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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…

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.