Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SPRING INTO SEASON Membership Drive

At Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, our mission is to enhance the economic prosperity and quality of life at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. We provide a number of benefits to our members to help them thrive. In order to expand these benefits to a greater number of individuals and businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have recently launched our 'Spring Into Season' Membership Drive. Keep reading to learn how YOU could win a free year of membership with the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce!


'SPRING INTO SEASON' 
Membership Drive

Both new AND existing members are invited to participate in our Spring 2017 Membership Drive. The Drive presents some unique opportunities for everyone who chooses to participate.

Existing Members Get The Opportunity To...
  • Help grow the Chamber and support all of the efforts we put forth into our community
  • Help other business get some phenomenal exposure and grow their business connections (which makes YOU look good!)
  • Win a free year of membership - valued at $260!

New Members Who Join During The Drive Will Get The Opportunity To...
  • Promote their business with a "Welcome to the Chamber" boosted post on our Facebook page, which has over 2,500 followers (and is still growing!)
  • Promote their business via a complimentary promotional e-blast to our mailing list of over 1,400 subscribers (must use within the 2017 calendar year)

HOW IT WORKS

Participating in our Spring 2017 Membership Drive couldn't be easier! Here are the basics:
  • When new members fill out their application, they must specify your name and business on the "referred by" line.
  • We must receive the application and payment for the first year membership investment by April 30th, 2017. (Applications postmarked April 29th or earlier will qualify.)

Any business, individual, or non-profit organization that is not shown on our current list of active members is fair game! Get a list of current members here.

For every two applications that list you as the referring business or individual, you will be submitted into a drawing to win a free year of membership. The winner will be announced in our May News & Views email newsletter. For more information about the membership drive, visit our website: lakeareachamber.com/membership-drive

The drawing for a free membership will consist of a General Membership Dues valued in the amount of $260.00. Should the winning member’s dues be over the valued limit, the amount of $260.00 will be applied towards their renewal totals and the member will pay the difference of the remaining balance.

RECRUITMENT HELP


We're here to help you succeed in your recruitment efforts! Below are a few documents you can use to promote a Lake Area Chamber of Commerce membership. Click on the links to download each of these documents:
HAPPY RECRUITING!

Let's work together to make 2017 the most successful year yet for both Lake Area Chamber and our member businesses. Thank you in advance for supporting our membership drive! If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the process, our team is always available to speak with you. Contact Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to start the conversation!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

5 Tips To Enhance Your Networking Skills

Most people don't want to do business with inaccessible companies. They want to do business with real people - people who are relatable, accessible, and responsive to their needs as a customer. Building and maintaining this reputation isn't simply something you can work on in your spare time. As a business owner, it is up to you to demonstrate your accessibility to your customers on a full-time basis. 


By providing networking, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help our members build and maintain a positive reputation for their businesses. This week, we're providing a few networking tips to help members (like you!) get the most out of our monthly networking socials. 

5 Tips To Help You Network Like A Pro

1. Approach People You Don't Know.
While this may seem like the most obvious component of networking, it is also the strategy that gets avoided most often. Striking up a conversation with a stranger can be an intimidating prospect, so most people unconsciously gravitate towards the people they already know. By never talking new people, however, you limit your company's potential growth. The next time you are at a networking event, step outside your comfort zone and approach someone new.

2. Be Genuine.
The point of networking is to build strong relationships with other business professionals. Relationships built on falsehoods rarely last, and can quickly become compromised once the other person figures out that he has been lied to. If you remember nothing else, remember to always be genuine and authentic when you network.

3. Focus On The Other Person.
We all love to talk about ourselves. When you meet someone for the first time, resist the urge to sell them on yourself or your company. Instead, ask her engaging, open-ended questions about her profession. She'll appreciate the opportunity to talk about her business, and she'll remember you as the one who showed genuine interest in her life.


4. Help People.
Networking provides a powerful opportunity to show your personal side to both existing and potential customers. One of the best ways to build a strong reputation is to help people. Whether that means offering to put them in touch with the right people, throw in an extra perk when they work with you, or simply share your expertise, helping people is a great way to foster positive relationships.

5. Follow Up Quickly.
The initial conversation you have at a networking event is only the first step. If you connected with someone or think you may have identified a potential client, it is important that you follow up with them the next day. It doesn't need to be more than a quick email, but it is important to keep communication flowing.

See You At The February Social!

In order to provide our members and prospective members with continued opportunities for business growth, we host business networking socials at the Lake of the Ozarks on the third Tuesday of each month. Here is the information on our upcoming event:
  • Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Li'l Rizzo's Premium Outlet

Li'l Rizzo's Premium Outlet is located at 929 Premium Outlets Drive in Osage Beach. We hope to see you there! Bring business cards!

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

What Can The Chamber Offer YOU?

You're a smart business owner. Ensuring your company's success is your top priority. You want to get involved and you're all about helping others, but you also don't want to do anything that won't help your business grow and thrive. You might be considering joining Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, but before you can make a final decision, you need to know the answer to one simple question: what's in it for you?


Keep reading to learn more about what a Lake Area Chamber membership entails and how it can help support your business' continued growth.

Increased Visibility

Visibility is a cornerstone of a business' success. If consumers are able to see you, your business name, your employees, and your logo in multiple places, it will keep your company top of mind and help enhance your credibility. A Chamber membership offers multiple avenues for involvement in local events, sponsorship opportunities, and volunteer work - all of which are valuable ways to increase your company's visibility and credibility.

Free Advertising

Advertising is one of the fastest ways to get your company name in front of fresh eyes and ears. Lake Area Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of member-exclusive benefits to assist our members in their advertising efforts. For example, Chamber members are encouraged to include their brochures on the display racks in Willmore Lodge Visitors Center and Osage Beach City Hall. In 2016 alone, 11,000 visitors came through Willmore Lodge. Of those, 90% left with a brochure, map, or other information. The numbers speak for themselves!


Discounted Sponsorship Opportunities

As we've discussed, sponsoring local events is a powerful way to increase visibility and establish credibility. Consumers are more likely to support businesses who, in turn, support their local community. Sponsoring event after event can take up a big chunk of your advertising budget, but a membership with Lake Area Chamber can help lighten the load. Chamber members get exclusive discounted rates on sponsorship opportunities for every Chamber event.

Your Business Community

Humans are social creatures. We all have a deep-rooted need to feel connected - to be a part of something greater than ourselves. As a member-driven organization, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is a team of close-knit business professionals who share a common goal of enhancing the professional community at the Lake of the Ozarks. When you join the Chamber, you will be immediately connected to a group of like-minded professionals. Together, we can work together to build each other's businesses and support the Lake's thriving economy.

Contact Us For More Information!

If you would like more information about joining Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we encourage you to contact us by calling 1-800-451-4117 or 573-964-1008. We are proud to support businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks, and would love the opportunity to help you grow your business through a Chamber membership. Visit our website to learn more!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Life at the Lake of the Ozarks - There's Nothing Like It!

What do you like the most about living at the Lake of the Ozarks? While our area is famous for hosting thousands of tourists every year, it is home to more than 124,886 locals who make the Lake Area their home year-round. These individuals get to enjoy countless unique opportunities that are hard to find anywhere else. Today, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here to explore some of the unique advantages of living at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Diverse Employment Opportunities

While tourism is definitely the dominant industry in our area, the Lake of the Ozarks is home to hundreds of different companies in a wide variety of business sectors. Agriculture, marketing, retail, health services, education, construction, and professional services are just a few examples of the different industries available to local working adults. There are also multiple entrepreneurial resources available to individuals who wish to branch out and start their own companies.

Rise & Fall Of Seasons

One of the most unique experiences of living at the Lake is getting to experience the drastic difference between summer and the off-season. During the winter, the Lake Area feels like a comfortable small town - a community of closely knit locals who pride themselves on supporting a thriving economy. During the summer, the Lake population skyrockets as thousands of tourist and second-home owners flock to the Lake. Traffic picks up, stores become busier, and the lake fills with boats and watercraft of all sizes. Where else can you live in both a small town and a busy tourist destination without ever having to move?

A Myriad Of Recreation Options

Contrary to what some tourists may assume, Lake locals get to enjoy year-round access to countless different entertainment and recreation opportunities. While the summer season does offer a variety of seasonal entertainment possibilities, there are multiple options that are available all year long. Locals get to pick from a wide variety of entertainment possibilities, including...
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Listening to live music
  • Dining at lakefront restaurants
  • Fishing

There are plenty of additional entertainment-geared businesses locals enjoy unfettered access to, including an ice skating rink, indoor trampoline park, a movie theatre, and multiple water parks. Multiple restaurants are also open all year long for both locals and off-season visitors to enjoy.

Multiple Lifestyle Possibilities

Perhaps the best thing about living at the Lake of the Ozarks is the freedom to choose exactly how you wish to live your life. The lifestyles found at the Lake encompass a huge variety. Some people choose to live directly on the water, with their own private dock, boat, kayaks, and other water toys. Some people choose to live in quiet neighborhoods with private swimming pools and walking paths. Some people choose to live in condominium or apartment complexes with exclusive amenities. Other people choose to live just outside the city limits, enjoying easy access to stores and amenities while being surrounded by trees. Still others choose to live out in the country in quiet, woodsy seclusion. While they enjoy vastly different lifestyles, they are all integral parts of the close-knit Lake community we know and love.

We're Proud To Support Our Local Community!

No matter what type of lifestyle you choose to adopt, you can be confident that the Lake of the Ozarks is a truly wonderful place to live. Those of us at Lake Area Chamber of Commerce are thrilled to play our part in supporting our local economy by supporting businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about how Lake Area Chamber can benefit you, visit our website or call us directly at (573) 964-1008. We look forward to working with you!


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