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Perks of Hosting a Holiday Party for Your Business

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It's hard to start thinking about holiday parties when we just got into fall but the holidays are right around the corner. The holiday season is the perfect time to treat your employees for all their hard work throughout the year. As a member of the Lake Area Chamber, we want to help feature some perks of treating those who work so hard for you all year long! A party for your Lake of the Ozarks business can benefit your venture in a number of ways.


Boost Employee Moral Your workers put a lot of time and effort into helping your business succeed. From upper management to your front line staff, everyone comes together to help your venture do well. This is your chance as a business owner or manager to give back! Boosting employee moral can help your employees fee a stronger connection between one another. This bond can help keep your team together and even work as a more efficient unit.

Thank Your Employees Show your appreciation for the hard work your team puts forth day in and day …

5 Ways to Celebrate #SupportYourLocalChamberDay

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#SupportYourLocalChamberDay is October 16th and it's time to start planning how you're going to celebrate! As the biggest chamber at the Lake of the Ozarks, we pride ourselves on offering fantastic opportunities to help our member businesses grow. This is just one more benefit of being a Lake Area Chamber member! If you're looking for unique ways to get more involved and support the Lake Area Chamber on October 16, 2019, check out some of the ideas below!


1) Volunteer with the Chamber We host a ton of events throughout the year and we are always looking for help with these events. From setting up to planning, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available for our members. It's also a great way to get your name and business out there and gain exposure for your venture at the same time - it's a win-win!

2) Make Plans to Attend a Networking Social We have regular networking socials and they are an effective way to meet your fellow chamber members. Networking is…

RSVP For The Annual Fall Dinner

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October is here and that means the Lake Area Chamber Annual Fall Dinner & Awards is right around the corner. Don't miss this awesome night of celebrating a great year with your fellow Lake Area Chamber members! RSVP for this event to reserve your spot and get ready for a fun night of delicious food, great company, and exciting awards. Check out the details of the event below:


About the Fall Dinner & Awards: Around the World is the theme for the 2019 Annual Fall Dinner & Awards. Make plans to join us at the Regalia Hotel & Conference Center on October 17th from 5:30-8:00pm. It's going to be a fun night to dress like you're traveling to your favorite place -- so start planning your outfit today!

Annual Fall Dinner Sponsorship Opportunities:Platinum Sponsor $1,000
Tickets with preferential seating for 10 guests
¼ page ad in event program
Dinner table sponsor placard
Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor with company logo in a continuous slide show at the event
*Pl…

Marketing Tips You'll Want to Implement in Your Small Business

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Marketing a business is a key way to inform your potential customers about your product or service. Everything you do to represent your business is marketing. Anything that can give someone an impression of you or your brand reflects upon your business. Here at the Lake Area Chamber, we work hard to help our member businesses grow. Marketing is a vital strategy to grow a business. Marketing can be very expensive but it can have an effective return on investment, when it's used correctly. Check out a few marketing tips you'll want to start implementing in your business today!


Know the Ideal Target Market You have an ideal client, right? Someone who is your best customer and a great referral source for your venture. Think about this customer and what their habits are. This information can help you best reach your target market.

Use the Right Marketing Platforms (or marketing mix) An unfocused message can get lost in the mass of marketing messages that are floating around. Market…

Unexpected Perks of Joining the Chamber

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There are many perks of joining the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. We work hard to help our member businesses grow, as well as our lake area business community improve as a whole. The Lake Area Chamber does so by providing benefits to our members but some of the things you'll gain from your membership may come as a surprise. We know the suspense is too much... take a look below to discover some of the bonus perks you can start experiencing when you join the Lake Area Chamber!


Easily Build Relationships We provide a number of ways for you and your  business to strengthen your business relationship in the community. From networking events to big dinners to other chamber sponsored events, there are a ton of ways to get to know others in the community.

Member Discounts Many of our member businesses offer discounts to fellow members. This is a great way to support your fellow chamber business and save on a product or service you need. It's also a unique way to meet other members th…

>>STAND OUT<< with the Lake Area Chamber

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Gaining exposure for your business at the Lake of the Ozarks is a top priority. Here at the Lake Area Chamber, we work hard to help our member businesses stand out. We have a few different options when it comes to showcasing your business with our Lake of the Ozarks chamber. Check out the details on how we can help shine a spotlight on your venture below!


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 variety of “milestone” events. Whether it’s a new…

Proven Networking Tips from the Pros

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Networking is an effective way to grow a business at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here at the Lake Area Chamber, we get to see the positive impact networking has on our Lake Area Chamber members each month at our networking socials. Check out the tips from professionals who have made networking a big part of their business plan and has proven to help their ventures grow.


Seek Out Someone New 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.

Avoid Jumping Into the Sale Sell, sell, sell is a quick way to put off a number of networkers. It's not a good tactic and can seem very tasteless. Listen to others as you attend a networking even…

5 Cutting Edge Benefits of Joining the Lake’s Only Virtual Trade Show!

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It is a familiar situation… You just used a large chunk of your marketing budget to enter a trade show, drove to the venue to set up your booth, and spent hours trying to reel in potential customers with flashy posters and winning smiles. Afterward, all you have to show for your hard work is a very short list of names and (possibly fake) email address. You might be missing out on a lot of business opportunities at Lake of the Ozarks.

We at Lake Area Chamber of Commerce have a solution: The first and only Virtual Trade Show at Lake of the Ozarks. Boost your business’s exposure, reputation, and investment power by participating in this cutting edge technology.


1. Our Virtual Trade Show Does the Work for You
Free up your time to focus on managing your thriving business while we do the leg-work collecting leads for you. Rather than dedicating staff, marketing funds, and office time to attending a trade show, trust the experts in lake area business by listing your business on our Virtual T…

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…