Thursday, January 26, 2017

PROMOTE Your Business By Getting INVOLVED!

Getting involved in Chamber events at the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the most lucrative advertising opportunities available to local business owners. Being involved expands your reach, increases your visibility, and enhances your company's credibility. Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help accomplish these goals by providing you with multiple opportunities to get involved in local events.


Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals
Photo Credit: Lake of the Ozarks CVB

People Want To Do Business With People


There's no real mystery to or science behind it. Consumers aren't just consumers - they are real people with thoughts, feelings, and emotions. When push comes to shove, consumers often won't choose the company with the flashiest advertising. They'll choose the business that is owned and operated by people they like, people they trust, and people who are committed to enhancing the quality of life within their local community.

Opportunities For Involvement Through Lake Area Chamber

At Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we understand the immense power and potential community involvement holds for our Chamber members. We are proud to provide our members with multiple opportunities to maximize this advantage. We host several events throughout the year that provide members with a unique opportunity to expand their presence and visibility through participation, volunteer work, and sponsorships. Here is a sneak peek at the events we host throughout the year:
  • Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days in January
  • YPL Dodgeball Tournament in February (this event is hosted by Young Professionals at the Lake, which is a subgroup of Lake Area Chamber of Commerce)
  • Cocktails & Caddies Ladies Golf Tournament in April
  • Magic Dragon Car Show in May
  • Midwest Wine & Brew Festival in August
  • Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show in October

Get Involved - Sign Up Today!

If you're looking for an opportunity to get involved sooner than later, the 2nd Annual YPL Dodgeball Tournament is a great place to start. This fast-paced and action-packed dodgeball tournament will be held on Saturday, February 11th, 2017. The entry sponsorship for a team of 6 is only $100, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lake Area Big Brothers Big Sisters. The registration deadline is February 3rd.

The Cocktails & Caddies Ladies Golf Tournament is next on the list, with multiple sponsorship opportunities available. The majority of participants in this event are affluent local women of all ages, so this can be a valuable marketing opportunity for businesses who cater to women at the Lake. We'll release more information about sponsoring the Cocktails & Caddies Ladies Golf Tournament soon.

Sponsorships are also already available for the Magic Dragon Car Show in May. Get ahead of the game by reserving your sponsorship now!

Contact Lake Area Chamber For More Information

As proud supporters of business at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are thrilled to provide Chamber members with the opportunity to advertise their businesses by showcasing their personal sides. People want to do business with people, and by demonstrating that you are actively involved in your local community, they're more likely to want to do business with YOU!

Contact Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for more information about event participation and sponsorships. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

We're Proud To Support Business At The Lake!

Many people think of the Lake of the Ozarks as a popular vacation destination, and rightly so. Hundreds of thousands of tourists and second home owners flock to the beautiful Lake Area during the summer season. According to the recent statistics provided by the Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council (LOREDC), Missouri hosted more than 40.4 million visitors in 2015 alone.


Despite its immense popularity as a vacation destination, the Lake of the Ozarks is home to more than 124,886 locals who make our beautiful area their permanent home (source: LOREDC). These individuals live, work, and play year-round at the Lake of the Ozarks, enjoying life and supporting their families through the myriad of opportunities our unique area provides. At the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, our mission is to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life that these year-round residents enjoy.

Business at the Lake

This week, we are here to take a closer look at the business community at the Lake of the Ozarks. While tourism is the dominant industry, the Lake Area is home to hundreds of different companies in a wide variety of business sectors. Keep reading to learn more about what it's like to own, operate, and work for companies at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Local Business Industries

LOREDC has broken businesses at the Lake down into several predominant categories. They are listed in no particular order:
  • Agricultural / Forestry / Hunting / Fishing
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Transportation / Warehousing / Utilities
  • Information
  • Financial / Insurance / Real Estate
  • Management / Administrative / Waste Management
  • Education / Health / Social Services
  • Entertainment / Recreation / Food
  • Public Administration
  • Other Services

Resources For Business Owners

Established business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs need access to a wide variety of resources in order to succeed. Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is happy to provide a variety of general resources directly from our website, including our Business Resource Guide and links to additional sources such as our local small business loan center, Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council, and the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau. Through these entities, business owners can access a variety of resources to help their companies succeed. We also offer a myriad of member benefits that offer unique advantages to our member businesses.

Resources For Job Seekers

Business owners only represent a portion of the business community at the Lake. A huge number of people make their livings by working for the companies that these business owners have established. Local job seekers can browse available opportunities via a variety of different online sources, including:

Word-of-mouth referrals, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media channels are also excellent ways to find employment opportunities.

Lake Area Chamber Is Here To Support Our Local Businesses

Our local businesses are the backbone of our community. Though the tourism industry brings millions of dollars to our area every year, we all rely heavily on the year-round residents and businesses to continuously breathe life into our great community. Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help our local businesses succeed however we can.

See last week's blog for more information about how Lake Area Chamber benefits local businesses. For more information or for membership questions, contact the Chamber directly by calling (573) 964-1008. We look forward to talking with you!


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Why Join Lake Area Chamber?

As the proud owner of a business at the Lake of the Ozarks, maintaining your company's health and success should be your top priority. As your trusted Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, it is our mission to help your business succeed in any way we can. We are proud to offer a variety of unique services that are exclusively available to Chamber members. Keep reading to learn more about what your Lake Area Chamber can offer you!



Get To Know Lake Area Chamber

Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is housed at Willmore Lodge, located 1/4 mile northwest of the iconic Bagnell Dam in Lake Ozark. We are a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of nearly 600 business enterprises, educational institutions, civic organizations, and individuals. We are run by a small but dedicated full-time staff and led by a panel of generous community members who volunteer their valuable time and resources to benefit the Chamber and its members. Together, we make a powerful team that is dedicated to creating a thriving business culture at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Lake Area Chamber Benefits - Lake Chamber At Work

We are proud to offer a variety of services and benefits to help our valued members succeed. Here is a quick glance at some of the benefits our members get to take advantage of:
  1. Socials - Face-to-face networking is one of the most valuable and effective ways to grow your business. Our monthly networking socials are available to all our current members as an opportunity to get to know each other, exchange business cards, and share ideas. Prospective members are encouraged to attend as well.
  2. Ribbon Cutting - Members have the option of hosting a ribbon cutting at their business location to celebrate a new membership or a new/expanded location. This is great opportunity to gain valuable publicity for your business.
  3. Professional Development - Lake Area Chamber has partnered with Coggno, the premier internet source for thousands of online training courses. Through this partnership, we are now able to offer our member businesses the opportunity to purchase a carefully selected assortment of online training courses that are relevant to your business needs.
  4. Special Events - The Chamber hosts several major events throughout the year that attract a number of visitors to the area, thereby generating more overnight stays and traffic for local businesses. As a way to gain even more exposure for your business, additional promotional opportunities are available for each event.
  5. Newsletter - Members have the opportunity to be featured in the Chamber's monthly e-newsletter via advertisements and/or 150-word Business Spotlights. You can also use this e-newsletter to advertise special news, announcements, and events.
  6. Eggs & Issues Breakfasts - Lake Area Chamber collaborates with the Camdenton and Lake West Chambers to host six Eggs & Issues breakfasts throughout the year. In addition to a delicious hot breakfast and networking opportunity, participants get to discuss and learn about important issues affecting our local community.
  7. Speed Leads Networking Luncheons - This event is similar to speed-dating, but with networking and business growth as the primary focus. These events are fun and fast-paced, and you'll come away with business cards and hopefully multiple new, exciting prospects. As a way to further promote your business, sponsorships for this program are also available.
  8. New Member Mentor - For your first year of membership, you will be paired with an existing member who will serve as a Mentor. This Mentor will be your go-to for all things relating to the Chamber and will ensure that you are kept in the loop on upcoming events and available opportunities.

But Wait, There's More!

These eight benefits aren't the only advantages available to our Chamber members. In addition to the ones we just discussed, Chamber members also have exclusive access to our:
  • Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner
  • Benefactor Community Investment Program
  • Gateway Program
  • Brochure Display Racks
  • Online Membership Directory
  • Hyperlink to Member Websites
  • E-Blasts
  • Referrals
  • Membership List
  • Committees
  • Fort Leonard Wood Program
  • Demographic Profiles

For more information about what these benefits entail and how they may help you grow and enhance your business, visit our website.

Join The Lake Area Chamber Today!

It's never too soon (or too late!) to grow your business through a Chamber membership. If you are interested in learning more about our membership opportunities, we would love to talk to you! You can call us at (573) 964-1008, or click on this link to fill out an online membership application form. We look forward to helping you grow your business at the Lake of the Ozarks!


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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Your Lake Area Chamber Is Blogging!

Welcome to Lake Area Chamber's brand new blog series! Our team is here to help you grow your business and enrich your quality of life here at the Lake of the Ozarks through a variety of networking events, social events, local business information, and member services. This week, we're proud to introduce the first post in our new blog series designed to help you get a better understanding of the services we offer, how your Lake Area Chamber of Commerce can benefit you, and how you can foster and build a successful business at the Lake of the Ozarks.



Living At The Lake

The Lake of the Ozarks is a community unlike any other. Residents get to enjoy a unique lifestyle that shifts seasonally from an exciting tourist destination in the summer to a quiet, calm community in the off-season. Throughout every season, the Lake Area residents remain a close-knit community dedicated to helping one another. Our community is famous for its generosity and willingness to give to those in need, and we love that! As the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we are here to support Lake residents and visitors alike. We are proud to support such a generous and giving community!

Business At The Lake

Business is booming at the Lake of the Ozarks, and our business scene is not governed solely by tourism. While tourist-oriented businesses do make up a large portion of our business landscape, the Lake Area is also home to hundreds of companies offering year-round services and products to Lake residents. We offer a variety of benefits to Chamber members to help them grow their businesses, including word-of-mouth referrals, networking socials and events, business spotlights in our e-newsletter, and more. We also offer an online business resource guide that provides helpful information to business owners who are just starting out.



Socializing At The Lake

Social events are a huge part of life at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a variety of events designed to provide business owners with a valuable opportunity to network and grow their businesses. In addition to networking socials and luncheons, we host our Eggs & Issues Breakfast Forum every other month. The next one is coming up on Tuesday, January 24th and will be focused on Human Trafficking. We also host several major annual events:
  • Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days in January
  • Cocktails & Caddies Ladies Golf Tournament in April
  • Magic Dragon Car Show in May
  • Midwest Wine & Brew Festival in August
  • Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show in October

In addition to our networking-oriented functions, Chamber members have the opportunity to promote their businesses at these annual events through sponsorships. 

Connect With Us To Keep Up With Everything Happening At Your Lake Area Chamber Of Commerce!

At the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, our mission is to enhance the prosperity and quality of life in the Lake of the Ozarks area, as well as to be the principle advocate for and provider of services to our local business community. Be sure to connect with us on social media to keep up with everything happening at your Lake Area Chamber. If you would like more information about the Chamber benefits or membership opportunities, we would love to talk to you! 

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