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What Does The Lake Area Chamber Do?

Here at the Lake Area Chamber, our goal is to serve as a voice, resource, and marketing partner for all of our members. We work hard each and every day to focus on the betterment of our organization as a whole, as well as each individual member. Our Lake of the Ozarks chamber offers a number of benefits for our members, but many people still wonder exactly what we do to help in the area. The answer is A LOT and we'd like to share just a few of them with you in this week's blog.

Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals Our annual car show is quite the hit with locals and tourists. Bringing people to the Lake area from all over, it's a great draw for our area. We offer sponsorship opportunities for this weekend event - getting YOUR name out in front of a TON of potential customers. Whether your primary market is Lake of the Ozarks residents or those visiting from out of town, it's a great way to gain exposure for your business!

Midwest Wine & Brew Fest Another fun annual e…

YOU'RE INVITED to Our Home, Lifestyle, and Sport Show!

Can you believe it? It's already time for our Home, Lifestyle, and Sport Show for 2017! Taking place on October 13th & 14th at the Lodge of Four Seasons, don't forget to make plans to attend. Bring your friends and family out for a day (or TWO) of product demonstrations, vendor booths, and DEALS! This is NOT your average trade show and you don't want to miss out on all the excitement. From live demonstrations to large outdoor booth space, experience the difference for yourself at our home show THIS weekend!

Schedule: Friday, October 13th  4:00 - 9:00pm
Saturday, October 14th  9:00am - 5:00pm

Live Demonstrations: Get a real-life demonstration of area business' work and how it can help YOU. From a how to on cooking products to the latest and greatest in sporting good items, there is sure to be a demonstration on the main stage for you to enjoy. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to hear from and get a visual of a product or service from a local business!


Who You Can Expect To See at the Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show

It's getting closer and closer to our Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show! Here at the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we're getting pumped up for our home show... and we hope you are too! Our Lake of the Ozarks event is a great place to get great deals and information about area businesses to help with your home, lifestyle, and sports. From vendor booths to large outdoor exhibits to live demonstrations, it's an exciting two-day event in which you and your family can enjoy learning about area businesses!

Wavelenths Authorized Agent for US Cellular
Adair's Animal Nuisance Trapping, LLC
Lake Regional
Bob's No Wake Zone
Lake Silhouettes of the Midwest, LLC
US Bank
Country Financial
PermaSeal USA LLC
Stephen's Outdoor Furniture
Rachel's Tutoring
Wall's HVAC
Sleep Number
Kitchen Craft
Showcase Publishing
Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks
AB Pest Control & Insulation
Yacht Club Powersports
Fort Knox Alarm & Security LLC

⚓ANCHORS AWEIGH - Become a Sponsor for Our Annual Dinner NOW!⚓

With the deadline quickly approaching, now's the time to lock in your sponsorship. The theme for our annual dinner is Anchors Aweigh and it's sure to be a great time! Take advantage of the numerous perks that go hand-in-hand with your sponsorship of this Lake Area Chamber event. To learn more about the perks and sponsorship options, take a look below!

Sponsorship Levels:Platinum Sponsor - $1,000
- Tickets with preferential seating for 10 guests
- 1/4 page in the event program
- Dinner table sponsor placard
- Recognition has a Platinum Sponsor with company logo in a continuous slide show at the event
** Additional tickets may be purchased for $30 each with Platinum Sponsorship

Gold Sponsor - $500
- Tickets with seating for 6 guests
- Company logo featured in event program
- Dinner table sponsor placard
- Recognition as a Gold Sponsor in a continuous slide show at the event

Silver Sponsor - $250
- Tickets for 2 guests
- Company logo featured in event program
- Recognition as a Sil…

Serious Perks of Being a Vendor at the Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show

It's less than a month away and time for you to get serious about your participation in the Lake Area Chamber Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show. Held on October 13th & 14th at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, this show is unlike any other you've attended before! Filled with live demonstrations and hands on activities, its a great way to showcase your business. Get in front of a TON of potential customers by registering for our show today! Take a look below for just a few of the many benefits of being a vendor at our Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show.

Social Media Exposure As a part of the vendor perks, we are spotlighting the businesses who participate in our show across social media. Our pages have a strong following and this is a great way to get your name out there. Gain exposure from fellow Lake Area Chamber members to area residents when you register for our show.

Show Off Your Products Our Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show is the perfect opportunity to spotli…

Quick Networking Tips for Your Next Event

Networking is a major part of owning or working for a business. It's a great way to represent your brand and can help you build a TON of connections. Whether you're starting a new business venture of have been in business for years, it's always important to get out and meet new people in your community. While most of us know the importance of networking, the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce knows it can be a bit intimidating too. Take a look below for some easy tips to prepare for your next networking event!

Make Plans to Arrive on Time While it can be VERY tempting to arrive casually late, it's important to get ahead of your nerves and jump right in. It may actually seem more intimidating to enter an already crowded room than enter a room as the event begins. It's also a great way to meet and greet fellow attendees as they enter the room. You never know what business you may stir up from another peer, as they enter the room.

Ask the Right Questions If a group has alr…

Take Advantage of These Membership Benefits TODAY!

Here at the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, our mission is to help enhance the economic development and growth at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. We provide a number of benefits for our Lake Area Chamber members to help their businesses thrive. Joining the chamber can have a profound effect on your local business. From a chance to network to marketing opportunities, you don't want to miss out on these spectacular benefits! Take a look below to learn exactly what our chamber can offer your Lake of the Ozarks business.

Network & Connect Our chamber hosts monthly networking opportunities making the ideal place to meet fellow members and business owners at the Lake of the Ozarks. All members and future members are invited to join in our monthly socials. We encourage you to participate, exchange business cards, and get to know other members at our social events. It's a great way to gain visibility for your business!

Gain Exposure For Your Business There are a TON of different …

Tips for a Memorable Vendor Booth at the Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show

What are your goals for purchasing booth space at a trade show? It's important to think about the outcome before you plan out your vendor booth. Are you looking to raise awareness for an organization, gain exposure for your new business, or help potential customers get more familiar with your products? No matter what your goal is for the upcoming Home, Lifestyle, and Sport Show, this week's blog may be able to assist with some helpful tips for your vendor booth.

Make Your Booth Exciting Help your booth stand out with a professional look. From a nice table cloth to professional banner, it's best to represent your business in a positive light. Don't forget to incorporate a little fun into your booth space, as well. From candy for visitors to other goodies, you can help amp up the excitement level around your booth space.

Bring Enticing Swag While you can make a positive impression at the show, send your visitors home with a little something to remember you by. Get creativ…

5 Solid Ways to Prepare your Business for a Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon cuttings are a great way to promote your new business at the Lake of the Ozarks. It can help draw attention to your business for your new venture, expansion, or other change in the business. Along with a ribbon cutting ceremony, we will prepare a news release and distribute it to local media outlets to help get the exciting news out about your business. If you are planning to host a ribbon cutting with the Lake Area Chamber, you may wonder what you need to be prepared. Take a look at our latest blog for some tips on ways to host a successful ribbon cutting event!

1) Invite, Invite, Invite It's important to invite as many people as you can think of to help support your ribbon cutting. Whether it's business acquaintances or family members who have helped you get your business up and running, invite others to join in this exciting occasion. In addition to your invitations, we will also strive to invite other members and directors to join in welcoming you and your business.

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…