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Tips to Protect Your Business from Fraudulent Advertising Companies

A number of advertising companies are competing for your business. While many of these companies are truly out to help you gain exposure for your Lake of the Ozarks business, there are some who are after a quick dollar. You've worked hard to establish your business and it's important to protect it (and yourself) from falling victim to this type of fraudulent advertising. The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has featured a few tips to help prevent your business from becoming a target of this type of business.

Research The BusinessIf you've encountered an advertising agency that you've never heard of before, it's advised to research the company thoroughly before doing business together. A legitimate business should be easily found online through a Google search. You can also look into their Facebook page and see what kind of activity they have. If there are reviews available, be sure to check these out. It can also be helpful to look the business up on LinkedIn. Before …

What to Expect at the Midwest Wine & Brew Festival

We're calling all wine & brew lovers! The excitement is building for the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's most anticipated summer festival - the 24th Annual Midwest Wine & Brew Festival. Scheduled for August 19th, 2017 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO, you can explore the tastes of Missouri wines and brews all in one place. For an enticing afternoon of area wine, brew, and restaurant samples, don't miss out on this fun annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Indulge in Your Favorite FoodsWith Lake of the Ozarks restaurants preparing their finest samples for the event, you can get a taste of local flavors. You never know, you may find your new favorite restaurant to visit! You can also find food samples that pair well with the wine or brews you sample, as well. 

Sip Wine & Brew SamplesA number of Missouri wineries and breweries will have booths around the festival, ready for you to sample some of their favorite options. If you love to explore new drin…

Triva About Your Favorite Missouri Lake

How much do you know about the Lake of the Ozarks and Lake Area Chamber? This week we've dedicated our blog to a fun trivia game to test your knowledge of the area. Whether you are a life-long resident or visit The Lake area on a regular basis, we invite you to play along with our trivia blog! You never know.. you may learn something new to share with your friends and family as you're out exploring the beautiful area.

1. How far below the surface of the Lake of the Ozarks is Bagnell Dam, at it's lowest point?

A) 300 feet
B) 130 feet
C) 250 feet
D) 80 feet

2. There are over 900 of this around the Lake of the Ozarks.

A) Lakefront homes
B) Fishermen
C) Docks
D) Campground sites

3. From end to end, the Lake of the Ozarks is how long?

A) 92 miles
B) 124 miles
C) 58 miles
D) 77 miles

4. How did The Lake get the nickname "Magic Dragon"?

A) The legend of a dragon who lived in the Bagnell Dam.
B) The unique winding shape
C) A local man who helpe…

Lunch & Learn With the Young Professionals at the Lake

Stay informed with local politics and catch up on area happenings by attending the Young Professionals at the Lake Lunch & Learn session on August 2nd. Socialize with fellow YPL members, enjoy a delicious lunch, and learn from locals who represent the Lake area on a state level. If you're interested in attending this unique learning and networking event at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce today! 

What is YPL?
The Young Professionals at the Lake is a chamber sponsored organization designed to connect young adults who are working and living at the Lake of the Ozarks. YPL is a subgroup of the Lake Area Chamber open to any working adult under the age of 45. The mission of the group is to Connect young professionals to foster community engagement, exchange ideas, and support the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's mission and activities. A number of activities are hosted and assisted by the local YPL chapter. From Lunch & Learn sessions to a shore…

Tips to Gear Up For a Networking Event

Whether you network frequently or are less familiar with this activity, it’s an important skill to help your business blossom. With a number of networking events at the Lake of the Ozark, it’s best to be prepared before attending the next event. The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce provides a number of opportunities to meet and get to know fellow business owners and employees in the area. Our goal is to always provide a welcoming environment for ALL networkers. If you’re getting ready to attend an event, check out the tips provided below to help you succeed at your next event.

Plan AheadBefore you walk into your next networking event, think about what you want to accomplish. Whether you are looking to expand your acquaintances in the area or build upon exiting relationships, it’s best to set a goal and keep it top of mind when networking. Along with planning ahead, it’s best to arrive as soon as a networking event begins. This can help ensure you get to meet everyone as they enter the roo…

Reasons to Start Your Business at The Lake

Are you looking to relocate your business or start up a new venture all together? The Lake of the Ozarks offers a great location for businesses. The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help new and existing businesses expand to their fullest potential. We are dedicated to getting new and existing businesses involved in the community! Take a look below to see just a few of the reasons why starting a business at the Lake of the Ozarks is ideal.

A Wide Range of OpportunityNo matter what type of business you're interesting in starting, there are plenty of opportunities at the Lake of the Ozarks. From rural space for a production plant to high traffic retail locations, we have the best of both worlds!

High Quality of LifeOur region has all of the essential ingredients necessary to provide a high quality of life. With natural beauty surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks and many opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy it - many residents love living here! With a comprehensive health car…

Tips for a Successful Networking Experience

One of the best ways to gain exposure for your business is to participate in networking events. Here at the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we put on a number of various events with a focus on networking. Networking can be intimidating for many, if you are not properly prepared. Whether you're new to networking or want to polish up your skills, we've provided some helpful tips for you below!

Get There Early
While it may be easy to talk yourself into being fashionably late, arrive early or on time for your next networking event. You want to represent your business in a positive light and arriving at a professional time (on time) says a lot. It is easier to get involved in conversations if you are already at the event when fellow networkers arrive. 

Ask Questions
Open ended questions are a great way to get to know people. This technique allows others in attendance to talk, which in turn helps you listen and get to know your fellow business owners and employees. If you are not a fan o…

All About The Midwest Wine & Brew Fest!

It's that time of year of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's most recognizable summer festivals is quickly approaching! The 25th Annual Midwest Wine & Brew Fest is scheduled for August 19th, 2017 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO. Come out and explore the tastes of Missouri wines and brews, all in one location. For an exciting afternoon of samples from wineries, breweries, and area restaurants, it's a great way to spend time with others at our annual Lake of the Ozarks event!

WHO: Any wine & brew lover in Mid-MO - you know who you are!
WHAT: 25th Annual Midwest Wine & Brew Fest
WHEN: August 19th from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO
WHY: An afternoon filled with wines, brews, food samples, and FUN!

COST: Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door

Taste SamplesWith a wide range of samples available from Missouri wineries, breweries, and restaurants, take advantage of this unique festival right here…

How To Get MORE Out Of Your Chamber Membership

You’re a smart business owner. You know that in order for your company to succeed, you need to make wise investments of both your time and your money. You know that getting involved is a great way to help your company grow and succeed, but you only have so much time and so many resources at your disposal. That means that you’ll have to be strategic about which organizations you choose to join.

Depending on how you choose to structure your involvement, joining Lake Area Chamber of Commerce can be a valuable investment of both your time and your money. Keep reading to learn how you can maximize the benefits of a Lake Area Chamber membership.

What A Chamber Membership Offers You

At its most basic level, a Chamber membership offers you two primary advantages:
Increased visibility Enhanced credibility

The amount of visibility and credibility you can get from a Chamber membership will depend on how you choose to handle your involvement. The more ways you participate, the more visibility you’ll …

What NOT To Do At A Networking Event

Networking is one of the most powerful tools in your entrepreneurial tool belt. When done well, networking can (sometimes single-handedly) lead to exponential growth of your business. In order to support our existing and prospective members, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to host monthly networking socials at the Lake of the Ozarks.

A week prior to the event each month, we write a blog geared towards helping participants get the most out of these events by offering helpful tips and tricks for the upcoming social. This month, we're switching things up a bit - instead of focusing on what to do to get the most out of your networking night, we're going to look specifically at some of the things you should not do at a networking event.

What NOT To Do At A Networking Event

(Don't) Go With Friends.
The biggest networking mistake people make is spending the whole event talking with friends and colleagues they already know, rather than taking the opportunity to meet new people …

How The Chamber Supports The Lake Community

At Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we do everything we can to support local businesses, professionals, and the fantastic community we are blessed to call home. As dedicated supporters of our local business community, we do a number of different things that contribute to the continued success of (and quality of life at) the Lake of the Ozarks. 

Keep reading to learn more about how Lake Area Chamber of Commerce benefits the local community. You might be surprised by what you learn!
Mission Statement:The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is committed improve the economic prosperity and quality of life in the Lake of the Ozarks area, and to be the principal advocate for and a provider of services to its business community. Our Vision:Be the foremost voice and partner for business, economic development and community enrichment.
Building The Lake Community's Brand

Many people don't realize this, but the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce pioneered the initial installation of the iconic Hollywood-…