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 visibility 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!
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 credibility for their businesses and help make a real impact on the business climate at the Lake of the Ozarks.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 small additional fee.
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.
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.
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
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+
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 and sponsorship pricing.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 nominal 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.
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 background (200 pixels x 78 pixels)
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