cash bar will be available and free appetizers will be provided to all who attend. This particular social is being co-hosted by Chamber member 101.9 The Wave.

See You Next Week!

Our monthly business socials are the perfect opportunity to expand your network, forge new connections, foster existing relationships, and support your fellow business professionals. We hope to see you next week at the March social! If you would like more information about the event, feel free to contact the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 573-964-1008.


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Be a Sponsor for the 5th Annual Cocktails & Caddies Golf Tournament!

Are you interested in...
  • Marketing your business to affluent (mostly local) women?
  • Supporting your local economy?
  • Expanding your company's exposure?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has the perfect opportunity for you!


5th Annual Cocktails & Caddies Golf Tournament

The Cocktails & Caddies Golf Tournament is one of our favorite annual events. It's a great opportunity for local business women to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and network with their colleagues - and for local businesses (like you!) to get in front of these professionals by sponsoring the event. Here's the info on this year's event:

Date:  Friday, April 14
Time:  Lunch & Auction at 11:00 AM, Tee Off at 12:30 PM
Place:  The Ridge at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO

This is a ladies three-person scramble where, on the day of the tournament, you bid on a fourth player/caddie (a male). Early registration (before April 1st) is $50 per player, and late registration is $60 per player (registration deadline is April 8th). There is a minimum $100 bid on the male player/caddie.

The entry fee includes lunch sponsored by Baxter’s Lakeside Grille, 18–holes of golf, riding cart, practice range balls, and two mimosas per player!

Cocktails & Caddies Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Hole Sponsor — $75 for Lake Area Chamber Members, $100 for Non-Chamber Members
    • Hole sponsors can provide a goody bag insert, and receive a full color logoed sign at one of the golf holes. The Chamber will also recognize sponsor on our Facebook page with over 2,400 fans!
  • Hole Host — $50 + giveaway for Lake Area Chamber Members, $75 + giveaway for Non-Chamber Members
    • Hole Hosts will provide a representative at their hole from noon-5 pm, and distribute company giveaways at their hole. The Chamber will also recognize sponsor on our Facebook page with over 2,400 fans!
  • Caddie Sponsor — $225 for Lake Area Chamber Members, $275 for Non-Chamber Members
    • Caddie sponsors can provide a goody bag insert, and their company logo will be included in the program booklet along with a logoed sign at one of the golf holes. The Chamber will also recognize sponsor on our Facebook page with over 2,400 fans!
  • Practice Range Sponsor (One Available!) — $150 for Lake Area Chamber Members - $200 for Non-Chamber Members 
    • Practice range sponsors can provide a goody bag insert, and can bring a banner to hang at their booth by the practice range. The Chamber will also provide promotion on our Facebook page with over 2,400 fans!

Reserve Your Sponsorship Today!

The sponsorship deadline is March 31st. Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity to promote your business at the Lake of the Ozarks - click here to download the sponsorship form!

If you have questions about the Cocktails & Caddies Golf Tournament or would like to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities available, feel free contact Lake Area Chamber of Commerce by calling (573) 964-1008. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

GROW YOUR TEAM at the Community Job Fair!

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air!

March is here, the forecast is beginning to hold steady with highs in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, and the atmosphere is buzzing with the promise of springtime. As the our community prepares for spring, summer, and the influx of tourists the warm weather brings, it's time for business owners to start thinking about whether or not they will need to hire additional help to get them through the upcoming season. If you plan to recruit new members for your team, the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has the perfect solution for you!


We're always looking for ways to further support our members and help them grow their businesses. This week, we're here to provide all the info one a spectacular upcoming opportunity for our members (and other businesses) in the Lake Area: the 2017 Community Job Fair.

Lake of the Ozarks Community Job Fair
  • Date:  Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
  • Time:  10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Place:  Tan-Tar-A Resort, Northwinds-Building D

This is event is FREE to everyone who wants to attend - employers and job-seekers alike!

Info For Employers

No matter what industry you're in, the Community Job Fair is a perfect opportunity to advertise the fact that you are hiring and to get your company in front of multiple applicants. Companies hiring full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees are invited to attend.

We will have private interview rooms available onsite, so you are welcome and encouraged to conduct interviews with promising applicants immediately.

Info For Job-Seekers

If you have been contemplating a career shift or are simply looking for ways to bring in a little extra money this summer, the Community Job Fair presents an ideal opportunity to meet with multiple businesses who are looking for people just like you. Candidates of all ages, experience levels, and industries are encouraged to attend. 

Interview rooms are available on site, so we recommend that you dress professionally and are prepared to interview with companies who wish to get to know you. Don't forget to bring multiple copies of your updated resume with you!

See You There!

We are proud to support our local businesses by co-sponsoring the Lake of the Ozarks Community Job Fair, and we hope to see each and every one of you there! Job applicants do not need to pre-register for the event, but we ask that participating businesses submit their booth registration no later than April 13th. Space is limited, and booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you would like more information about the event, you can reach out to your Lake of the Ozarks Chamber of Commerce by calling 573-964-1008. You can also contact the Missouri Career Center by calling 573-346-1766.

If you would like help updating your resume prior to the event, visit Linn Creek Career Center.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SPRING INTO SEASON Membership Drive

At Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, our mission is to enhance the economic prosperity and quality of life at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. We provide a number of benefits to our members to help them thrive. In order to expand these benefits to a greater number of individuals and businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have recently launched our 'Spring Into Season' Membership Drive. Keep reading to learn how YOU could win a free year of membership with the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce!


'SPRING INTO SEASON' 
Membership Drive

Both new AND existing members are invited to participate in our Spring 2017 Membership Drive. The Drive presents some unique opportunities for everyone who chooses to participate.

Existing Members Get The Opportunity To...
  • Help grow the Chamber and support all of the efforts we put forth into our community
  • Help other business get some phenomenal exposure and grow their business connections (which makes YOU look good!)
  • Win a free year of membership - valued at $260!

New Members Who Join During The Drive Will Get The Opportunity To...
  • Promote their business with a "Welcome to the Chamber" boosted post on our Facebook page, which has over 2,500 followers (and is still growing!)
  • Promote their business via a complimentary promotional e-blast to our mailing list of over 1,400 subscribers (must use within the 2017 calendar year)

HOW IT WORKS

Participating in our Spring 2017 Membership Drive couldn't be easier! Here are the basics:
  • When new members fill out their application, they must specify your name and business on the "referred by" line.
  • We must receive the application and payment for the first year membership investment by April 30th, 2017. (Applications postmarked April 29th or earlier will qualify.)

Any business, individual, or non-profit organization that is not shown on our current list of active members is fair game! Get a list of current members here.

For every two applications that list you as the referring business or individual, you will be submitted into a drawing to win a free year of membership. The winner will be announced in our May News & Views email newsletter. For more information about the membership drive, visit our website: lakeareachamber.com/membership-drive

The drawing for a free membership will consist of a General Membership Dues valued in the amount of $260.00. Should the winning member’s dues be over the valued limit, the amount of $260.00 will be applied towards their renewal totals and the member will pay the difference of the remaining balance.

RECRUITMENT HELP


We're here to help you succeed in your recruitment efforts! Below are a few documents you can use to promote a Lake Area Chamber of Commerce membership. Click on the links to download each of these documents:
HAPPY RECRUITING!

Let's work together to make 2017 the most successful year yet for both Lake Area Chamber and our member businesses. Thank you in advance for supporting our membership drive! If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the process, our team is always available to speak with you. Contact Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to start the conversation!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

5 Tips To Enhance Your Networking Skills

Most people don't want to do business with inaccessible companies. They want to do business with real people - people who are relatable, accessible, and responsive to their needs as a customer. Building and maintaining this reputation isn't simply something you can work on in your spare time. As a business owner, it is up to you to demonstrate your accessibility to your customers on a full-time basis. 


By providing networking, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help our members build and maintain a positive reputation for their businesses. This week, we're providing a few networking tips to help members (like you!) get the most out of our monthly networking socials. 

5 Tips To Help You Network Like A Pro

1. Approach People You Don't Know.
While this may seem like the most obvious component of networking, it is also the strategy that gets avoided most often. Striking up a conversation with a stranger can be an intimidating prospect, so most people unconsciously gravitate towards the people they already know. By never talking new people, however, you limit your company's potential growth. The next time you are at a networking event, step outside your comfort zone and approach someone new.

2. Be Genuine.
The point of networking is to build strong relationships with other business professionals. Relationships built on falsehoods rarely last, and can quickly become compromised once the other person figures out that he has been lied to. If you remember nothing else, remember to always be genuine and authentic when you network.

3. Focus On The Other Person.
We all love to talk about ourselves. When you meet someone for the first time, resist the urge to sell them on yourself or your company. Instead, ask her engaging, open-ended questions about her profession. She'll appreciate the opportunity to talk about her business, and she'll remember you as the one who showed genuine interest in her life.


4. Help People.
Networking provides a powerful opportunity to show your personal side to both existing and potential customers. One of the best ways to build a strong reputation is to help people. Whether that means offering to put them in touch with the right people, throw in an extra perk when they work with you, or simply share your expertise, helping people is a great way to foster positive relationships.

5. Follow Up Quickly.
The initial conversation you have at a networking event is only the first step. If you connected with someone or think you may have identified a potential client, it is important that you follow up with them the next day. It doesn't need to be more than a quick email, but it is important to keep communication flowing.

See You At The February Social!

In order to provide our members and prospective members with continued opportunities for business growth, we host business networking socials at the Lake of the Ozarks on the third Tuesday of each month. Here is the information on our upcoming event:
  • Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Li'l Rizzo's Premium Outlet

Li'l Rizzo's Premium Outlet is located at 929 Premium Outlets Drive in Osage Beach. We hope to see you there! Bring business cards!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

What Can The Chamber Offer YOU?

You're a smart business owner. Ensuring your company's success is your top priority. You want to get involved and you're all about helping others, but you also don't want to do anything that won't help your business grow and thrive. You might be considering joining Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, but before you can make a final decision, you need to know the answer to one simple question: what's in it for you?


Keep reading to learn more about what a Lake Area Chamber membership entails and how it can help support your business' continued growth.

Increased Visibility

Visibility is a cornerstone of a business' success. If consumers are able to see you, your business name, your employees, and your logo in multiple places, it will keep your company top of mind and help enhance your credibility. A Chamber membership offers multiple avenues for involvement in local events, sponsorship opportunities, and volunteer work - all of which are valuable ways to increase your company's visibility and credibility.

Free Advertising

Advertising is one of the fastest ways to get your company name in front of fresh eyes and ears. Lake Area Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of member-exclusive benefits to assist our members in their advertising efforts. For example, Chamber members are encouraged to include their brochures on the display racks in Willmore Lodge Visitors Center and Osage Beach City Hall. In 2016 alone, 11,000 visitors came through Willmore Lodge. Of those, 90% left with a brochure, map, or other information. The numbers speak for themselves!


Discounted Sponsorship Opportunities

As we've discussed, sponsoring local events is a powerful way to increase visibility and establish credibility. Consumers are more likely to support businesses who, in turn, support their local community. Sponsoring event after event can take up a big chunk of your advertising budget, but a membership with Lake Area Chamber can help lighten the load. Chamber members get exclusive discounted rates on sponsorship opportunities for every Chamber event.

Your Business Community

Humans are social creatures. We all have a deep-rooted need to feel connected - to be a part of something greater than ourselves. As a member-driven organization, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is a team of close-knit business professionals who share a common goal of enhancing the professional community at the Lake of the Ozarks. When you join the Chamber, you will be immediately connected to a group of like-minded professionals. Together, we can work together to build each other's businesses and support the Lake's thriving economy.

Contact Us For More Information!

If you would like more information about joining Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we encourage you to contact us by calling 1-800-451-4117 or 573-964-1008. We are proud to support businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks, and would love the opportunity to help you grow your business through a Chamber membership. Visit our website to learn more!

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