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⌛TIME IS RUNNING OUT - Take Advantage of our Spring Membership Drive⌛

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Spring is a time when many businesses gear up for the busy season at the Lake of the Ozarks. As your Lake of the Ozarks chamber, we know how impactful our membership benefits can be for your business. We want to share this great opportunity to help you grow your business, just in time for the summer season! To help you gear up for the season, we are hosting a Spring Into Season Membership Drive. Learn more about the extra perks and membership benefits you can start experiencing when you join the Lake Area Chamber!


Love your Lake Area Chamber of Commerce membership? Help us spread the word about Spring membership drive! New members get a few extra perks during the drive, and referring members get a chance to win a FREE year of membership. It's win-win!

Perks for Existing Members Existing Lake Area Chamber members can take this opportunity to help the chamber grow. Help us help you! All members who participate in the membership drive will be entered to win a free year membership wit…

Polish Your Elevator Speech for SPEED LEADS!

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Our mission is to support local businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks. We strive to provide educational and beneficial opportunities for our members to grow in a professional and personal manner. YOU are invited to join us for our upcoming Speed Leads Networking Luncheon. As your Lake of the Ozarks chamber, we pride ourselves on providing opportunities to help you and your business thrive. Meet other local business owners and associates at our upcoming event on April 26th! Learn more about this exciting event below.


All About Speed Leads: The Lake Area, Camdenton, and Lake West Chambers of Commerce invites our members
to connect at our Joint Chamber Speed Leads Networking Luncheon. This fast-paced event
presents an opportunity to connect face-to-face with representatives from member businesses
and to introduce your business service and/or product to other Chamber members. It's like speed dating for your business!

Twice a year, we collaborate with local chambers to host our thrillin…

Stress Management Tips for Professionals

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Everyone has to deal with stress. Even people who seem to have it all together have stress in their lives. Managing your stress is a key for success, especially for business professionals in the area. Since our Lake Area Chamber is here for local businesses, we want to help provide some stress management techniques you can start implementing in your everyday life right away - both in your personal and professional life.



This week, the Young Professionals at the Lake hosted a Lunch and Learn session that focused on stress by Billye Bennett with Lake Regional Health Systems. In case you missed it, we've decided to recap some helpful tips in this week's blog!

Stress Management Tips:
1) Change Your Attitude A positive outlook on each situation can help improve how you feel about stress. A moderate amount of stress is actually a good thing - it keeps you on your toes and at peak performance. Instead of focusing on the negative, change your attitude to a positive outlook. This alone…

Overcome Your Networking Nerves

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Networking is an important skill for any business professional. It's the ideal way to expand your network with fellow professionals in the area. The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce knows how important networking is - that's why we host a number of networking socials throughout the year! In addition to growing your current connections, networking involves meeting new people and getting to know them and their business. For many professionals, networking is an intimidating concept. If you are nervous when entering networking events (or avoid them altogether), learn how you can improve your networking skills below!


Success Tips for Nervous Networkers:
1) Arrive Early If walking to a room full of people is intimidating, arrive before the big crowd. Coming early to a networking event can help you get acclimated to your environment. This also gives you the chance to visit with fellow networkers as they arrive. Arriving early can help ensure networking groups have not formed yet and you…

Top Reasons YOU Should Join the Lake Area Chamber TODAY!

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With over 500 members already experiencing the perks of membership with the Lake Area Chamber, there are many reasons to join today! From networking opportunities to special member pricing for sponsorships, you can start experiencing the difference the Lake Area Chamber can make for your business. Our goal is to help you and your business grow! If you'd like to get in on the action, take a look below to learn just a few of the perks you can start experiencing with the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce!


Membership Benefits:1. Network and connect with other local businesses.
Since networking should be a vital part of your business plan, we encourage all members and future members to participate in our monthly networking socials. It's a great way to get to know other members and area business owners and employees. To gain visibility for your business, be sure to come out and network with us. You never know - you may meet your next big client at our networking social!

2. Get your busin…

Top 5 Reasons to Relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks

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Are you thinking of moving to the Lake of the Ozarks? Fantastic business environment, booming economy, and breathtaking views are just a few of the reasons why it's the best place to live! Whether you plan to start your own business or you are searching for a job, the Lake of the Ozarks chamber can help with all of your relocation needs. Take a look below to learn what the top reasons are why people choose this beautiful area as their home!


1) Strong Business Climate Our booming business environment offers a great place for you and your family to thrive. Starting a business at the Lake of the Ozarks offers a ton of perks. Diverse customer environment, seasonal influx of tourists, and commercial property availability are all strong reasons why having a business in the area is a great idea!

2) Low Cost of Living As you move your family to the area, you may be surprised by the low cost of living we have to offer. With relatively low housing options available, you can find a place to …

SPRING INTO SEASON with our Membership Drive!

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Our mission is to enhance the business environment and quality of life at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Lake Area Chamber provides a number of benefits to our members to help them thrive in the area. Just like we did last spring, we want to up our membership to help more businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks to experience all the benefits of a Lake Area Chamber membership. As we launch our "Spring Into Season Membership Drive, we want YOU to help us grow! Keep reading below to learn how you can win a FREE year of membership with the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce!


Why Participate: Not only do you have the opportunity to earn a free year of membership with the Lake Area
Chamber, you will also be:
• Helping grow the Chamber and supporting all of its efforts we put forth into our community
• Heping another business get some phenomenal exposure and helping them grow their business connections

Referring Members: For every two new members to submit a completed new member application and me…

Register NOW for the Magic Dragon Car Show!

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HAVE YOU HEARD? 400 vehicles have already been registered for our annual car show at the Lake of the Ozarks! If you haven't registered your sweet ride yet, you better act fast - spots are filling up quickly. This exciting event is jam-packed with family-friendly fun, fast cars, and a great time for all. Don't miss out on all the fun at our upcoming car show. To learn more about the Magic Dragon Car Show, take a look below for details about this year's event at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Magic Dragon Car Show: The Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals is a unique show for all makes, models, and years of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The show celebrated its 29th year in 2017 with the phenomenal weather, 1,000 participants and close to 10,000 spectators. Located in Central Missouri, we bring over 25 years of show experience to the historic Bagnell Dam Strip at the Lake of the Ozarks. The strip is closed to normal traffic during show hours, so we only have show vehicles within the …

Reserve Your Sponsorship for the 6th Annual Cocktails & Caddies Golf Tournament!

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Would you like to get your business in front of a ton of affluent local business women? Do you want to gain attention for your business venture? Support your local community? If you answered yes to the above questions, a Cocktails and Caddies Golf Tournament sponsorship may be just for you!


 The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has the perfect opportunity for your business! The sixth annual Cocktails and Caddies Golf Tournament is right around the corner. Now is the time to lock in your sponsorship for this memorable golf tournament. Take a look below to learn a little more about this unique golf tournament and how your business can get involved on a sponsorship level!

Cocktails & Caddies Golf Tournament:
The Cocktails & Caddies Golf Tournament is one of our favorite annual events. It's a great opportunity for local business women to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and network with their colleagues - and for local businesses (like you!) to get in front of these professiona…

BE A TRADE SHOW STANDOUT - Tips for a Successful Trade Show

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A trade show can be very beneficial for your business. Not only do you get your name out in front of a TON of potential customers, it's a great place to interact with your clients and (hopefully) future clients! To make the most of your trade show efforts, it's important to plan ahead for success. While our Lake Area Chamber Home, Lifestyle, & Sport Show isn't until fall, it's never too early to start planning. Below you can find some quick tips and tricks for a successful trade show experience for your Lake of the Ozarks business!


Identify your purpose. Before you set up for a trade show, think about WHY you are participating. You should define your purpose as you prepare for the big event. Are you looking to grow the number of customers, gain contact information for potential clients, or sell a certain number of products? There are a number of ways to measure success for your trade show setup. Set a goal as to what you would like to accomplish with your participa…

8 Essential Networking Tips for Your Business

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In honor of international networking week (2/5/18 - 2/9/18), we want to focus our efforts on networking! The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has a number of networking events throughout the year. If you are looking to improve your networking skills, now's the time to start! Networking is one of the best ways to grow your business acquaintances. To learn how you can make improvements, take a look at the tips below.


1) Gravitate toward new people. It's always fun to catch up with old acquaintances and friends, but keep in mind the purpose of a networking event. Meeting new people is a great way to continue to grow your network. You can always make a friendly introduction from a new networking partner to an old acquaintance. This can help you show the new networker that you take networking seriously and you want to help them meet others, as well.

2) STOP selling and listen.  Sell, sell, sell is a quick way to put off a number of networkers. It's not a good tactic and can seem v…

JUST DODGE IT - Join Us For YPL's Dodgeball Tournament

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Have you heard? The Lake Area Chamber's Young Professionals at the Lake are hosting a dodgeball tournament this weekend! If you haven't made plans to attend, mark your calendar now. This annual fundraiser is an exciting time for everyone involved. Whether you are participating or spectating, you are sure to be entertained during this fun dodgeball tournament! Come out for a morning of fun, entertainment, and a little friendly competition. To learn a little more about the YPL organization and this great event, take a look below.


All About YPL: Member business owners or employees of your business that are aged 21-45 can join our Young Professionals at the Lake and take advantage of the professional development offered by the group. Connecting young professionals to foster community engagement, exchange ideas and support the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission and activities. The Young Professionals meet monthly and host a variety of events throughout the year! This organizati…