Tuesday, April 18, 2017

COME PREPARED! What To Bring To A Networking Event

As "Lake locals," we foster strong connections with each other by coming together to host and volunteer for community events, attend business socials, and supporting one another however we can. Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to play our part by hosting monthly networking socials, thus creating an additional opportunity for local professionals to forge new connections and strengthen existing ones. 

Our next networking social will take place tonight at Topsider in Osage Beach. We're here to help you prepare for a successful evening of networking and fun by offering these quick reminders.


WHAT TO BRING TO A NETWORKING EVENT

In order to prepare for a successful networking event, you need to bring several things with you. Some of these things are tangible items that you will use during your conversations. Others are intangible concepts that are nevertheless crucial components of preparing for a successful evening of networking. 

Here is a checklist of intangible things to bring to a networking event:
  • A clear understanding of what you and your company have to offer
    • You'll only have a few minutes to create a lasting impression. Practice your elevator speech ahead of time so that you know what to say.
  • A smile
    • People are naturally drawn to people who are approachable and engaging. Donning a smile for the entire event will give you a significant advantage.
  • Authenticity
    • In order to last, the connections you make at networking events must be built on authenticity and trust. Prepare to be completely honest about what you and your company have to offer.
  • Engaging questions
    • Don't waste precious time gabbing about the weather. Come with a mental list of engaging, open-ended questions to encourage new contacts to open up about their businesses.
  • Listening skills
    • Effective communication requires a willingness to actively listen to what the other person is saying. Be prepared to listen more than you talk.
  • A firm handshake
    • Good or bad, your handshake will leave an impression. Be prepared to offer a firm handshake to form a positive impression.

Here is a checklist of tangible items to bring to a networking event:
  • A pen
    • You never know when you may need to jot down a couple notes. Bring a pen so that you can write down a few general notes and impressions on the back of someone's business card after meeting with her.
  • Business cards
    • This the most obvious - and perhaps most important - thing you can bring to a networking event. Bring lots of business cards and be prepared to pass them out to each new contact you meet.
  • Breath mints
    • That garlic cheese dip might be amazing, but your breath afterwards probably won't be! Bring a couple breath mints so that you avoid turning off potential contacts. Avoid gum - consistently chewing while you talk won't do you any favors.
  • Your cell phone
    • Exchanging business cards and jotting down notes on the backs of business cards is helpful, but sometimes exchanging contacts virtually may be even easier. Bring your phone, but avoid pulling it out unless you are going to specifically use it for networking purposes.
  • Name tag
    • Wearing a clear, easily legible name tag is a crucial component of making yourself accessible and approachable. 

By packing these items ahead of time, you'll be able to set yourself up for an evening of networking success.

See You Tonight!

Join us tonight for our April networking social. Details are as follows:
  • Date:  Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • Time:  5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Place:  Topsider Night Club
    • 4877 Osage Beach Parkway
    • Osage Beach, MO 65065

Tonight's event will focus on volunteer appreciation as well as networking opportunities. Free appetizers and a cash bar will be available. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

TIME IS RUNNING OUT - Don't Miss The Spring Membership Drive!

Spring is a time of rebirth, new growth, and exciting changes. As a Lake of the Ozarks business owner, spring presents the perfect opportunity for you to brush any dust off your marketing and business strategies so you can prepare for the influx of business you are likely to receive this summer.


In anticipation of the upcoming busy season, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a Spring Membership Drive to help you position your business for success during the warm summer months. Keep reading to learn how participating in our Spring Membership Drive may help propel your business to the next level.

EXISTING MEMBERS

If you are already a member of Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Spring Membership Drive is the perfect opportunity to help us help you! All existing members who participate in our Spring Membership Drive have the opportunity to win a free year of membership with Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (a cash value of $260)!

Not only will you have this chance to win - you will also be:

  • Helping grow the Chamber and supporting all of its efforts we put forth into our community.
  • Helping another business get some phenomenal exposure and helping them grow their business connections.

For every two new members you refer to the Chamber, you will receive one entry into a drawing for a free year of membership.

As you are well aware, helping others is a powerful way to enhance your company's reputation and build your credibility. People like to give their business to companies that give back. By demonstrating your commitment to helping other businesses succeed, people will be more likely to help YOUR business do the same.

NEW MEMBERS

If you are looking for a way to BUILD your network, GROW your business, and ENHANCE your company image, joining Lake Area Chamber could be exactly the opportunity you've been looking for. Our Spring Membership Drive is the perfect time to join our Lake of the Ozarks Chamber of Commerce. 

By joining Lake Area Chamber during the Spring Membership Drive, you will receive a:
  • "Welcome to the Chamber" boosted post on the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, which has over 2,600 fans (and counting!)
  • Complimentary promotional e-blast to our mailing list of over 1,400 subscribers (cash value of $75!)

The complimentary e-blast may be used at any point during the 2017 calendar year. 

DON'T MISS OUT!

Time is running out to participate in the Spring Membership Drive - it will only last through the end of this month! In order for both existing and new members to take advantage of the benefits offered by the Drive, applications and payment for the first year of membership must be submitted to Lake Area Chamber of Commerce no later than April 30th, 2017.

Don't miss out on this valuable opportunity to expand your business! Visit our website for more information about the 2017 Spring Membership Drive. We would happy to answer any questions you may have!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

5 Tips To Grow Your Business At The Lake Of The Ozarks

As the owner, you are the heart and soul of your company. While your team members each play a crucial role, the success of your business ultimately depends on you.


This responsibility isn't something to fear; rather, it is something to celebrate! Under your effective supervision and leadership, your business can thrive. As a business owner at the Lake of the Ozarks, you have a myriad of resources available to help your company succeed. Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here to do our part by offering a few simple tips to help you grow your business.

1. Dedicate Every Morning To Generating New Business.
Juggling paperwork, going to meetings, overseeing payroll, monitoring cash flow... there's a lot that goes into keeping a business running. Once their businesses are off the ground, many entrepreneurs find that they become so focused on keeping up with their current workloads that they forget to dedicate any extra time to growing their businesses. Make a point to spend your first 1-3 hours every morning focusing exclusively on generating new business. The results will likely speak for themselves.

2. Hire Good People.
As the company owner, keeping up with everything that goes into running a successful company is ultimately your responsibility. If you don't have time (or choose not) to do certain tasks yourself, it is up to you to appoint someone reliable to fulfill them for you. This probably goes without saying, but it essential that you hire trustworthy, reliable, high-caliber employees. Ideally, your team members should treat your company with the same respect and attention to detail that they would give to their own business. Self-motivating team members will become an invaluable asset as you continue to grow your business.

3. Be Consistent...
Consistency is a key component of any successful business venture. Your customers and clients expect you to continually deliver the same level of high-quality service they received on the first day they came to you. If you are unable to be consistent, they may look to your competitors to provide the services they need.

4. ... But Adaptable.
Consistency is crucial, but adaptability is a must. Nothing ever remains the same for too long. Just when you have found a comfortable rhythm and everything seems to be flowing smoothly, something will inevitably disrupt the process. Whether this disruption stems from an internal source (one of your employees announces that she is pregnant) or an external one (you learn that your top contractor is moving out of state). Regardless of the source of the disruption, the success of your business will depend on how quickly you are able to adapt to your new circumstances.

5. Get Involved
People want to do business with people they know, like, and trust. One of the best ways to generate new and repeat business is to establish a people-centered presence in your community. Sponsor community and non-profit events, volunteer your time, and encourage your team members to get involved as well. Engaging in this manner will demonstrate to your customers that you are accessible and committed to the health of your community.

Lake Area Chamber Of Commerce Is Here To Help!
As your trusted Chamber of Commerce at the Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Area Chamber is here to help you and your business succeed. Joining Lake Area Chamber can be a great way way to get involved, as a membership opens up multiple volunteer, sponsorship, and networking opportunities. We also offer a wide variety of resources to help our members become more successful.

For more information about what Lake Area Chamber of Commerce can offer you, give us a call at 573-964-1008 or visit our website: www.LakeAreaChamber.com


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