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Perks of Opening a Business at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Opening a business can be a very exciting and stressful time in your life.  If you have decided on the type of business that you would like to open the next question may be, where should you open the business?   If you are looking for a picturesque backdrop for your business, we think the best place for you to start a business is the Lake of the Ozarks.  Lake of the Ozarks is one of the largest man-made lakes with the beautiful Ozark Mountains surrounding the lake that resembles a dragon.
Thriving Business Environment
There is a very diverse business setting at the Lake of the Ozarks.  From tourist-friendly businesses to agricultural businesses to industrial businesses and many others in between, there are many potential ventures waiting.  With 1150 miles of shoreline, the Lake of the Ozarks has stunning sunsets, a robust influx of tourists throughout the summer months, special events throughout the year, and an economy that continues to grow season after season.  
Low Cost of Living
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Family Fun Month at the Lake

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The Lake of the Ozarks is a popular destination for many families around the Midwest. As the Lake Area Chamber, we get a number of visitors from all over the country through the doors of Willmore Lodge. Along with those visitors come many questions about fun things for families to do while they're here. Check out some of the exciting things the Lake of the Ozarks has in store for you and your loved ones this summer!

Attractions There are a ton of exciting attractions around the Lake of the Ozarks. Many of our member businesses are in the attraction business and love to provide locals and visitors alike with fun activities to enjoy. From go-karting to arcades to natural attractions to waterparks, you're sure to find the perfect attraction your entire family can experience.

Dining One of the most fun parts of a vacation is getting to experience new and unique dining experiences. Our beautiful area offers a number of dining establishments -- many of which have water access or wat…

AROUND THE WORLD: Lake Area Chamber Annual Fall Dinner

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While the heat of the summer is upon us, before we know it the temps will start to cool down and fall will be here. At the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, fall means it's time for our annual fall dinner & awards! If you've attended in the past, you know the evening is filled with fantastic food, great company, and awesome entertainment! We have some unique sponsorship opportunities for our upcoming fall dinner and our Lake of the Ozarks chamber is going to tell you all about them below!


AROUND THE WORLD: Lake Area Chamber Annual Fall Dinner & Awards Thursday, October 17th, 2019
5:30-8:00pm
The Regalia Hotel & Conference Center
Annual Fall Dinner Sponsorship Opportunities:Platinum Sponsor $1,000

Tickets with preferential seating for 10 guests¼ page ad in event programDinner table sponsor placardRecognition as a Platinum Sponsor with company logo in a continuous slide show at the event*Platinum Sponsors may purchase additional dinner tickets for $30 each
Gold Sponsor $5…

🏐Exciting Events for the Young Professionals at the Lake😎

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August is going to be an exciting and busy month for the Young Professionals at the Lake, a branch of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. This group of young entrepreneurs, business owners, and business associates come together to help support the goals of the Lake Area Chamber while strengthening the involvement with the chamber with the younger generation. There are three exciting events happening this month for our YPL group and we're going to help keep you in the loop in this week's blog. Don't miss out on these awesome Young Professionals at the Lake events this month!


About Young Professionals at the Lake: Member business owners or employees of area businesses 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 m…

Introducing the Lake of the Ozarks Experience App!

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We have some exciting news! The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be rolling out a brand new platform to bring additional exposure to your business. The best part is that this is already included with your membership at no additional cost! Check out the details of the Lake of the Ozarks Experience App below:


All About the Lake of the Ozarks Experience App: Currently, a membership with the Lake Area Chamber includes an online directory listing, as well as a listing in our printed directory. There are other great referral opportunities, whether it be by email, phone, or the Willmore Lodge Visitor Center which our member shave exclusive privilege of having their materials distributed to our 16,000+ visitors each year.

As technology advances so does the need to expand our services and that's where the "Lake of the Ozarks Experience" mobile application powered by RaftUp comes into play. By this September, your business or organization will be listed in the Lake Area Chamber&…

Tips for the Upcoming Speed Leads

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Have you heard? The Lake of the Ozarks Chambers are joining forces to put on a Speeds Leads Luncheon on July 25th at Great Stone Coffee from 11:30a-1:30p. The Lake Area Chamber is proud to be a part of the driving force that puts on this fantastic networking event at the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether you're already planning to attend or simply want to know more about Speed Leads Luncheon at the Lake of the Ozarks, take a look at this week's blog to see what it's all about.


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 thrilling Speed Lead Networking Luncheon.…

Become a Lake Area Chamber Board Member

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Are you looking for ways to get more involved with the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce? Lucky for you, we're taking nominations for individuals who are interested in joining our board. Make an impact on our local chamber of commerce at the Lake of the Ozarks and become a board member today. Check out the details of becoming a board member or nominating someone you know below.

Become a Board Member: The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few committed men and women willing to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term. Nominations are being sought to fill five board positions beginning October 2019. In filling the nominating slate, every effort will be made to ensure that a cross section from the membership of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is represented. Nominations for candidates will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019. According to the bylaws the proposed slate will be presented to the Board of Directors at the August meeting for…

Showcase Your Business 24/7 through our Virtual Home Show

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Have you heard? The Lake Area Chamber is hosting the Lake area's ONLY virtual trade show! We couldn't be more excited to bring this trend to the Lake of the Ozarks. There are some serious perks of participating in our online year-round home show at the Lake of the Ozarks. Learn more about how your business can benefit from participating!


Expose Your Business to New Customers Your business will be featured 24/7, 365 days a year on our virtual home show. Instead of being exposed for a weekend-long home show along with other vendors, your virtual booth will be able to be easily accessed at any time of the day! Potential customers can find your business when they are in need of your service or product instead of only one weekend a year. It's a great opportunity for exposure at the RIGHT time!

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck The investment to be part of our virtual home show is approximate to the cost of a weekend vendor booth at a traditional home show. The big difference is y…

7 Fun Facts About the Willmore Lodge

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Did you know that the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is housed in the historic Willmore Lodge? With a beautiful view, interesting history and rustic touches, the lodge is a great place to visit at the Lake of the Ozarks. Housing both the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and a museum focused on the building of Bagnell Dam, the lodge is a great resource for businesses wanting to grow their reach and visitors searching for more knowledge about the lake.  Whether you’ve visited the lodge before or not, here’s 7 fun facts about the Willmore that you may not have known.

1. Great Visitor Destination- In 2017, Willmore Lodge received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor due to consistent great reviews and it is featured in TripAdvisor’s top six things to do at the Lake of the Ozarks.  2. The View- Located right before you cross Bagnell Dam, Willmore Lodge boosts a view of the first seven and a half miles of the lake 3. Event Venue- Willmore Lodge hosts events! Our members can rent out the f…

Help Your Business Stand Out with the Lake Area Chamber

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Are you looking for an effective way to shine a spotlight on your business? The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce can help your venture stand out! From ribbon cuttings to referrals to newsletter spotlights, there are many ways we can help you and your business gain extra exposure in the lake area. A membership with the Lake Area Chamber is a fantastic way to get involved and help your business stand out!


RECEIVE REFERRALS FROM THE CHAMBER The Lake Area Chamber is honored to have the opportunity to refer a variety of businesses to visitors and residents of the lake area. This is a benefit to our members, we ONLY refer Chamber Members. We not only receive in-person inquiries of where to stay, where to eat, what to do but also receive numerous phone and email requests for information on activities and relocating to the lake, as well as inquiries from business owners moving to the Lake.

HAVE A RIBBON CUTTING Upon request, our Chamber conducts groundbreaking/ribbon cutting ceremonies for a var…

REGISTER TODAY: YPL Sand Volleyball Tournament🏐🏖️

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You heard that right -- the Young Professionals at the Lake are hosting the inaugural 2019 YPL Sand Volleyball Tournament on August 10th at Old Kinderhook! This is your chance to get your crew together and hit the sand this summer. Check out the details of this awesome new volleyball tournament at the Lake of the Ozarks!


About YPL: Member business owners or employees of member 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 bi-monthly and host a variety of events throughout the year!

2019 YPL Sand Volleyball Tournament: Young Professionals at the Lake is excited to announce our inaugural volleyball tournament! We are looking for teams and sponsors to help make our first event great.

Entry fee: $150 for a team of…

5 Success Tips for Lake Area Businesses

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When you own a business at the Lake of the Ozarks, it's likely a major part of your life. Business ownership is a great deal of work but comes with a great deal of reward, as well. If you're thinking of starting a business in mid-Missouri or already have one and are seeking some keys to success, the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is here for you!


Secrets to Business Success: 1) Plan for the Long Term Just like your personal life, you should have goals for your business. A big picture idea can help give you something to strive toward each and every day. Take time to plan and prepare for every step along the way to your business goals. As you take new steps in your business, keep your long term goals in sight.

2) Network, Network, Network Networking is a proven way to grow your connections and business. People want to do business with people. One of the best ways to ensure success for your company is to build a strong network with your local community. Lucky for you, our chamber o…

11 Lake of the Ozarks Fun Facts

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The Lake of the Ozarks is a popular destination for tourists. Families come from all over for summer vacations. As the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we want to help share some fun facts about the awesome area we get to call home! Check them out:


1. Bagnell Dam was built from 1929-1931. It was a beacon of light during the Great Depression, providing thousands of jobs to workers in the region.

2. At the time that the Lake of the Ozarks was completed in 1931, it was the largest man-made lake in the United States.

3. Every year between Memorial Day and Labor Day, approximately 3.5 million tourists will visit the Lake of the Ozarks.

4. The Lake of the Ozarks earned its nickname "The Magic Dragon" because of its serpentine shape.

5. From end to end, the Lake of the Ozarks spans 92 miles.

6. There are over 1,100 miles of shoreline along the Lake of the Ozarks. This is longer than the coastline of the state of California.

7. The Lake of the Ozarks contains approximately 617 billion…

Tips for Preparing for a Ribbon Cutting at your Business

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Are you planning a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Lake Area Chamber? A ribbon cutting is a fantastic way to promote your Lake of the Ozarks business. Whether your venture is new, expanding, or celebrating a milestone, a ribbon cutting is the perfect way to celebrate! Along with a ribbon cutting ceremony, our Lake of the Ozarks chamber will prepare a news release and distribute it to local media outlets to help get the exciting news out about your business. If you are planning to host a ribbon cutting with the Lake Area Chamber, you may wonder what you need to be prepared. Take a look below for some tips on ways to host a successful ribbon cutting event!
Invite Friends, Family, and Acquaintances It's important to invite as many people as you can think of to help support your ribbon cutting. Whether it's business acquaintances or family members who have helped you get your business up and running, invite others to join in this exciting occasion. In addition to your invitations…