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 year to help draw attention for area businesses and the entire Lake as a whole.

Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show

We rolled out this NEW show in 2016 and were proud to have 45 vendor booths and over 500 quality attendees. This annual event is held in the Fall each year, and is the only Fall tradeshow in our area! It's a great opportunity to shine a light on your business. The tradeshow atmosphere allows you to get out and meet with your current and future customers and highlight your product and/or service.

Midwest Wine & Brew Festival

With over 500 attendees and 29 vendors last year, we’re sure to see an even bigger crowd for this year! This even is held in August each year and is attended by locals and tourists alike! The Midwest Wine and Brew Festival is a great chance for people to mingle and for businesses to get their name out in front of attendees.

Cocktails & Caddies Golf Tournament

Held in April of each year; with an average of 60 -70 players, this golf tournament is one of the most anticipated events each year. Participants are affluent women with purchasing power, so it’s a good chance to put your business directly in front of them. Don't miss out on this great annual event from a networking and advertising aspect.

Lake Area Chamber Annual Dinner

Held in October each year, this event is the annual business meeting and celebration for the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. We host a different theme each year, often with live entertainment. We review the accomplishment of the Chamber over the past year for our members, introduce the incoming Board of Directors, thank outgoing board members, and recognize local businesses with Annual Awards. The annual dinner is always well-attended by our membership and is a fabulous evening of celebration!

Legislative Reception

This event is held in January each year and is hosted and attended by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board Members, as well as board members from the other surrounding Chambers, the CVB, the TCLA, and local and state elected officials. The topics and presenters vary each year, but the topics generally revolve around current issues that are important for our members and local community.

Eggs & Issues Breakfasts

Six Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfasts are hosted among the three Chambers serving the Lake Area: Camdenton, Lake Area and Lake West. Topics affecting the Lake Area and the business community are the focus. It's a great opportunity to market your business and network with other businesses in the area.

Monthly Business Networking Socials

We invite all Lake Area Chamber members and future members to our Monthly Networking Socials. Since networking should be a vital part of your business marketing plan, you are encouraged participate, exchange business cards, and get to know other members at our socials. This is an ideal way to gain visibility for your business and share information about you and your business. Plus, it's a good time!

After reflecting back on the past year, we are excited to see where the new year takes us! If you aren't a Lake Area Chamber member yet, what are you waiting for?! Get in on the action and take advantage of all the great benefits of being a chamber member. To learn more about how we can help your Lake of the Ozarks business grow, visit our website today! As 2017 comes to a close, we are thankful for all the great events we have been able to assist with and look forward to another prosperous year in 2018. Happy New Year!

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