Lake Area Chamber Member Benefits

 

1 . Network & Connect!

 

ATTEND MONTHLY NETWORKING SOCIALS

We invite all Lake Area Chamber Members and Future Members to our Monthly Networking Socials. Since networking should be a vital part of your business marketing plan, you are encouraged participate, exchange business cards, and get to know other members at our socials. This is an ideal way to gain visiblity for your business and share information about you and your business.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our e-blasts to stay-up to date on details for each monthly social!

  • Socials are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (except August & October) from 5-7pm at various Lake Area Chamber Member locations
  • An average of 80-100 business professionals attend each month

PARTICIPATE ON A COMMITTEE

The Lake Area Chamber has over a dozen Committees that Chamber Members can participate in to get more involved in the community and with the Chamber.

Serve your community and promote your business by volunteering on a committee(s) for your Chamber. Committees carry out special events, focus on economic development, monitor legislative activity, and market new and existing businesses. Members who get involved in committees build crediblity for their businesses and help make a real impact on the business climate at the Lake of the Ozarks.

2. Get Your Business Noticed!

 

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.

  • The Lake Area Chamber distributed over 4,000 copies of the 2016 Business Directory
  • 237 Vacation Mailing Packets were mailed in 2016

HAVE A RIBBON CUTTING

Upon request, our Chamber conducts ground breaking/ribbon cutting ceremonies for a variety of “milestone” events. Whether it’s a new, expanding or moving business or one that has taken over new ownership, a chamber ribbon cutting is available. After each ribbon cutting, you will receive a news release, prepared by our Marketing Coordinator, which is sent to media outlets across the Lake and in the major metro areas surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks. This is a great opportunity for us to help you get the exciting word out to our community and surrounding areas.

  • Last year, the Chmaber held 32 Ribbon Cuttings for our members!
  • Our ribbon cuttings see a variety of attendees; from business owners, business professionals, elected officials, Chamber Board Members, and Chamber Volunteers.

SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON YOUR BUSINESS

Who doesn’t like to brag?! All Lake Area Chamber Members have the opportunity to be featured in one of our “Business Spotlights”. You are encouraged to write a 150-word article about you and/or your business that introduces you and your services to our members. We encourage logos, at least one photo and the article. The article must be submitted by the twentieth of the month. Not a writer? Not a problem! Let our Chamber Marketing Coordinator assist you in the write-up of your business. Remember, we are here to help and here to promote!

  • Your business spotlight is visible to 1,400 individuals with interest in the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and its member’s services through the newsletter
  • Your business spotlight is visible to thousands MORE on an ongoing basis through the newsletter archive on our website.

HAVE A PRESENCE IN THE VISITOR CENTER BROCHURE DISPLAY RACKS

Our Chamber office is fortunate to be located at Historic Willmore Lodge. Located inside Willmore Lodge is our Visitors Center where we feature display racks for Chamber Members only to display their promotional pieces for thousands of annual visitors and residents of the lake.

  • The Lake Area Chamber welcomed over 11,000 visitors at our Visitors Center in 2016
  • 90% of visitors leave with some sort of brochure, map or member information.
  • The most common referrals to our visitors are for restaurants, lodging, and area attractions (boat rentals, hiking, swimming, shopping, golf).
  • Chamber Members also have the opportunity to advertise their upcoming special events in the visitor center.

SEND AN INDIVIDUAL E-BLAST

Do you have a special promotion coming up? Take advantage of the opportunity to reach our subscribers list of 1,400 at a minimal cost of only $75.00 per blast. General advertising guidelines apply to broadcast email.

  • Community Event/Non-Profit e-blasts available with special pricing, contact the chamber for further details.
  • Reach 1,400 individuals via email!

BE FOUND IN OUR ONLINE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Constantly updated, our website visitors find member businesses with ease at lakeareachamber.com. Additional enhancements such as hyperlinks or display advertising can be purchased by members to make their listing stand out from the crows! By taking advantage of the hyperlink capability to your website, you will be creating a “backlink” which in turn, from a search engine optimization perspective, demonstrates a sites popularity.

  • 43,506 visits to the online directory in 2016
  • Of those visits, 2,684 clicked on member hyperlinks which lead them directly to member’s website.

ADVERTISE IN OUR E-NEWSLETTER

Our monthly newsletter is filled with content of upcoming events, lake area trends and topics and the latest visitor statistics. We email our newsletter to a subscription base of over 1,400 which consists of members of the Chamber of Commerce, and additional individuals who have subscribed our website. The newsletter can also be found on our Lake Area Chamber Website. Chamber Members have the opportunity to advertise in our newsletter with a business card size ad for a smalll additional fee.

  • Sent monthly to 1,400 email addresses

PARTICIPATE IN THE GATEWAY PROGRAM

Your business can be included in this program of information distribution for an additional fee of $150 annually. Provide the Chamber with a minimum of 500 marketing pieces to distribute to the centers and we may request additional pieces later in the year if inventory runs low.

  • Materials distributed to 7 State Welcome Centers & 3 Affiliate Welcome Centers

PARTICIPATE IN THE VACATION MAILING PROGRAM

These packets are sent to individuals actively planning their Lake vacations. Your business can be included in this mailing program for an additional fee of $150 annually. By providing the Chamber with a minimum of 250 of your marketing material pieces, you will be ensuring that your business is included in this very important mailing program.

  • 237 Vacation Mailing Packets mailed last year!

PARTICIPATE IN THE FORT LEONARD WOOD PROGRAM

The Fort Leonard Wood Program participants are represented at the monthly orientation for new incoming soldiers and their families. An average of 40 news soldiers/families per month will receive information about your business through your participation in this program. Your business can be included in this Program of information distribution for an additional fee of $150.

• Promotion of your business to an average of 40 new soldiers and their families a month

BE A COMMUNITY INVESTMENT BENEFACTOR

The Chamber uses contributions from our Benefactors to produce quality networking and professional development opportunities for our Chamber Members. Benefactor levels include: Supporter: $25-49.99; Patron: $50-74.99; Investor: $75+

  • Benefactors receive special recognition in our monthly newsletter, at our monthly networking social, online through our social media outlets, and at our Annual Dinner.

 

3. Get Discounted Pricing at SPECIAL EVENTS

Chamber Members receive discounted pricing on events and sponsorship opportunities!

The Chamber sponsors a number of events to attract more visitors to the Lake therefore, generating more overnight stays and traffic for area businesses. Additional marketing / promotional opportunities exist with each event as an event sponsor and Lake Area Chamber Members receive best pricing on these events and sponsorship opportunities!

Cocktails & Caddies Golf Tournament

Held in April of each year; with an average of 60 -70 players, plus 5 Hole Hosts and several Food Sponsors. Participants are affluent women with purchasing power, so it’s a good chance to put your business directly in front of them. Social media spotlights for sponsors leading up to show.

Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals

Recognized as one of the largest car shows in the Midwest, we cap our registration at 1,000 participants. Additionally we see an average of 10,000 spectators Thursday thru Sunday. This event supports businesses across the Lake area, not just the Bagnell Dam Strip. Show is heavily promoted through multiple channels (news releases, radio, and social media). In addition to the Sponsorship benefits, our Sponsors also receive social media spotlights leading up to show.

Midwest Wine & Brew Festival

With over 500 attendees and 29 Vendors last year, we’re sure to see an even bigger crowd for this year! The Midwest Wine and Brew Festival is promoted heavily through multiple channels (news release, flyers throughout Lake and at participating wineries and breweries, social media, billboards, and radio). Sponsors and Vendors also receive social media spotlights leading up to show.

Home, Lifestyle & Sport Show

We rolled out this NEW show in 2016 and were proud to have 45 vendor booths and over 500 quality attendees. We provide heavy promotion of the show through multiple channels (press releases, printed flyers & posters, radio, social media, website, billboard, and much more!). Vendors & Sponsors receive social media spotlights in months leading up to show. Chamber members receive discounted booths anad sponsorship pricing.

4. Learn Something New to Grow Your Business!

 

ATTEND EGGS & ISSUES BREAKFAST (Sponsorships Available too)

Six Annual Eggs & Issues Breakfasts are hosted among the three Chambers serving the Lake Area: Camdenton, Lake Area and Lake West. Two breakfasts are held in each service area. Topics affecting the Lake Area and the business community are the focus. Sponsorships are available for this program which gives you an opportunity to present to an average 60-80 business members to further promote your business. Members from all three Chambers attend these events, so it’s an opportunity to market to many businesses.

  • Collaborative Event with the Camdenton & Lake West Chambers of Commerce
  • Average attendance of 60-80 business owners & professionals

ATTEND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

The Chamber offers a variety of professional development opportunities for our members to access. Through the Chamber’s partnership with the Lake of the Ozarks SCORE, members can attend complimentary collaborative workshops on a variety of pertinent topics. 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.

  • Complimentary Workshops
  • Young Professionals at the Lake

5. Market Direct to Other Members

In addition to our e-Newsletters and Individual e-Blast advertising options, members have access to the Chamber membership mailing list. Upon request, a digital file of all Lake Area Chamber members is provided. This is an excellent resource for direct mailings as it includes the company name, mailing address, phone number and a primary representative for each member.

  • Excellent resource for direct mailing campaigns!
  • We are happy to provide our Members with a complete Statistical Demographics and Data Profile upon request, as well!

6. Take Advantage of Member to Member Dicounts

Chamber members have the opportunity to offer discounts on products or services to other chamber members. And as a member, you benefit from taking advantage of discounts offered by other members! Significant savings can be had through this program!

Current Member-to-Member Discounts

 

7. Meeting Space

The Chamber offers a professional conference room at beautiful historic Will more Lodge during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8AM - 4:30PM). Members have use of the facility for a nomimal fee, to include wi-Fi, Projector & Screen, Laptop, & Coffee. Reservations cannot be made more than 2 months in advance and scheduling is subject to room availability (Occupancy 25). The fee is just $25 for up to 4 hours, or $50 for more than 4 hours.

Join online, or call the Chamber and setup an appointment with our Membership Director!

573-964-1008

 

APPLY ONLINE TODAY!

 

MEMBERS:
Display Our Logo in Your Business & on Your Website

Chamber Members also receive decal to display in their local establishment to let patrons know they are a member of the Lake Area Chamber. Members may also display the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce logo on their website and marketing materials.

Logos and code for website implementation are below.

Low resolution logo with transparent background, suitable for light or white backgrounds. (Right-click and choose "Save As")

 

High-resolution logo with transparent background - logo has white glow around it, making it suitable for darker backgrounds. (Right-click and choose "Save As")

High-resolution logo with transparent background, suitable for light or white backgrounds. (Right-click and choose "Save As")

WEB LOGO with transparent backgrounf (200 pixels x 78 pixels)

GET TEXT ALERTS

Text LAKECHAMBER to 40691
to receive event reminders & alerts!

NETWORKING SOCIALS

THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH
Location Rotates to Member Businesses

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