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We’re giving away $25 in $BeOzarkBuck$! To enter, comment #BeOzark on THIS POST. Share the post to be entered twice.

The winner will be announced after 3:00 pm on Friday, Feb. 24. Good luck!

 

CONTEST RULES: 

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. This giveaway, hosted by the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

1. Eligibility: This campaign is open only to those who comment “#BeOzark” on the Ozark Chamber’s Facebook post announcing the giveaway. Employees of the Ozark Chamber of Commerce and immediate family members of Ozark Chamber employees are not eligible to participate. The giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting at 3:00 pm CST on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 and ending 3:00 pm CST on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. All online entries must be received by 3:00 pm CST on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

3. Prizes: The winner will receive a gift certificate worth $25 in $BeOzarkBuck$, the Ozark Chamber’s community cash program. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the Ozark Chamber of Commerce. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for the Ozark Chamber to use the winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

4. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

5. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by a random drawing under the supervision of the Ozark Chamber of Commerce. The winner will be notified through a post on the Ozark Chamber of Commerce Facebook page announcing the winner within five (5) days following selection of the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted or fails to claim the prize within seven (7) days from the time award notification was sent, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. 

6. Terms & Conditions: The Ozark Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond the Ozark Chamber’s control corrupt or affect the proper conduct of the Campaign. The Ozark Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or violates these Terms & Conditions. 

7. Sponsor: The sponsor of the campaign is the Ozark Chamber of Commerce (1471 W. South St, Ozark, MO 65721).

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Family Pharmacy 2013

Congratulations to Family Pharmacy, one of our Ozark Chamber Impact members! Readers of the Springfield News-Leader recently named Family Pharmacy as “Best of the Ozarks – Drug Store/Pharmacy.” Family Pharmacy has been an involved, integral part of Ozark and Southwest Missouri for decades and we congratulate them on this honor.

From a media release:

“Family Pharmacy was recently selected as the top choice by over 150,000 votes cast in the News-Leader‘s annual ‘Best of the Ozarks’ readers poll. In the Ozarks, Family Pharmacy was the top choice for the best Drug Store/Pharmacy, beating out several national chains, as well as other area independent pharmacies.”

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We were so excited to host the first-ever Miss Merry Christmas pageant on Saturday, Nov. 12! Megan Percival, 17, was crowned as the winner.

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Megan was sponsored by Ozark Satellite and performed a color guard routine to “Once Upon a December.” As Miss Merry Christmas, Megan will represent Ozark on Nov. 19 in the Ozark Christmas Parade and at community events throughout the upcoming year.

A $375 scholarship will be applied directly to Megan’s college or university of choice. She intends to become a veterinarian.

The pageant process included an interview (held Nov. 11), introductory speech, talent, formal wear, and an onstage question.

Contestants and sponsors included:
Leann Reynolds, 18 – Wheeler Gardens
Kaitlin Mincks, 17 – Bank of Missouri
Kierstyn Olinger, 17 – Stacey’s Sweets
Baily Summers, 17 – Millwood Animal Clinic
Anna Miller, 17 – Ozark Bank (First Alternate)
Megan Percival, 17 – Ozark Satellite (Miss Merry Christmas)

These contestants are already fantastic representatives of Ozark and Christian County. We had a blast and loved working with these girls!

We want to extend a special thanks to our judges, to the Ozark R-VI School District for the use of their offices, Wheeler Gardens for the gorgeous decorations, Backwoods Graphics for the contestants’ sponsor sashes, and of course the contestants’ sponsors. We couldn’t have done it without your support.

About Megan Percival
Megan is involved in color guard at Ozark High School and has received numerous academic awards for her 4.0+ GPA. She enjoys woodburning/pyrography, conservation, writing, and volunteer work. She is currently job shadowing at Ozark Veterinary Clinic to prepare for her future. Her goal is to complete veterinary school and practice on exotic animals.

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BeOzarkBucks

Ozark, MO, August 9, 2016—Ozark Chamber of Commerce today announced plans to strengthen and grow its Buy Local program by partnering with Conpoto, a Michigan-based Community Currency software firm.

Ozark will use Conpoto’s cloud-based software to help fuel the local spending, providing an online platform for local gifting that competes effectively with big box retailers and credit card companies. The chamber is naming its program $BeOzarkBuck$.

$BeOzarkBuck$ will be available for purchse from the chamber’s website September 1, 2016. The chamber will use

the program to drive local spending by connecting merchant members with large employers,

providing a community gifting alternative for client recognition, employee incentive and recognition giving.

“The Chamber of Commerce is all about making our community successful,” said Andrea Sitzes, Ozark Chamber executive director. “With community currency, we can show visibly how we’re working to keep dollars circulating within our own community.”

Conpoto has been working with Great Lakes region chambers for more than a year, bolstering

membership and community.

“Community Currency drives business and revenue to Main Street retailers by making it easier

than ever to buy local,” said Matt Lepard, Conpoto’s co-founder and chief executive officer.

“Conpoto thinks like a technology company, but we all bleed local. Helping chambers like Ozark realize the rewards of a fully functioning Buy Local machine is what ignites our passion for work every day.”

About Conpoto, LLC

Based in Holland, Mich., Conpoto is a cloud-based community currency software built for

chambers of commerce and membership organizations to fuel their local economies. Conpoto’s

technology drives local spending and serves as the foundation for buy local campaigns in

communities around the country. Learn more at conpoto.com.

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Freedom's Rest

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, McDonald’s in Ozarks and Nixa will host a fund raising event to support Freedom’s Rest Shelter for women and children of domestic violence.

From 8 AM till 5 PM (or while supplies last) on Wednesday, June 15th, guests can make a donation to the Freedom’s Rest shelter and receive 2 free tickets ($49 value) to Party in the Park featuring The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Tickets will be available while supplies last at The Ozark Chamber of Commerce at 1471 W. South Street, too.

“Freedom’s Rest would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to McDonald’s, US Baseball Park, The Ozark Chamber of Commerce and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils for helping us to raise the funds to continue providing this much needed resource for our community.” Said Freedom’s Rest-Christie Drew, Executive Board President

FREEDOM’S REST: After a recent struggle to keep their doors open, Freedom’s Rest is still operating to provide 24/7 shelter and resources to women and children who are faced with domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking situations.  The average operating costs are $172,000 per year, which breaks down to $500 a day. This is a proven crucial resources in the community with a reported 556 cases of domestic violence reported in Christian County in 2015 alone. This is almost 2 per day.  As any not-for-profit, they are funded by grants, but rely largely on community support and donations. They are currently working on a long term plan of sustainability with the hopes for future growth of resources for the women and children they serve.

For media interviews about the continuing plight to keep Freedom’s Rest open for victims of domestic violence and this fund raising event contact:  Freedom’s Rest-Christie Drew, Executive Board President 417-720-9859

CONCERT DETAILS: Party in the Park-Featuring the Ozark Mountain Daredevils to be held Friday, June 17th at 7:00 PM at the all new US Baseball Park located at 4400 N 19th Street in Ozark.

*VIP and Stadium Bowl tickets may be purchased at theusbaseball.com or 417-581-1151.

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 Join Us March 2 for “Successful Facebook Marketing for Your Business”  – Programming Available through the  Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center and University of Missouri Extension Office Small Business Technology & Development Center –  At The OC Wednesday March 2,  2016 social-media-clip-artFacebook is the world’s largest social network — and marketing on it has become more effective than ever. It has also become more complicated. Come learn “Successful Facebook Marketing for Your Business” on March 2, 2016 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Ozark OC, located at 1530 W. Jackson Street, Ozark.

This informative class we will help you understand the difference between organic (non-paid) and paid marketing.  Kimberly Beer, a national speaker and advocate for entrepreneurship and small business marketing will explore how to use both in a well-rounded Facebook marketing campaign to successfully promote your products and services, build brand awareness, and connect with customers.

The cost to attend the workshop is $25 for Ozark Chamber members and $35 for non-members. Advanced registration is requested.  Click Here to Register Today!

To receive additional information and to register, call the Ozark Chamber & Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center at 417-581-6139, or by email at info@ozarkchamber.com.

Online registration is available by visiting the Ozark Chamber website, calendar of events page: http://dev.ozarkchamber.com/events/calendar/.

The MO SBTDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything.

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 The 2016 Business & Community Expo is Saturday March 19 from 9am to 3pm! This fun family event will be held at The Ozark Community Center  1530 W. Jackson Street in Ozark, Missouri.

  Bring the kids for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt starting at 10:15 am and you may find special vendor prize coupons to redeem inside the show!
Showcase Ozark Logo

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Vision Clinic!  VC-VS-member-logo-rgb-300ppi  We are proud to have such a wonderful cast of Event Sponsors for this exciting day!  Our genuine gratitude to Excel Dental,  Torgerson Design Partners, Empire District Electric, Family Pharmacy, Great Southern Bank, Ozark Bank,  Guaranty Bank, Walmart, City of Ozark, and Sam’s Club!  And sincere appreciation for all the vendors who have signed up already to exhibit their products, services, and charitable & community causes!

Click Here for Details & Booth Info!

 

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Call today to find out how you can have your own “Star” on the Walk of Fame! We will be honoring our emergency service, education providers, business, chamber star, and citizen of the year!  The Ozark Chamber of Commerce and Finley River Community Foundation will be presenting a silent auction and live auction!  Prizes, Fun, Great Food and Beverages. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Walmart, and to our Heads or Tails Exclusive Sponsor, Premier Home Health Care and Our Heads or Tails Additional Sponsors Ozark Bank and Old Missouri Bank.    We are grateful for the generous support of all of our sponsors and volunteers who help make this a fabulous annual event.

 

 

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We appreciate your interest in our business incubator, the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center. We are positioned to offer assistance with office or work space as well as multiple avenues of support, resources and mentoring for your business venture. The Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center is managed and operated by the Ozark Chamber of Commerce in Ozark, Missouri. The mission of the Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center is to create jobs and stimulate local economic growth by developing and strengthening entrepreneurial success through the cultivation of local enterprises that generate a positive impact in our community.

Click to download floor plan and monthly lease rates: Floor Plan CGHEC Lease Space

Click to download the Enterprise Center application: Welcome Letter and Application

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Thank you to all of the vendors, volunteers and the community members that came out to help make Showcase Ozark 2014 a huge success. We had higher numbers and a sold-out event and that is all because of our wonderful community of Ozark!

Take time to enjoy the photo gallery and if you have any pictures you would like to add please email them to info@ozarkchamber.com.

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